I'm having a joint birthday party for Thea and Liam next Sunday, for a few reasons. (1) Both kids have birthdays near major holidays (Thanksgiving for Liam, and between Christmas and New Year's for Thea), so I thought splitting the difference between their birthdays would give them a chance at better parties. (2) I'm a twin, and I always loved sharing my birthday with Heather. I should point out, though, that she sometimes just wanted a day about her, not us. (3) We can afford to be a little more extravagant if we're only having one party instead of two.
The extravagance for "Joint Birthday Party: Year One" will be elaborate cakes. After making a big deal about a Thomas cake when Liam turned three and having the bakery call me the morning I was supposed to pick it up to cancel, I thought I'd make them myself. I couldn't do worse than the big pile of disappointment Shopper's Food Warehouse served me.
Thea requested a barbie cake, so a bundt cake will form the dress for the newly purchased doll and there will be a ridiculous amount of floofy flowers. Liam is currently obsessed with Aquaman, one of the less popular super heroes, so that will be the theme of his cake. (Incidentally, he and Thea have been playing Aquaman and Wonder Woman for days now, and I would have been stumped if Thea had asked for an infinitely harder Wonder Woman cake.) There are tons of Spiderman, Batman, and Superman action figures to be had, but this is the only Aquaman I could find:
It comes with a cool "Aqua Sub" vehicle, but the best part of it is the warning label, which starts out
WARNING! This is not a life-saving device.
In the same way one's rubber ducky is not a flotation device, I suppose?