May 2018 Birthday Guide

Looking for a unique theme for your child’s next birthday party? These local families planned creative celebrations to make their child’s special day extra fun. Put on your party hat, grab a cupcake, and prepare to be inspired!


Carolyn Rose

Age: 1
Hosted by: Dale and Jennifer Henry (parents), Belleville

Party theme and décor: Pink and white roses

Location: Carolyn Rose’s family home in Sumpter Township

Sweet treats: Bewitched Cakes and Catering made the smash cake, a pink rosette cake with buttercream frosting. The guests were offered chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting, and each cupcake was topped with a rose.

Food: Guests noshed at a taco bar, where they could build their own tacos with various toppings.

Activities: Children loved the beautiful weather outdoors, where they played in a bounce house, enjoyed games, and went for a walk in the woods.

Photography: Provided by Kelli Firouzi Photography.

Get to know Carolyn Rose:

She loves to play with her brother, Harlan (age 4).
She loves any books about princesses.
She loves Tinkerbell, playing soccer, and playing in water. Her mom says she has a smile that lights up a room



Age: 2
Hosts: Mark and Celeste Kanpurwana, Chelsea

Party theme and décor: Trolls

Location: Chelsea Treehouse, Chelsea

Cake: Trolls cake from Kloc’s Café Kitchen

Food: Chelsea Treehouse provides food for their parties, which includes sandwich rolls for adults, and chicken nuggets and mac and cheese for children.

Activities: Children played on the wonderful play structures and slides at the treehouse.

Favors: Children were given Trolls party bags filled with pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos, and chocolates.

Get to know Noah:

He loves dogs, especially the  family dog, Baxter.
Swimming, coloring, and reading are his favorite activities.
He loves everything big brother Adam likes!



Age: 3
Hosted by: Megan Urie (Mom), Chelsea
Party theme and décor: Peppa Pig

Location: Ceramics Clayland and Art Studio, Gregory

Cake: The cake was provided by TC Cake Company (formerly Mom and Pop Bakery) in Howell. The cake was a funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting.

Food: Guests were able to snack on fruit and veggies trays.

Activities: Children expressed themselves creatively by painting ceramics in the studio. Each child was able to pick from pre-made ceramics such as animals, mugs, plates, and banks. The staff assisted children in painting. Once the painting was complete, the ceramics were left behind to be fired in the kiln, and then Mom delivered the ceramics to the guests later.

Favors: Party guests received Peppa Pig themed coloring books and crayons in Peppa Pig gift bags

Get to know Evelyn:

She loves to sing and play piano.
Her favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Evelyn is a military brat, making two moves with her family in the past three years. Her father, Anthony, is active duty military currently stationed in South Korea.



Age: 11
Hosted by: Carol Chase (Mom), Scott Hadley (Dad), Ann Arbor

Location: Peachy Fitness Studio, Ann Arbor

Theme: A Yoga/Craft Birthday

Party theme and décor:  Peachy Fitness Studio provided the festive and brightly colored decorations.

Sweet Treats: Guests were offered homemade vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting, which were safe for nut allergy and gluten-free friends.

Food: Pizza was served, along with gluten-free options, as well as veggies and fruit, chips and salsa.

Party Favors: Each guest received a Peachy Fitness Studio certificate for one free class.

Activities: Guests enjoyed yoga-themed games led by Peachy Fitness Studio certified yoga instructor Nancy Brack Herlocher. One favorite is called “Namaste, Namaste, Warrior”, in which children sit in a circle (like Duck, Duck, Goose) and wait to get tapped. Children migrate around the circle practicing poses chosen by the tapper. Children also enjoyed craft time by decorating Mason jars, which they were able to take home as party favors.

Get to know Lottie:

In addition to yoga, she likes archery, gymnastics and hiking.
She enjoys painting watercolors, illustrating fashion, and sewing.
She is very responsible and takes care of the neighbor’s cat when they are out of town. She likes cats, but her family is allergic to them and she can’t have one of her own.



Age: 11
Hosts: Jennifer and Amrit Vivekanand, Saline

Theme: Star Wars

Location: Emagine Theater, Saline

Cake: In keeping with the Star Wars theme, guests were able to choose from two cupcake offerings: the dark side of the force (chocolate) or the light side of the force (vanilla), each one decorated with a small lightsaber.

Party theme and décor: Star Wars masks were provided for the guests, along with Star Wars themed napkins, plates and cups. Mom designed the invitations to showcase the birthday girl, dressed in full Star Wars costume.

Food: Emagine theater offers pizzas (cheese and pepperoni), along with hot dogs, French fries, chicken fingers and drink. Popcorn was also provided during the movie.

Activity: Guests watched the movie “Star Wars, The Last Jedi”.

Party Favors: Mom made Wookie Cookies, decorating them with supplies purchased from Baker’s Nook in Saline.

Get to know Tove:

She loves to write and illustrate stories.
She loves to read.
She loves dragons.

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