My daughter is turning 12 and wants to do a cake decorating party. I have a plan to bake 2 layer 6" cakes for each girl (there will be 6-9 girls there) and on the evite, I have asked favorite flavor of cake (chocolate, vanilla or half/half) so that I can have cakes of the appropriate flavors on hand. My plan is to frost each cake with white buttercream and have it on an 8" cake round ready for them to decorate. I bought some pre-made/pre-colored fondant (Wilton) and plan to put a few pre-measured balls of fondant in a cup for each girl to work with. I have 2 small fondant rollers and a few small shaped cutters for them to use. I will also have assorted colors of buttercream in piping bags with assorted tips for the girls to share. And of course some sprinkles and other do-dads.
I plan to get aprons for each girl to be their party favor and I was also thinking of getting them bandanas to keep their hair back (and out of the cake). Ikea has some cute cupcake aprons for like $8, but I was hoping to find less expensive (but still cute) aprons elsewhere. Any suggestions?
The plan is to send the girls home with their cakes but I have not had luck finding 8" cake boxes. ACMoore does have a "treat box" that is 4x8x8, but I am worried that 4" won't be high enough for a 2 layer cake. Where can I get a standard 8" cake box? I plan to get 10 of them. I figure the girls can decorate the boxes when they arrive at the party.
In addition, we will have a station set up in the kitchen for the girls to also make their own pizzas...so a very hands on sort of party.
In looking up other "cake decorating party" threads I did see the suggestion of putting rubber bands on the tops of the piping bags to keep the frosting from getting squeezed out the top. I also saw the suggestion of printing out a Wilton practice card (covered with wax paper) for them to practice their piping. Not sure if I can find this on-line or not, but hoping that I can. Any other suggestions for helping a group of 11/12 year olds? Oh, and I am trying to pull this off for next week...