How to not impress a 4 year old on his birthday

Ok this isn’t going to be a how to, mainly because I can’t remember how I did it and quite frankly it was frustrating, a pain in the arse and I forgot to take pics along the way. It’s also not going to be any kind of expectancy that you’ll want to give it a go as lets be honest if I didn’t call it a clothes cake, you’d have no idea what it is as it doesn’t really bear any resemblance to a cake does it?!

However, as it was my first attempt, and those that saw it were kind enough to say it looked … err … cool, I thought I’d share it!

For my nephews 4th Birthday my sister-in-law told me that he could do with some new clothes. This was no problem as I actually love buying clothes for other people, but I knew that being a 4 year old boy, unwrapping a load of clothes wouldn’t be too exciting for him. So I decided to try and make it a bit creative and as exciting for him as clothes can possibly be to a 4 year old .  I got 3 tops, a pair of jeans and a hoody all from kiddicare (my second home, it’s getting creepy), wrapped them up in some way, held bits together with tape and ribbon and added some sparkly bits to try to make it look as cake as possible!

clothes cake

I will say that this failed. When I told him it was a cake his eyes lit up, when I told him he couldn’t eat the cake he looked disappointed (great start to your nephews 4th birthday, terrible aunt) when he took the first bit apart and realised it was in fact clothing, I ended up taking the rest apart myself and trying to show him each piece by blocking his view of his super cool new exciting game he had gotten from grandma and grandad (thanks) resulting in him turning away from me so I couldn’t interrupt him anymore haha

How the heck can you make clothes exciting for kiddies? I think maybe for a girl it might have been ok as girls like clothes more don’t they? I really have no idea but if you want to give an unimpressive gift to a 4 year old boy then a clothing cake is the way to go!


  • Candice
    28th January 2014 at 7:10 pm Reply

    Shame Jess so beautifully written and I can just imagine the disappointment at you beautiful effort, save this one for baby birthdays, I’m sure Allegra will still love biting and throwing clothes when she is 1 🙂

    • admin
      29th January 2014 at 8:38 am Reply

      I should have known really but yes it’s definitely one more for the mumas than the babies! Thanks lovely ❤️

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Hi I’m Jess, Single Mum, Accredited Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and Beauty Business owner.

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