3 Creative Birthday Cake Ideas

Oh sweet, sweet birthday cake! Are you looking for some fresh ideas to try at the next party? Maybe one of these three cake ideas will get your creative baking juices flowing. They are all gorgeous and tasty! Enjoy 🙂

Banana Split Birthday Cake – this decadent cake comes from alanabread, and don’t worry the “ice cream” won’t melt… they are actually butter cream balls! This is definitely a cake worthy of a special birthday. Her recipe even comes with a helpful step by step illustration of how to construct the cake!

Banana Split Birthday Cake – Recipe & Photo from alana bread.

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Doughnut Birthday Cake – How whimsical and simple? You can save time by using pre-made donuts, or if you are feeling adventurous why not make your own (here is a recipe we like). This birthday confection is perfect for the doughnut-lover in your life.

Doughnut Birthday Cake – Image & Recipe by Best Friends for Frosting.

Homemade Cake Batter Truffle Mini Cakes – Cake batter anything is amazing… and in truffle form cake batter may be even better. This arrangement of truffles is great for events where you don’t feel like cutting a traditional cake, and let’s guests control their portions. These sweet truffles would be great for a wedding or bridal shower too!

Cake Batter Truffle Mini Birthday Cakes – image & recipe by Club Chica Circle.

Which is your favorite take on the traditional birthday cake?

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2 Places to Shop Sustainable Party Supplies – Great for Weddings Too!

Upcycled Birthday Banner – $64.95 from Green Planet Parties!

Hello there! At Make A Birthday Wish we try to do our part by sharing  DIY, healthy, and sustainable ideas for

everything from planning daily lunches to your families birthday parties and celebrations. Today we’ve got two great places to shop for sustainable, fair trade, and eco-friendly party supplies that are perfect for your next birthday, anniversary, or even wedding! Each site features handmade goods and supplies made from eco-friendly materials. And in case you are wondering, does going green mean you have to sacrifice style? Not at all. Check out some of our favorite goods from each site!

Green Planet Parties – The goods on this site are more suited to birthdays, but ther eare still lots of ideas for other celebrations as well. We especially love this recycled burlap birthday banner loaded with crafty rustic charm!

 

 

The other place to shop sustainable party supplies both online and in some Whole Foods Stores is:

Susty Party – They have so many options for cups, plates, straws, napkins, and party kits available in some well-designed prints and colors. Their cups are now being carried in select Whole Foods Stores! Check out these whimsical compostable paper straws?

Susty Party Paper Straws – $6.99 per Pack of 50.

And how about these cups you can find in Whole Foods? Love the prints, and these are completely non-toxic, compostable, and manufactured with 75% blind labor in partnership with Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Clovernook is a non-profit that aims to empower people who are visually impaired. How awesome is that?

10 oz Compostable Cups by Susty Party- $4.99 per pack of 12.

Do you try to make smart choices that are good for people and planet when planning your events?

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Valentines Day Ideas for Single Gals & Guys

As you may have noticed we didn’t post on Tuesday and Thursday like we normally do. We’ve decided to shake things up a little and just post once a week. So look for new posts full of great tutorials, recipes, and party planning essentials on Fridays!

Last week we posted recipes and gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. But not everyone thinks Valentines Day is that great… especially if they are not seeing somebody. But remember it’s a day to show the people you love how much you love them. So forget having a boyfriend or girlfriend and celebrate with friends or family instead. Here are some great ideas from around the web for celebrating and gifting on Valentines Day, even if you don’t have a boo!

Single Ladies Valentine’s Day Brunch – this tutorial from Design Love Fest is amazing. Heart-shaped waffles with prosciutto? Yum! She even gives tips on how to set the table and a “single ladies” playlist to play while you and your friends nosh away on a delicious brunch. This recipe and idea would honestly be great for a girls birthday party! Check out the tutorial and the blog.

Image & tutorial from Design Love Fest.

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for the Single & Unattached – This collection of ideas from Lovely Undergrad is great! We love the ideas of manis/pedis on Valentine’s Day! Check out her list if you are in a new relationship too!

Image from paulie-nka.

More Ideas for Single Ladies – Jenesequa has even more ideas for girls that want to celebrate without a guy. Some require you to be 21, but the ideas could easily be adapted for younger girls too. Maybe your daughter and her friends could get together and host a sparkling drink tasting party instead of a wine party, or have a little co-ed get together? Either way, younger or older, these ideas are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special girls night out (like birthdays! 🙂 ).

 

Image from Jenesequa.

Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day?

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3 Free Party Planning Resources

Planning a party big or small can be overwhelming. From the food to the decorations to the activities… there are a lot of aspects to cover. Today we’ve gathered some resources to help you keep organized while your plotting the details of your next soiree!

Party Planning Checklist by Handmade Charlotte. How cute is this printable?

Party Planning Checklist by Handmade Charlotte

Kids Birthday Party Planning Checklist by Catch My Party. This handy list is great if you are planning a party for your little one!

Kids’ Birthday Party Checklist by Catch My Party

Birthday Party Printables by delicateCONSTRUCTION. These four printables will have all your party prep bases covered.

Printables by delicateCONSTRUCTION.

Do you make a checklist when you are planning a party?

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DIY Gift Ideas: Homemade Coupon Books

Holiday Coupons Image from One Artsy Mama

Christmas is just around the corner… no seriously it’s next week! And we at Make a Birthday Wish are extremely excited for all the love and giving that takes place this time of year. If you are still lost for gift ideas, then have no fear, we’ve got a collection of great resources to help you make a great gift for just about anyone on your list (even the person that has everything!). The best part about this gift idea, it is practically free (except for the paper it’s printed on) or close to it.

DIY coupon books are the perfect solution for someone that is difficult to buy for, or if you want to give something more meaningful and personal this year. You generally are giving your time (a foot rub, scrubbing the shower, etc.) , or maybe entitling a friend to a cup of coffee, dinner, or a movie. One of our favorite things about DIY coupon books is they let you be as creative as you want to be. You can completely hand-make your book, or use a free online site to generate a clean-looking book that you can print out. To get started think about the person you are giving the coupons to. What do they enjoy doing, what do they need more of in their life (maybe time, or quiet), what do they hate to do (clean, laundry)? Then make a list of possible coupons:

  • Back massage
  • Cleaning the bathroom
  • Organizing the closet
  • A cup of coffee & good conversation
  • Their favorite dinner
  • A trip to the bookstore
  • A night of babysitting
  • An at home spa day… the list could go on forever

Once you have your list you can use MS Word, PowerPoint, Keynote, Photoshop, Online tools, or old fashioned paper, glue, and scissors to create a coupon book. Here are some of our favorite resources:

Have you ever made your own coupons or vouchers before? What kind of coupons did you come up with?

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Have A Paper Holiday: 3 DIY Paper Crafts For A Homemade Christmas!

At MABW we love crafting, reusing, re-purposing, and putting a personal touch on special occasions. Today we’ve got 3 tutorials to share with you that will have you crafting most everything you need this Holiday season with paper!

DIY Recycled Paper Tree

We love this idea! Imagine using brown packaging paper, newspaper, or magazines to make mini versions of this tree? Can you say great centerpiece for practically nothing?!!!

DIY Tutorial for Recycled Paper Christmas Tree by Casa Sugar

DIY Tutorial for Recycled Paper Christmas Tree by Casa Sugar

DIY Star Wars Snowflakes or Garland

These snowflakes would make any nerd proud. Such a fun idea, you could try it with different colored paper too!

Free Printable Template from Matters of Grey

Free Printable Template from Matters of Grey

Free Holiday Gift Tags

These printables from Sass & Peril make adorable homemade packaging a cinch this holiday season!

Gift Tag Printables by Sass & Peril

Gift Tag Printables by Sass & Peril

Which is your favorite holiday paper craft? We are partial to the Star Wars Snowflakes 🙂

Election Day Treats!

Happy Election Day everybody! This is just a reminder that no matter who you support, you should GET OUT & VOTE! Today we have a collection of three easy recipes you can whip up to share with friends and family as you watch the election results roll in! Enjoy!

Red, White, & Blue Rice Krispy Treats – This recipe and tutorial from Lil’ Luna is super simple and really adorable. You could apply the same technique to achieve any color combination for another party! All you need is food coloring, Rice Krispy Cereal, Marshmallows (you could substitute vegan ones), and Margarine or Butter.

Red, White & Blue Cookies – From All Recipes/Southern Living. These chewy cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! Whip up a batch today!

Red, White & Blue Pretzel Sticks – This recipe comes from Martha Stewart! A perfect combination of salty and sweet. You could do any color combination to fit your party’s decor!

Are you having an election watch party? Or is it your birthday today? Does that change how you celebrate?

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3 Recipes for Fall Get Togethers!

Halloween is almost here and we are well into Fall! The cool air, changing leaves, and flavors of the season are some of our favorite at Make A Birthday Wish. Today we’ve collected 3 recipes that would be great to serve at any Fall birthday party, tailgate, or family get together. They are super yummy and we promise, they will impress your guests!

Give traditional hummus a fall makeover with pumpkin! It gives the hummus a lovely orange color and a long list of healthy vitamins & minerals!

Pumpkin Hummus – Recipe from Food.Com

Pumpkin Hummus – Recipe from Food.Com

Looking to mix up your traditional granola bar or cookie? Give these tasty treats from the blog My Baking Addiction a try! And yup, you guessed it, they have pumpkin in them!

Pumpkin Granola Bars – Recipe & Photo from My Baking Addiction

Pumpkin Granola Bars – Recipe & Photo from My Baking Addiction

If you are looking for the perfect desert for any fall gathering, look no further than this recipe for a decadent pumpkin roll!

Pumpkin Roll – Recipe from Pinch My Salt

Pumpkin Roll – Recipe & Image from Pinch My Sakt

We think these recipes are fantastic, and would complete any party menu! But we want to know what you think. Let us know if you try out any of these recipes! We’ve had great results!

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5 Of Our Favorite Halloween Treats!

Halloween is less than two weeks away and we are getting pretty excited! Today we wanted to share 5 of our favorite DIY Halloween Treats from around the web. Enjoy and get crafty!

Rat Eyeballs, Spider Legs, & Ghost Poop Treat Bags – This adorable (and hilarious) tutorial comes from Glory of Glorious Treats. She even includes free printables! Yay!

Rat Eyeballs, Spider Legs, & Ghost Poop Treat Bags from Glorious Treats

Vampire Bites – These adorable snacks come from OOMPY! Such a simple recipe with beautiful results!

Vampire Bites from OOMPY

Halloween Peeps In A Jar – Yummy marshmallows, graham crackers, M&M’s make a delicious Halloween S’more Bar! This cute and simple tutorial comes from Southern Vogue! These would make  great party favors!

Halloween Peeps In A Jar by Southern Vogue

Trix-or-Treat Goodie Bags – Super simple and super tasty. This tutorial comes from Stephanie of Somewhat Simple, includes FREE printables, and would make a great favor as well!

Trix-Or-Treats by Somewhat Simple

Halloween Push-Up Pop Parfaits – These are seriously too cute. This great tutorial was created by Erin of Procrastination Station. Check it out!

Halloween Push-Up Pop Parfaits by Procrastination Station

What is your favorite part of Halloween? We love getting dressed up!

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3 DIY Tutorials for Fall Birthdays

We’ve been excited lately about Fall and have been sharing our favorite recipes that are perfect for Fall birthdays! Today we wanted to share 3 tutorials we stumbled upon that would make great decorations for Fall birthdays and holidays. Simply click on the title or the image to go to the original tutorial. Enjoy 🙂

DIY: Bendable Fabric Cake Flags

These adorable little flags would look great atop a fall birthday cake! This gorgeous tutorial was a guest post by Guest post by Gaelan Cormier of Uschi&Kay and Sam Dubeau of Have&Hold on Popptalk!

Bendable Fabric Cake Flags by Poppytalk

Fall Felt Flower Wreath

This gorgeous fall wreath tutorial comes from the sweet blog Little Things Bring Smiles. We love the results and think you will too!

Fall Felt Flower Wreath by Little Things Brings Smiles

Tissue Paper Number Sign

These number signs are so great looking and would be perfect at any age! And you could always find a more permanent place for them in your home after the big celebration. This tutorial comes from Camille Styles!

Tissue Paper Number Sign by Camille Styles

Which is your favorite fall tutorial?

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