cake. help. required.
This is the time of year that strikes fear in every mother’s heart: a child’s birthday is coming up.
You’d think after organizing and executing childrens’ birthday parties for 15 years, I’d be an old pro at it. Ten years ago, you’d see me frantically arranging themed birthdays with a ridiculously long invite list, screaming kids and intricately planned activities. No more.
My teenage son doesn’t even have a semblance of a party anymore. I can give him a handful of cash and send him to Galaxyland with his friends. My daughter, age 12, does either sleepovers with pizza and movies, or Lazer Tag. But I have an almost six year old son, too, who is still immersed in the complex birthday party world. I think I’ve finally figured out that simpler is better. He wants to go bowling. So we are going bowling. But then there’s the issue of the cake.
Last year I ordered from a cake place, which shall remain unnamed. The cake looked fabulous:
This year, I sent them my order with a good week’s notice. Here’s what they sent me back:
Thanks for the email. We are all booked up for special orders next week and cannot fit in another order. So sorry. Typically, one week’s notice is good enough, but often we do book up a couple weeks in advance. Hopefully we can help you out next time.
I’m like WTF? I thought we were in a recession! People are still ordering cakes?
Now I’m in a panic. The hand wringing has begun. No, I haven’t learned my lesson in 15 years of birthday parties. The young lad wants a ‘Bolt’ cake. I know the food at the bowling place will be horrid, so I want the cake to be GOOD. I can get a GOOD cake and put a Bolt figurine on top of it – voila – a Bolt cake.
But, dear readers, any suggestions for a bakery to buy said cake? With less than a week’s notice? I have one recommendation so far, from a mom who detected the panic in my voice – Bee Bell Bakery’s Half and Half cake. Any other suggestions?
A Desperate Mother