How to Plan a Cupcake Decorating Playdate

How to Plan a Cupcake Decorating Playdate

How to Plan a Cupcake Decorating Playdate

Do you love to have fun activities planned for the playdates you host?  I know I don’t do something this elaborate every time we have a playdate but every now and then its nice to have a fun idea ready to use.  Read on to learn how to plan a cupcake decorating playdate.

Materials Needed:

  • Cupcakes (2-3 per child)
  • Frosting (plan on enough for the number of cupcakes you need)
  • Paper plates
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • Sprinkles and other decorations
  • Small cups for individual frosting portions
  • Knifes (or plastic spoons depending on the age range)

Setup Instructions

  • Bake the cupcakes and let cool completely
  • Make the frosting (or open store bought containers) and put frosting into the small cups – repeat until you have one for each child
  • Fill the mini cupcake liners with each decoration – making sure each child will have one liner of each decoration.
  • Place one of each decoration on a paper plate
  • Add 2-3 cupcakes to each plate
  • Set the table with a station for each child, each station would need one plate (with the decorations and cupckes), one knife, and one frosting cup

How to Plan a Cupcake Decorating Playdate

Playdate Instructions

  • Have each child come up to a station
  • Explain that everyone has their own station and that they are all same and that they can decorate their cupcakes anyway they want
  • Let the kids know that 1 cupcake is to eat now and the others are to take home with them
  • Give them the freedom to decorate as they want – don’t offer help unless they ask for it!How to Plan a Cupcake Decorating Playdate
  • When they finish decorating have them wash up and go play
  • With their paper plates (or fresh ones if the ones they used are really dirty) create take away containers (find directions here).  Write the child’s name on the outside so everyone knows which one is theirs.

How to Plan a Cupcake Decorating Playdate


When planning this activity you need to realize that there will be different levels of ability.  Also some kids will be excited and others won’t.  Be flexible and have fun!  The great thing about providing individual stations is that the kids can lick their frosting and eat their sprinkles and there are no worries about spreading germs 🙂

If you are looking for additional playdate activities take a look at this great list below:

Invitation to make Jelly Play Dough from Crafty Kids at Home

Chocolate Shop with Nutella Playdough you can Eat! from 3 Princesses and 1 Dude!

Creative Art Collage for Toddlers from Clare’s Little Tots

Fun with a Ball of String from Teach Me Mommy

Loo Roll Crazy Golf from LarabeeUK

Crazy-Fun, Colorful Critters: An Invitation To Create With Play Dough from Play Dough & Popsicles

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