I just added up and we've celebrated 41 kid birthdays in our house. Yes. Forty-one! Some of them were simple family parties, usually because we'd just moved...again. But I'd still guess that I've had the
One of my favorites, by far, was the Godzilla party my son had a couple of years ago. He had just become enamored with old Godzilla movies and other cheesy 50's Sci-Fi movies (probably because those were the "scariest" movies I'd let him watch at that age). I wish that I'd taken more pictures at the time. But I had no idea at the time that the blogging bug would hit a year and a half later.
Since we had just moved to a new state, we had a small party (yea!) at our house with 5 boys. We started the party with some yucky "Godzilla science experiments."
We made "Godzilla Spit", which is a solid that melts when you pick it up and drips through your fingers. The recipe was easy. Just mix 1 cup cornstarch and 2 cups baking soda. Slowly add up to 1 1/4 cup water. Only add enough water to make the consistency so you can scoop it up with your hands. The heat from your hands "melts" the solid so that it drips in liquid form through your fingers and then reforms into a solid in the container so you can use it again and again. The boys had lots of fun with this gooey experiment. Just be ready for a drippy mess.
Next we concocted "Godzilla Toots" (also goes by "Godzilla Flatulence" and "Godzilla rhymes-with-carts"). This was another easy recipe that I had the boys help add the ingredients and then mix up with their hands. In a large bowl mix 8 oz of white glue with 8 oz of water (you can just fill the 8 oz glue bottle with water) and add green food coloring to make a Godzilla-like color. In another bowl mix 1 cup water and 1 1/2 cup borax powder until the borax is completely dissolved. Add the borax mixture to the large bowl with the glue mixture and have the boys mix it all together with their hands until it turns into slimy putty. Divide the mixture to give each boy a portion ( I had doubled the recipe to make enough for 5 boys). They can manipulate the putty to make it "toot" and make other disgusting noises. The boys thought this was great fun, of course (Mom and older sisters where shaking our heads as the boys laughed and laughed over the sounds). I found small clear canisters at Michael's so the boys could take their Godzilla Toots home after the party. (I know, I know. Sorry again to those parents).
After they'd had enough fun with the science experiments, we then watched the movie, King Kong Vs. Godzilla.
We had popcorn with green decorator sugar, green candies and drinks in green mugs.
I added "toe nails" to the cups, a Godzilla looking dinosaur sticker to the lid, and wrote each boy's name in paint pen.
After the movie, we served a Godzilla cake.
I made two sheet cakes and cut the cakes into "buildings." Before I placed the buildings, I made a road out of black construction paper and piped yellow frosting stripes down the road. Then I placed the buildings along both sides of the street. I learned the hard way that you should position ONE building, frost it, pipe the doors and windows THEN add the next building. (I made the mistake of placing all the buildings and then had to contort myself to frost the buildings and pipe the windows. Fortunately, I could say, "I meant to do that" and say the less-than-perfect frosting had been destroyed and messed up by Godzilla. Bu-ut, really it would have been easier to do the buildings one at a time.)
I used grey frosting to make buildings look scorched. I had left-over blue spray frosting tinting, that I got in the cake and frosting aisle of my grocery store, and used it to make the buildings look like had water from burst pipes. At the end I added crumbled Oreos to add to the charred and damaged buildings (plus, any excuse to add an Oreo!) Finally, I added some carefully washed Matchbox cars and the Godzilla figure.
Overall, it was fairly easy to make and a great project for a novice cake decorator like myself. Any mistakes you make can be disguised as "designed" damage and destruction.
For favors, we placed toys and candy inside a Godzilla egg.
The eggs were simply balloons that were covered with paper mache. Once the paper mache dried, we painted them. Once the paint was dry, we carefully popped the balloon, cut the egg open, added the treats and then patched the cut closed with more paper mache and touch up paint. The hardest part was being patient and waiting until each step was thoroughly dry.
We hid the eggs outside and the boys went on a hunt to find Godzilla's eggs. The boys got to crack the eggs open and discover the treats. The egg hunt and the eggs were a big hit.
This party theme could easily "grow up" for an older child or a Godzilla fan of any age. And, really, who doesn't love Godzilla?