How to do a unicorn-themed party?
August 26, 2009 9:52 AM   Subscribe

Unicorn party! Please help with ideas.

My kid's turning 1 and I'd like to do a unicorn themed birthday party (assume that the party will be mainly adults). My ideas so far include using yellow party hats and have a horn decorating table with sparkles and glitter and stuff, having a unicorn pinata, and making cupcakes with some sort of unicorn horn.

I don't care about unicorn themed plates/tablecloth.

Any other ideas? Ideas about how to create unicorn horns out of something other than Bugles or tiny candy corns?

Thanks for making this an awesome party that my son will never remember.
posted by k8t to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
There are a bunch of recipes for ice cream cone cupcakes out there. You could take one of them, which likely uses the standard, flatbottomed cake cone, and adapt it for use in a more cone-shaped cake cone. Huzzah! Unicorn horns for all!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:59 AM on August 26, 2009

As soon as I saw this question I thought, "Unicorn horn cupcakes!" But it looks like you've already got that figured out :o)

If there's any kids - or maybe even adults would want to play - you could do Pin the Tail (or Horn) on the Unicorn, or some sort of ring-toss game with a unicorn horn as the goal. Should also be easy to find a unicorn piƱata at a decent party store.
posted by LolaGeek at 10:03 AM on August 26, 2009

Cream Horns... just google for other variations on the recipe
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:04 AM on August 26, 2009

Doe Deere posted about her handmade unicorn costume; I can't imagine you getting a 1 year old to wear a horn like that, but maybe you can take some inspiration from it.

It appears these people used tiny ice cream cone candies to simulate horns on cupcakes. If you somehow frosted a simple cartoon unicorn face onto the cupcake, one of those swirly-striped birthday candles would make a great horn.

Pin the horn on the unicorn?
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:19 AM on August 26, 2009

I strongly suggest a large, hollow horn with snacks spilling from it onto a platter. Put a small sign about it which says "UNICORNUCOPIA."
posted by adipocere at 10:29 AM on August 26, 2009 [7 favorites]

Unicorn Pops!
posted by jrishel at 10:37 AM on August 26, 2009

If you are going to make cupcakes, you should totally separate out & dye the batter at make rainbow cupcakes. Takes time but totally worth the effort.

For favors - Unicorn chocolate lollipops! (I'd use white chocolate)
posted by nuclear_soup at 10:38 AM on August 26, 2009

There are at least two famous unicorn tapestries: one depicting a unicorn hunt and a set of six in Paris called Lady and the Unicorn.

You could look at these or use images from them for invitations if you were feeling ambitious. You could also go for a whole medieval theme, or include elements from the scenes. For example, the Lady and the Unicorn series is full of bunnies, for some reason. There are a bunch of bunnies in the background of each tapestry. At that museum's shop (and maybe elsewhere), you can buy a set of folding blank cards featuring different bunnies from the unicorn tapestry.

You could also focus on different alleged properties of the unicorn or its horn.
posted by amtho at 10:48 AM on August 26, 2009

For hors d'oeuvres you could pass out plates with a single kernel of corn... then wait for the sad trombone sounds.
posted by syntheticfaith at 10:52 AM on August 26, 2009 [2 favorites]

ROAU is another image that if you like could be used somehow, maybe for JB's idea of pin-the-tail or other elements.
posted by PY at 11:18 AM on August 26, 2009

Oh, hey, if we're suggesting funky, don't forget to ask yourself What Would Neil Patrick Harris do? I think there might be a party game in there somewhere.
posted by amtho at 11:26 AM on August 26, 2009

nuclear_soup, great ideas, but most of our baby friends (and ourselves) are pretty dye-paranoid. :)
posted by k8t at 11:58 AM on August 26, 2009

I'm a teacher - and just to warn you, if you bring glitter into your house, it will never. go. away. Not sure if tiny flecks of whatever it's made of are harmful, but insanity-creating they are, my friend, when a year later you find some in your shoes, or on the back of your nice suit.

Glitter-ish type things, like paste-on shiny stars or whatever, are easier. But if you can't pick them up with two fingers: they are too small and will live in your house forever.
posted by mdonley at 3:34 PM on August 26, 2009 should serve this perfect unicorn cake!
posted by lioness at 5:52 PM on August 26, 2009

Well, you could listen to music by The Unicorns while partying.
posted by val5a at 5:57 PM on August 26, 2009

We make 'unicorn horns' out of the Pillsbury crescent rolls (I stuff them with small pieces of ham and cheese) and have them for dinner as a surprise for the kids. Stupid easy and quick, and it's pretty tasty, too.
posted by dancinglamb at 7:46 PM on August 26, 2009

Amazon has a unicorn cookie cutter (or if you're not into playing Martha, you can probably get your local bakery to just spray a unicorn picture onto regular sugar cookies).

If you scroll down on this page, there are a bunch of pretty nifty ideas on what to serve at a unicorn party (punch, chocolate dipped pretzel sticks as fairy wands, star-shaped Rice Krispy Treats!)

And here are unicorn cupcakes. :)
posted by dancinglamb at 8:09 PM on August 26, 2009

Um, *no* glitter. Seriously. One is a little young and that crap gets and sticks EVERYWHERE. Maybe tinfoil if they won't eat it - unicorn horn tinfoil hats.

There you go, if you don't mind 'wasting' tinfoil, put blindfolds on the adults and make them make tinfoil unicorn-horn hats (full hat with a point on it). Prize for the [best/worst/banana shaped/whatever].

Pictures or it didn't happen. ;P
posted by tilde at 4:02 AM on August 27, 2009

If you happen to have an iPhone, the Younicorn app creates some pretty amusing photos.
posted by lore at 8:32 PM on February 23, 2010

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