This past Sunday, my moon faced baby girl turned six.As I've mentioned here before, I'm a bit uncomfortable with the extravagant nature of children's birthday parties (especially children this young), so it was a very quiet party-if you can even call it that-at home. Just the four of us and the crazy six layer cake.A game of Beat the Parents was played:A few small presents were opened:(Notice the left-over-from-Christmas gift wrap. I am so lazy about that type of thing.)A candle was blown. Eventually.:And the cake was cut: A Few Thoughts:
*Even though I tried to keep things low key, the girl still got way too overstimulated and hopped up on sugar and had numerous crying meltdowns before the day was over. What is it about young children's birthday parties? Someone always ends up in tears. I really just think small kidlets can't handle this much attention being thrust on them. We finally decided to get her out of the house and she chose a trip to IKEA so she could play in the play area.
*Despite the fact that a lot of you shared my sentiments about birthday parties, I still feel a bit like the birthday grinch so I want to make it clear that I'm not anti-party. But I admit that I may be anti-party for kids this young. I can't wait to throw a party for my girl, but I want it to be at a time when her friendships are based more on love of each other and shared mutual interests. (Did you read about Courtney's birthday party for her girl? I love it!) Right now my girl's friendships are basically based on convenience, who's in her class, who lives nearby, who we walk home from school with, etc. Realistically speaking, six is not the age when lasting friendships are made.
*In retrospect, a six layer cake may have been too big for our little family. Jay took a bunch to work and I still have a ton here at home. And I'm sick of looking at it.
*About the cake: It wasn't made from scratch, I had plenty of help from Duncan Hines. But it's still a lot of work and a lot of ingredients. Nine eggs people. NINE EGGS! Five tubs of frosting. And really, had I wanted to be persnickety I could have used another tub because it was a bit thin in spots. Anyway, I started baking the cake early. Two layers on Thursday, two on Friday, and two on Saturday. I wrapped each individual layer in saran wrap and stored them in the fridge until I assembled it all on Sunday. I highly recommend this method because I didn't have to spend all day baking. Of course it did lose that fresh from the oven warmth, but I think the rainbow cake is more about visual appeal anyway.