meet Kiki.

25 March 2012
As I write this, my kids are snuggled into bed after a wonderful day of celebrating my daughter's birthday.

In our family, we celebrate birthdays by keeping the day focused on the fact that our life is better because the birthday girl/boy was born. We plan the day's activities around their desires and interests (today we went to a park, out to lunch and did some shopping at a bookstore), enjoy a 'feast' chosen by the celebrated one (my daughter asked for Georgian BBQ), open gifts (one for each sibling in celebration of their support throughout the year for their sister/brother and then an assortment collected for the birthday kid), and we eat cake.

Every year, on each of their birthdays, one of the anticipated elements of their celebrations is 'the cake'. I'm not even sure why I started the tradition, but the planning of the cake, the making of the cake and the unveiling of the cake holds a special part on each of their days.

I usually start planning out ideas and making a few sketches about a month in advance. And, then, in the days just before their big day I start the baking, assembly and decorating. 

One of my daughter's favorite stuffed animals is a four inch tall, well loved, pink teddy bear named Kiki. So, this year, I set out to make Kiki-- in cake. I added a hair bow (it is a special day after all!) and made a matching one for my daughter and the 'real' Kiki. And the reaction? The same as it has been every year prior-- "This is the best cake ever!" followed by sweet smiles all around.


This post is linked up at Skip To My Lou and Today's Creative Blog.



8 comments:

Margaret said...

You are SO amazing and clever! I love these birthday ideas. I hope my daughters never read this post; they will feel very deprived!

Anonymous said...

I love this! I have a birthday coming up. I wish you could decorate my cake!

Allison said...

This is such a cute idea! My son has a frog that he loves. I might give this a try!

Anonymous said...

What did you use for the eyes? Jeff

Tonya said...

Are the ears licorice? How did you get the frosting to stay on them? Thanks! I'm going to try this for my daughter's birthday. She has a blue bear that she carries around with her EVERYWHERE!!!!

Stacie said...

OMG-this is cute, smart and fun! I'm doing this for my daughter!

Sonja said...

I officially nominate you for Mother of the Year. What a fun tradition! What cherished memories your children will have.

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

Thank you all... the 'cake' has been such a fun tradition. The kids talk about their cake months in advance offering suggestions for what they would like and trying to guess what I'll make!

@Jeff and @Tonya: The eyes and ears are golden oreos (or more accurately, some imposter brand since we don't have oreos in this area of the world!). For the eyes, I split them in half and used a brown M&M for the center.

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