I started layering the cakes and doweled them (just in case). We can't have any caketastrophies with less than a few hours to spare!
Voila! Here's the tricky thing about frosting a cake with buttercream from a pastry bag. The heat from your hands melts the butter in the frosting and can start to become a pile of glop on your cake. I found it useful to refill a smaller pastry bag several times, instead of heating all the buttercream accidentally in a large bag. I have cold hands in general, and that seems to help!
Left over cake bites made the perfect presents. I dipped the bites into some white chocolate dip and waited for them to harden.
When they had hardened I mixed an edible paint made of cake decorators gold dust and vodka. Why vodka? The alcohol evaporates faster than water (I think, at least that's what Duff uses on the Ace of Cakes!)
I placed some red hot candies and piped on some royal icing garland. That star looks a bit crooked! Honestly, I didn't drink any of my paint.