Children's Parties 483
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At a birthday party the cake with its coloured candles should hold the place of honour. Sometimes it is iced to represent the face of a clock, the hands pointing to the number on the dial that indicates the child's age. The candles are then omitted.
A ring, coin and thimble are often baked within the cake. The child's Christian name and the year of his birth and the present date are often written in pink icing upon the surface of the white—pink candles, set in tiny roses, forming a wreath around its edge. Of course, the number of the candles must correspond to the child's age —one for each year since the lamp of life was lighted. These candles are blown out by the little guests, while each in turn makes a secret wish for the "birthday girl" or boy.
The wax tapers used on Christmas trees are the most suitable, and the colours chosen to harmonise with the other decorations. The small tin holders with little sharp spikes underneath are the usual means of fastening them on the cake. They may be concealed by a wreath of the birthday flower.
A Jack Horner pie covered with paper crust and frills conceals within it a tiny gift for every child present.
It may also be adapted in shape for the occasion— heart-shaped, star-shaped, etc., and a capital imitation of a plum-pudding, with a sprig of holly atop, is one of the new devices for holding gifts. The presents are wrapped in paper tied with ribbons, and ribbons hang from the outside, those for the boys and girls being of different shades.
Each child holds a ribbon, while some one counts slowly, "One, two, three!" Whereupon all pull simul-