16 November 2010

Ice Cream Before Noon

What kind of a birthday party do you want?

A pajama party!

Since there was no way in hell that we were having a slumber party, we decided that the best way to incorporate pajamas into the party would be to have a breakfast party. We brainstormed ideas and settled on waffles at 9:00 on a Sunday morning.

Pajamas were worn, many waffles were made, three pounds of bacon was eaten, much drama ensued, one conference was held in a closet, several children were dragged out from under a bed, one small boy came downstairs and told me very seriously that "bad words are being said upstairs", umpteen cardboard blueberries were stuck onto a three foot square waffle poster, Twister was played, and there was cake.

But oh, it wasn't just any cake: it was ice cream waffle cake, four chocolate waffles, with chocolate and vanilla ice cream in between - for a total of seven layers for a seventh birthday.

We have a big square waffle maker, so we made big square waffles, and then used a 9" cake pan as a template to cut clean circles out of the squares. Then we lined three 9" cake pans with parchment and filled them with softened ice cream. Those went into the freezer for a while, so they were firm enough to handle and peel. Last, we stacked (and photographed in series). The chocolate waffles were tasty and not too sweet, a good foil for the ice cream, though chewier than I thought they'd be. (I thought the waffles would soften up like the gooey cake on the outside of an ice cream sandwich.)

And for party favors, which I wouldn't mind doing away with altogether, but that's another post, my sister Pinky had a genius idea: waffle weave long johns on sale at Target. Pajamas! Waffles! All-in-one!

After everyone was gone and the house was sort of cleaned up and the girl was intently coloring, I took to my bed and had a nice nap, my version of Hide 'N Sleep, which never did get played at the party. What would the rules have been anyway?

18 comments:

Bibliomama said...

Sounds like another great party advice. Although our kids have never been adverse to wearing pajamas to a party at any old time. Waffle-longjohns -- sheer genius.

Rima said...

That sounds amazing, and absolutely exhausting!

slouchy said...

You are an awesome parent, m'dear.

Kelly @ Student of the Year said...

Very creative! I have yet to attempt the friend party, because I'm certain I'd have a migraine 5 minutes into it. It will be a bridge I'll eventually have to cross. Love this!

Amira said...

I stared and salivated at that cake for a long time.

Life in Eden said...

I concur -- you have great party ideas! Love the morning party, that might have to be tried.

de said...

Great idea! We heard about a similar idea on satellite radio - they did a morning surprise party, and the guests were the ones surprised when they got picked up in their pjs.

The cake looks so great!

Looking forward to a post on party favors. I'm not a fan.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Waffles with ice cream used to be a common birthday party treat around her--that looks great.

I know I'm strange, but I adore a slumber party. I believe 22 is my record number of invitees.

The Library Lady said...

This cake blows my mind.

Since we have a Belgian waffler we may have to try something like this--though with the smaller waffles, it will probably be 2 smaller cakes or something.

Hmm...SC's got a Sweet 16 coming up and doesn't know what she wants to do. Perhaps a waffle party is in order...

leanne said...

The cake, oh, the cake... I am going to have to try that sometime.

And love the morning pajama party.

And I, too, do not like the whole party favor thing. But waffle weave long johns -- brilliant.

mayberry said...

Love this idea so much. Also love the boy who tattled on the bad-word-sayers.

Angela said...

Holy smokes! That is so brilliant. I am totally going to convince my daughter to have a pajama waffle party for her birthday next month (7th as well).

flutter said...

That is a cool freakin party, You are such a rad mom

Gina said...

That is such an awesome party idea!

Life As I Know It said...

I LOVE that cake! Brilliant.

needleinahaystack said...

Hey Martha!

If you need any other working mom kid party at home ideas--let me know.

Kyla said...

What a cool cake!! And a cool party theme, too.

Why no slumber party? We did one for BubTar last year and it ended up being a lot of fun!

Jennifer said...

Apparently, the trick is to get Jenn@Juggling Life to host the slumber party. Then the parents can play hide 'n sleep until it's time to open presents. She's gonna make a fortune. ;)

Love that cake. My kids would go nuts over it.