Sunny Party

By Mariam, CEO and founder of Minted

I recently threw a 6th birthday party for my daughter, Sabine, up in Calistoga, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco.  Sabine is crazy about ponies, and I thought it would be fun to have a combination pony and petting zoo party.  I asked the wildly talented Carrie O’Neal, a member of Minted’s design community, to come up with an invitation and matching party décor items.  I loved her bold red design – playful, fun, colorful, and great for guys or gals.

As inspiration, I thought of a party in a meadow, sort of what I vaguely remember the 1970s were like… sunny, relaxed, and people in fields with flowers in their hair, like the Syracuse, New York summer camp I was at in 1976 or like the famous Coca-Cola TV ad (“I’d like to teach the world to sing…”).

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We set up a snack table to welcome guests:

We strung up bunting with Sabine’s name between the trees.   My favorite trick was buying hay bales from a local feed store to add some country flavor.

The sweets table was a particularly big draw for the kids.  Minted table confetti was rolled up into cones and we put caramel corn inside the cones.  Little glass milk jars were decorated with stickers and striped straws, and filled with lemonade.  We bought berry baskets from Etsy and filled them with cookies and fresh strawberries, filled an apothecary jar with jelly beans, and used striped cup-cake wrappers to hold animal crackers.  Table signs from Minted complemented everything.

The petting zoo was the most popular event, even more popular than the ponies, tractor rides, or candy table.  Nothing, it turns out, beats a bunch of cute, cooperative rabbits.

We set up a table for eating birthday cake in a meadow.  Here is the above-mentioned 1970s moment I was dreaming of: the kids running down a path that we mowed through the meadow so they could get to the table more easily.

We covered the table with simple yellow striped fabric that you can purchase here. The table runner, striped straws, stickers on the bottles, and pinwheels are all available on Minted.

We thought a fun thing to do would be to let kids take Polariods of each other.  We just launched these adorable photo backdrops as part of our party décor on Minted, and we thought we would create one to match the party theme.  Some kids were less cooperative with photos than others.

And finally, when the cake was eaten and the lemonade drunk, it was time to take a party favor home – here our Minted team went all out and created beautiful favor boxes wrapped in Liberty fabric for me.  Boxes were filled with sets of old-fashioned jacks.

Sabine and I both loved the party.  Thanks Carrie O’Neal, and the entire Minted team, for helping me with the party and finally getting my first blog post up on Minted’s new blog, Julep.  After 6 years of building Minted, I am really proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

Credit for all the beautiful photographs goes to Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Co.  Thanks Sarah!


  1. Monica

    ADORABLE birthday party… love all the details!

  2. lori

    What a beautiful birthday party, Mariam (Happy Birthday, Sabine)!! Everything looks so gorgeous!! Love all the little details, and Carrie’s party decor looks awesome!! 🙂

  3. Holly Payton

    Great, thoughtful designs from beginning to end. Your vision really came to life! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sandy

    This is the sweetest! Love all the little details.

  5. Jessica

    Love this party theme and all of the beautiful details. My son had a cow birthday party this year and it’s not easy to find farm-like printables with a modern look and feel, without getting custom ones designed. These are perfect!

  6. Olivia

    Perfection! Happy Birthday, Sabine! And wonderful work, Carrie.