As you may know, I love themes and really love birthday cakes too. Hannah wanted a birthday party all about ice cream, and so that is just what I gave her. This post will be all about the set up and the details of the party and a brief tutorial on the cake. Next post will be about the actual party and all the fun.
|I set up a photo booth for the kids to be silly and get their pictures taken. I am printing them out and putting one in each Thank You card that Hannah writes. I made this by painting and glittering styrofoam balls. Then I cut paper and hot glued it onto the balls in a cone shape. (The mini cone idea came from here.) I used masking tape to get the ribbons and mini cones to stick to a disposable table cloth which I draped over our bookshelf. The sash is made just like this one here that I found via Pinterest. I just used the theme colors lime green, dark purple, and hot pink instead of a rainbow on.|
|The cake with real cones, but no ice cream in sight. I found this picture of an ice cream cake for sale in California online, but I figured this wouldn't be too hard to do with real cake, and it wasn't.|
Here is the mini tutorial (I say min because you have to have some cake baking and decorating knowledge to get this, I think.) on how I made the cake with my standard below average photographs. I do not claim to be a photographer!
The way I do these cakes is similar to how I approach a sewing project. I get a vision of how I can make something happen and then I just wing it. The marshmallows were a last minute addition, but most of this cake went as planned out in my mind. I always get nervous mid-cake and think it isn't going to pull together and I have definitely had my bombs, but this turned out just the way I hoped.
|Adorable idea here, I used Dixie cups with a ribbon tied around (which Hannah helped make possible) filled with veggies and cheese cubes. I figured they would need something healthy with the sweets overload. It made it easy and fast to serve the girls too.|
|Here's the whole food table. I used the other half of the sash I made for the photo booth for this window. I also hung pink and purple streamers a little differently this time. I saw a lady who used fabric strips like this and I thought it was super cute, but I didn't have the time of money for that, so I improvised, but go check out the super cute fabric version here.|
|I saw this cuter version of this centerpiece and just threw it together as best I could.|
|Ice Cream Bar with Toppings|
|I dipped the waffle cones in melted chocolate and then sprinkles because what kid doesn't love sprinkles?|
|The adult spread was simple, a veggie tray, cheese log and crackers, and chocolate and cheese on the same tray because they are my very best friends and I wanted them to be close.|
Oh my! I guess recapping I realize how Pinterest has truly ruined me forever. I split up a lot of stuff to do throughout the week before in the evenings. Then I spent all of Saturday and all of Sunday (minus Mass) doing nothing but party stuff and a tad for Advent prep which is for another post. But I got to say that the prep work was nothing compared to managing the party itself. I am more of a behind the scenes person. Running the show for a bunch of elementary girls is not my cup of tea.
Hannah, one day when you read this and you are all grown up, I hope you will realize that I think you deserved every bit of this party simply because I love you and you are special. It was a lot of work, but you are worth every bit of it.