Cupcake Party!

Invitations: Got my idea here.

Cake: Borrowed this pan from a friend. The verdict is that you should use about 1.5 cake mixes. And there’s a very fine line between getting enough batter in the top half of the cupcake (so that you get all the detailing) and so much that you end up with a teeny tiny fire in your oven. I also frosted the bottom and edges of the top before I stuck the halves together.
The cake plate is an upside down bowl and a plate I got from Dollar Tree and then epoxy-ed (totally a word) together.

Upon arrival, each girl got her own apron and chef’s hat. I used this tutorial to make the hats. There’s also a free ebook over at You Can Make This. A complete tutorial for the aprons, along with template will be up in the next day or two. Or three.

There were pink and blue aprons and hats.

Then we made rainbow cupcakes, like these. Ours looked a little more like tumors or something, but maybe that’s because I bought the cheap cake mix. The girls didn’t seem to mind, though.

And there’s my friend Jane finishing them up. She came all the way from Arizona to clean up after me at my kid’s party. OK, that’s not really why she came, but her help saved my life! Thanks again, Janer. I owe you big time.

While the cupcakes were baking, the girls decorated the brims of their hats. I had fabric markers and stuff for them to stitch. All of them but like 3 chose the markers.

Then the girls decorated cake boxes to carry home their cupcakes. I got the boxes locally at Orson Gygi for 99 cents each, but I bet the bakery at your grocery store would be willing to sell you some, too. They decorated with markers and booklets of cupcake stickers that I found at JoAnn’s for $1.

Next we opened presents, so that our rainbow cupcakes would have plenty of time to cool.

After that, we decorated cupcakes. I’d pre-baked about 2 dozen vanilla and 2 dozen chocolate. The girls got 2 of each flavor plus one or two of the rainbow ones.

I made 6 colors of frosting and put it in Ziploc bags with the corners cut off. Be sure you use freezer bags if you do this. We had a little “incident” when we tried it with regular bags. I also had white and chocolate frosting in pastry bags with tips. There were 9 or 10 different sprinkle and candy options. We put those in little glass bowls (similar to these) from IKEA.

Man those girls like frosting!

Finally, we had cake and ice cream with pink lemonade and blue raspberry lemonade in glass spigot jars that I found at Target. Apparently our singing was so loud that the neighbors could hear. Sorry Jenn. :o)

The girls got to take home their hats and aprons, cupcakes, left over stickers, and a bottle of sprinkles.

Why does my kid always pull faces? Wait. Don’t answer that.

Super fun day, but I’m glad we’re done with birthdays ’til January!

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  1. How fun!! Happy b-day Macy!!!

  2. Valarie says:

    that is quite the party. you do nice work. what did you end up with for liners?

    just wait until she starts flipping you off instead of pulling faces.

  3. hooray! your parties are always ROCKING.

  4. kirsten says:

    love it! and thanks for linking to a hat tutorial – i tried one once that totally didn't work – and my girl would LOVE a chef's hat – i was going to make her one for Christmas…

    great party!

  5. Rosie and Derek says:

    What a fun party!!

    And I'm totally going to copy your idea for a cake stand. I already glued a candle holder and a plate together, but I like the look of yours better!

  6. frugalmom says:

    you are like, the best mom ever.

  7. Mac had a great time and she wore her apron and hat for the rest of the day and put it back on Sunday after church.

  8. That is totally AWESOME!

  9. porter family says:

    happy birthday macy!!

    i looks like the party turned out great!! i might have to copy you!

    btw…i cant believe she is 9! where has the time gone? i was thinking she was closer to zoeys age but i think thats because she was bald for so long!

  10. jenpetersen says:

    Sooooo cute and fun!!! Hey do have the pattern for the skirt we were talking about? Was it a free one? I can't remember.

  11. good job, you worked so hard :) No, really, amazing.

    I'm totally making Seth a chef's hat. Thanks for the linky.

  12. The Bronson Bunch says:

    Do you hire out as a Birthday Planner?!?! I could totally use you! That looks like such a fun party!

  13. So cute and FUN! I can't wait till my girl is old enough to have an "interactive" party once we get past the crazy toddler parties!

  14. Looks like it turned out great! The hats and aprons are super cute!

  15. That looked like a fantastic party! You are the hostess with the most-est!

  16. bluestocking mama says:

    how fun!! nice job

  17. How cool of a mom are you?! Nice work!

  18. Holy crap Char! You are awesome…seriously you must be Dwight Howard's cousin!!! Mom and party of the year for sure. Looks like it was tons of fun and I'm glad everything went well. Love the cake, aprons, and hats!

  19. What a cute party! I am expecting a little girl this August, so I'll have to hold on to these ideas for a few years yet, but this sounds like so much fun!

  20. Al, Wendy, Max, and Lil says:

    Excellent fun! Good job Char!

  21. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    Looks like a blast!

  22. My girls said that was the best party they have ever been to. Aly has been wearing her hat and apron non stop and she walks around taking peoples orders of what she can make them. She usually asks if anyone would like some scrambled eggs since that is about the only thing she knows how to make.
    So fun to be there, my girls now know that I am lame when it comes to the party department.

  23. Jami Blake-Weight says:

    can i come to macy's party next year????

  24. sweetpea says:

    What a FUN party, and fabulous idea! I would love to use this with my girls at some point…

  25. Joni Walton says:

    I don't think that you know how cool you are. (Or do you?) Oh, and I nearly pped my pants when I read what you wrote on my blog about Nick Watson.

  26. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    What a fun party – the aprons turned out super cute!

  27. Kristine Robinson says:

    Hands down, the best pary I have ever heard of! I want to be you when I grow up.

  28. What a great party idea, I cannot wait to try it out.

  29. Um, I totally missed this. HOW CUTE are those aprons and hats. SO cute.

  30. I love that little stand! I am filing it away I found you via RHB Designs. YOu are soo very clever!

    Thanks for sharing!

    (and what a cool party!!)

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