Hi I’m Cindy, and I’m back with another awesome party theme to share! Being a mom of 3 means I get to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes – planning awesome themed parties! The benefit of having two girls (Kyla 6 and Riya 5) and a boy (Knox 3), is that we get to plan across a wide range of themes. Every month, Let’s party with Cindy will give you great ideas (and occasionally free downloads) on everything from decor and food to costumes and party packs on a different theme. As we’re heading into our colder seasons, we’ll be looking at lovely indoor party themes, so Let’s Party Indoors ~ Vintage Bakery style!
1. Why the Vintage Bakery theme?
On those lazy Saturdays, where you actually have time to ask the kids what theywant to do, ours ALWAYS pick baking. Every single time. We don’t always get to do it (because: mess), but I thought it would be a sweet theme for their upcoming birthday party. They celebrate their birthdays in the heart of Winter, so having an indoor theme was a big bonus. After much discussion, we settled on the Vintage Bakery theme.
The most essential thing to make a party look like it’s been well planned is a colour scheme. Although you may have spent hours buying and making a million little things, if the overall colour scheme doesn’t look cohesive, it all just seems a bit slapped together. To try and tie in the vintage feel that I wanted to bring we stuck to pink, grey and white. I made bunting out of pink, white and grey paper and strung it up all over the venue.
We also raided our families houses for all their vintage looking things – old suitcases etc to use for the main table. We also designed a big bakery logo that we printed in A0 and also used for the invites and party packs. Once the party packs and food were included on the table the overall look was not exactly what a vintage bakery would have looked like, but we were pleased with it nevertheless.
Our girls birthdays are only two weeks apart so we throw them a combined party, but in this instance it didn’t mean a combined cake. We made two big cupcakes using those moulds that you can buy at your local baking shop. The middle is hollow and so we filled it with an array of sweets which was a great idea, because when we cut it open, their faces were priceless!
In keeping with a bakery theme, we ordered lots of little baked goods – mini milktarts, cupcakes, pies, chocolate ganache tarts, mini quiches etc.
Our girls were celebrating their 4th and 5th birthdays and we have a lot of younger friends, so we hired a big jumping castle. This is my fool proof entertainment for the afternoon – the kids LOVE it.
For the older kids (3-7’s), we made edible tea cups with Marie biscuits, marshmallows, chocolate disks, round sweeties, sprinkles and colourful icing as the glue.
For even older children (8+) you could incorporate a “cupcake wars” theme. They would need to decorate pre-baked cupcakes along three different themes. Then they are judged on team work (getting a cohesive look), taste (if you want to taste 50 cupcakes) and appearance.
6. Party packs / take homes
Because we didn’t have the facilities for the kids to actually bake at our baking party – we sent the baking home with them. I made the dry mix of my trusted brownie recipe and popped it into sealable plastic bags.
We then printed out the rest of the procedure and stuck them both into pretty pink and white bags that I found at Merry Pak. To seal it we printed and cut out smaller versions of our bakery logo and stuck it on. Viola!
Have you ever had a party with this theme? What did you do differently?
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