Yesterday was B’s Cat themed party, and it was a pretty silly event. The cake was a litter box cake (i’m sure you’ve seen these before, but always entertaining!) B isn’t a big cake fan so he wanted a brownie cake. I bought a new tub type dish and cat scoop (which was just for show) and ran them through the dishwasher. Then I made a big pan of brownies. When cool the brownies were turned over into the tub, and frosted with chocolate frosting. Then the litter is made from running some of the vanilla sandwich cookies in the food processor with just a little green food coloring. It really ends up looking like litter! To top if off you heat a few tootsie rolls in the microwave for about ten seconds and shape. Turns out very realistically, and people might be reluctant to eat it. Though once you cut it up and start putting the brownies on plates, it’s a lot easier to stomach.
We made cat shaped pizzas, and had funny names for all the foods like “hair balls” for cheese balls, “catnip dip” for spinach dip etc.
We only played one game because the kids mostly wanted to play out back with a bunch of nerf guns & silly string, which was fine by me. Tom made a bunch of balloon animal cats, and it was mostly lots of us adults sitting around chatting it up.
Instead of regular goodie bags I had the idea to use up some canvas totes I had leftover from a previous crafternoon. I scanned a kit-cat clock box for the image and then printed them out two per page onto printable iron on paper. I always pick the one designed for dark fabrics even when ironing onto a light color, because it just seems to be a nicer thicker iron on. Then I ironed one onto each bag, and made a bunch of silly cat pins using vintage images of cats. I figured if the kids got bored at the party they could make a bunch of their own pins, but we never even had to do that. Instead the tote bags worked out well for collecting pinata loot, and storing their prizes from the game.
Even once the actual party was done there was a sleepover with a viewing of The Cat Returns
so the cat theme carried on without even meaning to!
Yesterday my little guy turned ten years old. Double digits and there is no denying that this last decade has flown by in the blink of an eye.
I can’t believe how grown up he is, yet I am not quite ready to share him with the world. You’ll have to take my word for it when I tell you he is one handsome fella. For now I will keep him for just us alone, because we will blink again and he will be an adult out in the world and all over the internet like we all are now a days.
We celebrated by going out to dinner and then to see Oz at the VIP theater with the big cushy reclining seats. His cat party is tomorrow so we’ve got a little more celebrating to do.
Last weekend we celebrated Kurt’s 17th birthday, and his birthday fell on a Saturday this year! Since next year he will be away in college this was his final big birthday party (here at home at least) The theme was a Saturday Night Cartoons party, so I filled the pinata with cocoa’s, cereal bars, milk straws, and Wacky Packages cereal boxes.
We had quiche, egg stuffed croissants, pumpkin scones, and lots of cereal. Kurtis doesn’t like cake so his “cake” was a cereal-marshmellow cake. I made it with a combo of melted dandies marshmallows and rice mellow creme (earth balance too) I find the combination of the two make great marshmallow treats! Ten of his close guy friends came over for cartoons, and spent the night. It was a fun time!
On my birthday I decided I really wanted to go and pick some apples. It was an amazing day, sunny with a beautiful sky…but extra chilly so you wanted to bundle up in scarves and sweaters. My favorite kind of weather.
We went to Baugher’s in Westminster MD, my favorite place for pick-your-own. Their mascot is just the best! You get to ride in a cute little tractor pulled trolley to the apple orchard, and that part is free. They do the same thing when we come to pick strawberries and peaches, but it never gets old.
Then of course there were the gorgeous pumpkins! Every year come fall I am determined to grow pumpkins, next year I am doing it! We did have one pumpkin this year, but it shriveled up and died, it was pretty sad, and then no more grew. Lucky for me I can go pick up beautiful pumpkins that others have grown, but next year–next year I will be a pumpkin grower!
Anyhow it was the most perfect start to my birthday which consisted of cake for breakfast, apple picking, apple cider slushies (yep they had these at Baugher’s…so good!), fabric shopping, then opening up my exciting gifts, putting together legos, and ending the night by watching 1001 Classic Commercials(we didn’t actually watch all 1001 because that is 16 hours, but we did watch all the toy commercials, it was lots of fun)
I finished all the invitations for Kurt’s 17th birthday celebration. As I said before he is having a Saturday Night Cartoon & Cereal party for his birthday. Mini cereal box invitations just seemed the most logical choice. I created a pdf file so you can make them for your parties too. You can either write in the info, or use a program like photoshop to insert the info of your party into the invites. Please remember this pdf is for personal use only and should not ever be sold. You can find even more of my digital/printable goodies over at kitschy digitals.
I had my pdf’s printed at Staples on card stock and cut them out with scissors. I did use a ruler and exacto knife to score all the folds, but they are pretty simple to make. I used a quick drying paper glueso they would dry rather quickly.
Once dry I opened up mini cereal boxes(you can get a 30 pack for $11) Of course the cereal is left in the sealed plastic bags they come in, but then you just slide it down inside the box. I added small toys to all of mine to make it even more fun. The boxes say “prize inside” so I picked up some cheap funny plastic teeth at Target (and those were slide in before the bag of cereal) And some mini wooly willieswhich worked the best because you just slide them down in beside the bag of cereal. Then I sealed the tops shut with glue.
I’ll have even more details about the party as it gets closer.