The Cake I Didn’t Bake…And Other Tales From the Boy’s Birthday Party

I don’t know if anyone remembers me mentioning that I was planning to bake my son’s birthday cake this year. I only mentioned it in passing, mostly because I think I realized it was a pipe dream. I thought maybe my mom could make the cake part and I could decorate it in the Spongebob theme that he wanted. It sounded like a good idea, and a great way to save money. Well, I deceived myself into believing I was actually going to do this right up until the last Tuesday. Then I came to my senses. See, I can bake cookies really well. Muffins too. Even a few types of pie! But when it comes to cakes, I’ve yet to make one that doesn’t look at dented and mangled, and when it comes to icing…forget it. It’s generally a catastrophe. I don’t even know how to put it on top of the cake with anything other than a butter knife. I couldn’t even tell you what those little things that you squeeze the icing through are called, other than “icing decoration thingies.” So on Tuesday, I came to my senses and stopped by Walmart to order a cake.  Sorry for the cut-off picture at the edge there, I was trying to take pictures with a bunch of miniature humans jumping around, and they didn’t all turn out so well.

I also planned to make the pinata. I looked it up online, bookmarked the site, and thought about how awesome it was going to look when I was done. Then I remembered that I am horrible at crafts and went to Party City and bought one. I filled it up with WAY too much candy for the amount of kids we had coming, and I’m sure the parents are oh so pleased with me now since each kid went home with a brown paper lunch bag FILLED with candy.  I apologized about twenty times for that. It was raining the day of the party, so all my outdoor plans got washed away, and I had to stand on the couch holding the pinata out on a stick. It was heavy. I’m still sore! The worst part was, that sucker would not break! The kids beat it mercilessly. Then they pulled the strings, and I lost my grip. The pinata fell and still didn’t break. At that point, the kids reverted back to their caveman roots and went savage on it. They finally got their candy though!

Fun Birthday Game Alert!

The biggest hit of the party was the one that I spent the least amount of money on. I wrote silly instructions, like “sing Twinkle Twinkle in a funny voice” and “act like a duck” on little slips of paper, inserted them into balloons, and blew the balloons up. The kids had to pop the balloons and do whatever the paper said. The had the best time with this, and I was really happy that my little party game (stolen from my friend’s mother in law, who goes the extra mile and adds prize slips to the balloons) actually went over well, since Pin the Tail on the Donkey was a flop. Jake asked me to do it again next year, and to put candy in the balloons too. I’m not sure how well that would work out. I plan to use this game for a rainy day with Jacob.

Overall, the party was a hit. Not as many kids came as I had hoped for, but the ones who did come were such awesome, fun kids, and Jake had a great time. Tuesday is his actual birthday, so we’ll be celebrating again with just me, him, my mom, and the dogs. I still can’t believe my little preemie is 6 years old now.

He’s gone from this (the very first picture ever taken of him):

Jake's First Picture


to this, taken an hour before his party started:

Jake's 6th Birthday Party


Kids grow way too fast, don’t they?

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12 Responses to “The Cake I Didn’t Bake…And Other Tales From the Boy’s Birthday Party”

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  1. I have the same issue, I can bake cookies, muffins, and bars all day long…but cakes not so much (with the exception of pound cake). I just don’t have the gift for cake baking (or maybe I don’t have the patience).

    Happy Birthday to your son, he looks like he had a great time!

  2. Kay M says:

    Tell me about how fast they grow! My oldest turns 32 this year, in fact, this month! I am having trouble believing I am that old!! I am visiting from voiceBoks – I WILL follow!
    I already follow you! Just thought I’d leave a message. Thanks, for helping me remember!

  3. Ceinwyn says:

    I don’t think he’ll care one way or another ten years from now whether you made the cake or not, he’ll just remember how much fun her had! That sounds like a fun party game with the balloons, I’ll have to keep that in mind for Griffin when he gets older. You are right, they do grow up way too fast, G-man turns one next month!

    • Nicole says:

      Awww, one is such an exciting birthday. I cried when Jake turned one. Then again, I cried when he turned 2,3,4,5, and now 6! LOL! But I went a little nuts for his first birthday, and he doesn’t even remember it!

  4. I’m following you from voiceBoks and hope you’ll stop by and follow me too. Have a wonderful day!

    By the way, if you’re interested, I host the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop on Wednesdays.

  5. Flavia says:

    Hey there! I’m following from Voiceboks! I’m so happy I found your blog and this particular post! Oh God! my baby is turning 1 in a month and I want to be the “perfect” mommy and bake everything for the party! Well, yesterday -to practice- I made cupcakes from scratch CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? LOL I am not a good baker at all but they turned out ok but the icing….oh my! the icing was a disaster…not to mention the cleaning afterwards…I’ll be going to my food store too…I can feel it…
    Hey! you have solved my problem in how to entertain the kids! Even though he’s turning one the average age of the kids are coming is 5 so, that balloons idea is awesome! If I do that, I’ll make sure to back-link to your blog! THANKS!

    • Nicole says:

      Well, I’m glad to know I’m not the only icing-disaster mom out there, lol! The balloon pop idea really was a huge success. They asked me if I had more balloons when we were done, and at my son’s class picnic yesterday that’s what they were all talking about. I was so thrilled that, even though I may not be able to bake from scratch, I could still do something super cool on my own. Well, cool enough for a group of 5 and 6 year olds anyway! LOL. Even my friend’s older daughter liked it, and she’s a hormonal pre-teenager! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  6. Marisa frank says:

    Oh I can’t decorate a cake to save my life. Every year I think I am going to figure it out and every year I get more creative with cupcakes. Ha ha! Like many others have said your son won’t care years from now if you made the cake. He is just going to remember that he had an awesome Spongebob birthday! I loved the ballon game idea. And yes kids do grow up too fast but I find each new stage so much fun!

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