If you follow me on social media, you probably saw a post or two about us celebrating my now 4-year-old’s birthday over Superbowl weekend. We’re not big on fancy or large birthday parties but we do like to make it a special day for them and celebrate with some family. I actually took her to pick our her first big girl American Girl doll the day before her birthday. The on Sunday, her actual birthday, we celebrated her birthday and the Superbowl with a few cousins and family that lives nearby (which is a rare treat for us at this Air Force base since we’re usually too far away from family to celebrate together!).
I got a lot of comments on social media asking how I put together her cake…
It was easy and inexpensive! Here’s what I did:
- I baked Giada’s Todd’s Favorite Orange and Raspberry Cake according to directions. I love that it’s really just a fancied up boxed white cake! I subbed plain greek yogurt for the creme fraiche and used all fruit, seedless raspberry preserves. While this cake is two layers, it’s really simple to put together. I baked the cakes the night prior and made the icing and put it together the following day.
- I stuck strawberry heart marshmallows on the outside. Not only does it up the cute factor, it hides my poor frosting job!
- The striped colorful cake “plate” is cardboard and from the baking aisle at Walmart, as are the bamboo dowel rods holding up the banner and the “Happy Birthday to You” flag toothpicks.
- After I put the two dowel rods in the cake, I tied some baker’s twine between them and then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out “CHLOE” and the fancy hearts and super glued them all on. If you don’t have a Silhouette or craft cutter, I’d hit up a craft store’s scrapbooking aisle to find some pre-cut letters and cute décor.
- Then I simply sprinkled on some purple sugar and topped with with three $4 each My Little Pony Figurines and the toothpick banners.
- I added a “4” and some candles at serving time and served with ice cream (of course!).
- This cake does need to be refrigerated between when you make it and serve it. It’s so yummy!
For the decorations, I took my daughter to Target and let her pick these out. I spent about $60 for all the decor. I loved that the banner is felt so I’ll be able to keep it for future use. Crepe paper and balloons are an easy way to be festive and keep it cheap!
To create the little chalkboard sign, I used an old chalkboard of the kids and added washi tape stripes to the frame (from my craft stash) and used a white paint pen to hand-letter the birthday message.
Since it was also Superbowl Sunday, we served beer and wine. I made lamb bacon wrapped dates for an app and then we did a Nacho Bar for the main food with BBQ beer shredded chicken in the slow cooker, taco meat (ground beef) and black beans, tortilla chips, avocado, cheddar nacho cheese sauce, black beans, salsa and candied jalapeños.
And that’s it! The birthday girl had an awesome time!