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I don't normally go crazy on birthday parties. But there was something about my boy turning 5 that made my throat close tight and my wallet swing open. Arun had decided early that he wanted to have a Halloween party for his birthday and I had decided early that we would decorate our basement for the occasion. Besides, as I told Manoj, the decorations were an investment in our Halloween Future. Win-Win.
I had also decided early that we would be purchasing our cupcakes from Tabby's Treats here in Olathe KS. I have known Tabby since our 5 year olds were babies (Sniff) and recently, we attended her son's birthday party. There is nothing like trying before buying, folks. I knew after sampling her cupcakes and sugar cookies, that I would be calling her about Arun's party. I do not even like sugar cookies, as a general rule - but I can report that her cookies were so soft and so delicious that I was left wondering if maybe the reason I don't normally like sugar cookies is that all the others I had ever had simply sucked. Maybe?
Anyway, the deal was sealed when Tabby reported that yes, she knew how to make Super Mario Brothers cupcakes. Folks, Arun is not just into the Nintendo Wii version of Super Mario Brothers - in fact, he has not played the Wii for several weeks now. He is actually into the entire Mario universe - the books, the plush toys, the miniature toys, the story videos, watching instructional videos on You Tube, the early 1990s Game Boy and my old late 1990s Nintendo 64.
He was over the moon with these cupcakes. It helped make up for the fact that I could not sew him the Bowser costumer he desperately wanted and instead, was able to convince him to wear the cheesy, store-bought Yoshi costume.
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The best part of these cupcakes? They tasted awesome. We purchased 4 dozen cupcakes in all (2 dozen decorated with marshmallow fondant, 2 dozen plain with butter cream frosting) After the party, we had 5 lonely cupcakes left. Considering we had about 25 people at the party, more than one person had helped themselves to seconds.
Halloween sticker sheet theme. I would also like to give the Oriental Trading Company a special shout-out for outstanding customer service. A few things were missing from the original shipment - I called customer service and the phone was answered directly by a rep and the missing items were shipped express.
Arun Robert aka "Arun Bob"
Despite some crankiness due to over-stimulation, artificial food colorings and a steady stream of sugar, it was a perfect weekend in which to celebrate our boy turning 5.