i made THESE cupcakes.
so awesome. i know :)
only took me 6 years to figure out i do cupcakes up good.
(i mean seriously, it's not like i'm a genius, but why couldn't i have figured that out sooner?)
cake in liner, icing on cake, slap a decoration on top.
total no brainer.
just so you know...
if you come to one of my birthday parties you will likely not see a cake again. like EVER.
we melted some of those candy wafers & filled a star mold.
it was an ordeal for the 30-something cupcakes we had..
but the dude had fun helping me.
these were the favors.
glasses ordered from oriental trading.
ring pops & pop rocks from the dollar tree.
rock star tattoos from oriental trading.
a few of the kids wore their invites to the party..
i'll admit, it was fun to see them wearing them.
that's the invite around her neck.
a name badge holder.. or 'backstage pass' if you will.
hand stamped guitar wings.
hand stamped & cut out name.
star punched out of glitter paper.
& guitars cut out of scrapbook paper.
(if i wasn't being so lazy i could go take a picture of the invite i made for the dude. but i'm being lazy.. like i said.. so no picture :)
i had a couple of activities planned..
i gathered up a bunch of old colored halloween hair spray..
& when the kids showed up we let them pick how they wanted their hair done.
every rocker needs a make over right? :)
ya. i know.. i planned that one pretty good. :)
what you can kinda see behind the pizza is a necklace.
one of the other activities was making a necklace.
it was a BIG hit.
i bought beads, necklaces & rockstar charms from oriental trading.
put them all in a bowl & let the kids go to town making their own creation.
THEY LOVED IT.
and here is the dude, blowing out his candles.
doesn't he look happy? (do you hear the sarcasm)
this is one of only about 8 pictures of him that day.
well, cause this birthday bomb comes in the form of non-participation.
this kid slept through most of his party like he was a newborn.
and when he was awake..
i couldn't drag him outside to have his hair sprayed.
he could've cared less about making a necklace...
or even who was at his party for that matter.
he had a MAJOR attitude as well.
i was so irritated with him for being such a party pooper.
and then the next morning when i took him to the doctor's because he'd been running a fever all night..
i felt like a total jerk for being upset with him.
the poor kid had a double ear infection & strep throat.
fyi. he's NEVER sick. like ever.
so i figure after 6 years i finally have it figured out.
(who am i kidding)
don't use hay at a birthday party in 90 degree heat.... it is itchy & so not fun
choose your pig placement carefully... men are pigs. (ha ha)
don't make an ice cream cake for an outside may birthday.... you live in florida, remember.
don't let your happiness revolve around people who don't care enough to follow through on showing up... the ones who do care will show.
don't go overboard.... kids are happy with just each other & some room to play.
don't spend so much money.... it doesn't always mean it will be more fun.
don't try to make a cake (at all).... i am not a wilton employee (or martha stewart).
but more importantly...
don't forget why you are doing it... if he's enjoying himself.. forget about the rest.
no one & no thing is perfect.
(even if they only ever show beautiful pictures & dessert tables..:)
i hope you've gotten some peace with your own birthday bombs these last few days.
as mama's it's hard to take failure on some fronts.
at least for me... but i'm learning.
thanks for laughing at me & with me :)
for a full list of birthday bombs & to read about why i'm talking about them click here.