May 04, 2012,
C.L. asks from Saint Paul, MN on May 01, 2012
90Th Birthday Cake
My grandma is turning 90 in a couple of weeks and we are having an open house/birthday party for her this weekend. I'm in charge of ordering the cake. Is there anything cute or clever we can write on it other than "Happy 90th Birthday Evelyn?"
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Thanks for the great ideas so far and I'd love even more ideas. No theme to the party, but she is of 100% Swedish heritage and her father was born in Sweden. I will look into that as a possibility. She loves flowers and gardening. It never occurred to me to get anything other than a flat sheet cake, but now I will see what other options they have. We have 65 people coming so we need something big, but since we are already spending a lot on the food I don't want to go too over the top.
Thanks for helping me think a little outside the box and special thanks to JB for the garden/flower theme idea. We are still getting a sheet cake, but we are going to put an "edible design" photograph on it and write the saying, "Family and Friends are the Flowers in the Garden of Life, Happy 90th Birthday Evelyn." My husband took a really nice photo of her a few years ago in which she is seated on a bench in a beautiful garden at my parents' cabin.
J.B. answers from Boston on May 01, 2012
Is there a theme to the party? I made the cakes for my grandmother's 90th and my grandmother-in-law's 90th. They were both elaborate cakes (stacked tiers, kind of like a wedding cake) so the message wasn't a big deal. For my GMIL's, the party theme was "Friends are the Flowers in the Garden of Life" so I painted that inscription on the side of one of the tiers (it was a circular cake so it wrapped around).
Another idea would be to use an inscription that reflects her ethnic heritage - for example if she's of Irish descent, a message in Gaelic or something. Most cultures have their "toasts" or sayings - you could do a Google search and see if anything strikes a chord that would be appropriate to have written on the cake. Good luck and enjoy the party - what a milestone!
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V.W. answers from Minneapolis on May 01, 2012
Haha, when my cousin's grandma from Rome turned 90 a couple years ago (She was here visiting at the time) we actually managed to get 90 candles into her cake and lit them all! Well... We had to create this plastic thing that sat about an inch above the actual cake to hold all the candles because otherwise the cake would have been wax flavored. But she LOVED it!
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L.A. answers from Austin on May 01, 2012
We had a grandmother lived to 90 and a grandfather live till 103..
Grandmother loved her tiered cakes decorated with fresh flowers.. I also always made her a small bouquet of flowers to hold for photos. She said she hated her "old lady hands"..
Grandfather did not like chocolate cake and so we always did something with Italian Creme or a white cake with a special filling.
The theme was just always Happy Birthday. Lots of flowers, music from their time.. balloons and they LOVED having the open house so people could come and go..
She will love it.
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W.V. answers from Madison on May 04, 2012
What was the top hit song when she was born? or in her twenties? Perhaps you can get an idea from that...
L.M. answers from Minneapolis on May 02, 2012
If she has a sense of humor about it all, why not put something like, "Only 10 more to go until 100!" If you go with a tiered cake, I love the ideas about either a lovely Swedish saying or fresh flowers all over it. Have a great party!