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Girl's Lil' Cupcake 2nd
Birthday Party Planning Guide

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Your sweet birthday girl is in for a real treat with the Girl's Little Cupcake 2nd Birthday theme! From recipes to games, our party planning guide will help you bake up a day filled with flavors of fun.

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Just fill out the handy list in this guide!

  • Order Girl's Lil' Cupcake 2nd Party Supplies, 
Girl's Lil' Cupcake 2nd Party Favors & Party Activities

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  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

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  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Girl's Lil' Cupcake 2nd Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    This guide has ideas that match your party theme!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Pin the Candle on the Cupcake


This sweet game is played just like the traditional "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" game, but with a large cupcake image and 14 plush candles for blindfolded players to attach to it. Treat each of your guests to a turn. Award themed party favors to the girls who get their candle closest to the top of the cupcake.

Musical Cupcake


Seat everyone in a circle, and put on the party music CD. To play the game, your guests will pass around the plush cupcake while music plays. When music stops, the player holding the cupcake wins a prize and steps out of the game. Game play continues until everyone has won.

Cupcake Walk


  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue and tape
  • Pen
  • Slips of paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Party music CD
  • Cupcakes

Before the party, create cupcake shapes (12"-15") from colorful construction paper (1 per person), and mark each with a different cupcake-related word on front (sprinkles, frosting, chocolate, strawberry, milk, sugar, yummy, etc.). Write the same words on separate pieces of paper. Then fold, and place in a mixing bowl. At the party, tape the cupcakes on the floor (word side up), forming a circle. Then invite everyone to walk from cupcake to cupcake when the music starts, and go to one when the music stops. Ask someone to draw a slip from the bowl; the player on that word wins a cupcake (Pro-Planner Tip: Put the cupcakes in a themed cupcake box. This will allow your guest to take their prize home, or eat it without making a mess). The winner steps out and helps draw the next slip. (Remove previous slip and cupcake.) Continue playing until everyone has won!

Sweet Sing-Along


  • Party music CD (optional)

This popular activity will have everyone moving and giggling in no time. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the fun! Have an adult lead the group in a sing-alone to a favorite kids' tune. Encourage everyone to clap and dance along. A good song to begin with is, "If You're Happy and You Know It". You can also put on a children's party music CD and invite everyone to form a human train that moves from room to room, in time to the music.


Number 2 Cookies


  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Frosting to match party supplies
  • Sprinkles


A platter of "2"-shaped cookies is perfect for the party table. Begin by creating a cookie template: Draw/trace the number "2" onto the cardboard. Cut out the shape and cover it in aluminum foil (to help prevent it from sticking to the cookie dough). Roll out your cookie dough and use your template and a knife to create #2-shaped cookies. Bake according to package directions. Cool, frost and add sprinkles for festive flair!



  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate, fruit or caramel sauce
  • Sprinkles


  • Paper cupcake wrappers

To fit your cupcake theme, serve ice cream in decorated paper cupcake wrappers. Drizzle with chocolate, fruit or caramel sauce and top with sprinkles.

Butterfly Cupcakes


  • Edible glitter, sprinkles or colored sugar
  • Traditional-shaped pretzels
  • Chocolate bar
  • Colorful gummy worm candies
  • Frosted cupcakes


  • Waxed paper (for homemade cupcakes, you'll also need a cupcake baking tin and paper cupcake wrappers)

Cupcakes are a must for this party! Bake or buy a bunch and get creative. You can either simply decorate plain cupcakes with colorful sprinkles, or create butterflies made with pretzels and gummy worms! First, you should spread out the glitter or sprinkles on waxed paper. Melt the chocolate bar, on low, in the microwave. Dip pretzels in the melted chocolate, and press them onto the glitter or sprinkles (so they have a pretty coating). Let the pretzels cool on another sheet of waxed paper. Next, Place a gummy worm on top of frosted cupcake, down the center. Add a candy-coated pretzel to each side of the gummy worm, and...tah-dah...it's a butterfly!

Barbeque Cups


  • 1 - Pound ground beef
  • 1 - Tablespoon of fresh minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • 1 - (12 oz.) can of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • ¾ - Cup barbeque sauce
  • 2 - Cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat your oven to 400ºF. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the garlic until the beef is no longer pink. Drain fat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the barbeque sauce and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, place one biscuit in each cup of your muffin tin and press the dough firmly onto the bottoms and sides. Spoon an even amount of beef mixture into each biscuit cup. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove the Barbeque Cups from the oven, and sprinkle the tops with shredded cheddar cheese. Return the Cups to the oven for 1 minute, or until the cheese melts. Remove the pan from the oven and let stand for a minute before serving.

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