This year for Noah we went with Blue's Clues and I'm sure that this will surprise absolutely no one.
|But Mommy, I love Blue so much. Crap.|
First up, the cake. Actually, first you have to find the damn cake pan on Amazon.com as it's no longer being produced of course even though the show that landed the character in your life is shown daily on NickJR and then hope to god that 1) it's actually in semi-decent condition, 2) won't require the sale of a kidney and 3) arrives sooner than the day before the party.
No, I'm not bitter. Why do you ask?
Therefore Step 1B becomes actually making the cake which I do with the few remaining brain cells remaining after work/dinner/play/bath/bedtime and a beer (or two or three) thrown in for good measure. I of course didn't take a picture of the naked cake but trust me, we had a very naked and forlorn cake in our kitchen for a couple of days. No Duh step 1C: cover the cake so it doesn't dry out. You will only make this mistake once. I guarantee it.
Now you have the cake all prepped so now it's time to assemble the 80 million icing colors, tips, couplers and decorating bags. I'm only slightly exaggerating here. I kid you not, this thing required 3 different shades of blue. (Not to be outdone, Noelle's last birthday cake called for 3 different shades of grey. For Diego's SHOE. I still can't talk about it without twitching.)
|The coffee is necessary as it was too early for beer|
We are now ready to decorate! The damn dog is blue. So how many different colored icings were required? 7. SEVEN. FOR A BLUE DOG.
Any good decorator (read: parent hack) knows that you should follow the directions exactly except for when they make no sense. Which they frequently don't so either throw caution to the wind and DO WHAT MAKES SENSE or invest in a lot of different tips and couplers. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
|I'm the ghost of cartoon characters in endless reruns|
|I don't remember the episode where Blue goes to the office but okay|
|Zombie Dog: coming to an office near you|
Noah, you better damn well appreciate this.
The finish line, it's in sight!
|I mock you with my off center tongue|
|You see that printing? That's me. Yeah, believe it.|
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go freeze the cake as there is a hurricane just itching to sit on our heads. I'll let you know how this turns out.
|I'm not cancelling the pizza yet|