This 3-Year-Old Had a Target-Themed Birthday & We Wish We Were Invited

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Emily Kern

We moms love to joke how Target is our favorite place in the entire world, how no weekend is complete without a stroll with a red cart, Starbucks in hand. So we shouldn't be surprised that our kids enjoy Target just as much as we do. In fact, Emily Kern's daughter Charlie loves Target so much, when her mom asked the little girl what theme she wanted for her third birthday party, she asked for an epic Target bash. 

  • When Charlie said she wanted her third birthday party to be Target themed, at first her mom laughed it off.

    "I make cakes on the side," Kern explains to CafeMom, "and had so many ideas for a fun cake." She tried to talk her daughter into a Trolls party instead. "But every so often I would ask what kind of party do you want and without fail, she said, 'Target.'" Eventually Kern knew the only way her daughter would be truly happy would be to host a Target bash. She decided to go all out.

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  • Kern says Charlie visits the store with her about once a week; the little girl also makes regular Target runs with her babysitter too.

    "No matter where we are, she sees the Target symbol and yells, 'Yay Target!! I'm so excited!'" Kern says. They even used the store as a carrot to help young Charlie potty train. "That was our bribe to get her to go #2," dishes her mom. "If she went we would go to Target!" I think this little girl might be my soul mate

  • Once they settled on the Target theme, Kern went all out trying to replicate as many in-store details as possible in her home for the party.

    The party even had their very own Target Cafe. "With that, we did what you find at Target: Pizza Hut, hot dogs on a roller, and then popcorn," explains Kern. She hung the iconic bull's-eye everywhere.

  • Instead of goodie bags, kids "shopped" for items at their own Dollar Spot. BRB, stealing this idea for my own kid's party.

    The idea is super creative, but as Kern explains, it's also a really easy way to turn the goodie-bag tradition into a fun party activity. "I got bulk items of toys and candy and bubbles and put them in bins so the kids could 'shop' for whatever they wanted," she says. "I had gone to my local Target and they were kind enough to give me a bunch of checkout bags as well as stickers for the kids. I think that was their favorite spot of the day!" Same, kids. Same.

  • While the kids loved shopping, Kern says her favorite part of the party was the dessert table. That cake looks almost too good to eat. Almost.

    "I made chocolate-covered oreos and pretzels," she says. "Obviously they were red and white and then I made Charlie's cake as the centerpiece." Yes, please. 

  • Kern says friends and family all loved the party theme. But no one was happier than Charlie.

    Kern shared photos of all her hard work (because let's be honest, this is some master-level Pinterest skill at work here) on Facebook, where even Target commented on loving Charlie's #Targetstyle. We love everything about this party -- we just wish we'd been invited to come!