Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Second marriages: Getting the kids involved

The other night, I was watching an Ace Of Cakes repeat that the TiVo had caught, and one of the featured cakes was a very interesting wedding cake. The couple, both married previously, dropped their two kids off at the bakery with free reign to design whatever kind of wedding cake they wanted.

The kids rose to the challenge and came up with a cake featuring a Jeep, a skunk and green gorilla for the bride and groom, and four pairs of boots. Surely there was some sort of inside joke here, which didn't get explained on the show, but the bake shop worried about the parents liking their cake, which was about as far from traditional as you can get. The parents loved it though, and clearly understood the insides jokes none of us were privy to.

(Try as I might to find you a picture of this crazy cake, I couldn't do it. You can see other Charm City Cakes or watch the TV listing for repeats of Ace of Cakes' "Wishes Granted" episode.)

What I loved most about this story was how thoughtful the parents were to make sure that their children were an important part of the wedding. A marriage with kids involved is about a lot more than the couple, and it's definitely important to make the kids feel like they're part of the celebration. And what better way to include them than by letting them choose probably every kid's favorite part of the wedding--the cake?? It didn't matter how crazy the cake would be; only that the kids created something that represented their new family.

Image from Food Network

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