How to Decorate a Toddler's Birthday Table with Cupcakes: 4 Steps
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Blowing out the candle on a birthday cupcake is even more fun in a festive atmosphere.

Keeping calm may not be an option when you are entertaining toddlers, but having a cupcake is a great idea. Create a festive cupcake display for your toddler's birthday party to build excitement and set the scene for a joyful bash. Well-decorated cupcakes serve as the centerpiece all by themselves. Use creativity to make them stand out and create just the right ambiance for a party the kids will remember.


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    Ask parents in advance about the favorite color of each young guest. Decorate a cupcake in each child's favorite color. Set one cupcake in the middle of a festive setting in front of each chair or place mat. The color of the cupcakes and a personalized name tag can show each toddler where he is sitting for dessert. This creates a colorful rainbow of cupcakes on the table and also has a practical use. Toddlers love attention, and knowing their favorite colors will make each guest feel special.
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    Make fun shape designs with the cupcakes to serve as the centerpiece of the table until dessert time. Decorate the cupcakes in different colored batches. Make a square with a group of cupcakes that you decorate with red icing. Use cupcakes with green icing to then create a triangle that is near the same size as the square. Add in a circle with cupcakes that display icing of a different color. Put your toddler's favorite shape in the center. This can even be an educational experience as toddlers identify shapes and colors. They will love the attention they get when they do.
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    Create a decorative tree with a cupcake stand. Use your imagination to create a tall centerpiece to match the decor of your toddler's birthday party. Keep it subtle by simply using icing that matches the decorations. If you'd rather get a bit more extravagant, try creating roses on top of each cupcake for a princess party; the pyramid of pretty roses is just right for a toddler who wants a bit of sophistication. As you see the big smile on your toddler's face ask her , Aren't these roses so pretty?"
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    Use the cupcakes to create a number to reflect the age of your toddler. Put this in the center of the table or just in front of where the birthday girl will sit. A birthday is a huge milestone. Each of a child's youngest birthdays means major life and developmental changes. Celebrating the number in a fun, festive way with cupcakes will help you stage beautiful photos that are easily identifiable for years to come.


  • Ask your toddler what she wants at her party. She may surprise you with some creative cupcake ideas of her own.Make a few extra cupcakes to keep on hand that are also decorated to match your theme. You never know when unexpected guests may stop by, or a toddler may accidentally drop her treat. One thing you don't want at a birthday party is a preventable meltdown!


  • Don't stress too much about the decorations. Relax, Mom! Toddlers will be more concerned with attention and how the cupcakes taste than they will about how the table is decorated. Do your best, but do not stress.

EditThings You'll Need

  • Cupcakes
  • Food dyeIcing
  • Pastry
  • Bag
  • Cupcake
  • Stand

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Categories: Education and Communications

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