A simple trick to make the ordinary looks out of the ordinary is with an original food presentation. For an office birthday party, nothing can be easier than serving bite-size cupcakes inside a glass. Light some candles on top and you get a twist on the birthday cake. I like this idea since you do not have to flatware or to cut the cake. You could also put mini-cupcakes inside short Mason jars. Then, either tie a cute tag or apply a custom made sticker to each jar.
The second suggestion lets you prepare in advance ice cream scoops when you are having many guests. Place individual scoops in a cupcake tin lined with paper baking cups. The tray can be kept in the freezer for several hours. After the cake or the pie is cut, remove the scoops from the paper baking cups and serve. For a kid party, you could leave the scoops on a baking cup and serve it on a plate. Add a cute label on a toothpick to achieve a true festive look.
+ Scooping the Ice Cream – photo by Mark Lund for Real Simple
+ Bite-size cupcakes make for an unexpected birthday cake – photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo for Real Simple