Secondly a birthday to be celebrated with the children in the afternoon, but cake needed for an evening adult dinner - how about a second cake for the evening? What about a party with family and another with friends a couple of days apart? I'd made a horse-themed cake a few months ago which served a smaller party mid-week and a family party at the weekend which featured a keepsake topper on a board which could be removed and placed on the lower tier once the smaller cake had been eaten (and kept afterwards). It also means the small cake doesn't look too meagre on it's own!
For this week's cake, I created a reversible cake board too with a message from the children on one side and the recipient's name on the other and again a topper on a thin board this time which could be removed from the top tier and placed on the bottom tier for the second party (it also challenged the rule that every cake has a back! No space for mistakes here...)