This weekend we celebrated Tavi’s 4th birthday! Tavi had a space themed party at Crash Crawlies. Which is kinda like Chuck E. Cheese’s or just any really big indoor playground. This was Tavi’s (and our) first birthday party with his playmates. The previous 3 years we held “family” parties at home. Since we don’t have any family on the west coast, when I say “family” what I really mean is all our close friends (or the Gries lab). But this year, Tavi invited his preschool/ daycare friends… ALL 13 of them!
Here are the activities leading up to pure fun (AKA complete chaos)!
Tavi and I made Solar System invitations for all his friends! Complete with glitter and little facts about each planet or spaceship. Yes, Tavi and I know Pluto is not a planet… It’s a dwarf planet!
Every year I bake a cake for Tavi. Last year it was Angry Bird cup cakes and the year before, a bulldozer. This year Tavi picked a Solar System cake. (Obviously!) So, below is the PhD Mama’s version of how to bake a Solar System birthday cake. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all “Smitten Kitchen” or “Marth Stewart” on you. But really, I LOVE Smitten Kitchen! It is the only cooking blog I follow AND I own the cook book.
We made it with time saving boxed cake mix (hey, don’t judge).
We used a variety of cake and muffin pans, and even a mixing bowl for our cake moulds. Instead of butter to grease them we sprayed them with PAM.
Tavi helped me with the frosting.
And it was definitely a big hit!
Proof that it tasted as good as it looked!
After the cake was served it was time for presents and, apparently, I just wasn’t fast enough for the kids. At this point, the kids took over and I totally lost control of the situation! I swear, I looked away for 2 seconds, and when I looked back there were 7 kids (including Tavi) just diving into presents. There was wrapping and tissue everywhere!
That night was one of the only times I can remember that Tavi told us he was too tired for bedtime books and stories… he just wanted to go to sleep. He was zonked! In fact, we all were. It’s a good thing the next day was a holiday (BC’s Family Day). We all stayed home to rest, recuperate, and play with all the new toys!
Happy 4th Birthday, Tavi!!