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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:
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...
We also had road cones (which Aunt Cathie enjoyed) for conehead zombies and attempted a game...
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...
The cake was created with food-colored pistachios, walnuts, hand-dipped chocolate sunflowers, gummy cherries, and gummy chili peppers.  Party favors included similar items...

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...

Florentine Orange Easter Cake...

Cannoli Cake

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


Dead Man's Fruit Salad


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:

  • 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:

  • 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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