Sunday, January 19, 2014

Parties at the Cakepot! Part one: Geekfest

This weekend, the Cakepot hosted not one, not two, but THREE parties! They were all as different as can be. Check this out:

The first party was on Saturday afternoon and was for a little girl who was turning five. The birthday mom booked this party in late September/ early October which was good because the shenanigans that this party entailed took some serious Cakeapotamus planning and coordination. You have to understand... this is the kid who just came into the bakery one day, four years-old, and exclaimed, "Look mommy, a TARDIS!" Obviously her parents are doing something right. She appreciates the geeky Cakepot decor more than anyone, so I wanted to make sure her birthday was special.

We did the usual Cakeapotamus birthday stuff with decorating cookies:
Wookie cookies to be exact
And the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em's always seem to make an appearance:

There was coloring:

And playing with the stuff at the bakery:

Even a pinata:
I don't know this kid, but I think he has magical powers. Why else would it look like he's holding 2 sticks?
But this party needed to be special. The birthday girl and I had a lot... I mean, a LOT of conversations about her party.

"Can the Ghostbusters come?"
"I'll see what I can do."

Not only did the Ghostbusters show up, they made slime with the kids!

OK, that's pretty good, right? I mean, come on! I got the Ghostbusters to show up, with proton packs and uniforms, to her birthday party. They are the nicest guys in the world, y'all. 

"What kind of cake do you want?"
"Chocolate. Ghostbusters. And Star Wars. Mostly Darth Vader."

One side Star Wars, one side Ghostbusters. Check.
Now, this birthday girl has spent a little time in the shop, and she's seen the pictures on the wall. She knows the Ghostbusters came to our grand opening. She also knows some Star Wars characters came. Because when you're four, it makes total sense that Cakeapotamus would be friends with Darth Vader in the Ghostbusters. It was not surprising, therefore, that she wanted to invite Darth Vader to her party. 

Pic from the grand opening in August of 2013
Here's the thing, y'all. The Ghostbusters are local. They don't have to drive far at all to get to the bakery. Darth Vader, on the other hand, lives far, far away. Like three or four hours away. I was not at all sure I could convince him to drive all that way just for a little girl's birthday party. 

Pic from yesterday.
I obviously underestimated the power of the Dark Side. 

How great is this guy? Driving forever to make an amazing birthday memory for a kid he's never even met. It's like he's got a heart of neopolitan ice cream without the strawberry and with very little vanilla.

Almost all the kids loved him:
Yes, I said almost. We won't dwell on the ones who were a little... nervous.
Once they got over the initial shock of an extremely tall villain who breathes through a plate in his chest, the kids found out he wasn't that scary.

Admit it, that's precious.
Yes, that's a pink lollipop.
Cap'n Evilpants even brought the birthday girl a gift.
Because I thought it would be hilarious if Darth Vader gave her a fluffy, pink unicorn. And I was not wrong.
She's either hugging him to say, "Thank you" or he's about to kidnap her. I kinda think she'd be fine with either. 
"Handsome, handsome Darth Vader. He's such a handsome man. He gives such good hugs." - The Birthday Girl

That was the one o'clock party on Saturday. Three months of planning and coordination ended with an extremely happy kid who will, I hope, remember this one for a while. Actually... she was so happy and in love with her new unicorn, she may have wept a little. Or sobbed. Hard. Hey, that's the sign of a good party, right? 

Up next: Parties at the Cakepot! Part two: Princesses

HUGE thanks to Chris and Mike, the official Cakepot photographers. You know it's a special event when those guys are there with their cameras.

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