When I’m living life “one step at a time” I often have to throw things together in a jiffy. This post is an idea for decorating a cake with items found at home or at the office. First, you’ll need a quick delicious cake. Call ahead to your nearest Zoës Kitchen and order their YaYa’s Hand-Made Chocolate Cake, it’s baked in a tray so it’s transportable and it’s SO good! Next, raid the cabinet and gather your supplies:
- 2 Sticks (straws, skewers, chopsticks from an order of Chinese)
- String (thin ribbon, bakers twine, sisal twine, cotton string, rubber-bands cut and tied together…)
- Labels (I used Avery 8160, anything blank, peel and stick will work)
- Colors (crayon, marker, colored pencils…)
- Sharpie (or a dark marker)
Now color the number of labels for letters you need. HAPPY BIRTHDAY = 13 labels, ROYAL BABY = 9 labels, GOOD LUCK = 8 labels, CONGRATS = 8. Be speedy, be messy, color every other label so you don’t have to worry about staying within the label lines:
Next, tear apart the rows/columns and fold them in half:
Add your message with a Sharpie. Important Note – this is theater-in-the-round so your message is in reverse order on the backside. The picture does a better job explaining than I do:
Now, keep the labels folded and make only two cuts on each label/letter to form your double-sided triangle pennant.
Lastly, peel your labels and fold them over the string so they stick upon themselves. Then tie the string to your sticks and put it all in a baggie for safe transport or safe keeping.
Our celebration was at a restaurant so I was able to put the cake bunting and a few candles in my bag, pick-up the cake at Zoës and quickly set the stage before the birthday girl arrived.
This cake was for my Stepmom’s birthday. I think the quick cake decorations made this bought cake more festive, special and a little homemade. It wasn’t perfect but that’s what I love so much about it!