Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The funny silly things I make

This year was the first year my oldest had a "real" birthday party--one where he invited kids his age and had a sleepover, and a theme and everything. I'll be blogging about the actual party at my other blog soon, but for now I couldn't resist showing off some of the stupid stuff I made for it. Now I didn't know about the theme (space/aliens/monsters) until about five days beforehand, so I was scrambling to come up with cheap ideas of stuff to make that would go with his idea. There were a lot of balloons, glittery stars, and a green crepe paper "slobberfall" as we dubbed it, but my favorite part was the food. 

Some of the following is gross. I blame my sense of humor on my dad, who inducted me into the "gory dioramas are funny" school of thought at an early age.

He asked for a "moon cake". He got a lunar massacre cake instead.

Nothing I did came out quite the way I envisioned. The rice krispy treats were supposed to be moons, but I could not for anything make them perfectly round. So they became asteroids instead. Which still worked.

Chocolate dipped pretzels with white eyes became the sightless slugs. If you look closely you can see that they also suffered from some kind of disease. Probably some kind of extraterrestrial leprosy. Or extreme freckles.

These were the funniest to me. I had a ton of leftover cake from shaving the birthday cake into a moon, so I decided to turn the leftovers into cake pops. The coating did not want to behave and made those little puddles, so I decided they were going to be blobs. Hence, Lolli-blobs. Ha ha oh my aching sides.

When all else fails, and you can't come up with a way to make veggies look alien, blue food coloring in the ranch does the trick. 

Originally I figured I'd have some blue punch and call it Romulan Ale, but Romulan Ale is an illegal substance and I didn't want to get into trouble so we went with green slime punch instead. I really wanted some dry ice to make it extra cool but the stupid dry ice place closed early and I couldn't make it. Regardless, it was a hit. Especially with my crap-food-starved kids who only drink water. This was like nectar of the gods to them. Ha ha.

My other favorite thing was the pinata. Originally, I wanted a paper-mache planet, but I didn't have time to make enough layers and when I went to paint it (at 7:30am the morning of the party) the whole thing caved in on itself. I told my son we might not have a pinata, and his little eyes started to well up. I knew I had to do something. So I went out to my husbands shop and pondered. When I saw the leftover lengths of septic tank pipe (unused, I promise) I hit upon the robot idea. A few hours later this guy came into being. Looking at the picture now I realize that the gold metallic spray paint made it look like....a shimmery cardboard box, but I promise it was still cool looking. The very first hit cost him his head, but it was still a good pinata I think. I was kind of sad to see it destroyed because I really got attached to it before it died. 

The day after the party, my son came to me and said,
"Mom, I really like all those funny silly things you make."

Which is pretty much the best compliment I could ever get.


Lynz said...

Best. Cake. EVAH!!

You could've gone with Trixian Bubble Juice (my ST drink of choice) but it costs a fortune. At least, at Quark's it does.

Jenny said...


Your father gave you a give with the gory being funny.

felicity said...

The lunar massacre is made of win. I also love the pinata - Mom of the Year!!!

Meg said...

That is awesome, Jenn! You must totally be the coolest mom on the block! Lucky kiddo!

pinkbrain said...

Love the blob pops and the cake massacre. My favourite part is the dude getting his head bitten off while he drives. I like your sense of humour!

Rachel Hauser said...

You are the best mom! Gosh, I need to get into "playing" like this with/for my kids. I liked the lolli-blobs too. Seems like a good theme actually - mistakes totally worked in your favor!

My favorite part of your post: "Especially with my crap-food-starved kids who only drink water. This was like nectar of the gods to them. Ha ha."

Yes, that is so true! I love how they just die when we let them experience some of these intense (fake) foods. It's all about the novelty!

Jenn Grigoryev (jenn of all trades) said...

Thanks all you guys--it's nice to know I am not alone with the sick sense of humor.

And I don't know about being a cool mom, but we certainly have fun when I'm allowed to unleash last minute messed-up ideas.

Five Arts said...

you're an insane party planner, Jenn. I hope I can be half as creative as you when I have kids.