This year for her birthday, Charlie wanted to do a Care Bear theme. Her favorite Care Bear is Cheer Bear, so I figured I better start planning. There were a lot of fun party favors and games I could have done for a Care Bear birthday party, but we decided to just let the kids run and play with just a few Care Bear components. The kids are young enough that we knew they’d be happy with just a little taste of it so we wouldn’t need to spend a lot of money.
I started with some Belly Badge Sugar Cookies. I always like to try at least one new thing when I’m doing a party and the winner technique for this party was royal icing. I’ve never used it before. I played with the royal icing and came up with the above designs. Yes, I know they aren’t completely accurate, but I had a lot of fun playing around with the icing to see what it could do. I used the recipe and technique tips shared on Sweetopia. I also forgot the first rule of thumb when using icing colors…pinks and reds taste horrible if you use too much color. Oops…the red tasted fine, but I made a few Cheer Bear badges as well as some pink hearts and I think they were sort of off tasting. Practice makes perfect, right?
It wouldn’t be a birthday party without a cake and Charlie told me she wanted Cheer Bear’s belly badge for her cake. I couldn’t tell her no, especially since I knew it would be easy to make. The hardest part I had was deciding what to do on the sides of the cake since I made it tall. I decided on an uneven border (yes, I meant to do that…), some dots with the left over icing, then I stuck candy stars on the sides. It worked out great. While I’m still not the best with some of the icing techniques, I’m getting better! I used the same icing recipe I came up with when I made the test cake for Lena’s party.
I couldn’t do a Cheer Bear cake with just the icing as decoration, it just didn’t seem like enough. So, I made the entire inside of the cake as a rainbow too! I love how this picture shows the weight of the layers with the blue compressed much more then the red. Everyone knew I did this to the cake so when it was time to cut in I had about 20 adults and kids looking over my shoulder to see what the inside would be like. Charlie was quite pleased with the way the cake came out. Both in looks and in flavor. She said it was the best birthday cake ever!
For games I made pin the belly badge on the Care Bear. This was easy to create. It would have been easier if I owned Photoshop or had an editing program with a good selection tool, but lucky for me I have a friend who is a pro at Photoshop and a quick message to her and I had the belly badge separated from the Care Bear in just a couple of minutes. I laminated the Care Bear and made 20 belly badges, laminating all of them as well. Then we covered the edge of a sheet of foam board with rainbow duct tape, and stuck on a few more Care Bears for decorations and we had our game. We just stuck a small bit of double sided tape on the back of each belly badge and stuck a rainbow blindfold on the kids and we were good to go (I suspect several of the kids could see because they got the belly badge on there dead center!)
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Care Bear birthday party if she didn’t get a Care Bear as a gift. Daddy made it a point to have her open this one last and it was her favorite. This bear hasn’t left her side since she got it. She loves her Cheer Bear and has been spending the past week teaching Cheer Bear about everything we do in our household, she runs errands with us, and she even went to the Dr with Charlie for her five year checkup.
I thought about having the girls wear their Care Bear costumes for the party, but decided they were in the laundry and I didn’t feel like doing a load that day since I had to finish decorating the cake.
Have you ever set up a themed party for your kids?
What was your favorite theme and what did you do?