Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Birthday Cakes

I love watching Cake Boss with my kids and wish I were that creative and skilled!  My cakes would never come out looking so cool and fun. However, that doesn't stop me.  I have made a few pretty cute cakes over the years.

I try to keep in mind that no matter what the cake or decorations look like it is the fun and activities that are most important at a birthday party. That is most definitely also what the birthday child and friends remember too!

If you are willing to give it a try or you have a dear friend who is awesome and creative (and you are willing to trust) or you are just looking for an idea to take to a bakery, you could have a pretty cool cake for your child's birthday!

Many party websites have cake ideas. Here are a few fun finds!
Family Fun Birthday Cakes
Coolest Homemade Birthday Cakes
Cakes.com (for ideas or to find a bakery)
Parenting-Birthday Cakes
Cake Central (photos+)

If you child isn't a cake eater or your are tired of the traditional cake route. See Alternative to Birthday Cakes post in this blog.

Have ideas?? Please share!!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Birthday Cake Alternatives

Cakes can be a great way to add to your theme of your birthday party. Some can be fancy and store bought. Some are homemade. There are a lot of really wonderful cake bakeries and homemade theme cake ideas. But what if your child doesn't like cake or in my son's case doesn't like icing. I know most kids prefer the icing to the cake...for those perhaps a tub of icing will suffice. Getting creative is something I enjoy doing so I came up with some other ideas to the traditional cake route.

Some creative cake alternatives:
Brownie Sundaes (popular with the chocolate fans)
Make your own Sundae (popular with the non-chocolate fans)
Ice Cream Floats
Rice crispy cut-outs (with or without icing or sprinkles)
Fruit Pizza
Your child's favorite dessert
Ice Cream popcicles
Fancy kid desserts
Cupcakes in a theme (keep a few not frosted)
Homemade Ice Cream (let the kids help make!)
Fruit Kabobs or candy kabobs (you can get creative with the sticks so they aren't too sharp for younger guests)
Have more ideas? Please share!

Find more fun food ideas at Simplefunkidparties.com