Mary had her sixth birthday recently, and we threw her a party at a gymnastics area. Basically, we rented the place for two hours. Most of the time was spent with two coaches, who led the kids through various games and swinging on trapezes. We didn't have time for opening presents. There was a little time for food, but nothing more complicated than sandwiches and cupcakes.
The cake we made was a fancy Monster High cake. Mary saw a YouTube video about it, and she wanted us to make it. You build the cake around a doll, and with the right frosting, the cake looks like a large dress. Mary was in charge of holding the cake, when we drove to the party.
She dropped it on the floor of the car. Ten minutes before the party.
So we had to get a replacement cake, but there was no replacement cake. Hence, us giving out cupcakes. I think Mary enjoyed the party, but it was pretty expensive, even though we only had eight kids. We probably won't have another big birthday party for her, for a few years.