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“Cute as a Cupcake” Baking Themed Party

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Cupcake themes always bring a smile to my face, but this party is seriously too cuteNicolle of Libby Lane Press had the perfect ingredients for cooking up this super sweet “Cute as a Cupcake” Baking Themed Party for her daughter. With beautiful desserts, decorative party aprons, “cupcake” manicures, and a ceramic cupcake decorating station, this birthday celebration is absolutely delicious! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable DIY Twine Cupcakes (tutorial here) & hand delivered invitations
  • Baking party themed cupcake toppers (Check out the tiny fondant oven mitt!)
  • Mismatched fabric apron party favors (that doubled as a fun party “garland”)
  • Sugar cookies shaped like cupcakes, patterned cookies & chefs hats
  • Ceramic cupcake decorating station & nail painting “salon”

cupcake shop invitations with twine cupcakes

marshmallow and meringue mini cupcakes

cupcake party flag

cute as a cupcake party invitation

cupcake cake pops and baking cupcake toppers

cupcake baking party cookies

custom cupcake party plate

cupcake party kids table

cupcake party aprons

cupcake party favors

sweet shop backdrop and party favors

cupcake decorating station


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Nicolle

I am a planner at heart, always have been and always will, so I typically start brainstorming around Christmas time for my kids’ June parties. My daughter, Sophia, loves to bake and decorate cupcakes so her theme was easy and having her input was just as important as it was for me to create a one-of-a-kind celebration.

My initial inspiration came from the cover of a scrapbooking magazine that featured cupcakes made out of baker’s twine and styrofoam balls. At this point, the Cute as a Cupcake theme was born.

Sophia and I created 12 little twine ‘cupcakes’ embellished with adhesive gems to act as sprinkles. We placed them in Martha Stewart treat boxes, tied with cupcake ribbon, and hand delivered to each of her friends with the invitation and coordinating wrap label {that she addressed herself}. It was heartwarming to make the cupcakes with her, but I must say the true joy was standing next to my own little girl and watching her face light up as she handed the striped box to each friend. For the guests that lived out of town we mailed their invitation and had their twine cupcake waiting for them at the party.

The first vendor I contacted for this little cupcake celebration was sweet Lynlee of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes. Lynlee designed baking themed fondant toppers to match the printables along with a topper that resembled Sophia. The custom cupcake marshmallows were the unbelievable work of Alejandra from The Marshmallow Studio. If you think marshmallows are just white and fluffy you will be sadly mistaken when you see the talent that Alejandra displays in her work. Amanda from Foxy Bakes created whimsical colored cupcake cake pops that were equally as delicious that she shipped in the June heat and they looked perfect. I worked with Hayley from HayleyCakes & Cookies and I must say that her cookies look like canvases of art. The girls decorated their own organic, dye-free cupcakes purchased from Whole Foods.

In my mind I envisioned a very specific dessert table with a canopy and a whimsical girly feel. I contacted my talented friend, Amy (think ruffled tablecloth from Honeybee table) and she and her husband took over from there. Amy and Craig designed and constructed the white dessert table, canopy stand and the fabric canopy adorned with bright pom-pom trim. On the dessert table I incorporated white vintage cake stands with domes that were found on zulily, a box that I covered in fabric to act as a dessert stand, and small pencil cups covered with patterned paper to house the cake pops.  Rather than using a banner I chose to string the girls custom made aprons by SookEe Designs to not only act as party favors but also table decor until the cupcake decorating began.

Beside the dessert table I stood the painted sweet shoppe tri-fold screen which also acted as a photo booth.  Watching the girls pose in their aprons in front of the screen was a highlight of the party.

The children’s table was decorated with a pale pink tablecloth and a custom made ruffled runner with grosgrain ribbon. Each place setting was set with a cupcake plate, hand stamped wooden spoons, tinted mason jars filled with pink lemonade, topped with a vintage daisy cut mason jar lid and finished off with a striped straw and coordinating straw flag with each girl’s name. The birthday girl had a custom made plate from Sweet Mady that was designed to coordinate perfectly with the invitation. The white chairs were tied with coordinating colored tulle. This is such an easy way to dress up children’s chairs rented from a party shop. The cupcake decorating supplies were on a Pottery Barn cake stand that was borrowed from my daughter’s play kitchen so it seemed like a perfect addition to the party.

I love getting creative when it comes to different activities that coordinate with a party theme.  Sophia’s guests were able to get a Cupcake Manicure at the ‘salon’, thanks to Pinterest. I fell in love with this sweet little cupcake manicure and my sister-in-law, Lisa, was the perfect technician honoring the many requests.

On the patio, we set up a craft table where the girls could paint ceramic cupcakes, decorate cupcake frames and color with glitter paint. Even on a warm summer day the craft table was still a hit.

After lunch, the main activity of the party was decorating the cupcakes. The girls put on their aprons and were given pastry bags and different frosting colors and were able create their own confectioner’s masterpiece and then top with everything from princess crown sprinkles to edible glitter.

Sophia requested a “4” hirt so I worked with Kristina from Modern Frills and she created the perfect coordinating shirt with a cupcake on a stand and a “4” and whimsy looking rosette.  Each party guest received a one of a kind ruffled apron created by Monica of SookEe Designs.  The birthday girl’s apron was embellished with her initial.

The girls went home with their ceramic cupcakes, an apron of their choice and a gift bag that contained a cupcake notepad, cupcake pencils, stickers, bracelets and a ring. As a little gift to the parents I included a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in a carrying case with a note that read:  “Cookies, cupcakes and cake pops galore, the party was great but Sophie’s friends need to brush, for sure! “

I had to find a way to make light of the sugar overload!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

22 responses to ““Cute as a Cupcake” Baking Themed Party”

  1. […] in:Birthday Party IdeasDIY & DownloadsYou may recognize these adorable Twine Cupcakes from the “Cute as a Cupcake” Baking Themed Party posted earlier today. They are just too sweet to keep to ourselves – especially with all those […]

  2. This Is so beautiful!

  3. Oh my goodness!! So cute, I’m totally jealous and want this for my birthday…yes aprons included!!! Don’t mind that I’ll be 30, just need more fabric :)

  4. Debbie Rosier says:


  5. Just amazing! Congratulation!

  6. Gorgeous, every little girls dream!

  7. Oh my goodness! This party is too cute!

  8. yvette says:

    So gorgeous. I love love the screen. Do you know which Home Goods you got it at. We need one for our girl’s room.

    • Hi Yvette,
      My friend actually picked it up for me at a Home Goods in Northern, VA. It may be worth visiting Home Goods fb page, posting a pic of the screen and asking if they can help you find one. You never know!
      Best of luck

  9. This party is adorable! I love the color palate.

  10. Nicolle- that is cuter than cute! I am not sure how I missed this, but I love it! It is darling!!

  11. Nice theme Nicolle. I am sure this party provided a lot of engagements to the girls.

  12. Thanks for all of the kind words. It was such a fun day for everyone, especially my own little cupcake.

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  16. Julia says:

    This is so adorable! You did an amazing job! Can you share where you got or the brand of the fabric for the awning? I would love to do a table runner in that for my next party…Thanks!

  17. Katherine says:

    Adorable idea! Can you please share the name of the invitation company that created the “Cute as a Cupcake” invitation? Thanks!

  18. Hello where did you find the tri fold screen?

  19. Tammi Brown says:

    Love, love, love!