Cupcake Decorating Birthday Party

My daughter turned 11 years old on August 27th, and we had a super fun cupcake decorating party for her.  She invited a handful of friends, and we celebrated out at Grandpa and Grandma’s pool house.  It was a really easy party to prepare for, and she loved how it turned out.  We kept the decorations homemade and cheap, and the food super simple and easy.

She knew she wanted lots of candy to decorate the cupcakes with, so we decided to go with bright colors and let the candy become part of the decor by using little mason jars to display the candy toppings.

We went to Hobby Lobby and started in the paper aisle.  I knew paper was a cheap way to bring lots of color and fun to the party.  My daughter picked out the polka dot paper.  We used it to make popcorn cones (using this template), wrap water bottles, and make little round decorations.  I grabbed a few pieces of coordinating paper, and a small package of round mirrors that were under $2, that I knew would add sparkle.  We had the wrapping paper that you see down the  middle of the table leftover from Christmas, it just happened to have little circles on it in the same fun, bright colors.

  We made custom water bottles by gluing little paper jackets on them and topping them with a mirror.

We wrapped boxes in the wrapping paper to hold the popcorn cones and suckers.

I put tissue in the boxes before wrapping to keep suckers from sinking down too far.

3 tissue poms and mirrored, circle paper decorations made the bar festive.

We made little flag toothpicks out of the paper scraps.  The Baked Macaroni And Cheese Cupcakes were a hit with kids and adults.  Yum!  I used this recipe from Giada.  The rest of the menu was simple.  We ordered pizza and I made fruit kabobs.  Easy, easy, easy!

We had lots of fun stuff on hand to decorate cupcakes, as you can see, this birthday was full of sugar and all kinds of artificial colors!  I tried to ignore that the whole day…:)

The kids had a blast decorating their cupcakes.  They just piled on the toppings!  Love it.

We burned off the sugar by playing a few fun pool games.  It was a beautiful day, and it was such fun planning this party with my girl and celebrating her!  She has brought so much joy to me in her eleven years of life, I love being her mom!

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  • amruta
    September 3, 2012 at 6:09 am

    What a fun party. Great ideas. I love your decorating ideas.

  • Busy Working Mama
    October 11, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Too cute! I love the idea…happy belated bday to your daughter! I’m behind in my Google Reader 🙁

  • Kara's Korner
    October 1, 2010 at 1:21 am

    What a fun birthday party! Lucky girl, great Mom!! Cute, cute, cute!

    Great job!

  • Jenni
    October 1, 2010 at 1:19 am

    This is SO cute! You should send it to – a really cute kid site that often highlights birthday party ideas. They would eat this up!!!

  • Jill Nogales
    September 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I love your ideas!! Thank you for sharing, Amy. My daughter is 11 too. 🙂

  • Page
    September 30, 2010 at 3:30 am

    That is such a cute idea!!! Clever and simple! You did a great job with it…I love the colors, the popcorn “cones,” and the little flags. I’m sure she and her friends thought it was the best.

  • Anonymous
    September 30, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Amy, how awesome!! As I said earlier, you are so very intelligent. You and my Darlene would be best buds if you lived close together. That child has such talent…cooking, decorating, etc., etc. I am sooo proud of you. A girl after my own heart. I love to read about young ladies being good wives and mothers. I am so into family. What an inspiration you are to so many!!! Mrs. Russell

  • Amy Kinser
    September 30, 2010 at 2:32 am

    What fun decorations! It looks like your daughter and her friends had a blast. With all that candy, anyone should have a blast.

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