For a number of reasons we have chosen to keep birthday celebrations fairly simple at our home. We have many special traditions and activities for each birthday, but a few years ago I discovered a way to allow children to participate in creating their birthday cake while saving me lots of time and energy.
Now sometimes we do a nice theme cake for the birthday child.
However, a few years ago while dealing with severe morning sickness, I hit upon an idea that is easy on mom and that our children enjoy even more than having me spend time making a pretty cake for them. We let the child decorate their own birthday cake.
The first time we did it, it was honestly out of necessity. Kaitlin’s birthday is just a few weeks after Christmas and I was nauseated, tired and unprepared.
We purchased some pre-made cookie dough (don’t think too poorly of me, you can certainly make your own) and rolled it out to make a large cookie cake. We bought some gel writers and sprinkles and Kaitlin decorated to her hearts content.
She loved it and we had fun working on it together, but I felt like I deserved the bad mom of the year award for not making a real birthday cake for my child.
Our next birthday was just a few weeks later and this time I was ready. With plenty of time to spare I asked Carter what type of birthday cake he wanted. He asked to have a cookie cake and decorate it himself just like Kaitlin. And so a tradition was born.
I still enjoy making a special cake for a birthday celebration, but now we also give our children the option of decorating their own. Sometimes we make a more traditional, layered cake for them to decorate but most often they prefer a large cookie cake.
I realize that these cakes/cookies will not be earning any decorating prizes and I probably won’t be up for mom of the year since I don’t make a lovely, elaborate birthday cake for each child, but a simple birthday cake/cookie that makes my kids happy and saves me time and energy, that works for me.
Next Wednesday I’m going to post about how we make birthdays special without spending a lot of money.
More ideas for simple, fun cakes:
Wonder how we deal with potty training, or how we don’t spend any money on paper and still allow our children to get crafty, curious about why I feel a special reason to celebrate that Carter is still here with us? Please browse the archives or read more of my Works for Me Wednesday posts.