I will say that it sounds like the folks in front of you were having a little kids party and it is kinda hard to begrudge them that, but my mom served us Kool-aid and made our birthday cakes (much cheaper).[/QUOTE
Buy a cake mix and a can of frosting. This was one large decorated sheet cake and numerous large round cakes! And still I don't believe that taxpayers should pay for any birthday party period. That is a luxury end of story. I don't want children to starve but birthday parties are a whole other story. Oh, and maybe those adults should have been at the very least speaking ENGLISH!!!