Great minds think alike! I am in the process of planning a party just like this for my soon to be 9 y/o daughter!
Our party will be 9-9-06 in the afternoon, and I have debated with myself over-and-over again how long to make the party and have decided on 3 hrs (about all the patience and mess I can handle!)
I will send the invitations out in the next 24 hrs, and I have requested the girls rsvp by Wednesday before the party to select their cake flavors, vanilla, chocolate or strawberry.
When the children (only 6 girls including my DD) arive, we are planning on starting out by decorating the cake boxes for the children to take their cakes home in. I found some cake related stickers, and made special labels for the boxes that say "This cake is an original creation by: _______", we will also have plenty of markers on hand. This will give a chance for all of the girls to arrive and we can all start decorating at the same time.
I am making aprons and chefs hats for each of the girls to wear at the party, and take home as part of their party favor.
The girls will be decorating 4" round, double layer cakes, and I will decorate my DD's birthday cake during the party, as a way to demo some of the techniques. My girl does not feel comfortable working with icing bags, as she always seems to get icing all over her hands when it squeezes out the back. Therefore, we have order 24 icing syringe sets from eBay, that will be filled and ready to go. (The extras will be in the party favor bags.) I have purchased cupcake picks and am going to make fondant flowers for the girls to place on the cakes. I also bought some small paint containers (available at Hobby Lobby), and filled them with individual portions of sprinkles to use.
After the girls have decorated their cakes, we are going to take pictures of the proud chefs with their creations before boxing them to take home. The girls will then have a chance to wash up, while I clear the decorating area and set up snacks. (We have decided on a cold menu with fruit, chips, dips and sandwiches that can be pulled out and set up quickly!) After snack time we will serve the cake I have decorated during the party, then we will open presents.
Since we have had a hard time deciding on the amount of time to allow for the party, if there is any time leftover, we will have free time for play after we have done all of our activities.
Sorry this is SO long...if I have forgotten anything please make suggestions! This is my first venture into this type of party and I am a little nervous about the mess I may be getting myself into! LOL!!