Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dora the Explorer Birthday

Sami's 2nd cumpleaños was celebrated with a Dora the Explore theme. 

the invitation
I just LOVE this invitation, made by Tiny Prints.

the cake 
Technically, the cupcakes.  It's made from 23 cupcakes (not sure how that 24th went missing *wink).  I LOVE cupcake cakes!  There's no cutting involved and they're so much easier to eat.

the decorations
Lots of pink, yellow and orange were used, as these are the colors of Dora's outfit.  I bought wall scene setters from Party City.  Got some gold star balloons from a local party store and added faces to resemble the estrallas on Dora the Explorer.

The food table added it's own touch to the decorations.

the food

Guests enjoyed a 7 Layer Mexican Dip, Cheese Quesadillas, Mini Beef Tacos, Chicken & Cheese Taquitos, Tortilla Chips (with an assortment of dips), Sweet Tacos (with vanilla yogurt, strawberries, bananas and granola for fillers), Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Fruit Kabobs and Jello Margaritas.   

To make the Jello Margaritas, I prepared lime jello, and poured it into plastic margarita glasses.  Once firm, I dipped the rim into coarse sugar and added a lime fruit slice to the edge.

the favors
 Each child had a placemat with their name and a photo of Dora on it.  I printed them onto cardstock then covered them in laminate purchased at my local office supply store.

They also got a "backpack" filled with Dora the Explorer goodies.  Rings, candy, toys.  And they each received a maraca.  Each bag also contained a personalized cookie.

I made and frosted sugar cookies then placed edible images on top.  The images were purchased from ediblecakeimages on eBay.

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  1. Hello Sahm,

    Excellent!! Great job!! I just loved all the decoration, cake idea, jello margarita and everything. I am very much impressed with your work. I was looking for Dora cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday and came across your website. I have few queries like what frosting should be used.I have never done cake decoration before so just need info about frosting. Also, from where did you got Dora character figures. I would be really thankful if you reply. Thank you so much. Got to learn much from your site. Keep up your great work.


  2. Thanks, Preeti. The cupcakes are frosted with store-bought white frosting, tinted light green and blue. The grass is also store-bought white frosting tinted dark green and piped from a pastry bag with a grass tip.

    I purchased the figurines on eBay as those particular birthday toys weren't in my local stores.