Over the weekend, the actress and Honest Company co-founder threw a backyard bash for her younger child, who celebrated her actual birthday on Aug. 13. The unforgettable festivities were unicorn-themed — perfect for a little girl who brings a regular dose of magic into her family’s lives.
“One of the things that I love most about being a parent is throwing birthday parties that my kiddos will remember forever,” Alba, 36, tells PEOPLE, sharing exclusive photos from her little girl’s magical day.
“Haven’s party was inspired by The Honest Company’s Unicorns Training Pants pattern — you can literally find inspo anywhere,” adds the third-time mom-to-be. “We used this pattern as a starting off point for the entire day.”
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The party décor lent a big part of the sparkle, from streamers, balloons and garland from Land of Nod, more balloons from Party City and Amazon and a ton of Paper Source items like labels and cellophane bags for DIY “Baby Unicorn Fur,” gold markers and a unicorn stamp.
It was all hands on deck to prep beforehand! “Haven, Honor and I had so much fun decorating, from making ‘Baby Unicorn Fur’ cotton-candy labels to stuffing the unicorn piñata the night before,” Alba says.
Of course, no summer soirée is complete without pool time — and the actress made sure to nab one of 2017’s most recognizable icons: a #FLOATY Rainbow Unicorn Float.
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Dessert options included cotton candy from Amazon, plus a sparkly spread by Cake Creamery: “unicorn horns” (a.k.a. upside-down ice-cream cones decorated with sprinkles) plus unicorn-inspired cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, macarons and more.
The crown jewel? A two-tier unicorn confection — also by Cake Creamery — featuring a waterfall of frosting flowers, multicolored accents and a big gold horn on top.
For Alba, the celebrations were extra memorable because they also brought her back to her own childhood.
“I still remember the sleepover parties and rollerblading parties that my parents threw for me when I was little,” she says. “Even if we didn’t have money, my mom always knew how to make us feel so special.”
“And of course, I love any excuse to throw a fun party!” she adds.
- Reporting by ANYA LEON