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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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The gift of giving is much easier said than done. The stress of finding the perfect present for everyone on your list is as overwhelming as it is stressful. Fret not, we’re here to help! So don’t let that stop you from enjoying the holiday spirit. We hope this holiday gift guide helps you withstand the hustle and bustle of the holidays as you deck your halls with boughs of holly.

Kids

Toddlers can be fickle and picky all at once but we definitely think that your mini girl or boy will love any of these sweet threads and goodies under the Christmas tree this year.

Products suggested for girls

Joyfolie Liv Mary Janes (available in other colors)

Paush Mauve Velvet Pinafore (available in hunter green)

Cape Clogs Bambi (available in other colors)

Paush Fawn Baby Doll Dress

Mini Fjallraven Kanken (available in other colors)

Faux Wool Floppy Brim Hat (available in other colors)

Baby Lapin Lamp (available in pink)

Products suggested for boys

Gray Label Hooded Sweater (available in other colors)

Rylee & Cru Quilted Bomber Jacket

Fore Axel & Hudson Long Sleeve Flannel

Herschel Sepp Beanie

Candylab Toy Firechief

Herschel Heritage Youth Backpack

Dr. Marten’s Toddler Brooklee (available in other colors)

Baby

As babies, your little one probably won’t care what they’re wearing so long as they’re able to roll (or crawl) around comfortably. We compiled a list of items for both girls and boys that are equally fashionable and comfy so both the baby and parent are happy.

Products suggested for baby girls

Caaocho Mia the Lamb Teether (available in tan)

Jamie Kay Cotton Body Suit (available in other colors)

Mandy Tangerine Mini Knot Turban (available in other colors)

Little Unicorn Swaddle (available in other colors)

Clamfeet Shoes (available in other colors)

Jamie Kay Lace Dress

Bunnies by the Bay Adorabun

Products suggested for baby boys

Kid o Tambourine

L’ovedbaby Velour Overall (available in other colors)

Hux Baby Baby Bear Onesie

L’ovedbaby Organic Cap (available in other colors)

Hubble + Duke Suede Oxfords

Hamamlique Cloud Blanket (available in pink)

Children of the Tribe Chambray Stone Overall

Moms

Of course, we can’t forget about all the moms! If you’re looking to surprise a special person in your life that also happens to be a mom, we’ve got you covered with these awesome gift ideas.

Products suggested for moms

Rylee & Cru Women’s Medallion Slouch Dress (available in kids)

Solly Baby Wrap (available in other colors)

Milk Snob Cover (available in other colors)

Cape Clogs Flicka (available in brown)

The Bee and the Fox Mama Bear Tee (available in black)

The Bee and the Fox Mamacita Tee

At the end of the day, it really is the thought that counts. The kind gesture of gift giving makes all gifts special and perfect in their own way. We hope you find gift inspiration from this guide to shorten your Christmas list. We’d also love to see your minis rocking their holiday looks from Sweet Threads so be sure to tag us on social media! See an item here that’s not online? Give us a call! We’ll hold it in store for you for pick up or ship it to you (shipping charges may apply).

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Fourth of July Looks For Your Little

Fourth Of July Looks For Your Little

The Fourth of July is all about friends, good food, and adorable outfits! It’s time to wear red,  white, and blue to get in the patriotic spirit. Lucky for you, we here at Sweet Threads have found some amazing outfits for your little ones that are perfect for the holiday. So grab a sparkler and a hot dog, and enjoy these patriotic gems.

Paush

For that truly vintage feel this Fourth of July, look no further than our Sailorette Rompers in Blue and Red. Inspired by vintage designs and sailor collars, these pieces are sure to make your little stand out this holiday. Or go with our Ruffle Bikini Playsuit in Americana Stripes for a fun, girly look that is perfect for the Fourth.

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Prefresh

This Yeah, America Tank by Prefresh was made with boys in mind. These tanks are comfy and perfect for running, playing, and handling fireworks. Dressing the boys up for the Fourth might be a challenge, but not with these fun tops. Plus, everyone will get a kick out of the playful graphic.

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Crew & Lu

Crew & Lu has some adorable pieces for this Fourth of July. The girls will look smashing in this on-trend, high-waisted Patriotic Two Piece Swimsuit. If you’re Fourth does not include water, try their Red, White, and Blue Tie-Back Dress, it’s the perfect outfit for the holiday. Can’t you just see your little one waving sparklers in the air and wearing this adorable outfit?

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Kira Kids

Let your kids show their patriotic sides with this American Flag Tee from Kira Kids. It’s made from 100% organic cotton, so you know it’s comfy. Or if a dress is more your little’s style, try their American Flag Tank Dress. Your little ones will be dressed for comfort and style this Fourth of July.

Kira Kids

Red Dolly Girls

The Fourth of July wouldn’t be complete without some adorable swimsuits. This Blue and White Polka Dot Retro One Piece is perfect to show off your little’s patriotic spirit and adorable style. Or if you’re looking for a two piece, try the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Red and White Polka Dot Bikini. With either style, your kiddo will look fabulous for the holiday.

Red Dolly Girls

Salt Water

Just in case your kiddos need some patriotic shoes this Fourth of July, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy Salt Water Sandals in Red, White, or Blue. These shoes are versatile and waterproof. So, you don’t have to worry when the big kids pull out the squirt guns!

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Ultra Violet Kids

If you’re looking for a simple piece to complete your kiddo’s wardrobe this holiday, Ultra Violet Kids have the tops you’re dying for. The Flutter T Red Stripe Shirt will match perfectly with a pair of adorable white shorts. Or the Tie Tank Red Stripe Shirt might be more your little’s style. Add a blue skirt, and your little one is ready to party.

Ultra Violet Kids

Floatmini

What screams Fourth of July more than denim and stars? That’s why we love this Denim Chambray Dress by Floatmini. Not only is it adorable, it’s also comfortable and your little one will be happy to run around in this dress all day long. Dressing up for the holiday doesn’t have to be a drag with this fashionable dress.

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Milk & Soda

The Fourth wouldn’t be complete without adorable accessories, and Milk & Soda has everything you’ve been searching for. From the classic Minnie Stars Denim Headband to the Stripe Denim Headband, they have something to match any style. Not really into headbands? Try their Stripe Denim Scrunchies for a more casual look. We haven’t forgotten about the boys! This adorable 2 Tone Check Red/Navy Bow Tie is the perfect accessory to complete your little guy’s look.

Milk & Soda

Enjoy the Fourth this year with amazing outfits and lots of fun! For more great style advice, check out Sweet Threads online, or find some inspiration on our Instagram @shopsweetthreads. Happy Fourth of July!

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SoCal Winter Style for the Littles

In Southern California, our winters may not be eventful, but our style sure is. With nice weather year round, we’re able to stay stylish throughout the seasons. No huge coats and overbearing scarfs here, just some fashionable duds for everyone.

The kiddos especially love our SoCal winters. What’s better than throwing on your favorite pair of shorts and sandals every day? We admit we might be a little spoiled, but at least the kids are loving it. So even though we’re still in the winter months, our little ones can bask in the beachy vibes of some of our favorite SoCal styles.

SoCal Winter Style

What’s more fun than a cool popsicle backpack on a hot winter day?? Herschel Supply Co has these Heritage Back Packs featuring this stylish popsicle graphic in blue or pink. They have sizes for youth and children, so no matter their age, everyone can enjoy these trendy bags. They also offer a smaller Survey Back Pack inspired by the popular scouting silhouette. And if that’s not enough popsicle for you, this design also comes in the Pop Quiz Lunch Box design! No matter which style you choose, your little one will love this fun, playful design.

Herschel Back Packs

Bobo Choses is full of bright, colorful designs that are perfect for SoCal winters. Everything from Fruit Rompers to Art College Tees, bring out your child’s creative, artistic side. I mean what little one wouldn’t want to wear this Brush Tank Top with these adorable Yellow Striped Culotte Bloomers? For the older artists, the Artist Tank or the Vincent et Pablo T-Shirt is a must. These designs show off your little’s creative flair and their love of the beautiful SoCal winters.

Bobo Choses
Nico Nico has the perfect outfits for your little one’s SoCal winter style. From beachy colors to trendy designs, these pieces are perfect for a relaxed day at the beach or park. And you’ll appreciate the eco-friendly, sustainable fabrics Nico Nico uses. Did I also mention that they are always made in America? You can expect quality and comfort from Nico Nico, a fact that will make your SoCal winter that much more fun!

Nico Nico Clothing

Soak up the SoCal winter with these fun styles and beachy vibes for your little ones. They’ll love playing in the sun and sand in these adorable outfits. For more great outfit ideas check out our Instagram @shopsweetthreads or shop online for your favorite pieces at shopsweetthreads.com. Happy SoCal winter!

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6 Halloween Costumes For Your Mini

Halloween is right around the corner and that means costume shopping is on our minds. Instead of getting your little one the same-old, store bought, over-done costume, take a look at our unique and adorable ideas. We’ve mixed some of our favorite vintage pieces with classic staples to create costumes that will wow. Not to mention, your little one will feel comfortable for a long night of trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.

Good Witch or Bad Witch?

Dress your little one up in a Heart Romper by Lucca Valentine for Paush and Black Cat Mary Janes by Mini Melissa. Add a classic broom and witch’s hat and she’ll be ready to take on the cul-de-sac.

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All Aboard The Love Boat

This Captain’s look was created from the amazing vintage pieces we find all over town. All you need to complete the look is a nautical themed sweater, classic bow tie, a captain’s hat and a toy sail boat. Your little man will look adorable and he’ll enjoy the toy boat!

captain costume for kids

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Who wouldn’t love to be Audrey Hepburn for Halloween? Create this chic costume with a Black Ruffle Bubble by Little Minis, a long strand of pearls and extra large sunglasses. This classic costume will make your mini the cutest girl on the block.   

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Mini School Girl

This vintage piece makes the perfect Mini School Girl costume. With a pair of glasses, some pigtails, knee-highs and Mary Janes, your costume is complete! She’ll love trick-or-treating in  this vintage costume.

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Chiquita Banana

Another great piece from our vintage finds completes this Chiquita Banana costume. Put your girl’s hair up into a bun and add some fruit graphics with bobby pins. A simple outfit turns into a classic costume and you’re ready to start collecting candy.

chiquita banana costume for girls

The Scary Kids

Pull out your black and striped clothing! This is an easy one to put together. Some black clothes, striped socks and face masks, make  the scary kids come alive. Add a little fright to your Halloween with these dark and spooky costumes. 

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The best part of these costumes is that your kiddo will be able to wear the clothes again, instead of packing them away in some box, never to be seen again. If you love these ideas, stop by our store in Long Beach to see what we can create for you. Or visit us online at shopsweetthreads.com to find more amazing pieces. Happy Halloween!!

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Our Favorite Children’s Stores in California

There are so many unforgettable children’s stores throughout California that we wanted to take the time to highlight some of our favorites. These stores were created, built and grown by local families who believe in the inspiration and joy that children bring to us. They strengthen our communities and bring something unique to the table. So, whether you’re traveling throughout California or live in one of these great cities, take the time to stop by and check these places out. You might just find what you’ve been looking for.

Bay Area:

Tantrum in San Fransisco, CA is a whimsical toy store that will entertain children and adults alike. As Tantrum says, they are, “Part carnival, part storybook, part memory.” Stop by to find well-designed gifts and plenty of fun! 

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Los Angeles County:

Sweet William in Silverlake, CA carries everything from shoes and accessories to home decor and toys in their children’s clothing store. They carefully select each independent designer, focusing on their quality and environmentally conscious attitudes. Not to mention, most of their products are made with organic products. Not only will you feel good about shopping at Sweet William, but you’ll also love their designers and products. 

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Lux Tots children’s boutique in Pasadena, CA is filled with adorable, unique items your little one will love. Most of their children’s clothing and toys are organic and green, making it the perfect place to find meaningful, eco-friendly gifts. The store is trendy, luxurious and filled with friendly faces. A shopping trip to Lux Tots will make you and your kiddo want to go back again and again. 

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Long Beach:

Tiny ecoUrbanite in Long Beach, CA is a natural and sustainable children’s boutique, focused on providing a welcoming place for families that are interested in living green. Beside carrying green and organic products tested by the owner herself, Tiny ecoUrbanite also holds classes, from cloth diapering to breastfeeding, to teach other families how to live green. Not only will you find the green products you’ve been looking for, you’ll also enjoy being a part of the community by shopping at Tiny ecoUrbanite. 

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Lil Devils Boutique in Long Beach, CA is located right in the heart of 4th Street’s “Retro Row” and they live up to their location. Lil Devils prides themselves on finding retro/punk clothing, gifts and toys for children ages 0 to 6 that can’t be found in your typical mainstream store. If you and your little one like life on the edgy side, this is the store for you! 

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Born Free is a children’s boutique in Long Beach, CA for the eco and style conscious family. Expect to find an upscale selection of treasures, including snug organic fabrics, sustainably crafted toys, lifestyle essentials and show stopping birthday and shower gifts. Stop by their adorable boutique and you will surely find something you have to take home. 

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Our very own Sweet Threads, in Long Beach, CA, sells new and vintage children’s clothing. We personally hand pick every piece in our store and love to support eco-friendly and local designers. With our passion for everything trendy, you will find the most unique and fashion-forward products at our beloved store. Stop by to find your little one that unforgettable piece you’ve been looking for. 

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Orange County:

The Treehouse Shop in Tustin, CA carries unique clothing and accessories for children and adults. They focus on carrying USA made products and supporting local and domestic talent. Find quality, handmade items that your little ones will enjoy for years to come. 

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Granola Babies in Costa Mesa, CA provides hand-selected, natural products as well as holistic resources for mother and child. The owner, Giselle, has created a community of people that strive to live sustainably. Find support and helpful classes at this one-step shop for green products and sustainable living. 

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The Red Balloon in Newport Beach, CA carries apparel for baby, girls, boys and mom. It’s your one-stop shop for everything trendy for the whole family. Expect the best taste, up and coming designers and a fun atmosphere! Once you stop by The Red Balloon, we can guarantee you’ll want to go back again. 

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San Diego County:

Ollie + Me in Carlsbad, CA provides high quality, on trend products and apparel for you and your kiddos. They also welcome mothers and families into the store for a place to relax, feed the baby or change a diaper. Their motto is “Not your average baby store” and you’ll feel the difference the second you step into the welcoming space they’ve created.  

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What is your favorite children’s store in California? We love to find and connect with other stores that are strengthening our communities and supporting our families. Thanks for your feedback!

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Best Back to School Fashions For Your Little One

Remember the excitement of the first day of school? Putting on your new, carefully picked out outfit to see old friends and play at recess. That outfit gave us the confidence to enter a new year and make some new friends. Give your little ones a confidence boost with the newest, on trend fashions from the most sought after children’s lines.

At Sweet Threads, we created our Fall 2015 Look Book to help you find exactly what you and your little are looking for. Start this school year off right with pieces from great brands like Ultraviolet Kids, Bobo Choses and Tiny Whales. From laid back styles to dresses and cardigans, we’ve got you covered this school year.

Cool Kid

Does your little one love running around the playground all day? This laid back look is perfect for your kiddo. It features the playful Pom Beanie by Tiny Whales and the fun, bright Stay Cool Sweater by Gardner And The Gang

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Lovin’ Life

This look is perfect for the girl that loves to play in comfy clothes, but also values looking fashionable! Add a trendy flair to her outfit with the Black Shmock Dress by Ultraviolet Kids and top it off with the comfy and relaxed Woods Beanie by Bobo Choses.

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Golden Girl

This polished outfit is perfect for first day of school impressions. From the Mustard Pom Sweater by Floatimini to the Silver Tulle Skirt by Floatimini, this ensemble is both put together and fun.

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Tiny But Mighty

For the might boy, these are the to-die-for, back to school selections. Imagine your little one looking so adorable in this Frankie Button Up Shirt by Lennon & Wolfe, Black Cardigan by Tiny Cottons and Tiny Stripes Logo Pant by Tiny Cottons. He will be cute and comfortable!

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Pretty In Pink

What little girl doesn’t love pink? And wearing it on her first day back to school is a dream. Dress her up in this Baby Pink Pom Sweater by Floatimini, Black Tulle Skirt by Floatimini, Purple Dot Socks by Wovenplay and Black Cat MaryJanes by Mini Melissa. It’s an outfit she’ll love and you’ll approve of. 

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Boy In The Yard

Here’s another great outfit that looks presentable for your little’s first day, but is relaxed enough that he can play in the yard. Featuring Black N’ Camo 5 Panel Cap by Alfie Childhoods Clothing, Vintage Marsala School Cardigan, Symbols T-Shirt by Bobo Choses and City Beat Tri-Blend Black Speck Pant by Tiny Whales, this ensemble puts your boy on trend and ready for his first day!

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You can shop these adorable selections and find more irresistible children’s clothing on our website shopsweetthreads.com. And if you’re in the Long Beach area, we would love for you to stop by and shop our pieces in person. Make sure your little one has the perfect outfit for their first day of school this year with great selections from Sweet Threads.

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Tips For A Fun, Fashionable 4th

Fourth of July is right round the corner and that means parties, BBQs, fireworks and great eats. Ensure a fun, fashionable Fourth with holiday inspired clothes for your little ones and recipes that are sure to impress. We have some adorable outfits for the kiddos this holiday and an amazing recipe that you won’t want to miss.

Made for you by Sweet Threads, our PAUSH line has some new arrivals that are perfect for the Fourth. We ensure that every item in our line is on trend and fashionable, made with the most comfortable materials possible. Our pieces are the best blend of modern and vintage. We have three classic outfits to choose from for this Fourth of July. Wearing an outfit from PAUSH will make your little one will stand out this holiday.

Halter Romper in Stars & Stripes by PAUSH

If this isn’t the perfect outfit for Fourth of July, we don’t know what is! With the classic stars and strips print, this romper will get your little one into the holiday spirit and feel comfortable for a long day of fun and good eats. This romper also includes a halter neck tie, elastic waist and crotch snaps. We like our rompers to be cute, comfortable and functional. 

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Halter Romper in Vintage Sailor Blue by PAUSH

This is the perfect outfit to kick start the summer! Everyone will ohh and ahh over your little one in this classic piece. Not to mention, the vintage blue color is sure to delight your kiddo. The romper features a detachable red bow tie that you can use to accessorize other outfits as well. It has halter neck ties, an elastic waist and crotch snaps. Just imagine your kiddo running around in this fun summer outfit for the Fourth of July. 

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Halter Romper in Beach Red Polkadot by PAUSH

What screams summer fun more than polkadots?? This fun, classic polkadot print brings smiles to those who wear it and the mothers around it! Put a little pep in your kiddo’s step and get them this perfect summer piece for the holiday. It features a detachable red bow tie, allowing you to wear the romper with or without the bow tie. Our romper also comes with the classic halter neck ties, elastic waist and crotch snaps. Enjoy your little one in this summer lovin’ outfit for the Fourth of July. 

polkadot romper

Having the perfect summer outfit is a must when attending a Fourth of July party! And these rompers are sure to be the talk of the neighborhood when your little one shows up in one. Order your favorite at shopsweetthreads.com or come in and see us at our Long Beach location. We love to style entire outfits for fun occasions, just like the Fourth of July! You’ll receive the star treatment when you come into our store. We hope to see you there!

Finally, we did not forget about our favorite recipe for the holiday this year. You’ll impress everyone at the block party with this Fourth of July layer cake. It’s not only gorgeous, it’s delicious and fun to make!

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Fourth of July Layer Cake (makes one 9-inch cake)

Ingredients for each cake (you’ll make five):

8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted

3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

1 teaspoon baking powder

Salt

Red and blue food coloring

Ingredients for the buttercream frosting:

4 sticks butter, at room temperature

8 cups powdered sugar, sifted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more as needed

Bake 5 9-inch cakes – 2 red, 2 white and one blue. Use 25 drops of red food coloring for the red cakes and 20 drops of the blue food coloring for the blue cake. Let the cakes cool completely before assembling.

While the cakes are cooling, make your frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until they’re light and fluffy, about 5 to 6 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then add the cream gradually, mixing until you get a smooth, creamy texture.

Cut the red and white cakes into layers about 3/4 inch thick. You’ll want six layers total: three red, and three white. (Leave the blue layer whole — it has to be thicker to represent the square on the flag.)

Using a 4-inch round cookie cutter (or a paring knife to trace around a small plate or bowl that’s roughly 4 inches in diameter), cut one of the red layers into a smaller circle. Then do the same with one of the white layers. These small circles will be the shorter stripes that line up with the flag’s blue square. (You won’t need the outer rings for the cake, but save them to munch on!)

Then, use the same technique to cut a hole in the center of the blue cake. You won’t need the inner blue circle, so set it aside.

To build the cake, start with a red layer and top it with a thin coating of frosting. The key is to make it thin, otherwise you will interrupt the “stripe” effect. Top the red layer with a layer of white cake and another thin coating of frosting.

Repeat with another red layer and another white layer so that you have four layers total.

On top of this, place the blue cake doughnut (the thick layer with a hole in the middle).

Spread a thin layer of frosting onto the small red circle, and insert it into the hole of the blue cake. Top it with a thin coating of frosting and the small white circle. Gently press the small layers into the hole of the blue cake.

Now you’re golden. Frost the cake with creamy frosting using a small offset spatula — be sure to make it swirly. 

And you’re done! You’ll have a beautiful cake to present to your guests on the Fourth that will wow and impress. We hope that these outfits and recipe will make your Fourth fun and fashionable. Happy Fourth of July!!

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