My oldest is now 5 years old. Almost done with preschool and on to Kindergarten. I was noticing that she was getting more and more interested in Superheros. So I asked her if she wanted a Superhero birthday party. Well… not only did she want a superhero party, she specifically wanted a Wonder Woman Party. I am not opposed to going to the store and buying themed plates, napkins, décor etc. However, I could not find anything that was specifically for Wonder Woman. So I decided to design something by myself. Continue reading “Superhero / Wonder Woman Birthday Party”
It’s a Candy Shoppe Birthday! For each of my kids’ birthdays I picked something they liked and themed a party around it. For my little “Claire Bear”… she loves CANDY! And so was born the Candy Shoppe Theme. Continue reading “Candy Shoppe Birthday Party!”
Well my baby girl has turned one. Her name is Claire and she is the sweetest, cutest little thing, as most mothers would say about their children. When deciding what theme to do her birthday, I was considering “Cute as a Button” or “Bear” as we always call her Claire Bear. We obviously landed on “Cute as a Button” and decided to dress her up as a bear for Halloween.
In this blog I will share with you some things that we did to create this theme and give you all of the free printables you will need to make this happen at your home.
I have to admit, I am a bit of a procrastinator and I let the invites slip this time. I wanted to send out these cute invitations I made, but I ended up just making a Facebook event and inviting people that way. It was faster than mailing it and the RSVP feature on Facebook is convenient. However, I would have preferred to send it out in the “Real” mail because I’m a bit old fashioned that way. Whichever way you do it, I have a printable for the “O’Fashioned” Invites here or Jpeg for you to use on your Facebook Event here.
This birthday sign is pretty self-explanatory. You simply print the pieces, cut them out and glue them together. After that, all there is to do is punch two holes in each piece and string them together with some curling ribbon. Feel free to use whatever pieces you want. You could use only the “Happy 1st Birthday” without the buttons, or you could use only the “Happy Birthday” words if it is for a different age. Whatever you do, it is sure to be adorable. I hung mine on the wall with some pushpins and over matching crepe paper that I had also hung from pushpins, floor to ceiling.
Upcycled cans for décor
The name of my blog is “Practical Party Planning”, so here is a practical idea for you. Save your aluminum cans from your Food Club corn, beans or peaches, etc. and these will be come part of your décor. All you have to do is click here, print out the papers, cut to fit your different sized cans and wrap and attach. You have now matched your décor, have a recyclable decoration and have upcycled all in one shot.
I filled mine with matching artificial flowers from the dollar store and used one of them to hold the forks in my buffet line. They were super cute, and the hoarder in me would have wanted to keep them, but thankfully my husband recycled them when I was not looking, or else they would have been added to my stash!
To add to my décor I also made wraps to cover the cute little 7.5 ounce cans of Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist. Just as simple as wrapping the aluminum cans, and just as cute. To decipher which can is what you could use the green covers on the Sierra Mist, the polka dot on a Diet Pepsi and maybe the pink on a Mountain Dew.
I also made little wraps to cover the Food Club Drinking Water bottles I bought from Coborn’s, click here for those. Fun and festive!
I enjoy giving little favors to the kids who come to the party, just a little something for them to take home. While shopping at Coborn’s I found a sale on the movie theatre candy, 10 for $10. I decided on Nerds and grabbed as many as I would need so each kid would get one box. Of course, I would then need to make these match as well! So click here to get the free printable to wrap around your boxes of candy. There is also a nametag included that you can attach on each box. You could even write a sweet little note on each one too, whatever you prefer.
Now this one I do not have a free printable for you because… well…. it can’t be printed. But I wanted to mention it to you anyway. To make Claire’s outfit for the day, because it obviously has to match, I sewed matching buttons on a white shirt in the shape of the number one. If you have basic sewing skills you should be able to pull this off. I paired it with a matching tutu and there we go, as cute as a button I would say!
Next to the wedding cake the first “Dig-In” cake is the most important, right? Typically I like to make my own cake for my kids’ birthdays but I needed a break. With planning the party, getting the food ready, decorating and cleaning the house, I decided to leave this task to the professionals.
I stopped at my local Coborn’s in Sartell on Pine Cone Road and ordered my cakes from my favorite cake decorator, Amanda. You may know her, she writes a cake blog for Coborn’s, check it out! I simply told Amanda my theme and gave her a copy of the invitations so she could match the look. I then told her that I wanted a cute “dig-in” cake to be in the shape of a bear, just to get in the “Claire Bear” theme at least once.
Needless to say, I was VERY happy with the results. Chocolate cake, whipped frosting and a beautiful design, it can’t get much better than that! As you can see from the photos, Claire loved the cake as well. I served it with Food Club Chocolate/Vanilla ice cream and it was perfect!
I knew that I would have last minute cleaning to do in the morning so I didn’t want to spend too much time fussing with food, so here is what I served: egg bake, Sweet P’s mini muffins and grape clusters. Click here for the egg bake recipe. I mixed up the egg bake the night before and simply put in the oven the morning of the party. I served that with the mini muffins and grapes that were simple enough to get onto my buffet and for beverages we had the water and soda pop and I made a pitcher of Food Club Sugar-Free Lemonade and had some Champagne and OJ to make Mimosas for the adults. I bought matching plates, cups and napkins from the local party store to complete the look.
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*Please note that the printables may not appear as they do shown in the images. However, once you download them they would be correct. So I would suggest downloading the images and not just print from the link.
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Let’s make a sculpted cake. No! Don’t run away! It’s easier than you think! I’m going to break it down for you into “beary” little steps and you’ll be serving up a “beary” cute little teddy bear in no time.
Things to gather up:
- An 8” round cake and 2 cupcakes.
- 2 cake spatulas, on big one, one small one. Yes you can get by with just one.
- A large round tip (size 8 to 10) , a small round tip (size 2 to 4).
- A large grass tip. The bigger the better. Small one is ok too, but it’s going to be more squeezing time for you.
- Decorating bags. One for each color.
- 2 lbs frosting in your main color. 1/2 lb frosting in an accent color. A dollop of black frosting. A smidgen of white (optional, for eyes).
Begin by cutting your 8” round cake in half. Next, cut the top of one cupcake off and then cut the cupcake top in half. These will be your ears. The other cupcake you can simply shave off one side to make a flat base, this will be the snout. Next, take your 8” halves and stick them together like a sandwich with frosting.
Next base ice the cake with your main color. It doesn’t need to look pretty because soon you’ll be covering it in bear fluff.
Attach the cupcakes as shown. I have the flat part of the cupcake tops facing forward. Pro tip! If your cupcakes are soft and your ears seem a bit wobbly, chill them in the freezer to make them easier to ice.
Using the accent color, cover the fronts of the ears and the snout. I used a coupler, no ring or tip, to do this. I was able to get an even layer of frosting on the ears with having to go back and smooth it out.
Grab you little cake spatula and smooth out the icing on the snout. It’s a little tricky being as it’s so “beary” tiny, but just breathe and keep working that frosting over. If you want it smoother you can let the frosting set up and then pat it with your finger to make it a little flatter. Have I mentioned you should be washing your hands?
For the next step we’ll be adding fur with your grass tip. I have my main color bagged up and left 2 dots to remind me where the eyes will go. Start squeezing. Cover up the head with fur.
The ears need fur too. It’s not that hard. There isn’t a base coat of frosting on these (you can, but you’ll be fine without it) so make sure you keep your fur plops nice and close to cover the cake.
You’ve covered the whole thing! “Beary” good! Now for the final finishing touches.
Add in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Eyes are big dots made with a large round tip. For the nose I used the same size 10 tip and made a modified heart shape. With a size 3 or 4 you can draw the line down and a smile to finish off his face. And at this point if you want you can add the little white fleck in the eyes to give him a little sparkle feel free to do so!
And just like that you’ve made a sculpted cake!
Using these steps you can let your creativity take over. You could do a pink bear, or make him not so furry and add stitches for a teddy bear with a sewn look. Or why not go crazy and make the ears pointy and try out a cat!
And you didn’t think you could sculpt a cake without a special pan… When you break it down, it’s “beary” possible!
Coborn’s Cake Decorator
Sartell, MN – Pine Cone Road
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- 8" Round Cake
- 2 Cupcakes
- Cake Spatula
- Decorating Bags for each color
- 1 Large Round Tip (Size 8 to 10)
- 1 Small Round Tip (Size 2 to 4)
- 1 Large Grass Tip
- 2 lbs Frosting in your main color
- ½ lb Frosting in accent color
- Dollop of black frosting
- Dollop of white frosting for eyes
- Cut 8" Round Cake in half.
- Cut the top off one Cupcake then cut the top in half for the ears.
- Shave off one side of the other cupcake for snout.
- Stick 8" halves together with frosting.
- Base ice Cake with main color.
- Attach Cupcakes as shown in photo.
- Ice ears and snout with accent color.
- Smooth out icing on snout.
- Cover head and ears with fur using a grass tip.
- Add eyes with large round tip, nose with size 10 tip and mouth with size 3 or 4
Well, my oldest daughter is now a three year old. Of course, as a Mom, I want to give her whatever she wants and this year, for her birthday, she wanted to have a pink bowling party. So we went bowling and ordered pizzas, pretty simple. But, I couldn’t just let it end with that. So we went back to our house and had cake, ice cream and presents!
When I asked Grace what kind of party she wanted, because if you know me you know there must be a theme, she said “pink”. Well we did PINK! For decoration we had pink tissue paper balls, pink balloons, pink crepe paper streamers, pink plates, pink polka dot treat bags, pink polka dot napkins, pink cups and pink polka dot straws. I served pink lemonade, pink ice cream and pink cake with pink icing. It was pretty cute and Grace loved it all. Planning any kind of get together can get really stressful, but as I was icing the cake and Grace looked and me and said “I really like my pink cake Mom!” it made all the fuss worth it.
With all of my pink decorations and white polka dots on the napkins, straws and crepe paper, I decided to make a polka dot cake to match. It turned out super cute and was really easy. So I want to share with you how I made it so you can do it too!
First off, I made two 9” round cakes and 24 cupcakes with two strawberry box cake mixes. After they cooled I began to ice the cakes. We love the buttercream icing from the Coborn’s Bakery, so I went over to the bakery and got the “Good Stuff”. They sell it in the cases by the cupcakes and they typically have white and a couple other random colors to choose from. I bought two and a half pounds, but I should have just bought three because I ran out before all 24 cupcakes were iced. I put A LOT of icing on the cake. So you may be able to get away with only two pounds. I colored the icing myself at home to make the best color match, however if you wanted a certain color, I would think the nice people in the bakery would dye some for you. Long story short, I iced my two round cakes together to make a higher cake with an icing layer in the middle. I did that with just a butter knife. I then did a simple icing of the cupcakes with a pastry bag and round tip. Click here for more ways to ice a cupcake.
Decorating the cakes
The next steps are really easy. I bought Over The Top Party Pink Sanding Sugar from the cake aisle along with Over The Top White Sugar Beads. I simply sprinkled the top of the cake with the Sanding Sugar. Then I took the White Sugar Beads and created a polka dot pattern on the top of the cake to match the décor. I used the rest of the beads to make a border against the plate and the bottom of the cake and voila, the cake is now decorated. For the cupcakes, I sprinkled the Party Pink Sanding Sugar on half of the cupcakes and did one White Sugar Bead on the top of the other half of cupcakes, this way they all coordinated with the cake, but were a little different.
Making the Cake Topper
Now on to the cake topper. I had purchased polka dot pink straws from the party store when I purchased my tableware, but who really uses a straw? So I knew I would have leftovers to use for my cake. I took three straws to use for my cake topper. Next I took three pink paper plates to cut out circles for my saying. My Mom has a Cricut™ cutting machine that we used to cut out white vinyl letters to write out “Grace is three”. I then placed the vinyl on the round circles. Next I simply hot glued the straws to the back of the circles. The last thing I had to do was to arrange the straws and stick them into the cake. I also placed a pink number three candle and my cake was complete.
I realize that you may not all have a Cricut™ cutting machine at home, so I made Free Printables for you so you can make these at home. Obviously I do not know the name of the person for whom you are making the cake, so the printables read “Happy 3rd Birthday”. Each printable has four sheets. Sheet one has the Happy, Birthday and 1st – 5th circles. Sheet two has 6th – 14th circles, sheet 3 has 15th – 21st circles and the fourth sheet has 30th – 100th, by decade. Click the links below for different colors. I made a pink version, green version, blue version and one white version with just black text so you can print on whatever color you wish. I would just suggest using a heavy/thick card stock so that the circle stand up nicely against the straws, if you do not have a heavy/thick card stock, you can just glue the circle a little farther down the straw to add a little stability.
This cake and these cupcakes are cute and fun for any birthday party. I hope you can use some of the ideas I gave you here to make your own!
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