Outsourcing your kid’s birthday party to a party center is fun and easy, until you get the bill. So you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative, but your kid keeps talking about gigantic inflatables, build-a-bear extravaganzas, and water parks. “What ever happened to musical chairs and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey?” you ask. Your child looks up at you blankly. OK! You are determined to take a day-trip to the past. You’ll teach your child about real fun! You’ll throw that birthday party at home! But still, that nagging, “don’t want to disappoint my child” worry repeats in your head.  The solution? – Make the food fun!

Make the birthday cake an edible centerpiece – and even let it be an interactive toy!

“Right,” you smirk. But no, it’s not as hard as it looks – and it’s a whole lot cheaper!

For example, I have a 5-year-old who loves dinosaurs. Last year his birthday party had a dinosaur theme. This year it may again. But unlike last year, this year I’m prepared because yesterday I figured out how to make a chocolate volcano cake with erupting pudding lava into which plastic dinosaurs either fall or flee.

Here’s the picture. Click on ‘Continue reading…’ for the easy instructions.volcano-cake-1

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