A Butterfly Birthday Party

Typically Esther spends month planning out her birthday parties. Whether a heart party with strict instructions for guests to wear only red or a formal tea party where your fanciest dress is required – Esther plans her parties down to the finest of details..menus, decorations, wardrobe, party favors and games.


But this year was different.  She was non-committal. Theme-less. Now the girl loves a party and wanted a party…but ideas were not plentiful.   I suggested maybe a more casual party and not at our house this year.   She thought she might like to bowl.


So we did. Bowling pictures forth-coming later this week.


But she still needed a theme for a party. She didn’t feel right just bowling with a cake.  So she thought that butterflies would be beautiful.


And they were. Kind of like my girl turning 7 in two days. She has turned into such a beautiful butterfly and I cannot be prouder of the girl she has grown to be.

Oh my her wings are beautiful.

The Butterfly Birthday Party:

1. Party favor boxes and foam butterflies from Michaels. – Filled with gummi butterflies from Candyland in Downtown St. Paul, butterfly stickers from Michaels, a butterfly lollipop from Cafe Latte, and…

2. Homemade butterfly cut-out cookies. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe and royal icing.



3. A homemade ribbon butterfly hair clip for each girl.  Instructions found on Pinterest here. Super easy and loved by all.

4.  Homemade vanilla cupcakes and buttercream frosting(both recipes from Martha Stewart) adorned with candy butterflies from Wilton.


5.  Butterfly tee shirt from The Gap.


6. A butterfly face-painted on each cute girl.


Esther loved her party but asked to have it at home again next year because she wanted a more intimate affair where she could more easily mingle and chat with her guests.


I could not agree more.


Happy Butterflies to you.


About Tracy

My name is Tracy Morrison and I live in sunny Minnesota. I'm neither British nor a nun - I'm just a Midwesterner with a headache. This is mainly a humor and lifestyle blog that documents the lighter side of parenting. I am an ex-corporate ladder climber turned freelance writer, social media manager, world traveler, and marathon runner. I would love for you to contact me at tracy@sellabitmum.com

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  1. says

    Listen Martha, I mean, Tracy, that was an amazing party. She’s such a beautiful little girl and those cupcakes look totally edible. ;-P

    Happy Birthday Esther!!

    • admin says

      Now that would be an interesting fashion statement – but if anyone could pull it off, it would totally be you. xo

  2. says

    Goodness, Esther couldn’t be more beautiful! And I love all the flutterby (as we’ve been calling them at our house) fanfare. The cupcakes, the hair bows. Just darling! And bowling is a fabulous idea! Happy Birthday Esther. xo

  3. says

    Love the cupcakes! My daughter is doing a “Film” theme. She’s making her friends participate in making a movie. She’s the director and I’m relegated to “crafts service.” Which means food. Sometimes we call her “Miss Bossy Pants.” But her name is not Tina, although maybe she’ll change that.

  4. says

    I can’t believe how much Esther looks like you in the first picture. It just jumps out at you. Is she the spittin image of you at that age? It looks like it was a great party. I love me a good theme!

  5. says

    Love this beautiful birthday party for your beautiful girl! From how you describe Esther, it seems that a butterfly fits her very well! All of your ideas are adorable, will be Pinning several!