One way we save money while making birthdays special for our kids is by making our own cakes. For me, I actually got pushed into this scene when we learned my oldest child has a life-threatening allergy to milk. We don’t even have the option of buying a store made cake for her. Yet, I still wanted her to have special cakes, so, I began decorating cakes. It does take a little trial and error, but there is a lot of help on-line for tips and techniques. Cake decorating has become a tradition that the kids really get excited about. They love getting to choose the theme of their cake and waiting to see how mom makes it happen.