We recently celebrated Parkers fourth birthday here at our home.

I made this dessert table which I put about 20+ hours of work into. And then totally forgot to take a picture of it all set up outside.

Me. Who takes anywhere from 200 to 1000 pictures per event simply because I like to, totally FORGOT to take pictures of the dessert table that I slaved over for 24 hours straight.

I cried.

I complained. I prayed to God to magically make some pictures appear.

I cried some more.

Needless to say, all I have to show for my dessert table in that one stupid picture.

I did get a few shots before the event of specific items… so not all is lost, but I wanted my money shot. My, “Look at what I did mom!” shot.

Totally didnt happen.

When I complained for the zillionth time to my husband he said, “Did your newly four year old son enjoy the party?”

Um, point taken.

Its all not about me.

Moving on.

The table above not only represents the cake I made for Parkers birthday celebration but a few other big events.

Cousin Inga celebrated her fifth birthday a week prior.

I made her a giant devils food cupcake with pink buttercream frosting.


The second cake in is a mini pistachio cake with cream cheese frosting.

It had cookie on a stick decorations that say, “Happy Anniversary Ryan and Elizabeth” who are celebrating their first anniversary this week!

There are alsochocolatecupcakes with whipped cream frosting.


I also made “Memory Cookies” for the kids.


The idea behind it was if the child picked one cookie, they got to find its match… and have two!


I just a few out at a time to make it a little easier.

And finally was Parkers cake.


This is a six layer cake. The candyland inspired candy road is made out of buttercream fondant, and actually tastes not too bad.

I cut out the little rainbow colored squares the day before to let them stiffen up a bit, then the morning of the party (and I am not kidding, it was around 6:00am) I started trimming andplacingthe pieces on the cake. It went so quickly and smoothly I recommend thistechniqueto any mom with young ones!

The top has gummy worms, gumdrops, and jelly beans. The base is lined with M&M’s.

And the inside…

… was rainbow.

Parker has been asking for a rainbow cake ever since I made one for my Fox appearance last December. Which is a long time ago!

He really, really loved it. Which made me reallyreally happy!

I am revealing the party and all its components over on my main blog, i am mommy,if you want to catch a glimpse of the big day!



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Reader Comments

  1. Best. Mom. EVER! That is the best theme for a kid’s party – you did such an amazing job putting it all together – your table is so bright, and that cake! SO cute!!

  2. I was going to leave a comment on the other post, but there’s no place as far as I can tell to leave comments. 🙂 We did a candyland party for Alex’s 5th birthday and it was a blast. I am not so handy in the kitchen, so we didn’t have all the fancy desserts that you did. BUT… we did make a lifesize candyland board and played a gigantic game of candyland. We used construction paper for the walkway and we had friends dress as King Candy and Queen Frostine. Such fun. 🙂 The kids all wore different colored t-shirts that I had painted gingerbread men on. They marched along the paths to music and we played all sorts of different “candy” games. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  3. I so dig that rainbow cake! My birthday is in October. Wink, wink, nod,nod. I have wanted to make a road trip to MN, since the hubby is from there. LOL!

  4. Oh…. I adore the Memory cookies idea…and absolutely love love the candyland inspired cake. You little guy is one lucky 4 year old….I bet he loved all those colors!!!!! I can’t wait to hop on over to your other blog to see the party details!!! Amazing…and hope your little one had a wonderful day!!!!

  5. Great dessert table! Love the candy land cake, I’m sure Parker was so excited when you cut it and he saw the rainbow layers inside! Sorry you weren’t able to get a shot of the final table, I’m sure it was stunning!

  6. GORGEOUS!! I have a feeling, that if I show my girls this, they will want the exact same theme for both of their up-coming birthdays. So cute!!

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