A Nancy Drew Birthday Cake & Kids Mystery Party and Oh Yeah, My Anniversary, Too.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wow, what a busy but fun day Friday! My dd turned 10 on the 16th of June so we had her party to celebrate yesterday. It just so happened to also be my 16th wedding anniversary. Sixteen years ago I would have never thought I'd be celebrating my special day with 12 nine and ten year olds (and 3 younger siblings) all screaming and laughing at the top of their lungs.
My dd loves Nancy Drew and asked for that as her theme. It's not easy to locate Nancy Drew birthday theme items so I had to get creative. The cake was easy. Well, making it wasn't easy but coming up with the idea was easy. Since she loves to read we both decided the cake needed to look like a Nancy Drew book. Then to make things fun we decided to throw in an edible magnifying glass and flashlight to boot. I made them out of modeling chocolate and peppermint hard candy. I'll have you know, I only snitched a few bites of the chocolate. Since I had more than enough fondant I went ahead and sculpted a little figure to look like my daughter. She loved it but you know what she said when she saw it? "Mom, can you make her look thinner? I'm not that big." Yes, I could go off on a whole tangent right now about the evils of society and the body image it gives young girls but I'll refrain. That's not what this blog is about. Oh, last I made a library card out of fondant. Who can have a book cake without a library card? Here's a photo of the cake if you're interested:
The party itself was a mystery theme. I had Crime Scene Tape, you know, the kind that says, "Crime Scene - Do Not Cross" strewn throughout the house. I barricaded our front door with it so all the kids had to cross the barricade to enter. Then, I barricaded any rooms I didn't want them entering. That worked like a charm. I may have to use that trick in the future. lol! For the party itself I had a Mystery Party Kit I ordered from a site called "Dramatic Fanatic". It takes place at a camp and all the kids had parts as staff members of the camp. There is a bug juice poisoning that takes place and they all had to figure out "whodunit". They had a really fun time. It was a great idea for any of you who have kids that like mysteries. Just make sure they can read and be prepared for it to take up a good amount of time.
As for my anniversary. My dh brough me flowers. I think we'll celebrate in July. Meanwhile, I just need to get through the rest of this weekend (dd has a dance recital) and Monday (the last day of school) and I think I'll feel like I can breath again. That means, maybe I'll finally be a little more consistent with this site. At least until ds's bday the end of July. He saw his sister's cake. I better start drawing up my blueprints for a Buzz Lightyear cake now. His expectations are high. It's a good thing I approach my cake decorating like my running ... slow and steady with lots of stubborn determination.