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Cupcakes Will Save Your Sanity at Children’s Birthday Parties

Rare is the person who doesn’t enjoy a good cupcake. In fact, they’ve actually become something of an art form; visit Pinterest or Google food blogs and you’ll see the offerings are endless—both in flavour and design, and ranging from kid-pleasing to adult-focused.

As children embark on pre-school or kindergarten, their social world instantly expands. Birthday celebrations will start to look a little different than previous gatherings that may merely have consisted of immediate family and grandparents! Enter the world of the birthday party. One area that you can make life far easier for yourself – and still be a hit at the same time—is by serving cupcakes. Having cupcakes for even one of the following five reasons will have you patting yourself on the back at the end of the party.

  1.  Cupcakes are less expensive than a custom cake. While both cakes and cupcakes can be made incredibly elaborate—and be priced accordingly, cupcakes are generally cheaper to provide on a per-serving basis.
  2. Cupcakes are easier to manage. Serving individually wrapped cupcakes is far less messy than serving slices of cake. Plus, you eliminate the need for utensils—which can still be difficult for younger children to use. Seriously, consider the odds that pieces of cake will end up on a lap or floor due to less than fully-developed motor skills.
  3. Cupcakes are more apt to get eaten. There is nothing more discouraging than putting hours of time and effort—and expense—into a cake only to notice during clean-up that a good portion of each slice remains on the plate.  Between the excitement of the festivities, and generally smaller appetites, many young children may enjoy some frosting and a bite or two, with the rest of their serving being destined for disposal.  The perfect serving size of the cupcake effectively reduces the chance of significant waste.
  4. Cupcakes double as a birthday activity. While this isn’t for everyone, DIY cupcake decorating can be a fun way to gather the party guests around the table. Depending on the age, kids can frost their own prior to adding their creative touches, or you can simply supply the cupcakes already frosted and provide an assortment of age-appropriate toppings—gummies, for instance, are easy for younger guests to use.
  5. Cupcakes allow for a range of presentation ideas. The presentation at the table is not limited to simply displaying them on a tray—though that’s fine, too. Arrange them as a centrepiece according to some aspect of the party theme; create an attractive pattern or clever shape. Even assembling them in the shape of your child’s new age would be appreciated by the little guest of honour and his or her visitors! Consider adding dramatic effect by using a tiered dessert stand.  The options are as big as your imagination!
October 17, 2014
Marche Laflamme
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How to Choose the Perfect Birthday Cake

Whether you are planning a birthday party for your child, partner or best friend, a key element of the celebration is the birthday cake!  The possibilities for birthday cakes are endless, so how do you pick what type of cake to order or make for your loved one?  While it may seem difficult, there are a few considerations that can help you choose the perfect cake. Follow these tips to ensure you give the birthday boy or girl a cake they will love:

Match the Party Theme

If the party has a theme, the birthday cake will dazzle if it fits in with the overall decor.  For your child’s safari-themed party, a cake decorated with lions, elephants and other safari animals is a perfect fit.  On the other hand, a cheese cake or cake shaped and decorated like a wine bottle are great options for your spouse’s wine and cheese birthday party.

Coordinate Colour

Picking the right colours for icing and decorations is essential to having a birthday cake that will please your guest of honour. A simple way to choose icing colours is to match them to your loved one’s favourite colours. Another option is to fit the colours into the party theme.  For example, if you are throwing a party based on your son or daughter’s favourite sports team, the colours on the birthday cake should match the team’s colours.

Consider Interests and Hobbies

A fun way to get your kid excited about their birthday cake is to decorate it with their favourite superhero or cartoon character.  And for adult interests, hobbies lend great inspiration to a birthday cake.  So if you have a husband that spends hours fixing up old cars, why not get him a car-themed cake for his birthday?  Whatever your loved one is into, a cake that incorporates their interests will make their big day even more special.

Select the Flavour

When selecting a flavour for the birthday cake, it’s important to choose one that you know the birthday girl or boy enjoys.  However, if the birthday cake is for a child’s party, make sure to select a flavour such as chocolate or vanilla that you know most kids find appealing. And don’t be afraid to get creative with the flavour and cake style. If the birthday girl loves ice cream, go ahead and buy them an ice cream cake!

So there you have it.  Choosing the perfect birthday cake becomes less difficult once you take the party theme, favourite colours, hobbies, interests and flavour into consideration.  Whether you are making it from scratch, or ordering it from your favourite bakery, follow these tips to ensure your loved one’s birthday cake is one that will thrill them on their big day!

October 16, 2014
Marche Laflamme