OK so this year I had birthday party #4 under control. We were going to splash and play at a local spray ground (Creekside Playground & Sprayground) so our theme would be "Splish Splash"...or so I thought. After months of planning and discussing with my soon to be 4yr old, he informed me that "Splish Splash" would not work. Are you kidding me!? Seriously - I only have like 4 weeks until B day and I have been working & researching this theme for months (thank you Pinterest)! OK so what would you like the theme to be son? Mom, I want Rescue Bots at my birthday party. Hmm OK so I go off in search of Transformer Rescue Bots.
HAHAHA jokes on me - there are NO such ready made decorations for Rescue Bots. *sigh* NOT AGAIN! Last year he wanted a theme that was not readily available for purchase in the stores (online orders only) and I vowed that I would never again allow this to happen. It stresses me out.
But anyone that knows us knows that what the prince wants he gets. (please don't message me about spoiling, not learning value yadde yadda - we spoil him - period). OK let's move on. Rescue Bots Birthday Party. This means at the very least we need treat bags, a pinata, cake and maybe a banner. Great, I can do this. Treat bags were super simple. I grabbed some white lunch bags from Wal-Mart and added a cool logo to the front saying thank you. A few squares to cut out and a few glue sticks later, those were done.
Now banner - Hmmm I really didn't want to craft this banner so I had to find a place to order that was reasonable and good quality. My friend runs a great blog called LouisvilleFamilyFun and in addition to keeping tabs on events for the family in the Louisville area she posts awesome sales etc...on facebook . Via one of her awesome deal I managed to zap up a super deal on a banner from Ink Garden that I was able to totally design myself. OK banner covered.
Now I am coasting - hmm this isn't so bad, let's pinata hunt. Located a cool pinata of Optimus Prime at Wal-Mart for $20. Take birthday boy to Wal-Mart seeking approval of said pinata..."mom that's a grown up transformer not a rescue bot. I like just rescue bots". Well that didn't go exactly as I planned. Headed back to the computer to hit up my friend Mr. Google to look for an approving pinata, but yielded no return. This means I am going to have to make this kiddo a pinata. ACK! I have never made a pinata BUT I do remember paper mache from eons ago when I was a kid in school. I thought this could be a fun project he could help me with. Boy I couldn't have been more wrong. He had zero interest in the paper mache except to submerge his entire hand in the goo and shake it vigorously all over throwing goo all over us. This would prove to be another solo project.
With the pinata completed (here are the instructions) I just had to work out the cake design. Back to Mr. Google to search through images. I finally landed on this image as the one for his cake and proceeded to make a template. I am by no means a baker, in fact this would be my first attempt at baking a cake and decorating it since my niece turned 16 something like 5yrs ago. That ended terribly and scared me off. I headed to facebook to hit up all my baking friends for loads of advice. Then set out with a plan to make my baby an awesome Transformer Rescue Bot cake for his big day.
All in all I feel like he had a great day. He loved all of his decorations and since we were at the park I tried not to go overboard. It was stressful in the beginning (set up, people arriving etc...) but once we got into the party groove time flew past. I barely had time for the pinata.
I could never have pulled off such an awesome party without all the wonderful people that showed to help us celebrate despite the fact it was storming as folks were arriving. Also got lots of help setting up and cleaning up. Thank you everyone for making my baby feel so special!
By the way, if you live in my area and need cupcakes (or a cake of course), my friend Tammy makes these cupcakes that are simply to die for! Check her out sometime!