Traumatic Mexican Tradition

We were happy to be invited to the birthday party of our dear friends' daughter yesterday. A lovely afternoon at Carlos N Charlies with rambunctious preschoolers, a dancing chicken, a bouncy house, a piñata and some strawberry daiquiris (well, for this mami there were daiquiris). The kids and parents all had a great time, until cake time that is. Poor birthday girl! The tradition in Mexico is to smush the celebrants face in the cake after the requisite songs are sung. Our beautiful little three year old birthday girl didn't see it coming and got her whole face covered in frosting and promptly started to scream and cry. For a good twenty minutes, pobrecita princesa was traumatized! Before we left, her father asked her how she liked her party and she started to cry again saying "I don't like birthdays, no cake" and buried her sobbing face into her mother's shoulder. I think she'll be having dessert nightmares for a long time.

Max was not traumatized at all, he had a lovely time playing with all the girls and boys, and as you can see, there are no gender barriers about toys in our family, I'm pleased to introduce you to Princess Max of the Party....


Now we've got to start planning his party. It's not until April, but he's being very demanding about having "MI piñata y MI cake y MI pwessents" and he practices blowing out candles every chance he gets (we are not giving him fire or matches, really, he thinks crayons and pens and straws are candles and will sing Happy Birthday any chance he gets). Poor cat gets the worst of it around here though, he tries to practice his piñata whacking on her.

Comments

Jennifer said…
Why is this not showing up on my reader that you updated? Hmmm.

anyway, I love the picture of Max. Him and Johan can get together and dress up sometime. Between the tiaras, the thigh high boots, and Mickey and Isa's old clothes, they would look BEAUTIFUL together, LOL.

I remember at one of Jordan's birthday parties (her 3rd??) her father smashed her face in the cake. She still had cake and frosting up her nose the next morning.

~Jennifer
My3Ro's said…
He is sooo cute. I am glad he had a great time...
Erica said…
soooooo cute!!!!! LOL Im already planning Sofias bday and she is only 3 months old!
CancunCanuck said…
Jennifer, sorry it didn't show up on your reader, no idea why! And oh yes, Johan and Max could do a little "Some Like it Hot" for our entertainment, haha.

Susan, thanks, he had a ball. :)

Erica, we did a huge bash for Max's first birthday, but it was really an "adult" party, lots of beer and paella, lol! All the kids were babes in arms so no clowns or baby stuff. This year will be his first kid oriented party, can't wait! Have fun planning Sofia's (she's sooooo gorgeous!)
Fned said…
I always used to be scared when the "Mordida! Mordida" started.

I guess that's why I don't like cake that much now that I'm older...

:D
wayne said…
I thought I had you in my address book but I guess not. Can you send me an email please? Want to run something by you.
Manolo said…
So it is a Mexican tradition? I remember when I turned 15 (during the last millennium), I got my face dunked in the cake and I kinda knew it was some tradition coming from the North, but I always thought it was the USA... No big "quinceañero" party for me though :-( maybe if I would've wear the tiara.
My Mexican roommates (which I am planning on dumping for the New Year) cannot believe when I tell them that for us Guatemalans, the cultural invasion from Mexico is as strong than the one from the U.S. Both are imperialistic countries from our little country's perspective ;-)

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