First Birthday Mini Cake

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

I made a mini-replica of her birthday cake for her to eat herself at the party.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

To make the cake, I baked one cupcake (bottom layer) and one smaller cake baked in a mini tart pan (top layer).  I covered it in fondant, quilted the bottom and added French Dragees and added the petals from hydrangea to match the full sized cake.  To see the full sized cake click this post here:

Peony Princess Cake

Before she ate the cake, I removed the Hydrangeas and Dragees and let her have at it!

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Peony Princess Cake

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

This post is to highlight the cake I made for her party.

Picture Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Since the cake was the last thing to make for Brie’s party, I was in quite a hurry and trying to get this done at the last minute, so I did not take the step-by-step pictures that I usually do.

The materials I used for the cake were a quilting tool, a stencil tool, French Dragees, a real fresh peony and a real fresh hydrangea broken into petal clusters.

I baked two 8 inch and two 6 inch cakes to make the two double layers.  I covered both with white marshmallow fondant.  I used the quilting tool to quilt the bottom layer and attached the dragees in the quilted points with a dot of icing.  I used a stencil tool to make a design on the second layer.  But unfortunately, I determined the layers were not thick enough to have a design and the hydrangeas  together so that both could be clearly seen, so if you try to recreate this cake, I suggest you make two tiers made with three cake layers each, or just forget about the stencil.  I put the fresh peony on top and circled both it and the first tier with the petal clusters from the hydrangea.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

I also made a mini-version of this cake that can be found at:

Mini Cake

Fabric Pom Poms

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

This post is how to make Fabric Pom Poms.  They take a little more time and expense than the tissue paper variety, but they add a touch of elegance!

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

I started by buying fabric scraps from the fabric stores in colors to fit my theme.  Since the scraps were folded into small squares already, I cut them to that size, but you can cut them into different sizes based on what size ball you want to create.  Mine were about 3×5 inches in measurement.  I used a variety of 2-3 different fabrics for each ball.  It took about 50 squares of fabric per ball.  The floral balls I used were the kind for dry arrangements (not wet ones) and were 4″.  I used straight pins to attach the fabric strips.

Take each fabric square and gather it in the middle and pin it with the straight pin.

Then attach them very close together all the way around the ball.

When you are finished covering the ball, you will no longer be able to see the pins.

Lastly, I snaked a ribbon around the ball and once all the fabric is in place, the ribbon will stay in place without sliding off the ball and you just tie it once on top.

For my daughter’s birthday I made both tissue paper and fabric pom poms.  The link to the tissue paper pom poms is:

Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue Paper Pom Poms

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

There are a ton of tutorials available on how to make tissue paper pom poms, but since I just made some for my daughter’s party, I have all the info, so I might as well post it!

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Inside as well:

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

These cute pom poms are super easy to make and inexpensive.  They originally come from a tutorial on Martha Stewart’s site which I have linked below.

Start with a package of tissue paper in any color.  The packages usually come in 8 sheets which is perfect.  You can make them single color or multicolor, however you choose.  You can make them large and small.  I will tell you how to make the smaller ones because all the tutorials usually talk about the larger ones.

Start by laying out the package of paper (8 sheets) and cutting it in half length wise as shown here.  This example has three packages of paper, white, dark pink and light pink and each has been cut in half.

Now I am going to make a small multicolor pom pom with white and pink.  Take four pieces of each color.  You can either alternate the colors or put one color on top and bottom with the opposite color grouped in the middle.  I’ll have several examples of the color results at the end.

Now “fan fold” the paper width wise so you are folding the short side and doing it multiple times.

Now tie string around the middle.  I used pretty ribbon for the pom poms I made for inside the house and I used twine for the pom poms I made for outside.  Twine doesn’t tie very good though, so I might recommend something you can secure easier.

Now trim the edges to either make rounded tips or pointed tips.  I did a little bit of both to make a variety of results.

The next step is to start gently pulling the layers of the pom pom apart to make them into their rounded ball shape.  This is one layer pulled away from the others towards the center.

This is 1/4 of the pom pom layers separated.  I preferred to work on 1/4 of the pom pom all the way around until it was done.  So on one side I separated 4 layers, then switched to the opposite side, then turned it upside down and started on the third side and then the fourth.

This is 1/2 done or one complete side and flipped upside down so I could start on the second half.

Complete pom pom fluffed!

Variety of colors:

OMG Pom Poms!!

To make big pom poms, you follow the same steps but do not cut the sheets of paper in half (step 1).

The link to the original post by Martha Stewart:

MS Tissue Paper Pom Poms

I also made some very pretty fabric pom poms for the party and the link to create those is here:

Fabric Pom Poms

Kid’s Table and Chair Covers

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

I wanted the party to have a special elegance (like a wedding) and so I decided to cover my daughter’s child table with a special cover and the baby chairs with chair covers.

The main table was covered with a poly satin with a tulle tutu table skirt so I wanted the various tables to match.

I made a kids table cover from the satin with just a simple hem.  Then I bought a fabric stencil kit and fabric glitter paint to make ballerina themed pictures on the table cover.

The stenciling was a bit trickier than it looked because I chose to use two colors.  I had to tape off part of the stencil while spraying the opposite color. Also it took much longer to dry than the instructions said and in order for the glitter to be very dark I had to use four coats.  So overall it took 3 days to make the four stencils counting dry time in between each application.

Finished Stencil:

The chair covers were extremely easy and I finished all four in a matter of 30 minutes.  I cut sections of the poly satin side and long enough to cover the chair.  From the back of the chair I gathered the fabric and criss-crossed it and then pinned it with a safely pin.  Then I took one yard of the tulle that matched the main table skirt and I wrapped it around the chair and tied it in a bow.

Close up of the bow: