Mary Poppins Party

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It’s hard to imagine that Tandy is two. On one hand, it seems like she’s been with us so much longer, but on the other hand, she doesn’t seem like she should be out of the baby stage. It was so much fun to celebrate her along with something she loves so much. Mary Poppins filled our thoughts and imagination for the day, and it was quite a jolly holiday.

You’ve seen the outfits and the invitations, now here’s the rest. If you haven’t watched the movie in a while, you might miss some of the tie ins, but I assure you everything was inspired by the Mary Poppins movie.

We started with a couple crafts.

Mary Poppins Activities

The kite decorating kits set up in a carpet bag came from Oriental Trading Company.

Mary Poppins Kite Craft

We also made bird feeders similar to this tutorial.

Mary Poppins Feed the Birds

A carpet bag center piece was a must. Thankfully a friend of a friend had one we could borrow. It’s filled with a few items Mary pulled from her bag of tricks.

Mary Poppins Carpet Bag

The snacks included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut with a penguin sandwich cutter, penguin crackers (Walmart), umbrella cheese, popcorn, and lemonade. I used some of the painted cocktail umbrellas to make the number 2.

Mary Poppins Food Table

The umbrella cheese is made from Babybel cheese rounds cut in half. I trimmed some black straws from Ikea to make the handles.

Mary Poppins Umbrella Cheese

The Ikea cart I’ve been using in my sewing room made the perfect paper goods station. The lower shelves housed musical instruments and vintage Mary Poppins books.

Mary Poppins Party Cart

Finally, we’ve arrived at the sweets table! I made the banner from copied book pages from our vintage Mary Poppins books.

Mary Poppins Sweets Table

We had dipped marshmallow chimney sweeps.

Mary Poppins Chimney Sweeps

The Jell-O clouds were blue Jell-O topped with a homemade marshmallow dollop. I’ll have more on those in a future post.

Mary Poppins Jello Clouds

Can we pause for a moment and imagine those cute cups above adorned with one of the cocktail umbrellas like the photo below. Yep, somehow those got missed. Thanks for using your imagination instead!

Mary Poppins Jello

Well, it wouldn’t be a Mary Poppins party without a nod to the spoon full of sugar that makes the medicine go down. I bought these cute sundae spoons at Joann’s on clearance. I’ll try to do a quick post on the cake pop spoons in the future too.

Mary Poppins Spoon full of Sugar

I added some washi tape accents to my cupcake tower and topped it with the same image I used for the invitations. My favorite lemon cupcakes were a hit with both kids and adults.

Mary Poppins Cupcakes

The final table was home to the favors.

Mary Poppin Favors Table

The sugar cookie garland spelled out Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I used this letterpress cookie cutter set to make all 34 letters.

Mary Poppins Cookie Garland

Chocolate “tuppence”, bird whistles, and sidewalk chalk rounded out the favors.

Mary Poppins Sidewalk Chalk

There’s the birthday girl eyeing the gummy penguins her grandmother scored at Trader Joe’s.

Jolly Holliday Party Girl

Big Sis was ready to lead the musical parade.

Mary Poppins Party

The older kids had a blast making their music while leading the younger guest around.

Mary Poppins Parade

All in all, it was a very happy day!

Mary Poppins Party Pic

Love this sweet photo of Tandy captured by Matt Bateman.


Pinterest, of course, provided tons of inspiration, so check out some of the ideas I found and more here.


  1. My how she has grown! I remember when you were sewing for her nursery. Happy 2nd Birthday little one! Every detail of her party is perfect! Looks like it was a fun time for everyone. : )

  2. What an adorable idea for a party! I love how much thought you put into all those details. Everything is fantastic!

  3. Would you mind sharing source info for the cute vintage tablecloth?

    1. Mine was a gift from friends that score the best thrift store finds around!

  4. This is a visual spoonful of sugar. It's a cool way to decorate for a party for any child. I like all the little touches that make it special and remind guests of the ideas that were portrayed in Mary Poppins.

  5. My kid's bday is around and i am gonna at least try umbrella cheese and chimney tower. I am sure she is gonna love it :)

  6. What an adorable party! I love the cookie garland! I've never seen anything like that. Great job on it all!

  7. Hi! This party was put together so beautifully! Would you share the source of the signage you used, please?

    1. Thank you. I made some notes about my chalkboard signs here:

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