Nfld. & Labrador

This 5-year-old Newfoundland girl had a salt meat-themed birthday party

She may only be five years old, but a little girl from Bonavista might have had the most Newfoundland birthday party ever.

Salt beef junkie: Even Grace Hookey's cake was modelled on a bucket of beef

Grace loved her cake, and her party. (Submitted by Roxanne Hookey)

She may only be five years old, but a little girl from Bonavista might just have had the most Newfoundland birthday party ever.

When Grace Hookey's mom Roxanne asked her what she wanted to do for her fifth birthday party, her mother thought maybe she would ask for something classic like a princess-themed party.

But Grace wasn't having tiaras, make up and pretty dresses on her special day — she wanted a salt meat-themed time.

"I said 'Your birthday's coming up, what theme would you like to do?' and she said she wanted a salt beef party," Roxanne said.

"She loves salt meat. Anytime there's cooked dinner on the go or she walks into her Nan's house and she's cooking Jiggs dinner or soup and she's cooking salt meat, [Grace] knows instantly."

Grace shows off her salt beef-theme cake at school. (Submitted by Roxanne Hookey)

For those who aren't familiar with Canada's eastern-most province, salt beef or meat is a beloved food in the Newfoundland and Labrador diet and is a staple in the traditional Sunday meal Jiggs dinner.

How to do a salt meat party

Turns out, there isn't much on Pinterest about planning the perfect salt meat party — let alone one for a five-year-old.

So, Hookey started brainstorming with friends and family and they decided to have a potluck-style party with lots of salt meat, and used old salt beef buckets as decorations.

She walks the walk too. Grace says her favourite food is salt meat. (Submitted by Roxanne Hookey)

Hookey also got in touch with her cake-making friend at Creations by Christa to see if she could take on the unique challenge of a cake that looks like a salt beef bucket.

And no, there was no actual salt meat in the cake.

"That was the first request she had for one and she really did an excellent job," she said.

"[Grace] was very specific, she didn't actually want salt meat in her cake. She wanted vanilla."

Another look at Grace's personalized salt beef cake, which is just vanilla cake. It was made by Creations by Christa in Bonavista. (Facebook/Creations by Christa)

Surprisingly, Hookey said friends and family weren't that surprised when they heard what theme Grace chose for her party. It may have been an unusual one, but everyone had a great time at the party and left happy and with their bellies full.

"They know Grace and she's one of a kind. So they kind of expected to have something a little different from her," Hookey said.

  "She's a totally different little girl. She has her own mind, her own personality and when something's in her mind, she sticks with it and goes with it. So when she said she wanted a salt meat party, I knew there was no turning back."

With files from St. John's Morning Show