First Birthday looming - One cake or two??

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Its not long before I have to start arranging my boy/girl twins party... I am thinking of only having one cake until they understand what is happening. I was thinking of having ladybirds, bees and catepillars as the theme so its a bit neutral. What do you think? What has everyone else done?

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Kym - posted on 04/26/2009

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We had one huge cake for the guests to eat, but my sister made Jake and Ella their own separate cake to "dig" into. It was great.

User - posted on 04/26/2009

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We have always treated our twins who will be 8 in July.,as indviduals. My parents label there gifts as twin. We do one big cake and 2 little ones that they can destroy them selves IE: cupcake. Now that they are older we still do this.

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2009

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I definitely say two cakes from the get go- that way they always know that you did something for just them and not always as a pair. We still do seperate cakes. For their first birthday it is also cuter to see who destroys their cake and who pokes at it as if it might bite back!! I am sure either way is cute and lots of fun- I just know giving them their inidividuality is a big one with twins and with a cake it is still kind of the same thing. They won't remember , but the picture will last forever!!

Donna - posted on 04/25/2009

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My B/G twins Luke & Lauren are 15 and over the years we have done different things for their birthday party. For their 1st BD we did one big cake for the guest and they each had their own small cake shaped like the number 1. For the next few years we would do one cake with a theme they both liked but they would have their own candles to blow out on opposite ends of the cake. at their 2nd BD Lauren got too close to her candle and burnt her lip so the next couple of years she would cover her top lip and usually tell Luke to blow out her candles too! As they got older we would change it up. One year they each invited one friend over and they each got a cookie cake and the girls decorated one & the boys decorated the other. It was messy but it was one of their favorite. For their 15th BD we actually had two separate parties on different days and I think they both really enjoyed it. It was the 1st time they didn't have to share anything. They are completely opposite with different interests and different circle of friends so it worked out pretty good.That 1st year was hard and some parts a blur but it does get easier. Mine are about to start driving ,which will be another challenge, but we will get through and move on to the next adventure! Just enjoy them and have a great party!

Jacqualyn - posted on 04/25/2009

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i always give my twins different birthday cakes as i always have . my twins are about to turn 9 and the last 2 years have had seperate parties . i think as they are boy and girl and first born i always did everything very girlie for my beautiful daughter monifah and everything was always quite boyish for our son seth . but for their 1st birthday a neautral theme would work out fine to . we always have huge parties so lucky sometimes for the two cakes good luck and happy birthday to your beautiful babies....

Annette - posted on 04/25/2009

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Two cakes. Two songs. The only time we only had one cake was when it was a Thomas the Tank Engine cake and it had carriages. Initials is a great idea. I'm stealing that!

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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I had a big cake with both their names on it in pink and purple, and had two small cakes one in pink one in purple.

Laura - posted on 04/24/2009

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My girls will be 3 in September - I would make a cake each so that when they look back over photos you won't get the questions of why they're sharing cakes... for their 1st birthday I did their initials, and for the 2nd I did the musical score of Happy Birthday for each of them. I too think its a great idea to sing Happy Birthday to each of them so they have their special moment. Was a bit worried about how the guests would take to this, but I just announced in a loud voice that we'd be singing to Tilly first. Have a great day on your twins' first birthday! x

Kelsie - posted on 04/24/2009

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for my girls 1st bday they each had there own small cake with each of there own names on them and then one bigggg sheet cake with both there names on then but next year for there 2nd bday im going to get 2 smaller dif sheets cakes in which ever they want on them

Brandy - posted on 04/13/2009

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thats a good idea! I also have boy/girl twins (20 months now) we did a barnyard theme for their first birthday and used cupcakes decorated like the barn animals and one big cake shaped like a barn. Each of my twins had their own cupcake to blow out the candle and eat!

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We got our boys one cake, but then got each of them a personal cake to play in, and eat. It worked out great for the first birthday. I think we'll get them separate cakes from now on. They have different personalities at 2, as opposed to 1-year-old.

Sheryl - posted on 04/12/2009

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Our twins are almost 17 now, but we always have done a cake for each one of them. The first few birthdays they were little ones and then we had a big one for everyone else. And one suggestion for you - put a t-shirt on them (we used one of ours) so that they stay a little bit cleaner. A bib just isn't big enough! And some years, they had their own theme too. I think it was when they were 6, one had bugs and one had cars. And on their 10th, I made a loaf cake (chocolate) and a white cake in a angelfood cake pan, so when you put them together, it said "10". By the way, they do have 1st birthday supplies in blue and pink. One kit that I saw even decorated the high chair! It also enclosed the candle, bib, hat and more. And then there were napkins, plates, etc. also available. Enjoy the day!

Antoinette - posted on 04/12/2009

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my twins are one in may, (Anna-Lee & Noah) and 'm going to go with a cake each as they are two different people and photos last a life time but i love the ideas below of the little cakes for each of them and one for everyone else. 

Angela - posted on 04/11/2009

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I have B/G twins also. For their 1st birthday our deli gives you a free miniature round cake. Very small. We received 2 of them. As they get older they will develope their own personality. From day one on most item we buy 2 of each. I don't want one of them feeling left out for any reason.

Stephanie - posted on 04/11/2009

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For my girls first birthday I got one big cake for the whole party and got the girls those tiny cakes you see in grocery stores for each of them.

Lori-Ann - posted on 04/10/2009

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I agree with MaryAnn, my boys will be eight in July and they pick out one cake theme between them and this has always been fine for them so far...they are used to sharing...it's been that way from the beginning.

MaryAnn - posted on 04/10/2009

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My twins are going to be 8 in June - we always do one cake & one party- since it has always been that way there have been no complaints.  We do one theme for their party -lately this has been an issue however, they pick a theme for their school party so they are OK.

Niki - posted on 04/10/2009

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I am so glad to see the unified choice for all of twin mama's over this issue of birthday cakes!!  I have always done 3 cakes, 1 for each of them and 1 for guests!!  I hope you have a great time with their first birthday!!

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Thanks for all the responses, you all have great points. I think I will expand on my orignial plan and the big cake can be a guest cake, and then I can have individual cakes (one with bees and the other with a ladybird) and sing happy birthday to each of them. I love it when a plan comes together so easily. Thanks ladies :)

Nicky - posted on 04/09/2009

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we too sing Happy Birthday to them each individually - that also allows the other twin to sing to their twin (does that make sense?)

Nicky - posted on 04/09/2009

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definately two - my girls will be 5 in June and they have always had their own birthday cakes...if you had two children with different birthdays they get their own so why should twins be any different. I actually find it easier because you only have the chaos of cake baking and decorating once a year :-)

Beth - posted on 04/09/2009

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Oh one more thing we sang Happy Birthday for Amelia and then for Hannah!  I just want them to each have their own moment!  My girls were born on 07/07/07 which just so happen to be my nieces birthday she was turning 7 on 07/07/07... she was NOT happy sharing her  special birthday with my girls.  So if she had resentment  I can only imagine what twins might feel like once in a while! 

Meghan - posted on 04/09/2009

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i have identical girls who just had their first birthday. as amy mentioned below, i had one large cake decorated (i like the theme you mentioned) and then i had two small ones. i had used a small heart shaped pan i found at the dollar store. it's kind of like a single serving size. i but their intials on their little cales and then after singing to them we just gave them the small cakes all for themselves.

Beth - posted on 04/09/2009

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My girls are 21 months now and for their 1st Birthday we did one large cake for guests and two small round cakes for them, white cake, white frosting trimmed  one with pink the other in purple!  They loved it... one was really careful eating and the other put her face right in it!  I am sure we will do two cakes from now on unless they choose to share!  I feel like they always have to share so why not once in while let them have something for themselves...birthdays only happen once a year!!!!! 

Amy - posted on 04/09/2009

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For my girls' first birthday I had 3 cakes. I used a blocks theme and had a small cake for each of them that looked like a block with their initial on them and one big cake decorated with blocks.

Jan - posted on 04/09/2009

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My babies are only 5 months, but I can tell you that I will be doing 2 separate (albeit small!) cakes.  I know they will 'only be one' but I hate lumping everything together for my kids.  I want to make sure to individualize things as much as possible.  Just my opinion.  I do think that if you go with the one cake, your theme is quite cute though!  :) 

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