Unicorn party – tips and ideas.
We have just
survived thrown a unicorn party! So I thought I’d write it up while it was still fresh in my memory!
I made cupcakes and had a unicorn party cupcake decorating station. I ordered some candy eyes on ebay, and then had marshmallows cut in half for noses and a sweet stick for a horn and the idea was that the children could assemble them themselves. I made the fairy cakes using my fail safe recipe.
6 oz self raising flour
6 oz caster sugar
6 0z butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Pre-heat oven to 180 centigrade fan
Cream the butter and sugar
Add the eggs, flour and vanilla essence
Mix well until pale
Using a large spoon, (and another to scrape the mixture off), put a spoonful into a muffin tin pre-lined with cases, if there is any left over, go back and top them up.
Bake for 12-16 minutes until the top is golden and a skewer comes out clean.
For the butter icing.
50z unsalted butter, (at room temp)
10oz icing sugar, (sieved)
1-2 tbsps milk
Beat well until pale and smooth.
Add food colouring tiny bit at a time until desired shade is achieved.
I don’t have a photo of them decorated though, as I was in the depths of unicorn party chaos and had left my Mum on duty! Might have to make some more just for photos! 😀
For the main cake, I don’t have exact quantities I’m afraid. I used the same basic recipe as above and just kept doubling until I had enough. Read on to see why you may want to use your own!
I made 3 layers, two I coloured with gel icing colour, I used sugar flair in Fuschia that I bought on ebay. It is serious stuff and believe me when I say that a little, and I mean a scraping, goes a long way, so add it gradually until you get the colour you want. It will look paler after baking.
I then sandwiched the cooled layers with pink buttercream and coated the whole cake with it, a crumb coat.
After that, I coloured some white roll out, (fondant), icing with some more of the gel colour. It will make the icing a bit sticky so just add icing sugar until you can roll it out without it becoming a big sticky mess. Then drape it over your crumb coated cake.
This was the worst bit. Even with a cake smoothy tool thingimajig, (technical term), and I ended up having to patch a few holes. 😀 Also, I would use a recipe that you know works. For some reason, when I make cakes in tins now, I end up with a raised middle and thin edges. It’s been driving me crackers so if you have any ideas as to why please tell me in the comments! I ended up filling in any spaces with butter icing, which is fine but so unhealthy!!! 😀
I’d saved some white icing and rolled it out thinly before cutting out free hand cloud shapes and sticking them on with a little water, these were fantastic as they looked great.*
*hid the worst of the horrible patching job!
After this, I decorated the cake using well known chocolate sweets in shells, sticking them on with the left over butter icing. There were a lot of them, I’d previously sorted the colours out so there were only the bright rainbow colours. We were eating the brown ones for weeks after!
I ended up just buying the unicorn to stand on top. I usually end up stressed and creating until the early hours at birthday time, so to make sure I enjoyed the actual unicorn party more, I decided to take a short cut, it was very effective and my daughter got to keep the toy after. Win win!
For a party game, I made ‘pin the horn on the unicorn’ board. I started with some white mounting board also from the Range and drew out the outline of a horse, first in pencil and then went over in black pen.
Next I brushed the mane and tail with pva glue and sprinkled on lots of multicoloured glitter. After that I cut out a horn from cardboard and when the children were ready to play, I simply placed a scarf over their eyes and spun them round a few times and let them loose. They loved it and the idea is that at some point we get around to colouring it in and then she can have it on her bedroom wall.
We also did a pass the parcel with unicorn wrapping paper and unicorn gifts inside. Another tip is to not wrap it last thing at night, there were a few children that didn’t get their sweet, oops! Luckily we had spares!
The goody bags had unicorn stickers in, and were rainbow coloured paper bags and I had got stickers from ebay that matched the invitations, (all unicorn of course!), the children got to take their unicorn cakes home in pink and white striped bags and we cut up the main cake to hand out to parents and give to visiting family.
Decorations: I ordered pink and silver balloons from ebay and I also found some big pink paper frill ball things that you can see in the picture above. It was a little hard to decorate the village hall so it was mainly just balloons on the bouncy castle, which they loved of course!
I’d also been burned by ebay by not checking the sizes of the things I was buying and ended up with some of the smallest plates you’ve ever seen! Luckily I am a hoarder and had loads of princess stuff left over from a previous party to use for the table! 😀
All in all, we loved the unicorn party, and so did everyone that came, every year I swear I’m not going to do another party next year, but, a little like childbirth, I soon forget the trauma and start planning the next one! 😀