what we do

Celebrating the lives of children in foster care, one box at a time.

Pop-Up Birthday was founded by Laila Scott, a mom of three boys and active community volunteer with a passion for spreading birthday joy.  With the support of Foster Angels of Central Texas, the Pop-Up Birthday program launched in July 2014. In September 2015, we received our own non-profit 501c3 non-profit status.  By July 2017, we provided over 1000 personalized birthday celebrations to children affected by the foster care system.   


We currently fulfill birthday requests from our partner agencies (including Child Protective Services, CASA, Upbring, Pathfinders and Pathways Youth and Family Services) for children in the foster care system in and around the Austin, Texas area. Once we receive a request, we get to work preparing a custom party in a box for the foster child and caregivers. The Pop-Up Birthday box is a plastic bin filled to the brim with complete party supplies, including theme decorations, paper good, gift card for cake, candles, balloons, goody bags, a personalized card and gifts for the foster child. See FAQ page for more information.

To provide personalized birthday celebrations 

to children in foster care, creating a moment of connection between the child and a loving adult. 

We believe that something as simple as a birthday party has the power to provide normalcy, joy and hope in a foster child’s life.