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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Transform and Roll Out!


Our nephew, Dylan, is obsessed with the animated series, Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Since he recently transformed into a 5 year old, we planned an amazing birthday party that was more than meets the eye. We are excited to share the details with you.
Dylan's favorite Autobot characters, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, inspired the party's blue, red, yellow and white color palette. We lined the path towards the Cybertron backyard with colorful balloons. Kanchana created an adorable chalkboard birthday sign featuring Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. We incorporated several pieces from Party City's Transformers collection: balloons, birthday banner, tablecloths, napkins and plates. We also added many of Dylan's Transformer toys as decorative accents on the appetizer, dessert and bar tables.
Our menu was fitting for both Autobots and Deceptions:
The crowd favorites were the More Than Meets The Peach Bruschetta and the Jetfire Wings.
The adults loved sipping on Allsparkling wine and Blurr's beer while the kiddos enjoyed their Jazz juice boxes.
AUTOBOTS, ROLL OUT! We selected 3 games for the Autobots and Decepticons to play: Transformers Bingo, Meteorite Toss and Allspark Scavenger Hunt. For Bingo, Kanchana created custom BINGO cards featuring the most popular Autobots and Decepticons. Dylan loved calling out each character's name and helping his friends determine if the Transformer was on their BINGO boards. We set up a bean bag toss game with a Transformer twist. The kids had to catch Decepticons by throwing bean bag meteorites into the corn holes.
Lastly, the kids participated in a scavenger hunt to find the Allspark. The last clue led the kids to the dessert table.
We used a variety of yummy treats to transform an ordinary dining table into a Cybertron dessert bar. This year's cupcake flavors were inspired by Optimus Prime and Bumblebee: Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Banana. Since adults prefer bite sized treats, we  created the cupcakes in two sizes, regular and mini. Archana shaped the cupcakes into Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. We also baked Autobot and Decepticon sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookie wheels. Stars-cream puffs and Twizzler wires rounded out the dessert bar.
Both children and adults loved eating multiple desserts.

Dylan LOVES photo booth props. We ordered some Transformer props that the everyone loved talking pictures with. Our giant Bumblebee also made for an excellent prop.
For favors, each child departed with a homemade chocolate lollipop featuring either Optimus Prime, Bumblebee or Gimlock, a Transformers hologram ring and a bubble wand.
We had an amazing time celebrating our favorite little boy.
We had a separate celebration for Dylan on his actual birthday. He was very excited about his Optimus Prime cake.

"Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing"––Optimus Prime

Recipes From This Post:
Hummus: Rachel Ray
Salsa: Paula Deen
Peach and Goat Cheese Bruschetta: She Wears Many Hats
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes: Toba Garrett plus strawberry filling (strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch)
Banana Cupcakes: Jessica Braddock plus Ganache filling 

Autobot & Decepticon Sugar Cookies: Sally's Baking Addiction 
Royal Icing: Sweet Sugar Belle
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Chalkboard, Cardstock: Michaels
White Platters and Cake Stands: Pier 1 and Q Squared
Banner, Plates and Napkins: Party City
Stand Mixer: Kitchen Aid Tilt HeadKitchen Aid Bowl Lift (we prefer the bowl lift model, but it's more expensive)
Cupcake Carrier: Wilton (includes cupcake and mini-cupcake pans)
Wine Glasses: IKEA
Champagne Flutes: IKEA
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