I have a little girl who sparkles wherever she goes. She adores being in the kitchen baking, and then eating delicious treats. She loves rainbows, sprinkles and fruit. This party is so perfect for my gorgeous girl. I loved planning and preparing this party for her.
Rosebud has a thing for rainbows. I was thinking her fourth birthday party was going to be a ‘rainbow theme’ however when the time came to plan her party I decided I wanted to do something a bit different. Rosebud also has a passion for anything covered in sprinkles. She spends most of her play time creating food with playdough, mud, slime or sand. She’s a Playcentre girl! She jumps at any chance to help out in the kitchen and her favourite ingredients is sugar… so combining many of her loves we came up with a ‘Confetti Decorating Party’ complete with personalised chef hats and aprons for cupcake and biscuit decorating.
I created the invitations using Pic Monkey. I made the backdrop using some ‘confetti’ wrapping paper purchased from Warehouse Stationary. The photo invites were then printed at Warehouse Stationary. I popped the invite in an envelope with a sprinkle of confetti for a little surprise on opening.
I wanted to keep the colour scheme white so the touches of sprinkles and confetti really popped out. I draped the backdrop and food table in white and used all white cake stands. I sewed meters of the confetti inspired paper circle garlands. You can read how to make your own paper garland here. (coming soon) Paper garlands have taken the place of bunting in my party girl heart.
I am in love with these foil number and letter balloons from Spotlight. Luckily Rosebud has a short name so I only needed four letter balloons. Such a great price at $4.49 each and air inflated. Love them! I made my own confetti balloons from some nude balloons I purchased from Pop Roc Parties. Confetti balloons are fun and so easy. You just pop a sprinkle of confetti in the balloon before you inflate it. Balloon sticks hold them up so you don’t need helium. The balloon sticks are also from Pop Roc Parties. I displayed the balloons in a couple of vases. It was fun when the balloons popped as we got a surprise shower of confetti. The framed quotes I typed up and printed at home and displayed them in these gorgeous frames from The Warehouse. I filled some mini milk bottles with sprinkles which I had purchased in bulk from Trents food wholesaler. I think these looked extra cute.
The two children’s tables were adorned with white paper lanterns and a string of confetti garland hanging through the middle of them. The white lanterns were from a ‘$2 Shop’. I also sprinkled a few paper confetti circles on the tables. The kids tables were set with gorgeous confetti plates from Pop Roc Parties and the mini milk bottles purchased from The Warehouse were decorated with confetti washi tape from Pop Roc Parties. The clear straws are from Countdown. I wanted plain clear straws to complement the touch of confetti washi tape. I ‘sprinkled’ the rims of the milk bottles by dipping them in a little water/icing sugar mix before dipping them in sprinkles. They looked gorgeous with the strawberry flavoured milk.
There are so many ideas for sprinkle food however I stuck with a few party favourites; popcorn, sandwiches, biscuits, marshmallows and fruit, all made a little bit fabulous with a sprinkle of sprinkles. The popcorn was made simply by tossing popped corn in melted white chocolate and then sprinkling on the sprinkles. The washi confetti taped, recycled yogurt pottles looked so simple yet beautiful with this sprinkled popcorn.
The sandwiches were made with a heart cookie cutter. Love the idea of a little ‘window’ of sprinkles on the sandwich and then using the cut out for an extra sprinkle sandwich. This ‘window’ idea also looks cute with jam. I used this recipe for the biscuits and Rosebud helped me ice them. We made the sprinkle boarder by waiting for the icing to dry and then adding a little extra icing boarder before sprinkling them.
Put it on a stick and kids love it! We had plenty of sprinkled fruit on sticks for the kids. This looked extra cute and yummy. I would have liked to have spent more time making these but needed to make them just before serving so the fruit (especially the banana) stayed nice. We ended up rushing them and they didnt turn out as gorgeous as they could have. We used Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping to drizzle on the fruit before adding the sprinkles. This great product sets hard in the fridge. To add some savoury items we handed around some kids favourites like cheerios, sausage rolls and sandwiches.
The highlight of the party was when the kids all donned their personalised chef hats and aprons to decorate cupcakes and biscuits. I made the aprons for less then $2 each from tea towels I purchased on sale at Briscoes and some gorgeous black ribbon from Fabric Vision. You can read how I made the aprons here. (coming soon). The hats were easy too. Paper, sellotape, a stapler and baking paper are all you need. You can read how I made the chef’s hats here. (coming soon).
Rosebud and I had baked and frozen a few batches of cupcakes the week before the party. I used this great basic cupcake recipe and this biscuit (sugar cookie) recipe. We had hunted out lots of fun confetti for the kids to use from New World. They had a fabulous range. We found some cute glass sprinkle bottles at our local opportunity shop to hold the smaller sprinkles and confetti in. The larger confetti we placed in some cardboard cupcake cases. I like to have things matching!
I purchased some little squeezy bottles perfect for little hands from Storage Box for about $1.50 each so the kids could independently ice their cupcakes. These even got a strip of our washi confetti tape to fancy them up. They worked great until the icing ran out! It took too long to refill them for 12 busy cupcake decoraters to wait so we ended up putting extra icing in little cups with spoons. I would still recommend using the squeezy bottles but advise you to have plenty filled ready to go and have a large piping bag of icing on hand to refill them. I decided to not colour the icing so there was no fussing over mixing it and kids wanting different colours. The sprinkles and confetti were colourful enough. The children were all really engaged in their cupcake and biscuit decorating. They spent a long time working alongside each other; sprinkling, icing, licking, sharing, chatting and giggling. It was lovely to watch them all enjoying themselves together and all looking so adorable in their aprons and hats. Cuteness overload! Rosebud was in heaven; special friends around her, so much icing and so many sprinkles to choose from.
I made a Confetti Photo Booth from the wrapping paper I used for Rosebud’s invitation photo. I gathered up any of our kitchen utensils that were colourful and we had a fun little photo booth for the little chefs to have a photo with their gorgeously decorated treats.
Once again Ian has wowed us all with his cake decorating and baking. Rosebud loves watching You Tube kids baking tutorials. Her favourites are anything to do with rainbow cakes. Daddy Cake Baker Ian joined her in watching some You Tube videos of fabulous rainbow cakes before hitting the kitchen and attempting his own. After doing some research on rainbow cakes Ian found that the best way was to use a cake mix. He used two boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix he purchased at New World and three shallow cake tins he found at The Warehouse. Using three tins he could then bake the cake in two batches with six colours for the rainbow. He joined each layer with some white icing and then covered the whole cake with a ‘semi-nude’ icing for a simple ‘on-trend’ look. He kept the top and outside of the cake plain because of all the excitement to be found once a slice was cut. Rosebud loved her rainbow cake. Another cake win for Ian.
(Notice the confetti all over the cake and plate? A confetti balloon escaped and landed on top of the candles during the birthday song. Perfect timing for an explosion of confetti!)
The party guests all took home their personalised apron and chef hat. Hopefully they feel inspired to help mum or dad out in the kitchen and get some more use out of their aprons. The guests also took home their plate full of decorated treats to share with their family at home.
Thanks for reading about our foodie fun party for my sprinkle, rainbow loving cupcake girl. Life sure is better with sprinkles on top! xg