A Cupcake Decorating Birthday Party

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a party theme, I know. My youngest just turned 11, and I really thought she would be “so over” Momma’s themed birthday parties. Thankfully, she wasn’t – and she really, really wanted a cupcake decorating party theme. I’m down with that.

cupcake decorating birthday party theme

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I set the scene in our dining room with a white tablecloth, pastel decor, and a bunch of glass cake stands.

cupcake party tablescape

find inexpensive cake stands here

I gathered up several cupcake and cake decorating books for the kids to browse for inspiration, and I filled the table with decorating accessories, candies, and lots of cupcake picks for them to decorate the cupcakes with.

cupcake decorating supplies


cupcake liners

cupcake liners

As always, I pull from what I already have in my home for color schemes and party decor, like this Martha Stewart paper pennant garland I’ve used multiple times. At 12 feet long, I’ve used it for many parties and church camp decor. You can find it at a bargain price here.

paper pendant party decor


It’s easy for me to develop color schemes for parties because there is just so much color in my home! Here’s the entry to our house – you can see the dining room beyond. I wanted to show you this shot because the vintage tole chandelier was a Christmas gift sent from one of my dear readers, Paula, who found it in an attic and thought I might like it! It was originally yellow and quite rusty, but a few coats of turquoise spray paint brightened it right up:

decorologist entry style


To prepare for the party, I premade dozens of cupcakes in different flavors for the girls to decorate. I spent the entire day before making homemade butter cream icing in every conceivable color, but it was really too thick for decorating.

frosting cupcakes


We had to keep adding milk to the frosting to make it easier for them to squeeze through the decorating tips. In retrospect, I should have just added dye to store-bought cans and saved myself the trouble. Lesson learned!

decorating cupcakes


The girls seemed to really enjoy creating cupcake designs and sharing their ideas with each other. My mother-in-law was a huge help, as she has much more experience than me in the cupcake department!

cupcake decorating party


decorating cupcakes


Each girl was able to take home any of the cupcake creations she was unable to eat – these little paperboard pastry boxes worked perfectly:

packaging cupcakes

find similar boxes here

Time sure flies when you are raising children. Will this be my last year of themed birthday parties? She tells me she’s not ready for them to end, so neither am I!

cupcake decorating


The parties I’ve hosted for my girls are some of the sweetest memories we’ve made over the years. They probably mean more to me than they do to them, but that’s good, too!

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Paula Van Hoogen
5 years ago

Kristie–I am tickled to see the chandelier up and running!! I love the circular bulbs too!
I think I actually put that in the attic when we began a renovation of a little golf villa in Florida, which was originally built in the early 70’s. At that time those flower chandeliers were the rage in south Florida.
It looks infinitely better now!!!
You daughter is blessed to have you make a memory by making a lady-like party. This upcoming generation needs to experience the RICHNESS of the traditions of our parents and grandparents in honoring special days in this fashion.
So like the Lord—when he asked the Isrealites to remember what He had done for them by observing special holidays.
I love the way you reverence the past and carry it through to the present day.
May she pass this along to her own children one day!
Love, Paula

5 years ago

Lucky daughter! I love cupcakes- they are the best. Smart and beautiful daughter! 🙂

5 years ago

I have a friend who we call “our Martha Stewart.” She is almost 60, and she hosts wonderful themed parties still. – Christmas, 50th bdays, etc. She moved to Georgia from California to run a bed & breakfast – Victorian themed. And every room has it’s own theme. You never know where it will take you!

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