So. I blame Nathan.
I blame my beloved and wonderful husband, Nathan, for the fact that my darling dear little boy who is just on the precipice of turing five most enjoys pretending to shoot people with fire balls.
It was Nathan, after all, who first introduced us to the world of Skylanders this time last year.
And here we are now. Celebrating Gavin’s fifth birthday, and I am bound by motherly guilt to put together a video game themed birthday party.
Video. Game. Themed. Birthday. Party.
Just to fill you in, Skylanders is a video game that is kind of . . . genius. With the help of the “portal of power” you take the actual physical character that you buy and put it on the portal and then become it in the game. There are about seven gagillion characters, but we only own five gagillion. As my sister in law has said, “I’m just pissed I didn’t think of it first.”
I begged for dinosaurs. I tried to coerce my way into a lego party, and given the headway with Gavin’s Halloween costume, I nearly thought I could pull that off.
But no. Gavin was bound and determined to have a Skylander Birthday Party. As if the kids’ birthday parties have ever really been about them. Sheesh.
How does one plan a birthday party themed after a video game that they do their best to avoid?
I mean, what problems can’t be solved with candy?
I first got the idea to really run with a Skylander themed party from this great blogger, Amy. And from here, I decided to do a character of each element . . . . you know, I can hear you snoring. It’s rude.
I found a lot of great ideas on Pinterest. One pinner came up with this great blue rock candy for Slam Bam’s Ice Blocks. And I mean . . . if I were a yeti, I for sure would want rock candy. I found a great recipe for it here, and with a candy thermometer, it’s super easy to make.
That same smart pinner came up with these for Chop Chop’s Bones. Yeah . . . Skylanders has a lot of characters who are . . . ummm . . . undead. The original recipe comes from here.
Double Trouble’s Orbs were the most delicious and amazing sugars you could ever make, sprinkled with green colored sugar. There was not a single one left. That’s not true. There was one left. But only because some poor kid left their candy bag here and I found it. Snap! Win!
Boomer’s Dynamite Sticks were some smarties wrapped in red and black construction paper with a black pipe cleaner fuse, the great idea from this blogger. They resulted in my nephew pretending to blow me up. Sigh.
Whirlwind’s Rainbows were made of a beautifully delicious jar of Rainbow Twizzlers.
Finally, I made Tree Rex’s Bark. Get it? He’s a tree? And it’s bark. Anyway . . . it was the hit of the candy table. I actually saw more than one person park themselves in a chair next to the table and snack away at the bark. And I couldn’t get over the fact that it’s bark, which is normally white, but it’s brown. Annnnnd, the pretzels on top reminded me of Tree Rex’s horns. (And this is the part when I realized I have given absolutely way too much thought to Skylanders.) Get the awesome recipe for the bark here.
Kuddos to anyone who is still reading!! You win a treasure chest full of digital gems! Tune in next time for the coup de gras of the candy table . . . drum roll please . . . the fondant portal cake!