Jason turns 11 (eep!) next month but thanks to crazy conflicts, we had his birthday party last weekend. This year, we took him and his friends to the movies, followed by a sleepover. Or, as you’d expect, a non-sleepover.
Clearly Marvel is a big fan of my son, since every year around his birthday, there’s always a huge release. Last year was Iron Man 3 and this year it’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier!
We started with dinner at the food court. We brought in pizza from Suffern’s Fieldhouse (soooo good) and of course, Allie made sure to bring the proper paper goods.
And since I managed to cut off Ryan’s head in the above pic, here’s a follow-up of the Birthday Boy’s little brother.
After eating, we raced up to the AMC Movie Theater for an 8 pm showing of Captain America: The Winter Soldier! We, of course, were a little early so while Allie waited on line, the kids wreaked havoc in the arcade area.
Finally, the movie started (after a zillion trailers, of course!) and the boys were riveted. I’m just glad I saw the movie already or I would’ve been too distracted “shushing” the kids to really follow properly. They all absolutely loved the film and couldn’t wait to re-enact their favorite scenes. Of course, we were on the fourth floor and had to take the elevator down, so all the kids started acing out the intense Elevator Scene!
The party continued at our house, as we got in around 10:45 p.m. or so. Perfect time for cake, right? Oy. Yep, we then plied this kids with a few hundred pounds of sugar just for fun.
This year, Allie continued to outdo herself. For Jason’s cake she made a playable and 100% edible Chess Birthday Cake!
We set the pieces in place before calling Jason and his friends in for cake.
With the board set, Jason and his buds came in with a variety of “ooohs” and “ahhhs” and “whoas!”
Jason immediately starting playing, as his friends all chimed in with move suggestions. I never knew chess was a fan-participation game. Good thing Allie made extra chocolate pieces for the kids to chomp on.
After fueling them up with an action-packed movie and a sugar-packed cake, we sent the kids to the basement for the night. For the next two hours, these guys ran around non-stop playing “Avengers” with all the superhero gear/toys we have. Eventually they passed out for the night, long after my head hit the pillow.
It was a lot of fun and somehow my gorgeous and talented wife pulled it off. Now I need to start plotting for my birthday cake. Maybe she can make me a playable Atari 2600 cake…
14 thoughts on “You Can’t Have a Winter Soldier Party Without an Edible Chess Birthday Cake”
That’s one awesome cake ! I feel inspired to try my hand at making a checkerboard one …
Wow Very nice looking cake & looks like a great party also.
That’s a really cool cake. I figure, I can’t play chess, may as well just eat it, haha. Sounds like they had a great time. Happy Birthday!
I thoroughly enjoyed this post, as it brought back memories of the birthday party/sleepovers we used to have for my sons’ birthdays. Since I am not as talented as your wife, I always had to have my sister-in-law supply the cakes. We did a “trip to the movies with your friends” for one of the parties – my youngest son’s birthday was a bit before the release of the very first Harry Potter movie, and we did a trip to the theater for his party – fortunately school got out early that day, so we were able to see the film midweek, for matinee prices in a fairly empty theater. Boys are exhausting, but lots of fun. I totally grasp all the implications of the “non-sleepover” comment. : )
Exactly, Lynne! Thanks so much for the comment! 🙂
What a neat cake!! Such a cute and delicious idea! So glad y’all had a wonderful time celebrating!
Happy Birthday Jason!!!
I LOVE that cake so cute for a boy his age and it looked like everyone had a super time.
What a fun birthday you made for your son. Wonderful cake.
Man, that is genius! Best excuse to play with your food.
What a great cake and awesome time he and his friends had. My son would love a party like that.
now THAT is a cake that took time and effort 🙂 i love it !
Hey Courtney! I think it took my wife about 8 hours to make, since she had to make each piece by hand with chocolate molds.
That is an amazing cake; and the party looks pretty great too!
Thanks, Anne! It really was incredible. And delicious too! 🙂