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Jude's party this year was a PVZ (PLants vs. Zombies) themed party.  You would think that since the game is fairly popular on a number of platforms and it features common plant, I would be able to easily find things to meet the theme.  I t was a bit more challenging than I thought.

Kudos to PopCap for giving a free template for party invitations, envelopes, and thank yous instead of licensing them.  I took there design and modified my own in Photoshop:
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My sister Lisa couldn't resist buying Jude this shirt as a birthday gift. This photo, as well as others of the partygoers (with PopCap zombies showing up) were our thank you notes...
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We also had road cones (which Aunt Cathie enjoyed) for conehead zombies and attempted a game...
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Cathie was responsible for the brain jello mold.  She said the invitation said we were having ice cream and brains, so we had better deliver...
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The cake was created with food-colored pistachios, walnuts, hand-dipped chocolate sunflowers, gummy cherries, and gummy chili peppers.  Party favors included similar items...
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Italian Party

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Karenna has outgrown character theme parties so we had a hard time thinking of a theme.  We ended up with an Italian food theme, as shown here.

Italian sodas...
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Florentine Orange Easter Cake...
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Cannoli Cake
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We also had rigatoni and meatballs, pasta salad, and fruit salad.

Mario Party

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Jude had a Super Mario-themed party, complete with Mario warp pipe cake, power-up cupcakes, Koopa shell watermelon fruit salad, chocolate coins, marinated mushrooms, and Italian beef.

Here are some pictures from Jude's Mario Birthday Party:

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For more birthday theme fun, see:

Pictures from Karenna's pirate-themed party...

The Treasure Chest Cake

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Dead Man's Fruit Salad

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I go a little crazy at birthday parties.


Last year, we had a Wiggly party with:

  • Hot Potatoes (Bar-B-Q chips)
  • Cold Spaghetti (Pasta Salad with Spaghetti)
  • Mashed Banana (Banana Cake)
  • Fruit Salad (Yummy Yummy)
  • Crunchy Munchy Honey Cakes
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, and Purple Tees as favors (Even Chris wore won; the kids loved it.)


    We also had a hula party, with:

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  • Shell Pasta Salad
  • Hawaiian Onion Chips & Dip
  • Tropical Fruit Salad (served in a watermelon carver to look like a pig roast)
  • Almond Joy Pound Cake  (chocolate pound cake with almond coconut glaze)
  • Grass Skirts, Leis, and Beachcomer Hats

This year thus far, we've had a Star Wars party:

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  • Darth Melon, Dark Lord of the Fruit Salad (watermelon shell carved into Vader's helmet)
  • Tie Fighter Pasta Salad (uses bowties--I get a lot of mileage out of the pasta shapes.)
  • Ice Cream Floats
    • Darth Maul (cherry, to match the light saber)
    • Mace Windu (grape, see above)
    • Obi-Wan (Blue Cream Soda, ditto)
    • Anakin (7-Up with Lime Sherbet)
    • Han Solo (Orange, just because)

When I asked Karenna for what party she wanted, I expected something cute and girly like Tinkerbell or something, stay tuned for my update on... Pirates!

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