Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Super B-day Party

Now that I'm a mom of three young kids, my enthusiasm for attempting to make 3D cakes, planning birthday parties, and waking up in general, has gone out the window.  I've been trying to keep it kind of low-key lately on these things.  However, my food-allergies-son turned five and now that he has outgrown some of his food allergies such as milk, soy and eggs, I can no longer hide behind the excuse for not making him a cake.  So this was to be his big I-can-now-eat-cake celebration.  I obliged him with a real cake and a real party.

I always get a bit nervous about birthday parties no matter how "simple" I tell myself I'm going to make it.  My son has been feeding me his birthday party expectations ideas since the moment his fourth birthday party was over. Expectations Ideas, I couldn't possibly meet.  The problem is, he has an incredible memory and I knew he would remember each and every one of his requests.  A few days before his birthday, he drew me a picture of him with his birthday cake.  It was a 3-tier cake!  The day before, he offered to help me by writing a to-do list. I told him I would have a nervous breakdown if he did any such thing.  He really, really wanted to help though, so I told him he could put a total of one item on the list.  He wrote, "Mom make cak".

Yup that's him.  That's my boy.  He can strike a pose. No problem in that department.
(There were fuscia capes too for the girly-girls).

My inspiration was a visit to the library a couple months ago, where he and his 7-year-old sister discovered a bunch of capes on hooks for dress up and imaginative play.  They varied from kings, queens, and knights, to superheroes, to vampire and much more.  They couldn't get enough of them.  I thought this would be a great sewing project and gift idea for Christmas. Then I saw these from Kiwi Crate.  Then I dug up this mental pin (I can't get around to ever using Pinterest) for an invitation card from shim + sons that I had thought was so cute and non-obnoxious for a superhero themed party.  I tied it all together and came up with a superhero party where the kids got to put together their own capes using sticky felt cut-outs.  I sewed the capes and cut out some basic shapes and put them in styrofoam food containers (I have a lot of them) with a sticker with each kid's name. It was a success. Yay! The capes came in under $5.00/ea.

A week later, they were invited to an Avenger's party. They were all set to go with their capes.  Monkey Pants even thought it would be a good idea to wear it to get her flu shot.  The cape would give her the power of courage not to cry when she got the shot. So cute.