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12 January 2009


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Expat Mum

I can only think it goes back to rationing (during WW2) -and wasting nothing. Here, the kids barely eat what is served at the party and certainly nobody takes anything home. The waste is unbelievable.

Michael Harling

Being an adult without young children, this tradition escaped me. It certainly is curious, but nothing the British do surprises me any more.

Susanna (A Modern Mother)

Expat -- yes there is an obscene amount of wastage, and most alarmingly it all seems to be OK. Those big portions, by the way, stem from America's immigrant past (we moved here and look how well we are doing and how much food we have).

Mike -- yes nothing surprise me too!

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Hahaha...this is going to be a memorable day for the celebrant "beautiful birthday cakes comes and everyone sings "Happy Birthday to You" with a "Hip Hip Hooray" thrown in for each year of age." Such a touching moment. Well all I'm waiting for is when all starts eating cake.


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Wow, it's always so awesome to learn about traditions over there. I had no idea that cake must be sent home, with crumbs allowed to fly all over the place no less, with the kids. That just doesn't make much sense.

Next party, why not throw an awesome "Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!" party. Why not? It would be fun to look at the kids faces when they realize that they are NOT bringing the cake home and are ALLOWED to eat it RIGHT NOW! Woooohoo!


It's because the kids get full of party food and can't fit it in. It was always the best part about parties: the parents wrapping up cake so you could eat it later, while you were investigating your goody bag :D

Portia Cason

I'm an expat and I love this tradition (besides the inevitable crumbs in the car, as you mentioned) because the party is OVER!


This is done in Australia as well to a certain extent, think it actually derives from sharing part of the party with those that didn't attend rather than any sort of tradition, also happens at weddings.


It is because they are usually running around and if they all eat cake they will be sick and they will end up eating too much and also make a mess.


English guy here.

A lot of the time you have a piece of cake at the party, and a second piece wrapped up inside a 'party bag' to take home with you.


I wouldn't say 'instead of' eating it at the party; it's usually in addition to, and applies to any party/occasion where there is cake, kids party or not. Though at children's parties they usually overdose on other stuff and don't want to eat the cake.
As for the 'why', mostly this is a 'waste not want not' post-WWII rationing tradition where we just want the cake to be used up rather than go stale.


I loved that as a kid getting to take your cake home and eat it alone....
But it's sausage rolls, not sausages that I remember fondly. Cold, clammy, rubbery sausage rolls..:)

Lisa | Mama.ie

Maybe it's a way of making sure you don't get stuck with a big cake and no one to eat it except yourself once the kids are gone! :)

Or more likely,to keep the crumbs in your car and out of the party thrower's house!

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