Alfie has just celebrated his ninth birthday with a shark party where nine boys watched Jaws in his bedroom then had pizza and jelly cups followed by a Mintie scramble and a shark attack birthday cake.
Hooray! It’s all over for another year. That probably sounds a bit mean but I’m currently organising a 21st birthday party for one hundred and ten and that seems less stressful than having nine, 9-year olds over for a movie and pizza. Am I alone out there in that I find the thought of organising a child’s birthday party enough to bring on a panic attack?
Despite the feeling of dread, it wasn’t too bad; it’s just for anyone else out there organising a party for that age group of boys, this party was too sedentary. Boys like more action and activity than what we offered and even if you don’t provide it, they will create it.
This movie and pizza party was more like ‘war games’. Everything turned into a weapon. While the movie was playing they were seated on pillows and bean bags. These were picked up and used for pillow fights that they whacked into their opponent with such force that if they were taken by surprise they were knocked from their feet. My pillows will never be the same – they were soft rectangles and now they’re tight little hard circles.
They loved the jelly cups that came with little spoons but then came up with the idea of running around the backyard flicking little specks of jelly into their opponent’s face. This produced riotous laughter and was the noisiest ‘game’ of the three-hour ordeal and every inch of every boy became slimy and sticky.
The Mintie scramble was supposed to be a few minutes of fun and it was. But afterwards they organised themselves into two teams and the minties were used as missiles they hurled at each other with such force it was like being on the receiving end of a Wimbledon tennis champion’s serve. I cowered behind the sandstone foundations of our house fearing losing an eye.
I would say it was a success though as there were no concussions, no ‘missing persons’, no tears and I didn’t even reach for a drink.
These boys all have good mothers and they all arrived promptly to take their darling home. I dangled a lolly bag in front of their son as I thanked him so much for coming and led him to the front gate.
But in between their war games they told me how much they loved the cake. Alfie was disappointed with it. He wanted it to have a women’s legs dangling from the mouth of the vicious people-slayer with blood splattered all around the cake board but I pulled back from the gruesome factor and just presented the shark. As an appeasement to his disappointed face, we stuck a lego figure into the mouth of the Great White and loudly said that was just as good.
Here’s how you can make your own Great White Shark…
Great White Shark Cake
Degree of Difficulty: 4/5
Cost: I used packet cake mixes (but don’t tell anyone). I believe this cake cost less than $20.00.
- 3 cakes (any flavour) baked in 12cm (5 inches) x 24cm (10 inches) loaf tins, cooled and frozen (it’s best to freeze cakes as it makes them easier to ice (frost).
- 250gms (2 sticks) softened butter
- 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 4 tbspns milk
- black food colouring
- poultry pin or skewer
- 2 x blue smarties (for eyes)
- peppermint tic taks for teeth
- cake board approximately 30cm x 50cms (12 inches x 20 inches)
Place butter in a Kitchen Aid (or similar) and beat until it is as white as possible. Gradually add the icing sugar then when all added, add the milk a tablespoon at a time, then beat until icing is smooth (about 10 minutes). Add black food colouring until icing turns a light grey colour.
Remove cakes from freezer. Take 2 of the cakes and join end to end. Cut out body of shark from these 2 cakes. (You will have some leftover as otherwise cake will be too long for the board). Using cut-away pieces of cake, shape side fins. Take remaining cake and make the shark’s tail and dorsal fin. Shape cake pieces so they look more rounded like a shark.
Place body of cake on board. Cover in icing. Add side fins and cover with icing. Add tail and cover with icing. Attach dorsal fin with poultry skewer or similar then cover with icing.
Stick blue smarties into face to create ice. Poke tic tacs into face to create a mouth.
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