If you know us, you know Target is pretty much our second home (I mean, isn’t it everyone’s?). So when we were asked to plan a Target themed birthday party for a soon-to-be 5 year old, we jumped at the opportunity!! And then we visited Target many, many times for strictly research purposes of course! What we came up with, we think, was a fun homage to our favorite store, while also having some fun in the process.
We knew right off the bat that we wanted to create a grand Target entrance for guests when they walked in and what better way to do that then to recreate their famous red balls that flank the entrance.
Even though “Target” isn’t necessarily the most popular kid themed birthday party around, it doesn’t mean we can’t make it kid friendly! Enter: Bullseye’s Playground (formerly known as the dollar spot).
Instead of traditional goody bags, all kiddos in attendance were allowed to “go shopping.” Each were given a Target shopping bag and were able to pick a toy or two from the red bins. To make sure it really felt like Target, we recreated their yellow price tags to include the name of the goodies they were getting. We also wanted to highlight the birthday girl by making her “Team Member of the Month!” We included adorable photos of her shopping at her actual Target.
The majority of the party was going to be held outside so we used that opportunity to add some more Target themed decor to the sliding door.
Now no trip to Target would be complete without a stop at Starbucks!!
Since we already had a full dessert table, we chose to make this table simple: with just a few extra sweet treats and drinks.
One of the things we knew right away when we said yes to all things Target was that we wanted to incorporate their advertisements in some way. After some back and forth, we decided to use them as our backdrop for the dessert table. And we’re so glad we did!
Here are a few up close pictures of all the goodies they had to offer!
For the food table, we made and printed a large Target Cafe sign to hang above. In keeping with the theme, guests chowed down on hot dogs, pizza, pretzels, nachos and even Target popcorn!!
For the guest tables, we kept it pretty simple and just focused on the centerpieces.
Finally, we brought a little of the inside of Target outside but adding isle numbers and directory names to the patio pillars. And probably our favorite part of the entire party was this diy product scanner we made! Lol.
Finally let’s talk about backyard decor! To add some finishing touches to the party, we had real Target promotional photos blown up and adorned on the fence!
Last (and maybe the thing that made us most excited about the whole party) was the Target shopping cart!! Now I’m sure many of you are wondering how we got the cart to the party. I promise, we did everything by the book! Lol. And we’re so glad we did because it really brought the whole party to the next level!! We used the awesome prop to hold gifts that the guests brought.
For a photo prop, we recreated the famous Target red card and personalized it for the birthday girl.
Lastly, we added some final decor to bring everything together.
We know this was a long post so if you’ve made it this far, thank you! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this party just as much as we enjoyed planning it!!
Are you thinking about planning a Target party? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below! 🙂