We celebrated Annelise's 6th birthday today at Chuck E Cheese. [CEC isn't my fave; but boy, do my children (& my husband! ;-)) love it! We only go for birthdays, and it's the only indoor place that will let me bring in my own cake & drinks. Our kids do NOT drink soda; there is NO WAY I'm going to pay extra for it to be served at their party, you know? At CEC, I can bake & bring my own cake (special for me :-)), and we don't have to pay for anything there but tokens = best deal! No paying for more food they don't eat or stressing over getting a perfect head count (b/c almost no one RSVPs anymore) at places where you can only have an exact number of guests and must pay extra per child. Lowest-stress still-special party! :-D]
Doing the Cupid Shuffle with Chuck E:
Half-gone cake, exposing ballerina Barbie's legs :-P
2nd round of the Cupid Shuffle + free tickets from Chuck E:
...complete with video! (Awww, yeah! :-D)
THANK YOU ALL SOOO MUCH!!!
Ariel from two years ago. This time, I baked one cake recipe in my large Pampered Chef glass batter bowl and another in two 8 or 9" rounds, stacked them all, gently shoved Barbie down the middle, and iced it with 7-Minute Icing. :-) [Icing notes: I grew up with this version, but I used this one last night & think it's better: no corn syrup & no candy thermometer.]