Happy Monday everyone! Today is my little guy’s last birthday as the ‘baby’- and he’s been sick for the past few days. He asked to celebrate with his family this past weekend, which is not always an easy feat, since all of our family lives at least 2 hours or more away. But, most of them made the trip, and we are extremely grateful to them for making his celebration this past weekend, special.
We took everyone to the play place- where we had the space all to ourselves. Even the adults played in the tunnels/tubes and ball pit. It was a great time for everyone. As far as Jaxen, he was in heaven getting more Skylanders and Star Wars toys!
For those of you who don’t know- Skylanders is a video game geared toward the younger crowd, where you collect characters to play in the game. It’s made for all of the game systems out there- Wii, PS3, DS and even the ipad. He had asked for the game for a long time, and we always said, ‘no’ because it looked complicated. But, for Christmas he got one of the games (there’s 2), and he loved it! It was easy to understand, there are no blood and guts (my concern). The characters sit on a portal of power to be put in the game…the portal looks like this:
So, for his birthday he wanted a Skylander cake made by me. The tricky part was he had been home since Thursday sick and cuddly. Not much time for mom to put together a cake. But, I found the time- like we all would. I made the fondant using this recipe– except I did not use as much powdered sugar, because it just got too hard. I did not have black food coloring for the fondant, and couldn’t run to the store with a sick boy–so I thought it was worth a try to make it myself with the colors I had. I figured out some great tips doing this.
- Even though everyone says you can’t make black with all the colors- it is possible. I used purple, blue & green. It looked green for quite a bit, and then finally turned black. (I was getting nervous as my little mister kept saying…’it still looks green.’
- Add the powdered sugar slowly, because otherwise your fondant gets too hard too fast and it isn’t as easy to work with.
- Add the coloring to the melted marshmallows and get it the right color before adding the powdered sugar. (I cannot tell you how much easier this makes things!)
Anyway, I wasn’t totally impressed with my cake because it wasn’t big and extravagant by any means- and I was feeling a little discouraged when little guy came in and exclaimed, “YOU DID IT!!!” Apparently it was perfect to him- and I guess that’s all that mattered!
I am not a huge fan of the taste of fondant, so I did the cake in buttercream and then added fondant to the bottom and sides. I could have done fondant on top, but I tried to have more ‘real icing’ for flavor.
The sign was made using the Free Silhouette file I offered on Friday
Here are a few pictures from his birthday party:
You’ll see the adults were more than happy to play with him!
Grandma D playing in the ball pit.
Grandma M. going down the slide with him.
Time for cake.
Make a wish!
A homemade card from his sister.
His gift from his sister. A Star Wars light saber.
Star Wars Kinect game
Even the big boys played in the ball pit.
So much fun!
Hopefully tomorrow Jaxen is feeling well enough to go back to school- otherwise I will just snuggle him at home, and enjoy his last birthday as the baby. (even if he will still be my baby)
Happy Birthday Jaxen!