How To Throw a Mini Party
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A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody: How To Throw A Mini Party!


Throw A Mini Party!

Honey, I shrunk the party! I am BEYOND excited to be teaming up with Starbucks for some crazy fun posts starting.. NOW. Because, in case you didn’t know… I live for mini-sized everything. So when Starbucks asked me to do a little somethin’ somethin’ inspired by their new mini Frappuccino, I was all, “You mean, you want me to throw my dream party?” I know I’m not alone in loving bite-sized everything, so how fun would it be to put on a party where everything, from the balloons to the cakes to the plates (!) to the piñata is itty bitty! That’s just what I did and I have all my tips for shrinking your party to off-the-charts cute proportions! Let’s do this.

Party Frappuccinos 
Mini Ice Cream Cones
How to Throw A Mini Party
How To Make Mini Birthday Cakes

Click through for my tips + DIYs for throwing your very own mini party!

A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody Printables

All parties must start with an invitation and fittingly, this one could fit in your pocket! Print out these cute invites and craft some cute tiny envelopes to go with!

To print the mini invitations, click HERE!

To print the mini envelope template, click HERE!

Download the graphic, print and cut it out! Add in your party info on the back, fill-in-the-blank style. Trace the envelope template on some cute paper and cut out. Fold the two side flaps inward and attach with a glue stick. Then fold the bottom flap up and glue. Slip the invite in and seal with a cute sticker or piece of washi!

DIY Mini Pinata

You OF COURSE need a mini piñata too! I purchased these little guys and gave them a good coat of gold spray paint. Then, I stuffed them with confetti, candy and even a tiny wrapped present (ours were cute rubber stamps!). Sure you might not be swinging at this piñata with a bat, but they make perfect party favors.

How to Throw A Mini Party
How to Make A Mini Sprinkle Cake

And now for the most important part, the treats! First of all, let’s talk about this mini Frappuccino. It’s a cute little 10 ounce guy and you can get any of the Frappuccino flavors in the new petite size! In case you couldn’t tell, I have decision making problems so I went with… all of them. And topped them with cute party hats for good measure.

And we happily sampled ’em all alongside our mini cakes and mini cones. Yes, that is a tiny tiered birthday cake. We used this pan to make it and used a funfetti cake mix. To make the sprinkle cake, we popped the frosted cake in the freezer for about 5 minutes, then took it out and placed it in a 13×19″ pan. We then poured sprinkles on top of each tier and used a small icing spatula to press sprinkles into the side of each cake. For the ice cream cones used a melon baller to scoop mini scoops onto these teensy cones. THE CUTEST!

Party Frappuccinos
Bite Size Cake Slice
Mini Ice Cream Cones
How to Throw A Mini Party!

Photos by Jeff Mindell | Printable by Annie Steward | Styling + Creative Direction by Studio DIY

To finish off the party, inflate some 5″ balloons and find the tinniest plates you can… and be ready to show your guests that this little party can pack a BIG punch.

Be sure to share your mini inspired parties with us on Instagram using #MakeSomeFun. Gah! So mini parties, so little time! (Sorry, I can’t quit these mini puns.)

This post was created in partnership with Starbucks. All content and opinions are that of my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep the Studio DIY party going! Read more about my editorial policies here.


  • Veronica

    This is so cute! Why is mini stuff always better.

  • Coral

    This is quite seriously one of the cutest, funnest, most adorable and awesome things I’ve ever seen.

  • brittni

    LOVE all of these mini party items. Those cakes and mini ice cream cones…perfect! And the party hats on the Starbucks cups too. So clever.

  • Julie Gallagher


  • Bujaren

    so cute! Adorable Where I can buy those beautiful plates?

  • LirioNohemy

    This is seriously so amazing, Kelly!! How exciting to see you team up with Starbucks!
    I love these ideas so much! I’ll have to remember them for my baby nephews 6 month cake I was planning on making him.. might as well just do a mini Yay!-you’re-half a year- old party! Ha!

  • Juju Sprinkles

    How cute! I love mini stuff, too!! I grew up making miniature house models, so your post is totally up my alley =) I like the idea of mini frappucino, I can’t never finish the whole thing, so I definitely root for smaller sizes =)

    Juju Sprinkles

  • Kortni Gowers

    Those little cakes are sooo cute. I love it!

  • Lili

    Love it!!!
    I guess we’re having a Mini Party very soon;)


    Hey from the sunny UK. I have been rummaging around your blog – I love your style! You have sucha cute take on everything and your ideas are so original. I love the letter-t-shirt one. I’m going to get a ‘Brunch?’ one made up.
    I wrote a little piece on how to host a party in less than one hour. I’d love for you to take a look if you have the time.

    Best wishes

  • Dawnie Marie

    This is adorable – my Son does NOT want a party and secretly I really think he does and this is just perfect – the links to the products are really helpful – wonderful post and an answer to my prayers for a “little” birthday party – one “wee” will enjoy like itis said “it is the litle things in life” thank you again

  • Nicole

    Thanks for this! Getting ready to host a tiny bday party for my daughter this weekend. Curious about the balloons, from what i’ve read, they don’t float even if you fill with helium. Was that your experience? Thanks!

    • Kelly

      Great question! Technically, they say 5″ balloons can’t float. However, in reality you can actually get them to float with helium, just not for very long. You have to fill them pretty full, but they’ll float around for about an hour usually before dropping to the ground. Great for a few cute photo opps or around a dessert table! Hope that helps!!


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