Our girl is seven years old!
As you know, Claire and I love planning and crafting together … and her seventh birthday party really takes the cake in this regard! Literally! Shortly after Christmas, Claire decided she’d like to have a cake-decorating party. We decided to turn our home into a cake-decorating studio for her birthday party: the “Icing on the Cake Design Studio” was born! I played around on PicMonkey and in Photoshop to come up with a logo we thought was cute for her faux business:You’ll see this logo used in various pieces of decor and supplies in the following photos.We scoured Pinterest for ideas and came up with lists of our favourite decorations and favour ideas that we’d like to incorporate. We soon landed on decor and favours centered on sprinkles, doilies, and icing. Then we scoured fabrics online for just the right fabric for our aprons. And then I sewed. And sewed. And sewed. Here’s a reminder of the aprons I finished sewing back in March before our trip to China:
Claire and I also made the party favours back in February and March. (We knew we didn’t want to leave it to the last minute.) Claire approved the concept and the materials and then I got to make these little necklaces while the kids were in school. I would have included Claire in the making-of part but some of the stuff isn’t recommended for kids’ use – just the end product.
You’ll see other fun crafty things we did together in the following images.
In addition to the custom aprons and decor, the other time-consuming part was baking the cakes and giving them all a crumb coat and base layer of icing. I made one – Claire’s – a standard size which we would all subsequently share. The other girls each got a cute little 6″ cake to decorate and take home. I made the small cakes in Wilton 6″ cake pans, which you can buy on Amazon. ca: Wilton Aluminum Decorator Preferred 6 by 3-Inch Round Pan.
Oh, I also used 8″ cake circles underneath the cakes (similar here: Wilton 8-Inch Cake Circle, 12-Pack) and and then placed those on plastic plates from the dollar store just for some extra stability. (The cake circles are important because at the end of the party, we were able to put the cakes (on their cake circles) into boxes for transporting home. More on that near the end of the post!)
You can see all 9 cakes lined up in the photo below.
By the way, I did not obtain the permission of the kids’ parents to post photos of their children online so I’m refraining from doing so except where their faces are barely or not at all visible. Just in case you’re wondering why there are so few images of kids here …
Shortly after the girls arrived, I had them practice a few different piping techniques on their personalized piping practice sheets (made in Photoshop, laminated at Staples). We couldn’t believe how good they were at the stars and rosettes especially!
And then, while we adults hurriedly cleaned up, the girls designed their cakes on paper …
After which, they began decorating their cakes:
Once the girls were done decorating, we had them leave their cakes at the table and asked them to go wash up. We adults boxed up their cakes for the girls to take home and enjoy with their families. Aren’t their cakes fantastic?!
The boxes were key to transporting the girls’ cakes home safely without the risk of messing up their parents’ vehicles! And I think the little label on them looks so sweet. I can’t find something similar on Amazon Canada but you can click here for something similar on Amazon.com.
Claire did us proud by asking her friends to donate to charity in lieu of gifts. We let her friends know that she would like to support the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS).
We were thrilled to send off a nice cheque to SCARS after her party. Thank you, friends, for helping our animal friends!
I want to send out a huge thank you to my sister-in-law-to-be Chrissy, who offered to help out at the party. She was a tremendous help!! And I know that Claire loved having her there. As an added bonus she also occupied the kids with songs and games while Paul and I cleaned up between activities!
At the end of the day, I was exhausted but happy with how the party turned out. Claire really loved the party and all the girls said they had an awesome time. More than the party itself, though, I most appreciated the time planning and crafting with Claire. It’s a special little thing we get to do together. I think she likes that part the most too; that night as I was tucking her in, she suddenly exclaimed, “Oh no, we’ll have nothing to do tomorrow!” Suddenly, before I realized it, we were already deep in discussion about her next birthday theme.
This board on Pinterest is a collection of many of the ideas I used here. A couple of ideas were my own (as far as I know): the sprinkle place settings, the quick and easy “Icing on the Cake Design Studio” logo (in PicMonkey) and the personalized piping practice sheets.
I’m happy to provide some free templates for you to use. You may use the following for personal use only. Re-sale or commercial use is strictly prohibited.
Piping practice sheet
In response to several requests, I am providing a piping practice sheet here. I re-did the sheet in neutral colours, though, so that it can fit into any decor. I also left out the personalization so that you can simply print it and use (laminating it first if you want it to be re-usable).