Kids' Vintage-Inspired Gumball Birthday Party

Throw your child a vintage gumball birthday party with these easy, fun ideas for an experience any boy or girl would love and never forget.
By: Kara Allen

Vintage Gumball Theme

Throw a birthday party that any boy or girl would love like this vintage-inspired gumball party. The multitude of colors complements the main colors red and aqua for an eye-pleasing effect. The lifelike gumball machine cake made by Dippidee is the focal point of the 1950s-inspired table. The table and all the old-fashioned elements make guests feel as if they're in a 1950s soda shop. To dress up the walls, hang a banner that goes with the theme, like this print-at-home banner by Gwynn Wasson Designs.

Polka Dot Oreo Cookies

Add polka dot details that resemble gumballs to the dessert. These white-chocolate-covered Oreos by Sweeties by Kim are topped with bold red and pink polka dots made with cocoa butter. The aqua blue scalloped plate completes the playful look.

Gumball Machine Sweets

The Internet is a great place to look for one-of-a-kind desserts that represent your party's theme and that guests will want to bite into. These miniature gumball machine cookies made by batches are freshly made and shipped right to your front door.

Vintage Accessories

For an old-fashioned look, display vintage objects on the dessert table. Coca-Cola brand crates, previously used to carry glass coke bottles, hold small glass jars filled with gumballs. The crates, found in the local classifieds, act as the perfect display for the colorful gumballs, and the simple addition allows guests to feel as if they've gone back in time.

Party Treat Bags

Don't let all the displayed gumballs go to waste. Place party theme treat bags, an online find, next to the gumball jars so guests can take the delectable treats home with them.

Gumball Cupcakes

A birthday party wouldn't be complete without cupcakes. Even the cupcakes implement the party theme; the gumballs on top resemble cherries. The blue-and-white polka dot cupcake liners bring whimsy to the party table.

Gumball Machine Cake Pops

These gumball cake pops are easy to make and flow with the spirit of the party. Simply mold cake into a gumball machine shape onto lollipop sticks, and cover it in frosting and colorful sprinkles. To create a base for the pops, drill holes in a miniature red suitcase and place it on top of an aqua blue suitcase.

Miniature Gumball Machines

For more theme-friendly decor, display miniature gumball machines on the table. To spruce them up, tie a polka dot ribbon to each one. Adding ribbon to party accessories is an easy, inexpensive way to bring color and detail to the space.

Colorful Party Hats

Be creative and stick with the theme when choosing the party hats. These hats, made with printable downloads by Gwynn Wasson Designs, bring playfulness to the party. For extra style, sew fringed crepe paper to the top and bottom of the hats. The guests will fit right in with the theme.

Vintage Snack Table

Take a simple yet creative approach for the snack table. The old-fashioned table continues the vintage theme, and the felt polka dot garland hanging on the wall is an easy, inexpensive DIY decoration that adds colorful detail.

Gumball Flower Bouquet

For a charming touch, make a flower bouquet out of gumballs. Hot glue large and small gumballs together in a flower shape and glue them to balloon sticks. Tie them with a colorful polka dot ribbon, and place them in a small vase for an intricate look that's simple to create.

Theme-Friendly Party Favor

Make guests theme-friendly party favors by giving them gumball machines they can take home with them. Create the base by painting a small terra cotta flower pot red and flipping it upside down. Glue a large, round glass jar on top of the pot, fill the jar with gumballs and top it with a painted wooden piece for the lid. The lid is removable so guests can use the gumball machine as a cookie jar or to store other items. As a final touch, paint a wooden doll bead stand and glue it to the front to look like a gumball dispenser.

"Gumball" Ice Cubes

To play off of the vintage soda shop theme, use Mason jars with stamped lids as drinking glasses and cover the straws with red-and-white striped paper for a classic look. Make "gumball" ice cubes by filling a ball-shaped ice cube tray with red punch. The ice cubes mirror red gumballs and give the soda extra flavor. Place vibrant ribbon napkin rings around aqua blue-and-white polka dot napkins to add an extra punch of color.

Gumball Guessing Game

For a party activity any kid would enjoy, fill a large Mason jar with several gumballs. Have each guest guess how many gumballs are inside, and give a prize to the child who guesses the closest. Decorate the game table with simple pink bubblegum tape for a pop of color and detail.

Ribbon Wand Activity

For younger guests, playing with ribbon wands is a great activity. These correlate with the theme and are easy to make — simply attach colorful polka dot ribbons to the top of painted wooden dowels. Place the ribbon wands in a jar filled with gumballs to match the theme.

Sweet "Gumball Buddies"

For an extra sweet touch, give gumball candy for guests to savor. These "gumball buddies" from Peppermint Place are a delicious way to honor the party theme. Arrange them on a white cake stand to make them stand out.

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