There are a lot of different ways to gauge the awesomeness of a given party—in this instance, a birthday party. There’s the location, guest list, food, drinks, decor and, of course, the entertainment. A bouncy castle on the horizon as you approach is always a good sign.
Although given access to just one of those variables, overall awesomeness would be almost impossible to accurately assess. Generally speaking, there is one definitive indicator of the time and thought a party planner has put into the guest experience: The cake.
If you show up to a birthday party and see on the table a cookie cake messily personalized with that nasty gel icing, the odds of making (good) lifelong memories are slim to none. If the cake looks like it deserves its own reality show on TLC, well, then you’re probably going to have a night to remember.
Honestly, there doesn’t even need to be a party involved. A ridiculously over the top cake is enough to elevate a birthday all on its own, even without any trying social engagements to deal with. Athletes have enough people in their lives wanting to please them that a glorious cake is guaranteed.
They, in turn, pay the glorious cake game forward to their own kids on their birthdays. All of whom are almost definitely having a better birthday than you.