Be your own "Ace of Cakes."
Do-it-yourself and fabulous don't have to be mutually exclusive-with these innovative cake pans, you can make your special girl a whimsical cake that's worthy of Duff Goldman with all the love of a parent baked right in (and, oh, the pictures you'll get!). This Topsy Turvy Cake PanTM from Petal Crafts comes in a round ($85.95) or square ($99.95) form, and makes a once-crazy undertaking a whole lot easier. For purchasing plus bonus tips, decorating inspiration, and recipes, visit www.topsyturvycakepans.com.
Score a goal with soccer lovers.
This soccer ball baking pan from Zenker ($22.50; www.frieling.com) makes the perfect treats for a sports-themed party. Each mold is in the shape of half a soccer ball (affix together with frosting for the full effect, then decorate with traditional black and white, or use your child's team colors). Go to www.nymetroparents.com/soccercupcakes to score a bonus cupcake recipe, too.
And because we all need a superhero...
Dress-up parties aren't just for Halloween—they spark your kids' imagination and up the fun factor in an instant. Why not try a superhero theme? And forget about movie icons and Marvel comics—let your kids don their own identity and decide on their special powers. PowerCapes.com lets you build custom capes for less than $25; they come in 11 colors with more than 25 emblems and initials to choose from, in sizes for kids ages 2-7 (and for adults!)