Every time a “dad” holiday pops up (Christmas, birthday, Father’s Day), I find myself always going towards the men’s ties. The necktie is a pretty simple gift. Elegant, yet practical for every day use. It is easy to wrap, comes in a variety of colors and styles and can be purchased regardless of one’s budget. The only problem with the necktie…it is  slightly boring. Okay…it’s really boring. This year, step away from the tie section at your local department store and make a tie cake for dad instead. Take a deep breath (or twenty)  and invite the children into the kitchen with you. Start by making your favorite cake, whether it comes from a box or from scratch. I love the recipe Hershey’s chocolate provides on their website. Once the cake is baked and cooled (never forget the cooling step or the icing will melt), give everyone a knife and start icing. I find peanut butter icing to be quite delicious on a chocolate cake. Once the cake is iced, let the creative juices flow. Outline a necktie on the top of the cake and fill in with candy. Some great choices for fillers include M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Jelly Beans, Jr. Mints or even blueberries (for the health-conscious dad). Let the children really take charge of this task and encourage them to design a patterned tie. Consider writing something corny, yet affectionate on the cake, such as “Dad, you tie us all together!” Most likely the Dad in your life will be quite impressed with his tie cake, likely more so than opening another rectangle box filled with another boring tie. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads lurking  around BurbMom! You’re Dad will love this diy stepping stone for father’s day!  

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