Birthday with Barbie

Ages: 2+

Invitations, Activities & Goodies

This all-girl party is a dream come true for those who love to pretend that their "big sister" is real.

Barbie Dress Invite

To make, fold a piece of 9"x 12" pink construction paper in half and trim the edges with scallop-edged scissors. Cut a heart from a piece of purple construction paper and glue to the upper right-hand corner of the card. Place a Barbie dress (or accessory) on the card. After you position it, use a pin to punch two tiny holes in the pink paper on either side of the garment's waist. Attach to the card by threading pink ribbon through the holes and tying it around the dress in a bow. Cut a 3 1/2"x5" rectangle out of the remaining piece of purple paper, fill in party info, and glue inside the card. Mail in a padded envelope to protect the dress. Be sure to ask guests to bring their favorite Barbie and maybe a couple of outfits.

    Fun & Games

    • As kids arrive, have them make tea-party miniatures (food and accessories) from Sculpey or Fimo clay. Have a few finished samples on hand to give the girls ideas. When everyone is finished, bake items to harden according to the directions on the package.
    • String edible necklaces using licorice strings and O-shaped candies or cereal.
    • Have the girls sit in a circle and each tell a story about her doll. They may also want to play dress-up with their Barbies.

      Goody Bags

      Fill a Barbie-themed cup with a cellophane bag full of logo novelties; tie with pink ribbon.

        Doll Birthday Cake

        Every little girl's dream come true! Be sure to use a craft doll (not a real Barbie) so the cake won't split down the middle. Craft dolls have a stick instead of legs. They're available at baking supply stores and craft shops.

        Prep and decorating time: 1 hour

        Bake time: 1 hour

        Yield: 10 servings

          • 1 box (18.25 ounces) yellow cake mix
          • 1 can (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
          • 1 can (16 oz.) strawberry-flavored frosting*
          • 1 Tbs. small pink flower decorations
          • 1 tube (.68 ounce) pink writing gel
          • 1 craft doll
            1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease one 4-cup and one 2-cup glass measuring cup with vegetable cooking spray. Prepare batter according to package directions. Pour 3 1/2 cups batter into larger measuring cup and remaining batter into smaller one. Bake smaller cake 25 to 30 minutes and larger one 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Transfer cakes to a rack; cool completely.
            2. Spoon 3/4 cup vanilla frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small plain writing tip (#3) and 1 cup pink frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a plain ribbon tip. Invert cooled cakes onto a cutting board and level tops. Place large cake on a serving platter and place smaller cake on top to form doll's skirt. Insert doll in center, arms raised for easier decorating. Trim cake from doll's waist to round off gown shape.
            3. Use vanilla frosting from can to form a wide V-shape down the front of gown. Press small pink flowers over frosting. Spread strawberry frosting over the rest of doll's gown and up her torso. Spread as smoothly as possible. With white frosting in pastry bag, pipe squiggly decorative pattern over gown. Pipe small white dots along front base of gown. With pink frosting from pastry bag, pipe a ribbon edge along bottom of gown. Lower doll's arms and finish top of gown with pink frosting. Use pink gel to make small dots over pink area of gown.

              *Instead of strawberry frosting, you may use another can of vanilla frosting. Tint to any pastel color with food coloring.

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