One of her party requests was a piñatas! I've made a few over the years - when I couldn't find something store bought that worked. Like this penguin I made when she turned 4.
On a trip to Target for party supplies I found this simple heart piñata on sale.
I decided to customize it by adding a 5 both sides. First I sketched a five on construction paper and cut it out. Next, I cut strips of fringe from blue tissue paper.
I used double sided tape to layer the strips onto another piece of construction paper. When taping the strips, start at the bottom of the paper and work your way up.
Once I was done covering the paper with fringe, I flipped it over and placed the five I had cut out (upside down) on the back of the fringe sheet and traced it.
I cut out the fringe five, flipped it over, and use double sided tape to stick it on the piñata.
The kids loved it and I loved that it took less than 30 min to make two fives. This technique could work well with any silhouette, not just a number.
I kept the birthday cake pretty simple too.
I stacked two cake rounds and covered them with pink butter cream icing. The day before, I had rolled and cut fondant peeps (using a cookie cutter). I let the peeps dry over night and simply stuck them to the icing on the sides of the cake. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the cake topper. I lined the bottom of the cake with pastel m and ms.
Both were a hit. It also helped that we had an absolutely beautiful day - even the best crafter/party planner can't whip up a beautiful spring day!