People often celebrate a birthday by enjoying a cake with friends and family. Aside from the traditional custom of blowing out candles, many people have the bakery write a message on the cake besides simply "Happy Birthday." Keep the birthday cake boxed or covered until right before it is presented so that the message is a surprise to the birthday boy or girl.
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If you are celebrating a birthday for someone who has a good sense of humour about the occasion, then you can write a humorous message on the birthday cake. Since there is usually not much space on the birthday cake, you will want to keep the funny line short. Examples of "one-liners" include: "So many candles, so little cake," "Better to be over the hill than buried under it," or "To the nation's best kept secret, your true age."
Find a quotations from your favourite poet or author that relates to birthdays. These quotes can come from historical figures, political figures or even sports superstars. Some ideas include: "Age is a high price to pay for maturity" by Tom Stoppard, "Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age," said by Pope John Paul XXIII, or "It takes a long time to become young," courtesy of Pablo Picasso. Or, the old English proverb, "No wise man ever wished to be young."
If the birthday party is at time in the celebrant's life when he is going through difficulties, then an inspirational saying might help to lift his spirits. It might be a time in his life right after he lost a job, a loved one or faced some other hardship. Think about writing something inspirational such as: "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world." Or a variant of that, "Our lives are better, because you are in our lives."
If you had a personal experience with the birthday girl that you enjoyed, then you can write that on the cake. For example, if a group of girls met at summer camp, they might write the day and location where they first met, or the name of their bunkhouse. Or if a group of girls are at college together, they might write short phrases describing experiences they have had together. For example, "homecoming parade float," "chicken nugget Tuesdays" or "cramming for exams." These phrases can be scattered throughout the cake. Just make sure the birthday girl reads them before slicing into it.
If you are looking for a way to surprise the birthday boy with news of his big gift, then you can do it through writing on a cake. For example, if a 16 year-old boy is getting a new car, you might write "Happy Birthday, look in the driveway!" Or if you got him tickets to his favourite concert, you might write "Happy Birthday, to the boy who is going to see..." and insert the band name. Use the cake writing to convey the birthday gift.
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