Have Your Cake And Eat it, Too! (A Cake Decorating Party)

If you or your child is addicted to Cake Boss or Ace of Cakes, this party theme will be right up your alley.  My daughter is convinced she wants to be a professional baker at this point (rather than her previous aspirations of farmer and architect).  So it was up to me to create a birthday party around her obsession!

I made the invitation for this party by scanning a photo from a vintage Better Homes & Garden’s cookbook for children then laying my info over it in Photoshop.  (For the blog) I smudged out the address and altered other pertinent info for privacy, of course:

vintage Better Homes & Gardens 

Here are my little bakers.  I found a bunch of cute vintage-styled aprons at TJ Maxx and decided to give each party guest one to use and take home after the party.

I ordered inexpensive chef/baker hats from Oriental Trader.  The girls used stick-on letters to personalize them with their names. Pink pom-poms are from Martha Stewart.

I helped the girls make “flowers” for their hats with colorful cupcake liners.  I got that great idea here.

I found ideas for making cupcake liner garlands here.  I used various sized liners, paper doilies, and embroidery thread to string them together.  You can also use coffee filters as part of this kind of garland!

I loved the delicate effect of light streaming through these garlands, and they were so cheap and easy to make!

Ok, for the table!  Each chair was wrapped with a vintage-style apron.  Everyone had a cake plate on which to decorate their respective cakes.  Green paper pom-poms are from Martha Stewart..

The table was set with different colored icing, sprinkles, candies, tiny marshmallows, and icing tips and bags.  See the bouquets of cupcake liner flowers?  I got that idea here from Vanessa at Silly Eagle Books (I love her blog!).


I pre-made cakes to simplify things.  The girls could hardly wait to get started decorating!


Even though I knew there would be a lot of cake, I also made a small cupcake cake as a centerpiece on the table.


The girls were so creative . . . 


Each of the cakes were so unique!



What fun would a cake decorating party be without one silly girl sticking her face in the middle of her nicely-iced cake?

The girls got to take home their cakes to share with their families (or maybe not!).


Well, I know I ALWAYS say this – but this was one of my favorite parties ever!  It wasn’t near as messy as I feared it would be – the girls were so meticulous and focused in making each of their cake creations special.  Hope you enjoyed!

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34 thoughts on “Have Your Cake And Eat it, Too! (A Cake Decorating Party)

  1. Dianne Tant says:

    what a FABULOUS idea for a girls party….loved the cupcake papers on straws…is that a flower arrangement? how did you make those?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      i got that idea off Silly Eagle Books’ blog – the link is in the post. you stick pipe cleaners through a couple of cupcake liners (varying sizes works best), then threaded an old button to create the center of the flower. easy-breezy

  2. Michelle L. says:

    Once again, what a darling party! Kristie, you take the cake! (well, someone had to say it!) And by the way, I have the kids’ cookbook you used for your “vintage” invitation. Got it when it was brand new and used it to make fried chicken, among other things. Does that make me vintage??

  3. Heather says:

    Not only a Super Mom but a party/event planner and stylist too! Have you considered shifting careers ? I would be the first to sign up as your apprentice!

  4. Amy says:

    What a fabulous idea! I was just wondering lately what you were doing for this year’s birthday, and fondly remembering last year’s. Please give your precious birthday girl a big hug from her country friends!

  5. [email protected] Because Katie says:

    Love this post!!! Little girls are sooo much fun. The party looked adorable, wish I had gotten a invitation!!! My two daughters are the best thing that ever happened to me. Make sure you enjoy every second with them, even when driving you absolutely crazy. You will miss those times later on too, trust me on this. They grow up waaayyyy too fast. Mine are now 21 and 16… XoXo

  6. LiveLikeYou says:

    That’s so adorable!! What a fun idea. My son is also obsessed with that show. I think it’s so great all the things you can now dream of growing up to become.

  7. Sheila Zeller says:

    You are SO the best mom party planner! My daughter is 16, and even though she LOVES Cake Boss, I would not be very popular if I tried to convince her to do this…now 🙂 …actually it’s more like 🙁 for me. Katie is absolutely right, they grow up WAY too fast.

  8. vanessa @ silly eagle books says:

    Your parties are seriously the best! I love every detail, but especially the vintage invite image, the doilies added to the garland, and those aprons and hats for the girls! So much fun!
    On a side note, I’m kind of drooling over your ruffle curtains–so pretty. 🙂 Thanks for the link! I love how your bouquets turned out.

  9. Tina kent says:

    What a fabulous party! I bought the ‘ one charming party’ download awhile ago & want to give it a go for a Hen’s afternoon! I hope the adults will be as creative as your little ones!beautiful photos! LovT

  10. Valeria H says:

    Thank you!! For posting this wonderful blog on the Cake Boss party. My two children, 3 and 5, are obsessed with the show and when I asked what type of theme they wanted for their party they both said CAKE BOSS! Which left me thinking how would I do that? So glad I found your blog! you made it fun, whimsical and chic. I cannot wait to start planning and get our cake on! 🙂

  11. Ruthy Ortiz Zeno says:

    great ideas i ust found this page. i am planning my 8 years old birthday party i need help with invitations can anyone help with ideas for the invitations

  12. jill says:

    Love it!! You stopped by my blog last April and commented on the ruffle cake post. So glad to see your daughters party was a hit. I will definitely be doing a cake decorating party for my kids once they learn to not throw food at each other:)

  13. Susan Caldwell says:

    Love this! I own a kids cooking company and my own daughter has insisted on a cake decorating party at home (and not at my studio!!). Found lots of wonderful ideas here! Thanks for sharing!

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