Proper time to give a birthday party with cake only?

Elizabeth - posted on 07/12/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )




Hi all,

I am trying to save a little money by serving cake only at my son's upcoming birthday party. What do you think is a proper time to give a birthday party with cake only? Or is lunch something that should always be provided?

It will be at one of those bouncy places. The party has to be on a Sunday. I was thinking around 2:00. I worry about nap times but most of the kids who will be there will be four-years-old.

Can I get away with this?

Thanks for your thoughts,



Cathy - posted on 07/13/2010




It's absolutely fine to serve only cake, just be sure to let the parents of the guests know so they can handle lunch or snacks for their own child before the party.

Sherri - posted on 07/12/2010




Starting at a yr old. We had big birthday parties from the moment they had their first birthdays.

I don't agree with cake only. I think there should always be food served. I think it is tacky and is very annoying.

Angela - posted on 07/13/2010




Hi, Elizabeth! You're having a party at a time between meals. Don't feel obligated to serve more than cake. Parties are expensive enough. Unless your invitation mentions a meal, just go for the cake and have fun. :) PS. Half the time the kids don't eat what is put in front of them anyway. They take one or two bites and that's it.

Lorri - posted on 07/14/2010




save even more money buy having it at home where you could have a cook out and cake and icecream

Danelle - posted on 07/13/2010




I'm doing cake only at my sons birthday party next monday. i''m having it at bounce U and you only get a half an hour in the party room to eat. And i dont want anyone to feel rushed to eat. Plus when i had food at his other parties most of it went to waste. Kids are more worried about playing then eating. Its a celebration for your child. As Angela said parties are expensive enough. Just have fun!


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Ashley - posted on 07/14/2010




I would put out some snacks for kids. Cheetos, chips and dip, sandwich squares, etc.

Tina - posted on 07/14/2010




I dont see a problem. It is after lunch time anyway and before dinner. It will b fine. I did it plenty, especially since its out at a place for kids to play. They will be busy. Have a good time. No worries.

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I never serve just cake, but as long as you let people know ahead of time... it's fine! If they are going to be bothered by you only serving cake then they don't need to come. ;)

I also think 2 is a perfect time... especially if you serve the cake first. Perfect time for a sugar rush snack and they can have their sugar 'crash' just in time for dinner.

Elisha - posted on 07/12/2010




We started serving food at our oldest 2nd birthday but personally to me it just depends on the size of the party if its small cake and ice cream is fine but if its big then i would provide food of some sort even if its just snacks expectally if theres gonna be alot of kids.

Josie - posted on 07/12/2010




I think it would be nice to serve maybe snacks or appetizers at least? But I mean if you are set on the cake only, I would think 2 or 3 is fine. Just let people know so they aren't expecting food. And like Keisha said, usually those places have a small time limit so they will probably play and then eat cake which will probably take up all the time anyway.

Michelle - posted on 07/12/2010




I've always had food at my girls parties, even if it was just a few sandwiches, but providing you let the parents know food won't be provided I can't see it being a problem. At the "bouncy" places I've gone to they've always had an hour play then had food then went back to playing for another half an hour or so before going home. I found the children were more interested in having a drink than they were eating anyway.

Keisha - posted on 07/12/2010




I typically serve food as well, but if you include on the invite that there will be cake and ice cream only for instance its fine. That will give the parents a heads up to feed them before they come. Most places seem to allow only 90 minutes for a childs party. When the kids come in they're gonna head straight for the moonbounces! They're not worried about food. By the time they eat it will be going on 3PM anyway, so no you dont have to serve food if you don't want to. Its nice to have food, however trust me parents with children will totally understand if you dont. Those moon bounce place parties can get expensive all on their own. LOL!

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I was thinking 2 or 3 as can put in the invitations that drinks, cake & ice cream will be provided.

Helen - posted on 07/12/2010




I dont see a problem with just serving cake, and if thats the case 2pm sounds like a good time, after lunch but still in plenty of time to get home after for dinner.
Is there any way you could let the people who are coming know it will be cake only? At least that way they wont be expecting food when they get there and can make sure little ones are fed first?

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