birthday party

A Pokemon Birthday Party

My little girl is not so little any more. Today she is turning eight years old. While I absolutely hate it, I also love it. When I think of my baby, I picture this:

But then she wakes up and starts talking, and I can only see this:Sigh. They do grow up fast.




This year, she wanted a Pokemon party. With a just a little preparation and lots of good friends and family, we had a pretty good time! I had to brush up on my Poke-speak first though, so I rewatched the first episode. If you’re considering a Pokemon-themed party, I suggest you do the same.

This gave me a great idea for the cake — or in this case, cakes. There are seemingly thousands of Pokemon, but one common (and simply designed) object is the Poke Ball. And hey, it’s round! So Poke Ball became the central design. If you watched the episode, you know that a wanna-be Pokemon master starts off her journey by choosing one of three Pokemon: Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle. So, I made three cakes and cut out the center of each. I stashed a Charmander in one, Bulbasaur in another, and Squirtle in the third, then covered them back up with the cut-out cake. (This was inspired by both the show and Ali’s super fabulous idea of hiding Shopkins in Riley’s birthday cake.) We iced them up to look like Poke Balls, and then Story had to choose one to begin her journey to become a Pokemon master. She dug it out with a spoon. Surprisingly, she chose the cake with Charmander, the one she wanted. Happy birthday to her!

Additional treats were pizza and a fruit tray, each designed to look like a Poke Ball (well, the pizza was only a partial success; I forgot the olives for the black band). Of course, we had red and white balloons, as well. It was a low-key, low-pressure, low-effort party, but I consider it a success!

 

‘Tis the Season for Birthdays

Even though September marks the ending of summer and beginning of fall, a transition I don’t handle well, it is also birthday month for our family. The month starts with my mom’s birthday, followed by Riley’s, and then ends with mine. It’s a lot of celebrating, a lot of cake, and a lot of fun. Here’s how our celebrations unfolded this year:

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You Want Your Birthday Party Where?

Boy in inflatableThe experience begins with a human chute fashioned just like a chute would be on a cattle ranch. In fact, with the Rural King down the street, it isn’t hard to imagine that this is the exact model you would find ushering cows into their corral. Ahead of you are a series of blinking lights. Vegas? No, there is no chance of winning it big here. On the sides are large, soft structures that seem to be sucking kids into them only to spit them back out. They flop and bounce until they recover at the bottom. Then they are sucked right back up again. The sights resemble something you might find in an ’80s sci-fi movie. The feeling isn’t far off either. (more…)