It's a Toddler's Delight with this 80's Hip-Hop Themed 2nd Birthday
October 19, 2016
This 2nd birthday is bringing it back to the 80's, hip-hop style. Designed by mom + event planner, Leslie Bruce , who knew her days of planning birthdays were numbered, decided a pastel graffiti and Rapper's Delight infused shindig was perfect for little Lu. Next year might be Elsa all the way but this year, it's all about cheeky decor and pastels that pop. See even more shot by Emma Feil right here.
Since my daughter is quickly starting to form opinions and ideas of her own, I was well aware that this was probably my last shot at living vicariously through her birthday party. As a child of the 80’s, nothing is more near and dear to my heart than The Sugar Hill Gang’s classic beat “Rapper’s Delight.”
While a Graffiti Hip Hop Party may not immediately sound like the most toddler-friendly theme, I assure you that after tweaking a few lyrics, its totally appropriate! Since most 80’s-themed parties typically incorporate bright, neon colors, I thought that using a pastel palette would not only make it feel unique, it also seemed to create an overall softer vibe.
 In order to pull this off, I enlisted the help of some good friends. First and foremost, my favorite baker and confection connoisseur Lauren Lowstan had to help me dream up a menu of delicious treats for the kiddos (after all, the best part of any birthday party are the desserts!).
We wanted to keep the flavors relatively simple, because when it comes to sweets, kids pretty much like to stick to the classics! Two Round Layered Cake—Chocolate with Vanilla Frosting and One Vanilla with Vanilla Frosting Lauren used edible paint for the graffiti décor, and since she did it on buttercream frosting it created a more watercolor, brushstroke look which worked perfectly in creating the graffiti.

On the Sweets Menu...

Graffiti Caramel Apples

Graffiti Chocolate Bark

Boom box Sugar Cookies

Banana Cupcakes (Because…that sounded like a reasonably healthy addition)

The next step was getting my favorite photographer Emma Feil there to capture all of this pastel graffiti goodness! For the décor, I contacted Meghann Miniello Creative to help me dream up the amazing 80-s inspired invitations, large framed prints with music lyrics, “Lu Turnz Two” graffiti poster, as well as some gorgeous custom laser cut cupcake toppers.

Each framed print has reimagined lyrics from Rapper’s Delight written in graffiti-inspired font against white brick walls.

“I’m the T-A-L-L, the U-L-A-H, and the rest is F-L_Y”
“Now what you hear is not a test, I’m rappin and I’m two.”
“Up jump the boogie, to the rhythm of the birthday beat.”
“See, I am Wonder Lu and I’d like to say Hello.”
“I got a color TV, so I can see…Minnie Mouse play basketball.”

My favorite Etsy shop (Oh Shiny Paper Co!) to help me create the tassel garland, cake topper, fringed letter banner behind the dessert buffet, and paper boom box cupcake toppers! Add a fringed boom box piñata from Target (which we didn’t actually break, because giving toddlers large sticks is a terrible idea) and some 80’s themed gear for the kiddos and their parents, and you have a PARTY!
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A fun party addition no matter your age...

Vendor Credits
Hostess and Party Planner
Leslie Bruce
Invitations, Posters & Framed Prints, Custom Laser Cut Wood Topp
Meghann Miniello Creative
Decor (Paper Fans and Ballons)
Meri Meri
Decor (Garland, Fringed Letter Sign and Paper Boomboxes)
Oh Shiny Paper Co
Decor (Paper Plates and Boombox Pinata)