I spent the morning putting the final touches on everything. The one thing that took a bit of time was putting these cuties on the cupcake stand! A few weeks ago we saw this eight pack of Lalaloopsy dolls at Toys R' Us. As soon as I saw it, I knew they would be perfect for the party!
Getting them to stay on the cupcake stand was a bit challenging, even with the help of pop dots on their bums!! The ones on the edge kept tilting forward or backwards!! I even put a couple pop dots on the back of the number 6 candle. The candle started out as a plain dollar store candle. I added the glitter to dress it up a bit! It's just too bad that once the glitter dried, it didn't stick to the candle very well. It was just holding on, but barely! The great thing was Alyssa had no idea I had got all these dolls, so when she saw the stand with all the dolls and cupcakes she was blown away!
This is what it looked like with all the cupcakes on it.
Here is a close-up of the candle. I never did light it, we had another candle for that.
Also on the top of the cupcake stand was a table and chairs with two mini Lalaloopsy dolls enjoying a cake of their own! These two dolls are Alyssa's favourite. They are Bea Spells A-Lot (with orange hair) and Jewel Sparkles. The little cake came with one of Alyssa's Littlest Pets. When I saw her playing with it a few weeks ago I knew it would be perfect for today!I have seen some amazing button cookies on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make my own. The only difference was I wanted mine to be on a stick so I could put them in jars of candy! For the cookie dough I used a new recipe called, Play Dough Cookies.
To make the cookies look like buttons I had two circle cookie cutters. One to cut out the shape and the other to slightly indent the dough to give it the edge. Then I took a straw to make the button holes. One thing I learned a long time ago when baking cookies like this is put them in the fridge for about five minutes before you bake them. Why? So they don't lose their shape when baking.
For mine, I also had to insert the stick before baking. In some cases the cookie fell of the stick after they were baked! After they were cooled, I tied ribbon around them and inserted into the jars of candy!
They looked amazing! All the girls kept asking if they were real! The other buttons were real buttons that I glued on the same sticks.
This year I thought it would be fun to do a pinata. When I saw this number six, I knew it was perfect. Not only that it made a good photo prop!
When deciding what to do at a Lalaloopsy themed party I had several ideas, but none of them seemed right. I kept trying to relate it back to the dolls that Alyssa & Cayla have, which are Blossom Flowerpot and Crumbs Sugar Cookie. While driving home from work one night, it hit me!!I would have the girls decorate a flower pot.They would then go outside to hit the pinata to get some candy! That candy would be used as the dirt for their flower pots.When they came back inside they would decorate their own cookies on a stick! Those cookies would then stand up in their flower pots!! Perfect!! I was so proud of myself for coming up with this idea!!
To pull it off and make it go smoothly, I had to make sure I had all the supplies and was very organized on the day of the party! The way I accomplished that was by having everything the girls would need on their own plate!! I wasn't sure if I was going to buy large plastic plates or what I was going to do. It was in the party supply store that I found a package of 20 square paper plates! They worked like a charm!!
Here are all the plates all ready to go before the party. I spent about an hour that morning assembling everything. Best idea I ever had! This alone saved me so much work and clean-up afterwards!
Each girl had a plate for their flower pot and a plate for their cookies. The other saving grace was those little white candy cups. I found those at the dollar store for $2.00 for 40 cups. Oh, and how can I forget our Ikea bowls and cups!! We've been using these for years with the girls and today they came in handy!!
For the flower pot, they each had: one clay flower pot, four different colours of paint, a cup with glue, a cup with buttons, some felt flower stickers, two paint brushes, a popsicle stick for the glue and a bowl with water to wash their brushes off. Look at how nicely everything fit!
Next we took the girls outside to wear off some of their energy and to take a few whacks at the pinata!!I love this one of Alyssa! You can tell she made contact and some candy went flying. I did have to hit it once to break it open a bit or else they may have been there awhile!
After opening the gifts, the girls enjoyed rainbow cupcakes! I didn't get a really good picture of the top of the cupcakes, but on each of them were four coloured, chocolate buttons.
I took a picture of all the girls completed flower pots and cookies. So cute!! The girls were all very proud of their creations! And all the parents were pleasantly surprised that the girls made them!The girls all got Lalaloopsy tattoos before they left too!
She also had a family birthday party...I'll share those photos soon :)