They don’t call me “Thrifty Ninja” for nothing. I love saving money and cutting costs. When it gets close to the end of school, my ninja skills must come into play full force. I have two birthday parties within a few weeks of each other.
Can you say expensive?!
My youngest two are just two weeks apart. I used to try to keep their birthday parties together to save money, but they have long outgrown that. They want their own friends and their own parties. Blah.
Cake is a very expensive part of a party, if you buy one pre-made. One year, I decided I wanted my son to have a Thomas the Train cake, but wasn’t willing to pay much for it. I’m far too cheap to pay $50 for a cake. I can make one for under $10.
Off to the Internet I go!
Luckily, Pinterest wasn’t around yet or my options would have been endless! I found a cute kit for about $10 that allowed me to bake a cake, cut it in a few pieces then stack it like the video they included shows. Easy peasy, right?
My husband tried to talk me out of it.
I refused to listen to him. It’s cake and come on, it will look like Thomas the Train! I had to make this for him. The day before his party I tried. I really did. I baked the cake and tried to cut it as shown. Uuuummm…..
Why doesn’t my cake look like the photos?
I started to cry. I really did. I wanted him to have the perfect Thomas cake. After much rebellion, I went to Wal*Mart, grabbed a premade cake from the bakery, a small Thomas the Train set from the toy section and made a cake with those. So the cake didn’t just cost me the $40 it would have if I would have gone with the premade cake to begin with…..I already spent the money on the Thomas the Train plastic decorating set AND cake mixes and frosting. *cry*
Do you think I learned? No way! The next year I did a Dora and Diego party for the two littles. I bought the cute cake pans that look like the characters and all the frosting colors I needed. Guess what? I couldn’t get them frosted….again, off to Wal*Mart to save the day. *Sigh*
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