the peacock cake, so I didn't mind.
Quinn wanted to help this year, so I let him pick out a box cake at the store and make the batter himself. He supervised my cutting of the cake into fish parts and laying them out. He watched me do the crumb coat (which was particularly crumby), and then we popped that in the freezer for the afternoon while we went out with his sister to go coat shopping. (Everyone had a coat that fit before the first snow hit this year! It's a small parenting victory for us but I'll take it.)
Quinn left me alone to frost the cake so there would be some surprise, but I knew he wanted me to keep it simple. I mixed up some white frosting with a bit of brown and blue coloring to get a fishy green, made the belly a little lighter, etched on some scales and details with a toothpick, and that was pretty much it. I brushed on a bit of metallic pearl dust to give it a little shine, and then realized we still had a can of that gold cake spray left over from Mona's beetle cake last year, so I added a small spray of that, too. The eye is just more frosting.
at Incrediroll was a success! Ten kids total including all our kids and a friend for Aden. It was even a blissfully empty day at the roller rink because there was a Packer Game on, so keeping an eye on that many third graders turned out to be easy.
The whole thing was a good deal, too. We've thrown plenty of birthday parties at our house (and Aden wants another sleepover this year, so we will again soon), and even though we do all homemade games and things, it still adds up with pizza and juice and whatever else the loosely constructed theme requires. Plus all the time and energy to clean the house on both sides of the event makes parties a lot of work. So I'm always pleased when one of my kids wants a party elsewhere to make it easy. (Sometimes they don't want a party at all--Mona just wants to do something special with family this year. I like that, too.)
So, for $200 at Incrediroll all the kids got to skate for a whole session (rental skates included), do a game of laser tag, they each got 20 arcade tokens, Quinn got a minute in the crazy "Cash Cube", plus the price included pizza, drinks, popcorn, and goodie bags. All we had to bring was the cake. It's a noisy few hours of my life that I don't get back, but it was easy on us and it made all the kids very happy. Quinn even collected a bunch of cereal for the food pantry that we can take the next time we go, so that's good too.
Birthday boy on skates, kids happily snacking, skee-ball, laser tag, prepping the fish cake...