Big City Bakery Birthday Bash

little elliot, big city theme birthday party

Want a guaranteed, simple, adorable way to decorate for a party? Start with a cute item and find a way to combine or group it. And what’s cuter than a cupcake liner?! I had seen a picture or two of cupcake liner garlands, but until I set about creating them, I had no idea how simple they could be. Seriously, they are mindlessly basic!

You can make these while watching a little TV or supervising the kiddos. 

I just threw a First Birthday Bash loosely based on the sweet new children’s book, Little Elliott, Big Cityby Mike Curato, for my youngest son. This picture book features a tiny, unnoticed elephant in New York City in the 1940s...and he’s in search of cupcakes! Such a cute story, I had to capitalize on it!  I made TONS of these cupcake liner garlands to zigzag between the archways, and drape from the banisters in the foyer of our home. A dramatic, festive entrance was created for the guests. Regardless of how you hang the garlands, I really couldn’t encourage you more to give this a try!

DIY cupcake liner garlands

A month before the party, every time I would run an errand, I would search the store for cute cupcake liners. After about five stores I had a great, colorful variety to work with. I also purchased a pack of coffee filters from the dollar store. Lots of online stores sell cupcake liners, but I really don’t like paying shipping if I don’t have to, and I couldn’t find one retailer with enough choices, so I did my searching in person. 

Materials Needed:

Cupcake Liners
Coffee Filters
A needle
String 
Elmer’s Glue
Scissors

how to make a cupcake liner garland

There are so many variations of garlands to make! I started out making thick strands. For this method, you can count on using 11 liners per foot of string. Begin by deciding how long you want your garland to be. Cut the string to that length, adding a foot or two so you have extra string to hang the liners. Thread the needle. You can arrange the liners in a completely random order, or you can use a pattern. I alternated solid liners with patterned, and I did try to vary the color. Stab the needle through the center of the bottom of a liner. Select the next liner. You will thread this one through in the opposite direction (still threading the center of the bottom). Using this back-to-back method, the liners will stay separate, and they will slide up and down the string easily. On some of the garlands I inserted coffee filters, resulting in fuller-looking decor. Every so often slide the liners to the end (leave the last 6-12 inches empty for the hanging space). Continue until your garland is full. 

cheap party decorations DIY

Another option is to create a flat, banner-style garland. This method involves flattening and folding your liners in half. Consider alternating between coffee filters and cupcake liners. You can even glue cupcake liners on top of the filters. 

coffee filter garlands DIY

Another option is to create a flat, banner-style garland. This method involves flattening and folding your liners in half. Consider alternating between coffee filters and cupcake liners. You can even glue cupcake liners on top of the filters. 

cupcake liner garland

Here are a few other fun elements from the party:

*Cherry blossoms and a simple, effective sign adorned the food table.

DIY party decorations

*Most of my work went into this table. My husband said I should include a tutorial for the  painted cardboard buildings, but they were created through trial and error...not a scientific process, so I’ll spare you the details! I also made four types of cupcakes to make it feel like a real bakery. The smash cake was decorated with simple fondant buildings.

DIY party decor

*I also placed a chalkboard easel with the bakery menu beside the front door. In addition I used acrylic paint to create a bakery sign on the glass of our front door. I wanted the guests to be aware of the theme before they even entered. 

*And the top question for every first birthday party: How did the guest of honor like their cake?? Well, he started out timid, but as the guests started focusing on their own desserts, Everett had the ultimate cake smash!

giant cupcake smash cake

Check out another "book-inspired" birthday bash here.

 

Posted on April 22, 2015 and filed under Building Your Home.