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Pillsbury Funfetti Birthday Giveaway

by on April 16, 2013 · 116 comments

Put on your sunglasses because the baking aisle just got a little bit brighter! In honor of Funfetti’s 25th birthday, Pillsbury has created four bold and vibrantly colored Funfetti frostings.

Pilsbury Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

You can read more about the Funfetti promotion on Facebook, but take a minute to enter this giveaway for Cookie Madness readers.  It includes the following:

  • One box of Pillsbury Funfetti Premium Cake & Cupcake Mix
  • Funfetti Frostings (1 each of four new frosting flavors)
  • $50 dollar Visa or American Express gift card
  • Total estimated giveaway value: $60

For a chance at winning the giveaway, leave a comment with your favorite party tip.  I will pick one comment at random on Friday (April 19th)  and notify that person on Saturday (April 20).

Here are my favorite party tips.

a) Do as much as you can ahead of time, including the cake.  An ice cream cake is perfect because you can assemble it up to a week ahead, wrap it tightly, frost the day before the party, then decorate  the day of the party.  And of course if you put the ice cream in the cake, you don’t have to worry about serving it alongside the cake.


b) Let the kids do the decorating.  I’ve never met anyone under 12 who didn’t love decorating, and it lets you deal with other things.  If the party is small, they can decorate the whole cake.  For a larger crowd, put out a bunch of plain cupcakes and let people go to town with various frostings and decorations.

Girls Decorating Funfetti Cake

c) If your kids are older or if the party is for an adult, build the theme around a color or a color palette.  It may sound overly simple, but give it a try.  Using color is a sure fire way to ignite your creativity.  For this cake, I used photo on the bottom right corner of Pillsbury’s little Baking Palette Inspiration Board.

ice cream cake made with Funfetti


Pillsbury Birthday Funfetti

Good luck with the giveaway!  I’m looking forward to your party tips. UPDATE: Congrats to Theresa D for winning the giveaway. It is now closed.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Pillsbury, but I received a sample of the product and all opinions are my own.

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Published on April 16, 2013
Rebecca April 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

Make a list of everything you need to do and a schedule of when to get things done. Crossing things off a list always makes you feel more productive!

krista April 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

my favorite tip is to make a bunch of mini desserts ahead of time and freeze them. also preparing casseroles the night before and just reheating the day of the party. and always have cheese!

Ashley April 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

I try to pick recipes that require little work and that lots of people have liked in the past, and doing as much as you can ahead of time.

Sherry April 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

It’s silly but just before the party I like to recite to myself “be in the moment, be in the moment.” In the past I would be so consumed with the party details that I forgot to enjoy my guests—I don’t let that happen anymore.

Claudia April 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

My tip is: avoid planning too much – enjoy the company and let things happen naturally; any agenda can make things uncomfortable for everybody

Robin M April 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

I try to keep everthing simple and to prepare as much as I can ahead of time. I will even set the table ahead of time if I can. For the food just do it so that all you have to do the day of the party is to reheat and then serve. I also use things that I don’t have to wash later, that way I get to enjoy the party and not spend the night in the kitchen cleaning everything up.

Jennie April 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

Telling everyone they are encouraged to wear jeans seems to be a relief to many people!

sheri4L April 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

Yes plan ahead as much as possible. I have a few friends who always want to bring something so I will tell them what I need and that helps too.

Beth April 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

Do as much ahead of time as possible. Set the table, even get the coffee pot ready to go.
That way you have time to talk to your guests.

Jacinta April 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

My tip is to always look for the Philsbury magazine at the checkout stand for the occasion that is coming up. I love to pick these up because they have simple recipes that is perfect for the occasion. Happy Baking!

Patty H April 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

Since I seldom have big partys, I just make sure everyone is comfortable and has a place to set or put their glass.

Jacinta April 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

My tip would be to pick up the Pillsbury magazine at the checkout for the occasion that is coming up. I love to pick this up because they have simple and awesome recipes just for that occasion.

mrsblocko April 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Tell yourself its ok if something goes wrong. I always freak out at the smallest thing and it usually turns out im the only one who notices.

alianora April 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Keep the party SMALL! Here where we live, we’ve tried having parties with 10 or more kids, and NOBODY COMES. So, we invite one or two special friends and go do something fun, and it’s much less stress for everyone.

Heath April 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Do everything that is possible ahead of time. Make it a fun party for everyone that attends.

Laurel April 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Always have an ending time and enforce it! (Mom of three)

Teresa April 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

For dinners, serve things that keep warm well so it can be ready and waiting — like pulled pork that can wait in a crock pot.

Anne April 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm

When I have a party, I make sure the food and drink I’m serving is simple to serve and eat. Simple-to-serve example: One flavor of ice cream so I don’t have to take orders and remember who wanted what. Simple-to-eat example: No artichokes!

rachel April 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Always have more than enough food! And drinks!

sharona April 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

be as organized as possible but once the party starts, go with the flow!

Grace April 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I like to freeze berries to put in drinks instead of ice cubes! Yum!

Danielle T April 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

i like to make sure to hang streamers everywhere! change the whole atmosphere up!

Neva April 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

One ‘wow’ dish and lots of easy finger food.

BethL April 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Do as much as you can ahead of time.

Shelly April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I always try to do as much as possible beforehand.

Erin April 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Plan ahead. Buy all food in advance and prepare as much of the food prior to the big day, as you can. Also, make a list and check it 5 xs.

Crystal April 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I use a giant water dispenser with a spicket so everyone can help themselves. I slice limes,lemons or oranges in slices and freeze them in a single layer. When I will the water I pop in the frozen slices of fruit, looks pretty, flavors the water and keeps it cold.

Vera K April 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Favorite tip is plan ahead and make sure there is plenty to eat – and drink!!!

Danielle April 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Plan a non alcoholic cocktail for those not on booze. Something like fruit nectar and seltzer or sparkling cider served in a champagne flute makes it extra festive!

Kelly D April 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

My favorite party tip is to have a lot of seating and activities to keep guests entertained and comfortable.

Nancy Wilcox April 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I love to have as much done ahead as I can so I get to party too.

Valerie April 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Keep it simple. Kids don’t care about all the fancy fru-fru. Cake, games & treat bags are what’s important! ;-)

Cori April 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

When your guests ask “can I help with anything?”- say yes!!

Martha in Georgia April 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Make a decision to have a small, intimate party or an all-inclusive party when dealing with tweens. It’s important that you either keep the guest list to a small number (3-5) or invite the WHOLE group.

Mel C April 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Put all your snacks in the serving bowls the night before and put plastic wrap on them so all you have to do the next day is pull off the wrap after the guests arrive.

Kari M April 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I try and do as much as possible in advance. I always take a guest up on an offer to bring a dish. Remember it shouldn’t be stressful! The only one who notices that your house isn’t perfect is you.

Theresa April 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Make the food you’re bringing in advance so that you can taste it and fix any problems! I would not recommend just hoping for the best with a first time recipe !

Ashley H April 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Give yourself plenty of time for planning.

Sara April 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm

My favorite party tip is to keep it simple. Choose foods that you can make ahead or buy pre-made from the store. You can choose your color scheme based on what you can find easily. Most importantly, don’t stress out! It will all come together in the end.

Melissa April 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

For parties with children, scoop the ice cream into cupcake papers the night before and top with sprinkles. Store them in a roasting pan in the freezer and pull them out when it is time to eat the cake. Serving the scoops with a pair of tongs, ice cream can be dished out quickly for impatient kids!

Phyllis April 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Make a list of everything you need to do and what you can do the day before. It calms me to have everything crossed off my list and I can enjoy myself.

Jillian April 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

If you can go with disposable plates, cups, cutlery, etc., do it!
Maybe not the most environmentally friendly option, but it makes clean up so much easier and creates fewer broken dishes/hearts!

Jennie April 18, 2013 at 2:28 am

Haha! I am the absolute worst person to give advice on parties. When I have to cook for more than just my husband and me, I practically have a panic attack. Not even kidding. So my very bad advice is to make easy stuff, like finger foods and cupcakes and cookies, and take deep breaths, and don’t give into the temptation to hide in your bedroom until they all leave!

barbara n April 18, 2013 at 6:48 am

Plan ahead, pick up items when they go on sale and remember to have fun yourself

Kathie April 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

Accept help from others and let the children be involved in the planning And have fun

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

My favorite party tip is to always have some extra dip or treats just in case you run out

Janna April 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

I always like to have a theme for a party because I think it helps make planning for the food easier. For kids’ birthday parties, that’s easy. For my daughter’s carnival themed birthday party, for instance, we served hot dogs, popcorn and bunches of food on sticks.

For adult gatherings, I don’t think in terms of themes that need to match an invitation or anything, but themes like finger foods, picnic foods, soup night … that way, if it’s a potluck kind of situation, everyone brings something that kind of goes together. Or, if I’m the one doing all the food, I can narrow down the food from my favorites really quickly and nothing will be odd or out of place.

Nancy S. April 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

have alcohol for adults — people notice less when they’re a bit lubricated. And everyone loves the Bisquick sausage balls.

Christy April 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

Don’t worry about everything being perfect, ie: accept help from everyone that offers it. Think of a few friends that can help ahead of time. Really good friends love sharing their talents. Everything from decorating to games or even bringing a dish to share. Then I try to bring a dish to their kids’ parties! (:

Kelly April 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

If you relax and enjoy the party, your guest will too!

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