A traditional birthday cake has the words “Happy Birthday” written across it in icing. While this simple message conveys the point, it’s not very personal. Consider going the extra mile to create a phrase that has meaning or matches the theme of the party. Whether you’re into humor or want to write a more romantic phrase, these messages are sure to put a smile on the guest of honor’s face.


Simple

There are other simple messages beyond “Happy Birthday” that convey the point in a more personal way. The message should be short enough to fit on the cake, but still thoughtful. Some examples include, “Best Wishes for Your Birthday,” “Have a Great 43rd” or even a short phrase like “Party Hard!” Choose the saying based on the theme. A kid’s Scooby-Doo cake might say, “Rappy Rirthday!” or a Superman cake could read, “Saving the World for 17 Years,” replacing “17” with the person’s age.

For a cake without a theme, alterations on “Happy Birthday” can simply add the person’s name or age. For example, “Happy 21st Birthday Jennifer” or the shorter version, “Happy 21st!” You can include exclamation points for more emphasis, or write birthday as “B-Day” on a cake for a teenager or college student.


Humorous

Choose a humorous birthday phrase to make the person smile, especially for people in their 50s and older. Over-the-hill birthday cakes and decorations are popular in party stores. “Over the Hill and Still Kicking” and “Nifty at Fifty” make catchy phrases to write on the cake. You might use a person’s hobbies to create a funny phrase. For a woman who loves fishing, write “Hope you Catch a Few More Years.” For the man who loves golf, “Your Birthday is Right on Par” is a corny slogan that shows you know about this person and what he likes.


Heartfelt

A heartfelt message can come from a parent, child, relative or significant other. A romantic cake might say, “I Love You” or “Each Year I Love You More.” From a parent to a child, the phrase “Time Really Flies” fits the theme of how fast the child is growing and still leaves room to write “Happy Birthday” at the bottom. Give your sweetheart a romantic cake separate from the main cake of the party for just the two of you to enjoy. You don’t have to communicate the message only in letters. Drawing a heart or adding a smiley face can speak volumes without writing a single word.

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