I started earlier in the week with a plain box of Wilton white fondant ($7.49 - 40% off coupon = $4.53) and colored each different portion myself. (White fondant + food coloring in a ziplock = no stain on my hands!) I've always been a bit intimidated by fondant, but I'm one of the few people on earth who LOVES the taste of it :-D so I was determined to try, (b/c I'd happily eat the failures! ;-)) But I didn't HAVE any failures! It was so easy!
[Move over, Cake Boss ;-)]
The day before the party, I baked the cakes: one red velvet in my trusty football pan (I've used this thing for 12 years! My fave!) and one chocolate in a 9x13 baking dish. I iced the 9x13 green to look like a field [thank you, Mommy, for this idea to make it bigger (instead of just having the football cake) to feed more people!] and I iced the red velvet with chocolate, of course. I used the plain white fondant (I still had at least a third of the box left after making the Angry Birds) to do the football laces & stripes. I rolled the laces with my hands, like making play dough snakes, :-P and I got the two stripes thin & wide with a rolling pin.
I waited until party time to place the birds on the cake, and it came together GREAT:
My pleased (& gorgeous ;-)) 9 year old!
Happy birthday, Will!
The other MVP of this party (really the #1 MVP, the cake was just flashier ;-)) was DADDY! JB grilled out for all of us. It was HOT. (It's Texas in August, people. :-D) We had the party at the outdoor covered pavilion around the corner from our house beside one of our neighborhood pools, and there's a huge grill there. Problem? Someone had gotten a basketball stuck in the flue. (What? How? Who knows... :-P) But JB made it work and still grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, & Italian sausage for everyone. :-)
One of the parents thanked us for "having an old school birthday party." I love that. :-) I'm not about breaking the bank, trying to out-do the Joneses. The kids had so much fun playing football, eating special cake, and then swimming in the pool together; everyone was satisfied and, as parties go, it was really relaxed (well, once JB got that grill going. ;-))