Wizard of Oz Birthday Party Ideas

By Nov 16, 2011May 1st, 201517 Comments

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I’ve realized that one of the best parts about having a little girl is getting the chance to host something fun like a Wizard of Oz Birthday Party. Planning a themed birthday party couldn’t have been possible without our good friend, Kim from The TomKat Studio. The girl that we met at Bloggy Boot Camp in Phoenix not that long ago has blasted off into the stratosphere, transforming parties and printables to down-right eye-candy, and dishing out great easy party ideas.

And what’s not to love about her Dorothy-Inspired Birthday Party?

the tomkat studio

I had to make it mine.

And you can too…

Wizard of Oz Party Ideas

When trying to figure out the details for our 1st birthday party bash for our daughter, I knew I could splurge on some things, but had to cut corners on others. I decided to take the plunge and buy the full Wizard of Oz Party Package from The TomKat Studio on Etsy. It came complete with everything I could possibly need, from the customizable printable for the invitation to the printable for the thank you notes.

Birthday Party Ideas for Girls

Birthday Banner for Girls

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And being the craft-challenged type of girl that I am, a good friend of mine helped me to get creative when it came to adding personal touches to the birthday decorations. See the red glitter and bling here and there? That’s her creative genius at work, my friends!

Once we had the printables in order, it was time to turn our attention to other fun details, while keeping in mind that we were still on a budget.

Cheap and Easy Birthday Ideas

Rather than lust after the picture perfect birthday party I knew we wouldn’t be hosting, I focused on what I knew we could accomplish.

I bought a sunshine yellow plastic table cover roll from Party City for $16.99. Say hello to our yellow brick road!

Creative Birthday Ideas

During a trip to Michael’s, I scored a Scarecrow for only a few dollars.

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I pulled out a few pieces from last year’s Halloween costume to doctor up a Wicked Witched of the West.

wizard of oz costume

And everything else I left to my kid’s creativity.  They painted rainbows, helped me hang “flying monkeys” from the ceiling, and even made a Follow the Yellow Brick Road sign.

handmade by kids

Wizard of Oz Birthday Cake

My favorite part of the day was definitely the Rainbow Layer Cake recipe I found on Whisk Kid…a recipe so inspired that it actually landed the blogger an appearance on The Martha Stewart Show! How’s that for using your blog as a platform for something bigger?!?

rainbow cake

I kept my cake to only four layers, which is much simpler than what you’ll see on Whisk Kid. I also tried the buttercream recipe provided, but would not recommend it. Instead, I used a classic Seven Minute Frosting recipe and loved it. So much less complicated and incredibly cheaper.

All in all, a fabulous 1st birthday party for our sweet little girl!

Now if only someone could help me slow down the clock…

baby girl

About Francesca

Francesca has an extensive background in content marketing, public relations, and social outreach. She oversees all Operations at Sway Group, including our robust metrics capabilities. Prior to joining the online world, Francesca oversaw viticulture and oenology at various wineries in both California and Italy, and managed regulatory affairs and facility approvals at the biotech company, Genentech. Francesca has been featured on CBS Sacramento and Food Blogger Pro’s podcast. She has also hosted an AMA webinar and spoken at Social Media World.


  • This is so absolutely clever. My favorite part (besides the cupcakes – I’ll take 2 please) are the little bales of hay. How adorable!

  • Joanne says:

    These are some wonderful ideas! I love stuff like this. I especially liked the yellow brick road and the wicked witches stockings, hat and broom. And your daughter is adorable.

  • Jen says:

    Well now that is adorable. Maybe someday, if I keep blogging long enough some of this creativity that everyone has will rub off on me and I too will be able to have a fabulous kids bday party.

  • Mama Kat says:


    Lily has fantastic handwriting!

  • Mama Kat says:

    Are you kidding me? Dude, you went all OUT for her party this year!!

    #1 She. Is. A. DOLL…my favorite child of yours.
    #2 The yellow brick road was brilliant…and I’m not convinced you thought of that on your own.
    #3 Will you do MY kids birthdays? They get totally jacked.

    • Francesca says:

      I want you to know that I preserved lemons today. That I picked from our orchard.

      I’m like Pioneer Woman meets Hostess With the Mostess. Only I swear way more and sleep way less.

      Oh, and I took pictures. This post may be the start of my comeback to the blogging world.

      Get ready.

      PS: That yellow brick road idea? Totally mine!!! You have hire my mad, mad skillz for the introductory rate of $500 per hour.

      You’re welcome.

  • Marie Cole says:

    Wow what a darling party!

  • angie lee says:

    The party looks fabulous and Liliana is to die for. She actually reminds me of Rachelle’s youngest with the light brown hair and big blue eyes. I especially like that sign backed in the sparkly red paper. So cute.

    • Francesca says:

      Thanks, Angie Lee! You seem like a swell blogger and I really appreciate your heartfelt comment. LOL!

      Follow me and I’ll follow you back. Just leave me the link to your blog and I’ll be sure to check it out.


    • Francesca says:

      PS: Know that I considered adding a disclaimer and linking to Rachelle’s Facebook page. This is all her amazing work!

  • Barbara says:

    Absolutely amazing! We ordered stuff from a party store for our daughter’s last birthday (also Wizard of Oz themed) and it was no where near this cute. Great job!

  • Such great ideas. I love the gingham curtains. We had a Wizard of Oz party for our girls last year. It’s so much fun to see the different interpretations. Great job!

  • What a great birthday theme! So cute, and so well put together. Love it.

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this… what a fun idea! Wonder if I could pull it off here in Norway? 🙂 Hope y’all have a fabulous rest O’ week 🙂

  • Couponizer says:

    Awesome! I love Wizard of Oz!! great job mommy!!

  • Leah says:

    These are AMAZING ideas! My daughter absolutely loves The Wizard of Oz. I am for sure saving this page and pinning the images for future party ideas.

  • precious! what an amazingly cute idea:)))))