I had a lot of fun decorating the cake, (thanks for asking Jesabes!) this is the exact fondant that I ended up using. I know that there is a lot in the world of fondant but for a cake or larger item, this stuff rolls out really nice. I ended up rolling out the fondant and covering the cake. How to get the fondant on the cake was not really that apparent on most websites but you roll it around the pin and then unroll over the cake and cut around the edges. I used corn starch for dusting and that worked well and was cheap at the grocery story but I have no clue where else you would use it.
wilton fondant smoother, you don't need it. I had also purchased the offset spatula which I FORGOT to use when crumb icing the cake. IMHO, the crumb icing on top makes the cake lumpy or I am rolling out the fondant too thin.
After this stage, I took the remaining fondant and dyed it red with this gel paste. My hands looked like I committed a murder. I had no food safe gloves on hand and you really need to use your hands to get the color mixed well. A really great sales person at Surfas told me that it has to be gel paste to get a really nice color and the red that was achieved took almost the full .75 bottle. I lacked any of the Wilton nifty tools to cut a border so I used a knife and cut a long strip and placed it on the board and not the cake. I used a few different sized stars and a little water to attach them. My problem at this point was my hands were red and getting red on everything that I touched so I couldn't touch the cake, making adjustments a little tricky. Olivia is sitting on a big star but could have been a bit bigger. I ordered the cake topper from Etsy and she did the sign for an additional $5. There is no way that I could have made that topper.
Other items that I had a lot of fun making were the sushi rice krispie treats that are not too visible in this picture but show the paper straws in the canning jar which I loved. I used mini swedish fish on top, green fruit roll-ups complete the look but my grocery store didn't have any and I was still unsure if I was going to make them. Other items that I made that didn't make the party were white chocolate covered pretzels with red sprinkles. White chocolate doesn't harden very quickly so I popped them in the refrigerator when I was done dipping and I was unhappy with the yellowish tint on the white chocolate. I meant to redo them but ran out of time. I also made mini pigs in the blanket but I bought smoked dogs and I thought the smoked flavor was a little weird so DH ate them.
This year's party was sooooo different from last year and the MAIN reason was that I saw LO for about two seconds. She was playing with her friends, going down the slide or running around. I had my eye on her but she was doing her own thing.
Sitting with friends
Talking to babies