gondolier opener 2

Thank you to reader Kelly Deignan of St. Paul, Minnesota, for sending in her daughter’s birthday party pictures. “Cupcakes, gumballs, and pin the hat on the gondolier for Penelope’s 4th birthday! It was a polka dot gondolier party- her request.”

We love when parents take seemingly disconnected themes and, somehow, not only make them work, but make something really clever out of it.

(By the way, we’d love to see your pictures—preferably horizontals—of silly, funny, clever, or otherwise show-stopping birthday cakes you or someone you know has made. And if you’re further inspired, we’d love to see the whole party. Send us an email to Please include your name, how you would like to be credited, the occasion, the recipe, and the inspiration or story behind the cake. Images must be 550×380 pixels wide.)


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