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What to put on St Patricks/Anniversary/Bithday Cake?
March 10, 2014 8:00 AM   Subscribe

I'm having a birthday party for my mom this weekend and I don't want the cake to say "Happy Birthday, Mom". What should it say instead?

My mom's birthday is March 17. It's also my parent's wedding anniversary. It's also, of course, St. Patrick's Day, and she is named after St Patrick. She doesn't like having a big deal made of her birthday, so the standard "Happy Birthday, Pat" is out. I'm having trouble deciding what to get written on the cake instead. I don't want to want to ignore the birthday aspect entirely, but I don't want it to be the focus either and want to be sure to get anniversary-ness in there as well.

I've been thinking of smushing Birthday/Anniversary/StPatricks together to get something like "Happy Patirthsary Day". I think that approach is a good one but I'm not happy with that specific phrasing, so I'm looking for variations on that. But I'm also open to completely different ideas.

It's a lemon cake and she'll be turning 81. It's a 10" cake, so each word shouldn't be very long. The party is on Sunday, the 16th, not St Paddy's proper. (Extra bonus if it somehow also incorporates an idea of my brother's birthday which is also around now.)
posted by 0 to Grab Bag (14 answers total)
 
How about something simple like "Let's Celebrate!"
posted by drlith at 8:04 AM on March 10 [1 favorite]


"Here's to All Your Special Days!"
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:05 AM on March 10


Breithlá sona duit - Gaelic for Happy Birthday?

Croi follain agus gob fliuch! - Kind of like a toast - "To your health" literally - A healthy heart and a wet mouth
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 8:16 AM on March 10 [1 favorite]


What about something like "Yay!" or "Yippee!" or "Hooray for you!"

Actually tbh me personally I would do something like "Happy Cake Eating Day!" but I'm kind of a dork like that.
posted by phunniemee at 8:19 AM on March 10


How about "Sláinte"?
posted by Lyn Never at 8:24 AM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Happy St. Birthsary!
posted by mochapickle at 8:24 AM on March 10 [2 favorites]


How about "Sláinte"?

Seconded. That's Irish Gaelic for "Cheers," and is also short, which sounds perfect. (I considered "Happy Birthday" too, but thought that it'd be a little long!)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:26 AM on March 10 [3 favorites]


Will there be candles? If there are candles, then there don't need to be any words on the cake at all.

Or if candles are outlawed as "making a big deal" then...

"We Love Pat", with a big shamrock?
"Happy St. Mom's Day"?
posted by aimedwander at 8:26 AM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Oh, and "Sláinte" is pronounced "SLOWN-cha," with the "Ow" part sounding like "down" or "clown".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:27 AM on March 10


Happy Celebrations 4!
posted by travelwithcats at 8:38 AM on March 10


I love "Happy St. Mom's Day"
posted by radioamy at 9:37 AM on March 10 [2 favorites]


Living The Dream
posted by Rash at 9:43 AM on March 10


How about,
Here's to your lucky day!
or
Many happy returns!
posted by dywypi at 10:02 AM on March 10


Great thoughts all. But I reckon Sláinte indeed covers it all.

Suffocating Kitty's Irish toast idea set off quite a bit of googling and I almost told the cake people to go with "Giorraíonn beirt bóthar" (two people shorten the road), but maybe given their age a short road ain't really that great.

Thanks everyone.
posted by 0 at 10:08 AM on March 10


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