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50’s Soda Shop Cake – 65th Birthday

May 22, 2016

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This weekend I did my first ever surprise party! My mother-in-law turned 65 yesterday and we had a 50’s soda shop party to celebrate her special day.  We dressed up in 50’s clothes and had a party with record decorations, glass bottle coca colas, good music and much more.

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I decided to make a jukebox and records as the focal points of the cake. We didn’t have that many people to feed so I just used a dummy cake as the bottom tier of the cake. The top tier was a 7 inch vanilla cake, iced and filled with vanilla buttercream.  I had a couple of weeks to work on the bottom tier and all the decorations. When I could find time, I would hurry and make all the cute 50’s stuff for the cake.

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The kids and I painted a jukebox and milkshake out of an old tv moving box. I drew it out with pencil and they painted it. When it dried, I outlined everything in black to finish it off. We hung records and paper music notes on the fence and had checkerboard table clothes on the tables. I found Grandma’s old yearbooks and photo albums for everyone to look through.

We actually had a record player with all of grandma’s favorite records playing all afternoon.

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I used lots of old records for the decorations. I made dessert stands by gluing records and milkshake glasses together. I also glued together six records and put Grandma’s pictures in them for a photo cluster decoration.

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Above is the cluster of records with photos glued to them.

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This is the day after the party and we were cleaning up all our hard work. The kids are holding the fondant milkshake and jukebox before they got eaten.

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This was a really fun cake to make because it was for someone very special to us. What a great way to celebrate a 65th birthday!

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