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[Birthdayography], Vote for the Coolest Cake
July 07, 2004

Vote for the Coolest Cake!

June 07, 2004
Issue #016
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The first-ever “Coolest Cake Photo Contest” has ended, but there's no winner yet. Why? Because with over 200 awesome cake photo submissions and write ups, we decided that it's only fair that YOU have the final word on who wins.

All you have to do is click on over to the contest voting page and make your choice. We selected 15 finalists (an almost impossible task in itself). Our picks are based both upon creativity AND write ups, so keep that in mind when you vote...

The deadline for voting is July 15th, upon which the winners will be announced.

I'd like to thank all those who participated in the contest, sent us their cake photos and took the time to write preparation tips. They are all GREAT! Please continue to send us your cake photos and ideas and I'll make sure to put them up online for all to enjoy. Once in a while we'll also have contests with cool prizes and anyone sending in their submission will be automatically entered into the next contest.

With so many submissions, it'll take me a while to get them all online, but you'll already notice that the Coolest Cakes section is transforming into one heck of birthday cake resource and it's all thanks to YOU!

Safari Birthday

My 3-year old daughter, Maya, asked for a Safari theme party for her birthday party last month. So where did we turn to find the coolest kid birthday party ideas? If you have any doubts at all, this is the “coolest” site (but I really hope you don't need to click on this link to find out… ;-)

There are two activities in particular that were super successful:


On our site, we've got a page full of bubble recipes and game ideas. A few days before the party I mixed together the bubble fluid (based on distilled water, dishwashing liquid and the secret ingredient... Glycerin). We set up a station with lots of different bubble-making tools – especially twisted clothe hangers.

Let's say that during the party I had to politely ask the parents to step aside and give the children a chance to also enjoy the bubble-making experience. The fluid turned out so good that we had a continuous onslaught of monster bubbles hovering around the party area. I even captured an amazing picture of Maya with a bubble larger than her head a split second before she popped it (you can see the picture on the bubble recipes page...).

*Binoculars Craft

Setting aside a craft table with glitter, glue, stickers, markers, crayons, colored papers, etc. is always a great idea. But a day before our party I decided to create a special attraction at the craft table. Armed with a hot glue gun, Styrofoam cups and colored cellophane (items I had readily available around the house), I started designing the ultimate party binoculars. After all, how can you see the animals at a Safari without… binoculars?

As the kids arrived they received the binoculars and went straight to decorate them. And they really got into it! Again, the parents protested that I hadn't made enough binoculars…

I photographed the entire process and put together THIS page with all the info (and a few pictures from the party) to help you create your own Styrofoam cup binoculars.


Elad the Birthday Dad

P.S., Don't forget to VOTE for the coolest cake and forward this edition of Birthdayography to your friends so that they can vote also!

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