September 15, 2010

It's Almost Birthday Time

In just a few days we will be celebrating the big "5." This birthday is a little bittersweet. Five is a big deal... my babies aren't babies. But we're going to have fun.
This is the first year we've really acknowledged their individual tastes. In the past, I've made them share a cake or a theme. This year, we're not having a big bash with friends. It was too stressful last year, so we're spending the money on a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. For some reason, my daughters decided that you're not allowed to go to Chuck E. Cheese until you're 5. I decided to humor them.
Anyway, when it came time for the cake, I was a little stumped. I looked through the cake book at our local grocery store, but nothing jumped out at me. I talked it over with Hubby. He asked if I could have four small cakes made. I tried one time at the grocery store bakery and it was a huge hassle. Hubby suggested we make the cakes. Typically when you make a round cake you make two layers. Instead, we'll just make four one-layer cakes (this means we are going to have plenty of leftovers because none of us eat a lot of cake). Each of the girls requested different toppers. It was like looking for a needle in a hay stack. I went to our local party store, which was a wasted trip. The girls want Sleeping Beauty, Hello Kitty, Strawberry Shortcake and Cinderella. The princesses were easy to find at the party store... but Sleeping Beauty had on a blue dress. (What?! She ALWAYS wears pink... I think). The selections for Hello Kitty and Strawberry Shortcake were disappointing. I finally left the party store and went to a toy store. For much less than the price of cake toppers, I found four toys to put on the cakes. I'm still not happy with the Hello Kitty toy I found, but it will have to do. I bet next year when none of them request Hello Kitty, I'll find tons of cake toppers!
It's bound to be a busy weekend, but hopefully a fun one! I'll tell you more about it next week!

6 comments:

Stephanie Barr said...

In the movie, "Sleeping Beauty", there is a humorous theme that Merriweather and Flora are fighting over Aurora's dress, changing it from blue to pink (which is how Malificent's raven finds them).

I'm surprised you mostly see her in pink. I've had the opposite experience. But then, I haven't looked for Sleeping Beauty merchandise for a decade.

MaryAnne said...

Yep, Sleeping Beauty's dress changes colors, although it is usually pink in official Disney merchandise, I think...

Good thinking to look for cake toppers in a toy store!

Sadia said...

My girls have always agreed to birthday themes. I haven't had a say since they turned two. They want a princess party when they turn five. I'm trying to figure out how to be inclusive of their male friends ... without including weaponry.

SLColman said...

I love that they all get a special personalized cake! That is awesome!

Marilynne said...

You are so sweet to give them each a cake - and a trip to Chuckie Cheese. They'll have good memories.

Kim said...

We have a strict birthday party policy at our house: alternating years. Last year was party year, which means this year will be a small family celebration only for each birthday. I'll bake a cake and the birthday girl can pick her favorite restaurant where we'll go (or favorite dinner that I'll make, if she prefers).

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