“Throwing a party was something we went back and forth on,” says stylist Tiffany Piñero of Scotch Plains about her daughter Lumi’s 2nd birthday last summer. “But it had been such a hard six months of isolation that we went the safest route with everyone being COVID tested before [our] small gathering in our backyard.”
Since Lumi loves the movie “Trolls” that was reflected in the decorations. “After our 400th time of viewing it I knew as her birthday approached this would be our theme!” says Tiffany. She noticed in one of the scenes a bunch of hanging, colorful lanterns so she took that image and ran with it for the party. “Lucky us, we have big gorgeous trees and I was able to hang strands of paper lanterns from there,” she says.
A shopping trip in Cape May yielded the beautiful, vintage white table cloth and napkins, which she dyed pink, picking up on the current tie-dye trend. “I went with more of a dip-dyed technique but it was perfect,” says Tiffany.
For the tablescape, she kept things youthful and fun for the kids and used a lot of things she already owned to make it feel exciting and interesting. “I used items of different shapes and heights to deliver the whimsy,” she says.
Tiffany’s younger sister is a graphic designer (@brit_lifeoftheparty) and she did all the custom touches including Trolls VIP passes for the guests, Troll hair (aka cotton candy), Pin the nose on Poppy and little signs that said ‘Hug time!’ “Aunt Britt slayed!” she says.
“I learned how to do balloons and event decor from my mom who owns her own event decorating business, Party With Mia. I had to include a few balloons columns here and there to give the enchantment factor.” Tiffany added little strands of faux greenery to the white balloons to create a “forest feeling.”
“I took a lot of what we had inside and brought it out — kids table and chairs, blankets, pillows. Just seeing those items not in their usual environment raises the fun and fantasy factor especially for a kids party. ”