Sadly, the weather disallowed us from playing outside, so I had to be creative with the games. We played tabletop soccer and trash can basketball. The kids were pleased to whack a pinata in the garage as well.
I wanted to create something fun and unique for the cake/cupcakes. I discovered that by using two of the ice cream cake cups, I could create cupcake trophies to give to all my sons M.V.Fs (Most Valuable Friends). Here is a brief tutorial on how I achieved the look.
In advance of the party a couple of days, I made the handles out of fondant. I made snakes (like the ones you used to do with play-dough) and then shaped them into a curved handle shape. I measured them against an ice cream cake cup to ensure they were a size and shape I liked. Allow the fondant to dry out. Don't cover.
The day of the party, I baked and decorated the trophies. To bake, cover a cupcake pan with foil and punch holes to set the cups through. I was feeling lazy, so I whipped up a cake mix. I only filled the cups with about 1/4 cup of batter each.
After they came out of the oven and cooled slightly, I pierced the bottom of the cups with a fork to allow excess steam to escape.
To create the trophy base, I cut another ice cream cup with a serrated knife. For the particular cups I used, this picture shows where I cut.
After covering my counter with paper towels, I sprayed my trophies with yellow Wilton color mist. It is available at most craft and hobby stores in the cake decorating section.
Next, I used yellow royal icing to attach the bases and the handles.
To finish, I decorated to my heart's content. I was able to use my new edible ink printer for the names. I topped the cupcakes off with a scoop of ice cream after the traditional birthday song.
Hmmmm....for a simpler version, I wonder if licorice rope would work for handles!?
The Cub Scout Den Leader in me can't help but think these would be so cute for the pine wood derby! A checkered flag cupcake topper would look really cute.