Birthday Celebration Decor

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Craft Supplies

  • Colored paper scraps (i.e. card stock, poster board, or heavy scrapbook paper. These will be used to make bows for the pond/ice skating rink. Lollipop suckers and pennant with the child’s name on it)
  • 4-6 white poster boards for large backdrop (this is an optional set-up)
  • Polka dot ribbon (measure all sides of cake for accuracy)
  • Cardboard cake board (this will be purchased according to the cake size, not necessary if store bought)
  • Decorative straws
  • Lollipop stick
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wrapping paper (pink and white striped is featured, however, you could use a poster board and make your own stripes with ribbon or strips of colored paper)
  • White florist wire strands (optional for stringing the child’s name pennant, ribbon will also work)
  • Hot glue gun

Shopping List

  • (2 -3) 16 oz containers of creamy vanilla frosting (amount depends of cake size)
  • Tray of 6 mini cupcakes with pink and green frosting (bakery section)
  • 9 peppermint twist candies in red and blue
  • 2 large pinwheel suckers (3.5 inches in diameter)
  • Bag of 2.4 inch paper rosette/pinwheel cupcake toppers (usually comes in a pack of 4)
  • 12 inch sheet cake (ask bakery how many it will serve, you can easily make your own depending on the guest count)
  • 3.5 oz each of the following colors of Sixlets (candy coated chocolate balls) – pink, lavender, lime green, seafoam green
  • 4 oz. of white rock candy (place half the amount in a small ziplock bag and smash into smaller pieces, use a rolling pin)
  • Small bag of large marshmallows (8 total, however 4 of them will be cut in half)
  • Large Gumballs (21 total – pink, aqua, yellow, lime green, and white)
  • Voortman Vanilla Sugar Wafer 14 oz pkg (8 wafers for cake)
  • Bag of decorative straws
  • Teaspoon of white sugar
  • Paper rosette/pinwheel cupcake topper decorations

Paisley’s Birthday Celebration Cake Tutorial

Please be advised that depending on your cake size, these decorations will need to be modified. Extra frosting will be used to “glue” decorations to the cake. Please refer to photos for placement, use your imagination, and create your own ice rink party cake!

Step 1. Purchase or bake a cake according to the guest count. Place homemade cake on cardboard, frost all sides and the top of cake. Cut an irregular shape of poster board to resemble a pond. Place a piece of aluminum foil over the shape and put it in the center of the cake. Cut 4 large marshmallows in half (use kitchen shears), place 4 marshmallows towards the back of the cake – use frosting to glue to the cake, randomly place the other halves around the perimeter of the back side of the pond and around the sides, to look like snow mounds. Glue 4 Voortman sugar wafers together with the frosting in a stack formation. Place it on the left side behind the pond, repeat the process and do 4 more glued/frosting wafer stacks on the right side. Place the candy pinwheel suckers in front of a large marshmallow to hold it in place, secure with frosting. Glue with frosting, the bottom of the small cupcakes, Sixlets, and all gumballs in place. Sprinkle the rock crystal and crushed rock crystal on the marshmallow (snow mounds) and outer edge of the pond. Dust the pond with sprinkles of white sugar.

Step 2. Measure the cake and cut the decorative straws accordingly, attach to the outside edge with frosting.

Step 3. Make cardboard or ribbon bows and hot glue to candy suckers (see photo).

Step 4. Attach 2.5 paper rosettes/pinwheels using hot glue. One rosette will be hot glued to the ribbon, the other will be hot glued to a lollipop stick. Once completed, place according to the photograph.

Shopping List for Lollipop Pinwheel Game

  • 4 – 6 1/2 inch x 36 inch wooden dowel
  • 1 bag air conditioning salt (you can also use sand or small rocks)
  • Assorted paper fans rosettes party decorations, 16 inch in diameter (see Amazon for colors)
  • Ping pong balls 4 – 6 buckets/large cans plastic spoons

Craft Supplies:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Stapler
  • Velcro

Instructions: Staple together the paper fan rosettes. Hot glue the open fan to the dowel, the dowel should be in the center back of fan/rosette, glue the dowel approximately two inches above the center of the rosette for extra stability. If you are using the prop on the ice or in hot weather, use Velcro to attach to the fan/rosette to the dowel. Stand the pinwheel/lollipop upright in the bucket or can, pour air conditioning salt to stabilize.

Game: Have party guests skate or race through the obstacle course with a ping pong ball on a spoon. The game can be timed. For advanced skaters or party goers, have a relay race passing the ping pong ball to another skater/guest at one end of the race and have them return to the starting point. Everyone is a winner for participating!