Preparing a sweet birthday party for little girls isn’t hard with a fun garden theme. Invite friends and cousins and watch their delight to see chocolate butterflies perched on frosted cupcakes, fruit skewers in rainbow colors and mini blueberry muffin bouquet treats. Ending with a fresh flower ice-cream sundae craft that doubles as a take-home party favor.
August is an unbelievably busy time of year for us. Daughter, Jill and family headed back to New York last night but not before joining in the fun celebrating Keri Jill’s 8th birthday with a party.
For whimsical and inexpensive decorations, I made tissue pom-poms and streamers. Pinterest was my inspiration. The pom-poms where reminiscent of my childhood when I would fold facial tissues, back and forth, accordion-style, then tie and form into delicate flowers. For these giant pom-pom’s, I purchased gift-wrap tissue paper. Fold several layers of tissue paper back and forth in the same manner, tie with string in the middle and using scissors, cut a curve at both ends. Gently and carefully, to avoid tearing, separate the layers to form a huge pom-pom. Attach a length of string or yarn and hang from the ceiling.
Next, I went to my paper stash and used my one-and-only paper punch to make streamers.
The Birthday Girl arrives
Make a wish, Keri…
Cheese & Grapes Sunflower
All gardens need rain and if you are lucky, you might get to see a colorful rainbow afterwards.
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
Cupcakes with chocolate piped butterflies
The butterflies will attach nicely if you place them on just after piping the frosting and while it is still soft. If the frosting has hardened, just pipe on a dab and gently press on each butterfly.
The girls loved making and taking home their ice-cream sundaes made with fresh flowers. A single blossom from a red geranium created the cherry-on-top and a plastic straw completed the craft. Click Fresh Flower Ice-Cream Sundaes for how-to instructions.
Sweet cousin working on her craft project.