Better Kansas City | Birthday Party & Cakes

I was on Better Kansas City this morning sharing tips for hosting an easy, but beautiful, birthday party. In addition to decorating a cake 4 ways, I also shared how to recycle Starbucks bottles into cute milk glasses, accenting them with strawberry flavored straws, print at home invitations {coming soon}, how to line an envelope, glitter votives and how to incorporate black and white photos.

My mom loved cake decorating. Honestly, I do too, but never find myself with the time to do it, and it’s a practiced art. A basic cake can be transformed with embellishments in just seconds. Here are four of my favorite ways:

Add pretty flags – using ribbon or paper {shown with gold glitter wrapping paper}, bamboo skewers {found at the grocery store} and double stick tape.

Use Creative Candles! Kansas City based Creative Candles offers elegant thin tapers in two lengths for a dramatic presentation.

Aren’t they darling?  I love them on this bundt cake.
Add a flower and or number. This glitter number was created by spraying adhesive on an inexpensive wooden number, then drizzling with glitter. 

You can never go wrong with sprinkles. Use them alone, or with a stencil to leave the number on the cake.

Which is your favorite? 

Julie Blanner is the voice behind the stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.


  • Reply February 22, 2013

    Natalia Gordon

    I love designing cakes! My mom is a pastry chef (and an amazing one at that) and I always help her every time she’s baking. I really admire her creations, and I guess her clients too because they kept on coming back to her and also referring her to friends.

  • Reply February 24, 2013

    Julie Blanner

    It’s so special that you share that with her and that you have learned from the best!

  • Reply March 20, 2013

    Ivan Black

    I put some of my creative side on the birthday cake we gave for our friend’s birthday. What I did is to place all of our personalized greeting on top of his birthday cake.

  • Reply March 25, 2013

    Kathy Wilby

    Well I’m getting married in a few months and I’m looking for the perfect cake for our big event. I’m trying to look online and I don’t seem to find any good site. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Reply May 16, 2013

    Jasmine Hawkins

    Those party cakes are perfect for my aunt’s baby shower this coming month! I will definitely suggest this to her!

  • Reply May 16, 2013

    Coordinately Yours

    Thank you!

  • Reply June 21, 2013

    Maya Pratt

    These cakes are definitely on my list for our coming baby shower next month. I just hope we can get a good oven so that I could try to bake one of these for the party.

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