Actress Ashley Jones Shares Her Birthday Party Planning Must-Haves

by Bethany Braun-Silva

Actress Ashley Jones Shares Her Birthday Party Planning Must-Haves
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Ashley Jones is mom to son Hayden and stepson Huck, which she admits is her most important job! She is also two time Emmy nominated actress best known for her role as ‘Daphne’ in HBO’s hit series, True Blood. She is a, self-proclaimed, Texas girl living in L.A. and often contributes to her celebrity blog on


She recently planned a joint birthday party for her son and step-son, which she admitted was a challenge. “It’s tricky because the boys’ birthdays are close together, but they are four years apart. This seemed like a good year to try and do that now that Hayden is bigger. However, I needed a theme and location that worked for both of them and their friends. I found Little Knights LA and loved all that they had to offer,” she told People.


Jones revealed that both Hayden and Huck love race cars, so it made for the perfect theme! The party went off without a hitch and Jones told People she, “Truly couldn’t have asked for a better day. Huck and Hayden had a magical time.”


Check out her must-haves for planning a birthday party below!

Theme and Space

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Balloon Backdrop Kit


"Kids will be happy anywhere with activities and toys, but consider what you want out of the space and pick a theme.  Don’t forget seating for parents and something decent to nosh on! We used and Lacroix! Think about your goals: don’t want to bother with clean up? Are you hoping for some great photos to frame? Need good lighting and good backdrop? A ballon backdrop is a perfect idea!"


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Disney's Cars Cupcake Toppers


"For me, once I decided on the theme, I looked for pictures of cakes or cupcakes. Cupcakes are often easier for distributing, but sometimes the theme lends itself more to a cake, like our Cars theme. Follow @polkatots for inspo."


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Aztec Imports Racing Car Pinata


"Since we did a combination party for my 3 year-old and 7 year-old, I chose a piñata to bring everyone together."

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Mini Race Car Toys


"Instead of candy, I stuffed a car piñata with mini cars, both are very affordable and available on Amazon- check my blog ("

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Classic Car Sets 12 Classic Car Party Food Boxes


"I also loved serving chips and dip out of these Classic Vintage Car Party Food Boxes."

Party Favors

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Mabel's Labels


"You want to thank your guests for coming! My top pick? Give the parents a gift with! Their birthday party pack is so genius! You’ll be hearing about how much they loved the favors all year! And the kids get excited about seeing their own name on their belongings."