Swimming, hotdogs and burgers from the grill, Nerf gun battles…
our boy and his four best buds had a great time!
We provided the ice cream and they made their own sundaes.
The two best toppings provided were Hershey milk chocolate bars which we froze then smashed to sprinkle over the tops, and marshmallow bunnies. Not Peeps brand, just little mini marshmallows shaped like bunnies. I suspect they may have been leftover from Easter (squirreled away under this child’s bed perhaps?) They were still soft though and they were devoured. A few Nerf gun darts also found their way onto sundaes, after first being launched through the air in the kitchen over the heads of shrieking tweens. I don’t believe they were eaten, fortunately.
For one additional boost of sugar before these kids went home I also made cupcakes.
I wanted to do something on the theme of Doctor Who – a favorite of our boy’s, his friends and of ours!
There are some amazing, elaborate, and breathtaking Doctor Who cakes out there. Just go to Pinterest and search for ‘Doctor Who cakes’. I would love to attempt one of these creations some day – unfortunately I did not have time before this party. Additionally, the hot, humid days of August and a house with no AC do not provide an ideal environment for working on a delicate cake.
I used a blue gel food coloring to get the deep blue color in the cupcakes, which was not revealed to the sugar-hungry, birthday party attendees until they bit into them. Spoilers! The kids seemed sufficiently impressed with the Adipose re-creation and Doctor Who-nod.
They were also sufficiently sugared up… and then I remembered they were all spending the night at our house. Wah-wah-waaaaah.
~For the cake I used the Basic Vanilla Cupcake recipe by Ree Drummond on her website ThePioneerWoman.com. I stirred in about 1 teaspoon of blue gel food coloring to the batter before pouring it into the cupcake liners.
~For the white frosting, I tried a recipe from Ree Drummond’s other website called Tasty Kitchen. (This is not Drummond’s recipe, but one submitted by a Tasty Kitchen member.) The frosting, called “That’s the Best Frosting I Ever Had” includes flour, which was a first for me. The good thing about this frosting was that it whipped up very fluffy and light, and seemed to hold together really well in the humidity of that day. That taste, however was disappointing. The flour gave it a starchy taste that additional vanilla extract did not lessen. The kids didn’t seem to notice, but I could not get past it. I would probably not use it again, but would stick with a tried-and-true buttercream.
~For the Adipose creatures, I used large and mini marshmallows. Toothpicks broken in half hold the minis onto the large (be sure to warn kids and adults alike to pull these apart before eating them, so as not to chomp down on a toothpick.) The eyes and smiles are made with store-bought, black gel frosting in a tube.