my first batch of cupcakes is in the oven now! thank you all for your input! I am also baking about 35 for her to take to school. I love the gold fish cracker idea SprocketJones! How about Swedish fish instead? I called my mom (she is a work at a grocery store) and asked her to pick some up! I made a fishing game for the kids to play. i made the fish out of fun foam and put paper clips on the end of them and we made "rods" from dowel rods and attached nylon string and a magnet. we are going to fill the little baby pool with water and fish and ta-da the fishing game! so using the Swedish fish on the cupcakes is so cool!
I am also making a cake for her to blow out her candles-- just an eight inch round double-- i am making a "campfire" in the middle of the cake using pretzels and tootie rolls for wood and gum drops for the flames. and then using gramcrackers for sleeping bags and vanilla wafers for heads-- that are sticking out of the sleeping bags. any other bright ideas?
as for those cupcakes i think that i will prefrost them and then give them icing to write on them with the parchment paper is genius! i love you guys!