to send my daughter into school with slightly Republican fairy cakes?

(56 Posts)

DD's school is having a Royal Wedding party tomorrow for the last day of term and her year has been asked to bring in fairy cakes.

I've resisted the urge to decorate the aforementioned cakes with 'Off With Their Heads' and have gone instead for the educational 'Let Them Eat Cake'.

What price a daughter's embarrassment compared to standing up for principles, eh?

squeakytoy Thu 14-Apr-11 19:40:07

I suppose it is great if there is a french twist to it. wink

annh Thu 14-Apr-11 19:44:15

How did you manage to fit that whole phrase onto a fairy cake?! Mine are usually only big enough for a cherry and a few chocolate sprinkles!

squeaky toy...French and History...double whammy

annh- very craply, if truth be told.

unfitmother Thu 14-Apr-11 19:47:26

What does your DD think?

Am sooooo happy that DC's are in a welsh medium school , they really don't seem to be into the royal family at all so absolutely NO MENTION of the royal wedding. I am grin

unfitmother-DD is a little uncomfortable but I did check the appropriateness with the school and they thought it was a wonderful idea. She'll get over it, I have embarrassed her in the past and will do so again

hobnobs...yay for Welsh schools

Sassybeast Thu 14-Apr-11 19:57:39

'DD is a little uncomfortable'

Poor kid.

she will be fine tomorrow....grin

she doesn't need your sympathy

she was worried she would 'get into trouble'. I checked with the school, they were fine with it. I communicated this to her. Good Lord, I've hardly shown up at the school gates waving a guillotine.

sharbie Thu 14-Apr-11 20:08:27

character building op grin

jeee Thu 14-Apr-11 20:09:10

From the title of this thread, I thought the fairy cakes would have the head of George W Bush on them


roisin Thu 14-Apr-11 20:15:29

great! grin
Though my boys would WANT cakes with a guillotine on.

exactly, character building grin

Hassled Thu 14-Apr-11 20:21:58

I read the thread title and thought the cakes would have the Irish tricolour on them.

I'm sorry to disappoint....

Irish tricolour would have been great, esp as I'm half Irish, oh well, next time.

I too was expecting Martin McGuinness on them.... grin

Rhinestone Thu 14-Apr-11 21:38:50

Ha ha, that's very funny! Am an ardent Royalist but love a bit of rebellious free speech, especially if it's on a cake!


GotArt Thu 14-Apr-11 22:19:35

I thought it was a George W. Bush thing too. lol

The real translation of that quote is bread, not cake. Its just distorted now.

I kinda liked the Queen of Hearts 'Off with their heads!' At least its Louis Carrol... it very English.

I never knew that, GotArt, about the original being bread not cake.

Shallishanti Thu 14-Apr-11 23:14:00

it was brioche, I always thought

celticlassie Fri 15-Apr-11 01:06:16

I love it!

GotArt Fri 15-Apr-11 04:07:41

It refers to the poor having bread to eat. Its in one of DH's History of Food books.

gorionine Fri 15-Apr-11 06:38:37

Shallishanti, you are right, it was "et bien qu'ils mangent de la brioche" . She did start by saying "Qu'ils mangent du pain" When told the people were hungry but when told the people not have any bread she retorted

"Et bien qu'ils mangent de la brioche!"

I know because I was there!grin

MikeOxstiff Fri 15-Apr-11 09:27:48

Things like this make the parent look like an arse if you ask me

Why not tell the teacher you would rather not celebrate it

MigratingCoconuts Fri 15-Apr-11 09:36:19

oh Mikey, where's your sense of humour!

LadyOfTheManor Fri 15-Apr-11 09:38:15

I would've gone with "off with their heads". Thankfully my ds is too young to take cakes into nursery.

Oh I love it grin subtle and witty and yet she still gets to participate. We have been asked by nursery to dress dd in red, white and blue for the week of the wedding - can't quite work out how to subvert that in a similarly subtle way though!

Itchywoolyjumper Fri 15-Apr-11 10:04:39

Systemsaddict - stick with the French revolutionary theme: red stocking cap, blue and white striped jumper

oh that's fabulous! right I'm checking ebay now grin

purplerabbitofinle Fri 15-Apr-11 10:33:53

Or, systemsaddict, you could do a Sex Pistols type thing - blue jeans with safety pins, white t-shirt with artful holes in and a union jack spray painted on graffitti style...

Oh, and Doc Marten style boots (still have mine, adult size 5 if you want to borrow them. Very scuffed!)

Itchywoolyjumper Fri 15-Apr-11 10:58:11

Oh dear, I hope I haven't set your children up for a life time of therapy, systemsaddict grin

Ghost: loving the cakes, I'm very fond of the Queen but I think this whole wedding thing is a bit OTT. As for embarassing your DD, my own mother would tell you that's what parenthood is for

DP would love the Sex Pistols idea. Could take it as far as 'God save the Queen' and probably get away with it.

Aksherly, Marie Antoinette has been unfairly slandered, because she did not say it.

I think we're going to do something similar with my dcs for their school's royalist bash at the beginning of term. They havd been told to wear red white and blue. Their uniforms are blue and white in any case, so we thought red ties and socks, instead of the regulation ties and socks. Ds is really up for it, but I think dd is being swayed by the chance to wear party clothes, and may turn her coat when push comes to shove.

MissEmilyPosts Fri 15-Apr-11 11:17:43

Personally, I would have plastered the cakes with the alternative wedding invite guest list: Fergie, James Hewitt, Koo Stark, Ghost of Princess Margaret and her entourage of beaux, Andrew Morton.

But that's just me.

purplerabbitofinle Fri 15-Apr-11 12:25:26

SA, do it! Just be a little bit subtle - I'm not sure wearing an actual Sex Pistols tshirt would go down to well (inappropriate content?) but the "anarchy" thing would definitely raise a smile with the staff the ones with a sense of humour anyway

ObiWanKenobi Fri 15-Apr-11 16:50:04

Ghost - well done you. People need to realise there is an alternative. I personally think the school is being unreasonable asking.

Homebird8 Fri 15-Apr-11 17:04:09

You do realise this is one of those stories which will get told at your funeral?

purplerabbitofinle Fri 15-Apr-11 17:21:39

Homebird, I reckon it'll make an awesome Father Of The Bride anecdote when she's older wink

Quick Update...

Cakes went down very well, teaching staff laughed uproariously. DD does not seem to be scarred for life.

Thanks for all the positive replies grin

breathing Fri 15-Apr-11 20:31:46

Character building...reminds me of when my father wrote mt sister's confirmation name on the slip provided by the nuns as ELVIS.

troisgarcons Fri 15-Apr-11 20:33:53

Amused @ the Op - you actually think that schools (and/or parents) have any idea regarding the French Revolution?

MigratingCoconuts Fri 15-Apr-11 20:54:53

why would they not???

missymayhemsmum Fri 15-Apr-11 21:04:06

Wow! a school that's brave enough to let in home made cakes! I was asked to provide a contribution for the nursery christmas party, but it had to arrive in a packet. Staff could not let the children eat home baked fairy cakes unless I had a food hygiene certificate! I am afraid I said a rude word.

Tokyotwist Fri 15-Apr-11 21:12:49

Great idea. It will certainly be a good basis for a debate (what schools are all about).

Did you know Marie Antoinette never actually said "let them eat Cake/brioche"? Apparently the phrase was in use well before her time. At least, so says QI.

See, TV is good for something grin.

ValiumBandwitch Fri 15-Apr-11 21:18:01

are you serious? i wouldn't. and how would you like it if your daughter was given a cup cake with i don't know 'pro-life save the babies' on it, or somebody else's views. cup cakes not the platform for politics really.

purplerabbitofinle Fri 15-Apr-11 22:38:02

Valium, if you're going to take the thread seriously then surely a school is not the place to advocate either Royalism or Republicanism? A little healthy and humourous debate is a good thing, n'est-ce pas?

moajab Fri 15-Apr-11 22:53:06

Brilliant! Do you mind if I borrow your idea for the wedding hats my kids have to make?

insertfunnynicknamehere Fri 15-Apr-11 22:54:37

Actualy I feel if you live in a country that is ruled by a Royal family then of course its going to be part of the school policy to at least acknowledge the wedding even if you dont agree with the royal family.

And thats another thing, it seems like so many hate the Royal family, then where is the revolution?The call for change in leadership? Seems to me like ideals are there but actions are not.

I appreciate that your making the cakes for DD was in jest to you and that DD seems to have no ill effect, but how do you know?I remember being 'embarrassed' by my dad like this, its not character building, its soul destroying being the one person picked on because their dad wanted to make a political point. I will never forget that shame but laughed it off in good nature when my dad used to tell it as one of his stories. So I think YABU for those very points but hey your kid right?Its not like she should have an opinion.

Amateurish Fri 15-Apr-11 23:12:39

We are hardly "ruled" by a royal family. Their powers are ceremonial if anything. Their function many a tourist draw.

southofthethames Sat 16-Apr-11 00:00:03

Oh - I thought it was US Republicans too. Thank goodness you're much cooler than that. Marie Antoinette infinitely more chic. Yes, I think Marie Antoinette was referring to brioche, which lasts longer than normal bread (very useful to bring on family holidays, funnily - doesn't need refrigeration, transports well at the airport, fewer crumbs than biscuits, and definitely passes the "no liquids in hand luggage " rule.) YANBU, but your DD is probably starting to think "parents are so embarrassing" already - do let her have a few more years of worshipping mummy before giving it up.....once teenage years come on, there's no turning back!

southofthethames Sat 16-Apr-11 00:20:22

PS. Yes, sorry, I meant the phrase attributed to Marie Antoinette - I've read that she apparently didn't say it - was referring to brioche. This is what happens when you try to multitask while typing on mumsnet. I know of a nursery who also have a "cakes only from a commercial packet" rule - so they can check the ingredients for nuts and other potential allergens, etc. But that can be a bit tough for less well off families having to fork out dough (pun not intended) to buy stuff every time teacher decides to have some sort of entertainment - if you have three kids in different years that's a lot of fairy cakes to buy, unless there's a multibuy offer on.

thunderchild Sat 16-Apr-11 15:15:21

@hobnobsaremyfave. My dd at a welsh school and yesterday had "royal wedding" with street party. I had to provide party food and dress. But it rankled, I mean I had to put aside my principles in order not to upset dd, but I felt as if I was being subject to "emotional blackmail by proxy"! I mean- what price principle when faced with dissapointing 6 year old?

herecomesthsun Mon 18-Apr-11 03:55:25

We are having a street party. I am a republican but have a little DS and am planning to go along with the flow. I am making cake. My idea however is to decorate with candy frogs.

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