the First Lady turned nine and decided to celebrate like a true Pharaoh! she invited her whole class and asked them to bring a donation she could deliver to Home For Life Animal Sanctuary instead of a birthday gift.
much of the décor i've collected or made over my many art teaching years so it came in quite handy!
the biggest challenge was how to make a pyramid cake. unfortunately there were not many success stories over the internet of "how to make a pyramid cake" so we opted for the Egyptian step pyramid.
after all, the earliest Egyptian pyramids were step pyramids so we figured we were in the clear! in fact the famed Egyptian architect Imhotep designed and built a step pyramid for the Pharaoh Djoser which is still standing today! really, we just wanted the easier route, can ya tell?
not too bad....although i'm sure there's a Pharaoh somewhere that would cringe at the sight of this tomb.
quite a guy, huh? looks pretty good for being over 3500 years old I think
the First Lady and I started making these chocolate pops a week prior to make sure we had enough. although it would've been less time consuming if we would have bought more than one chocolate mold. trying to be cheap but took us forever!
finally a use for dads old white t-shirts! we used garden wire and strips of cotton tees to wrap poseable mummies for favors. some were a bit disproportionate but wouldn't you be after laying in a tomb for thousands of years?
thanks Uncle Scott for Sunoco's feathers...they went perfect with the gold and lapis décor and each kid got to take one home to remind them of the Egyptian feather of truth.
i couldn't help it, i knew it was a birthday party but i couldn't resist teaching them a little bit about Tutankhamun. we did a slide show on the tv and they learned all about Howard Carters discovery of Tut's tomb. They had fun taking guesses on how Tut met his demise. they loved it!
easy peasy popcorn bar with toppings for snacks.
there was an Egyptian dance party
lots of mingling......
and eating of course.
after cake and ice cream we watched some of the tamer parts of The Mummy
and then took lots of photos!
dad gets the prize for being the most creative with the cardboard!
and in the end the First Lady was able to collect quite a bit for the special needs dogs and cats at Home for Life. Some families even brought old blankets the sanctuary needed for their older dogs.
she can't wait to plan her visit.
happy ninth birthday sweet daughter. we love your spunk, your creativity, your big heart and everything else about you except the fact that you are just growing way too fast. we love you:)