Clearly I'm not going to be decorating cakes for a living anytime soon. But Maia asked for a monster cake and mama-with-a-sweet-tooth obliged.
I suppose I should say why Maia asked for a monster cake. Harry brought home Charlie and Lola from the DVD store the other day. It's a British TV series for kids that we all enjoy. We don't watch TV per se (no reception for one thing, and intolerance on my part for another), but do watch a few DVDs. Maia's favorites right now, besides Charlie and Lola, are Harold and the Purple Crayon and Here Come the 123s by They Might be Giants.
In one of the Charlie and Lola episodes, Charlie, the older brother, has a monster birthday party with a green monster cake. And Maia really wanted that cake. Frankly I think she would have wanted the cake whether it was a monster cake, a ladybug cake, or a moon rock cake. But it was a monster cake, so we made a monster cake.
By the way, I'm wondering where other people stand on the screen time issue.
I grew up without a TV at all so it was just never part of our life when we were kids. I think that's part of the reason for my TV intolerance. I just never got used to it (although I did watch a couple of shows in college with my friends). But at the same time I grew up without any of the cultural references that my peer group had, which is usually fine but sometimes kind of awkward and sad.
Anyway, we've decided to let Maia watch some DVDs in moderation. No TV yet, but maybe when she's older we'll allow some TV, too. Not sure. What does your family do?