July 23, 2013

How to Style a Kid-Friendly Baking Party

Baking parties are not just for girls! My son LOVES to bake with me, and he was the inspiration behind our NEW Baking Party Printables!

Styling a memorable birthday party or summer play date for your kids can mean a great deal of preparation. So we've put together a few easy and quick tips and ideas to helping you pull off a fun, creative and unique Cupcake Decorating Party – perfect for boys or girls of any age!

Who doesn't love cupcakes?!

Deciding on a party concept or theme first, will help you pull ideas and a color scheme together quickly. A Cupcake Decorating party offers the ideal summer activity and play-date theme too, and is suitable for any age group.

Furthermore, the fact your mini guests will be busy decorating their own food, means YOU do not need to – Which saves on a huge amount of work and time! ;)

Depending on the age group of guests, you can even get them to bake their own cupcakes from scratch, or provide ready-to-bake cake mixes that requires minimal preparation.

Store-bought cupcakes, (or sugar cookie dough) are the obvious party staples. All you need to do is fill a table with colored sprinkles, icing decorations, frosting (home or store bought again) and decorating tools from your own kitchen!  

Party printables and DIY printable invites offer the perfect solution when decorating the party scene. Not only they are super affordable, but are quick to assemble too! Bird's Party Printable Baking Kit includes all the templates you need to pull together a fabulous party!

Party Styling and Decor

Most of the table decor will be disposable – But does not mean it has to be boring! Printables again offer the perfect solution to embellishing tableware quickly, to achieve a  harmonious and bespoke look.

Since the table will get messy, it's also a great idea to use paper tablecloths. We used a roll of Kraft brown paper to line the tabletop, then after the party, you simply fold all the mess into the paper and dispose!

The centerpiece needs to be kid-friendly, practical but also have the wow factor! In this party, our centerpiece double also as a cupcake stand. We used empty baby cereal cans wrapped in scrap-booking paper from Bird's Party printables, and stacked cake drums (wrapped in more Kraft paper). The edge of the cake drums was covered with ribbon to match the printables, using hot glue. On top of the tiers, we added a tin can filled with a kitchen utensils “bouquet”.

Each place setting was equipped with decorating tools, and a mini balloon whisk, which doubled as a place card holder with name tags; well as a DIY mini cupcake stand – made from gluing a glass coaster to an egg cup. Guest get to decorate their own cupcakes to taste and add a cute topper too!

The wall behind the table was decorated with cupcake paper cases of various colors, and stuck on the the wall with glue dots. This only helps to add color to the walls, but also provide the perfect photo backdrop, when capturing those special party snapshots!


Party Favors and Activities

The cupcake decorating and/or baking aspects of this party theme means you also don't have to think of extra activities to keep guests amused and entertained!

Little chef's hats and aprons are essential in a cupcake decorating party, and make great gifts for guests to take home. 

In addition, guests also received their very own personalized Recipes Book, to continue the adventure at home! The book is assembled using pages and cover sheets from the printables kit, which are included in Bird's Party Cupcake Baking Kit. 

Party Credits:

Styling, photography and printables designs: Bird's Party
Chef's Hats and Aprons: Get similar ones at http://www.orientaltrading.com 
Cupcake Baking Cases: Bird's Party
Mini Cupcake Stands: Bird's Party

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