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Inspired by ruffled tap pants, this cake is covered with frilly rows of white and pink frosting piped from a single bag. Three tender lemon layers make this birthday cake tall enough to show off the ribbon-candy effect of the frosting and ensure there is plenty for everyone.Make this Cake
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Coverlets are a simple way to add a splash of color to a bed in any season. You can make one to reinforce a child's favorite baby blanket (just stitch a backing to the blanket and insert cotton batting between the layers of fabric). Matelasse coverlets like this one are made from cotton woven on a Jacquard loom, resulting in a raised pattern, similar to that of quilts.
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Pink Curtain Liner
Try pink in a few surprising places in a room, and it surrenders some of its sweetness while retaining all its charm. Line the back of a curtain with bright-pink silk: When the inside is revealed, the curtain shimmers, and the whole room lights up.
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Pink Photo Garlands
Photo garlands can become both a charming timeline and a festive decoration for your child. To make, sew glassine envelopes (with the flaps open) together, end to end, on a sewing machine; glue photos (or copies of them) to colored paper, and slide inside.
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For invites, make a chain of paper dolls dressed up in scraps of patterned paper. Use a tablecloth, serving dishes, and table settings of the same shade. Our garland is made from fabric remnants in coordinating prints, attached to bias tape with fusible webbing. A pink menu features a two-hued cake, turkey sandwiches with cream cheese and cranberry jam, and homemade strawberry marshmallows, plus a number of pink sweets. Kids take home paper parasols; each one's tag has a hairpin with a silk bloom glued on.Plan This Party
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Flower Power Table Setting
Prepare table decorations that are simple, durable enough to withstand a group of young children, and so pretty they will not soon be forgotten. Everything used on the table, from the tablecloth to the party favors, are in shades of pink. Made of crepe paper and inexpensive plastic flame-retardant fabric (about $9 for a 40-yard roll), the decorations are practical and disposable -- which will help ease the after-party cleanup.
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Pink Pencil Toppers
Spring coils of quilling paper (paper that is sold in pre-cut strips) are glued to the ends of pink artist's pencils.
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Pink Goody Boxes
Miniature lunch boxes make great cubbies for even more pink treasures, like beads and ribbons or nail polish and jewelry. Or, pack a pretty snack of fruit and water for a playdate.
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Wrap shirts or dresses are ideal for babies, who dislike having clothing pulled on or off over their heads. Kimonos tie or button securely closed, and the fasteners are out of the way, so curious babies aren't tempted to toy with or nibble on them. And the double layer of material across the chest will add extra warmth where a toddler will need it most.Make This Craft
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Every kid is a little bit silly. Salute those whimsical ways by encouraging her to get playful. In pink wigs and fuzzy mustaches, friends can't keep straight faces.
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