How to explain New Year’s Eve to a toddler

Simple: It’s the night before the world’s birthday.

Photo of a square chocolate cake that reads Happy Birthday World 2009 around its corners. The rest of the cake is littered with mini M&Ms, spi

Making the world a birthday cake is one of our new annual traditions.

Mom applied the chocolate frosting and green edging. Dad wrote “Happy Birthday World 2009″ around the edges in non-sequential order because that’s what dads do. Then we gave our daughter carte blanche to go to town with the leftover toppings from our holiday cookie decorating party.

As she explains it, her cake design features a person in a parade with lots of people watching because that’s how people should celebrate the new year. Incidentally, our TV is off during the day, so she did not see and does not know about the various January 1st parades shown on TV. She did attend a lighted truck parade a couple weeks earlier.

The most important thing to know about cutting a birthday cake is to let your kid have any piece she wants, no matter what your spouse thinks of it. Just jab the knife in there and cut the cake’s heart out. After that, your spouse pretty much has to play along.

Overhead view of the cake plus a second version where a square piece is cut from the middle, a square piece is cut from one corner and a thin rectangular piece is cut from one edge.


5 Responses to “How to explain New Year’s Eve to a toddler”

  1. Jen says:

    That’s a great idea! Next year, when I have more than the tiniest modicum of energy :)

    Love the slice out of the middle. That’s great :)

    January 3rd, 2009 at 2:34 pm

  2. Kelly K says:


    January 4th, 2009 at 6:58 am

  3. Sarah says:

    what fun! I may adopt this idea for next year…I’m sure my kids would have a blast!

    January 4th, 2009 at 7:42 am

  4. Summer says:

    Any excuse for birthday cake is a good excuse to me! Great idea….I think we will have to do this next year! We have birthday cake on Christmas too. why not the week after??! :-)

    January 5th, 2009 at 4:37 am

  5. Lisa says:

    I love this idea, adorable cake and the piece out of the middle makes me laugh because it is something my husband would have done and I would have been freaking out!

    Thanks for the reminder to just have fun and from now on instead of telling the kids that “they get whatever piece I give them” in true mommmy tone I will be telling them that they get to pick whatever piece they want. :)

    January 7th, 2009 at 7:22 am

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