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Aria's Jolly Holiday Mary Poppins 3rd Birthday

Kristen J By Kristen J  in Birthday


Party Recap

I love the classic movie Mary Poppins and am happy to report that my daughter loves it as well! We enjoy singing all of the songs together and she really loves the part where they jump into a colorful chalk painting and enjoy “a Jolly Holiday with Mary” while dancing with penguin waiters and racing carousel horses through the English countryside! I felt this would be an awesome party theme for her third birthday…”A Jolly Holiday with Aria!”

I like to include a portrait or likeness of my daughter in all of her birthday invitations, so for this one I made a custom silhouette of her that reminiscent of Mary Poppins herself. I used this “cameo” for signage, stickers, seals, and even on some cupcake picks! There were 60 cupcakes so lots of decorative picks were created for them including 3-D paper rosettes, penguin ones, kite ones, and little birdies too. Decorations were very important to make it feel fancy in our otherwise messy floral studio space so I draped the shelves with curtains and covered all of the tables with tablecloths and made lots of floral arrangements in tea cups, cute signage and used vintage plates and glass apothecary jars to display food and favor items. The main floral piece was a gold candelabra on the gift table which looked like something the Banks’ family might have owned!

A “chalk painting” was also needed to really nail this theme — so I did a chalk pastel piece inspired by the movie and had it blown up to be a photo backdrop. I decorated a carousel horse with a floral wreath and used it as the perfect “Jolly Holiday photo booth” for all of the guests to pose in front of. It was awesome to see all of the guests post their family shots to Facebook and Instagram! It was very well-received!

Food and drinks were also integral to the theme; I really wanted delicate tea sandwiches and other British-inspired items to be the main focus along with some delicious cupcakes and desserts! We also did a Mary Poppins-themed “favor buffet” with nods to the movie including boxes of sidewalk chalk, mini kites, rulers (to see how you measure up!), tuppence and other goodies! When there are a lot of different ages of kids attending our parties, I think a favor buffet is a great option so parents can pick things that are age-appropriate (and abide by their dietary standards) for their kiddos!

We also had some great Mary Poppins games and activities at the party. Including: “a spoonful of sugar (cubes) relay race,” “pin on the bowtie penguin” game, sidewalk chalk creative time, and we even had out 3 vintage Mary Poppins eBay finds: Mary Poppins Carousel Game, Jolly Holiday Jigsaw Puzzle and a Mary Poppins card game!

Of course the guest of honor wore a Mary Poppins hat and gloves (for about 1/3 the party) and dressed in white to honor Mary’s Jolly Holiday attire. Aria had the best time ever at her party and everyone would agree it was practically perfect in every way!


Party Highlights

  • What People Ate

    Assorted English Tea Sandwiches, Cheese and Sausage, Chips, Crackers, Trail Mix, Fresh Fruit, Veggies + Dip, Mini muffins and bagel bites from Big Apple Bagel

  • What People Drank

    Lemonade, Water, Iced Tea, assorted cans of pop and juiceboxes

  • Desserts

    Mini Cupcakes from SmallCakes Cupcakery, Birthday Cake from Marriano's Grocery Store, Homemade Lemon Bars

  • Party Favors

    Favor Buffet--Mini Kites, Rainbow Crayons, Tuppence (Chocolate coins), Lollipops, Candy Apple Pops, Rulers, Sidewalk Chalk packs,

  • Activities / Games

    Photobooth/backdrop on carousel horse in front of custom chalk painting background. Spoonful of Sugar game--boys vs. girls running sugar cubes in spoons from the starting line to a bucket in a 5 minute timed relay. Sidewalk chalk painting session. Pin the bowtie on the Penguin game. Vintage Mary Poppins Board Game, Card Game and Puzzle were also out for guests to play.


Party Helpers

  • Jennifer Kaye Photography


    Jenny always shoots our family parties and she is always amazing!

  • A Posh Production

    Backdrop Rental

    We rented the "step and repeat" holder from A Posh Production to display the custom chalk painting background I designed for the photobooth.

  • Special Moments Entertainment

    Pipe and Drape Rental

    We rented 30 ft of pipe and drape to hide the shelves in our studio to transform our workspace into a party space. They were awesome to work with!



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    Claire T wrote:

    Where did you get these penguins?! They are adorable!!

  • Kristen J

    Kristen J wrote:

    I designed them based on the original artwork from the movie. I had them printed at Fedex Office and I mounted them to foam board and used them for party decor.