A friend of mine asked when we're going to quit calling our youngest child "The Baby." I think she'll always be a baby in my eyes.
Well, she's 4 now and she decided she's all grown up. She asked for party themes ranging from princess castles to rainbows. Finally, she settled on Dumbo. I had no clue how I was going to pull that off. As always, I turned to google and started searching. Dumbo parties have been done, but mostly by professional cake bakers. I've done fondant before, but molding an elephant that actually resembles a famous cartoon elephant is far beyond my ability.
I finally decided to go with a circus theme, concentrating on Dumbo as much as possible. I thought I could find some sort of toy to use as a cake top, but Dumbo is not popular enough right now to find toys in the store. I'm sure I could have found something at Disney World, but I wasn't thinking about that right then. Bummer. I decided to just print out a picture of Dumbo, attach it to a dowel rod, and stick it in the cake. With My Crazy Busy Life right now, that was all I could manage. Here's the result:
I ended up writing her name on it too, in big blue letters. For food, I decided that hot dogs, peanuts, and lemonade were the most related to the theme. (Plus, it was simple and easy, another benefit!) I paid $2 a box for animal crackers (which no one ate) and couldn't find Cracker Jacks or cotton candy locally. I considered borrowing our church's huge popcorn machine, but quickly changed my mind when I realized how heavy it was. I had just returned from vacation, the school year had just begun, and it was Labor Day. The guest of honor was 4 and would never know the difference. So we popped popcorn instead and skipped the cotton candy.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day: