Don't sweat the small stuff. I usually make or order some kind of awesome cake for birthdays. I've had fun with this over time but something has to give when the to-do list is running off the page. So we had cupcakes, from a mix, with sprinkles. Ta da! Not spectacular but it doesn't matter - it's sweet cake stuff and there were no complaints (except from prima-donna girl who complains about everything so all I heard was "blah-blah-I don't do sweet things - blah" and I don't think she's BFF material for my girl anyway.) There was purple and pink and the fruit went just as fast. Priority was the pedicure part and giggly time with the friends so that's where I put my effort.
Finally, Pedicure parties need to be for grown-ups too. It was awesome! I had a local esthetician come over and do the thing with her colleague. She brought all the gear including the lovely zero-gravity chairs with her. We set up a spa room and the girls chilled out with peaceful music (I'm going to put that on ALL the time), vanilla candles, warm towels on their faces with cucumbers on their eyes, while their toes got painted a rainbow of colours. Now I need to book one of these parties for me and my friends. Any takers?