Monday, January 16, 2012

The Big Birthday Party!

For months and months and months (literally), our boys have been dreaming and planning for their first big "friend" birthday party...
a pirate party!
We invited mateys from each of their classes to a playground center for treasures and adventures.  
Yo-ho!  We weren't lacking with either!  
T' party was a lot 'o fun!

Here are a few tips party tips we learned along the way:

*If a theme can be nailed down far in advance, appropriate invitations, decorations, and loot bags can be picked up on clearance as stores switch out merchandise.

*Renting a play facility for a flat rate is totally worth the money when it comes to entertaining a large group of rowdy energetic boys--there was no wear and tear on our home and the clean-up was all left behind!  

*Making and decorating birthday cakes that your children love will not kill you.  Promise.  After searching Pinterest (of course), I followed the directions here for the little pirate guy cake and took ideas from here for the pirate ship.

*Two cakes baked in oval casserole dishes and layered make the perfect shape for a pirate ship!  No hard cutting or shaping involved!   Stack on a glass cutting board for a sturdy platform.  (Make your favorite boxed cake mix with milk instead of water and you'll end up with a cake that tastes superb!)

*Buttercream frosting is super easy and much more delicious than frosting in a can.  The faithful red-checked cook book says to make buttercream frosting like this:
Beat 1 stick butter (at room temperature) until fluffy.  
Add 2 cups powdered sugar and beat.
Pour in 1/4 cup milk and 1 tsp. vanilla.  Mix well.
Beat in 2 more cups powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
For chocolate buttercream frosting, add 1/4 c. cocoa powder.  Delicious.

*Cakes that are frozen are much easier to decorate!  Use a toothpick to draw lines for the ship boards in the frosting.  Embellish with candy, cookies, or anything that could resemble parts of a ship or a pirate!  Get creative!

*Small character toys are inexpensive but add a super polished, fun look to any cake!

(Yes, this is pirate cake numero dos.  We had one on their real birthday and one for their party.  I like the second one best.  Practice makes almost perfect!)

*Boys have a lot a lot a lot of energy.  Next time, rethink inviting 21 little boys to party.  Cuh-ray-zee.

*Lastly, cherish every.single.chaotic moment.  They only turn six once!

What are your favorite birthday party tips?


une autre mère said...

Well shiver me timbers! Those cakes are awesome!!! Great job, mama! And I can't believe you actually made 2 pirate ships. Where do you get all your energy?!?! :) Your boys are lucky to have you. They'll remember this party forever!

Jenn said...

Love the cakes! What fun memories that were made!

Mark and Laura said...

Love your cakes! Thanks for the frosting recipe also. I have been making cakes for my kids birthday's since Andrew turned one and have become more and more adventureous. I have never made my own frosting but think I might give it a try this time. (I have a 4 year old birthday in less than 2 weeks and he wants a Monster Truck). =)

Unknown said...

Awesome party! Such a fun theme and excellent execution (of course!). I bet they'll remember this party forever! And decorating FROZEN cakes...what a great idea. I'm predicting a pirate party (copycat me) sometime in our near future. But sheesh, with 3 boys, we'll probably be sharing a lot of similar themes, right? Blaze a trail for me to, uh, I mean, follow ;)

Sarah said...

I love, love, LOVE it! Great job, Mom! And happy birthday boys! :)