Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Pokemon Halloween

My son asked if he could play the game "bobbing for apples" this year. Apple bobbing is a popular game often played during Halloween so this year we decided to incorporate his love for Pokemon and give him a change to bob for apples. Our last Halloween party, our son was only two years old and didn't partake in any of the games and activities I planned. I was pleasantly surprised of all the participation six and seven year old kids were this time around during all the games. The beginning of my planning began with the invitations and I had to find a way to create a Halloween version of Pokemon to ensure the guests knew wearing costumes were encouraged. Once the invitations were delivered, I started working on the menu. Pizza is usually the least complicated item for a kids function, however this year, I wanted to create a few Halloween themed dishes in the menu. I finally decided to serve hamburgers in addition to pizza and interpret the toppings into my Halloween menu. For example, the tomatoes were labeled "sliced intestines," and the pickles were "reptile skin." On to the games, besides the traditional Halloween games, I also included a few Pokemon games such as "pin the tail on Pikachu," and "Find the Pokeballs." Unfortunately a few of my regular cake bakers were booked or had to cancel and I attempted to make my first fondant cake. I found a great recipe from Betty Crocker on making the pumpkin, however the Pikachu proved to be extremely time consuming. People always say there is a you tube video on everything, and in my case it was not so because a tutorial would have been extremely useful in creating his head. As for the goody bags, I decided to keep them simple and keep them orange and created Pikachu thank you labels for them. They were filled with candy essentials and halloween goodies. The kids had a great time and the smile on my son's face was well worth all the stress filled moments to make his 7th birthday party a success.
















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