Yesterday we celebrated Ranger’s 14th birthday! FOURTEEN!!! Didn’t he just turn seven?!? They are sure growing up fast, but I am really enjoying this new season of family life with teens. Our older boys are turning into such amazing young men!
I asked our oldest son if he had any suggestions for Thor… He replied, “Ummmm, Pop-Tarts?” Great idea! We don’t usually buy Pop-Tarts (when I buy toaster pastries I opt for the Nature’s Path or Trader Joe’s brands) but we went with official Pop-Tarts for the birthday boy. Sean picked out the S’mores flavor and it was a hit. The birthday boy found the box on the kitchen counter in the morning along with a quote from the movie. Even though the “entire box” was for him, he still shared some of them with his siblings!
I decided to put together a snack and popcorn bar for our movie night, incorporating popcorn add-ins for each of the various Avengers!
Black Widow Bites: Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Flavor
A google image search provides tons of inspiration for Avengers themed party foods! I decided, for our teen’s birthday, to go with pizza.
I picked up six frozen cheese pizzas, a package of pepperoni, and some veggies Saturday night and they came together quick and easy on Sunday afternoon! The birthday boy was so surprised when he arrived home from getting his coffee to see them all assembled. I did have some help!
Captain America’s Shield Pizza: Pepperoni and Star Shaped Slice of Cheese
Thor’s Hammer Pizza: Red & Yellow Frozen Peppers and three slices of Turkey Lunch Meat (Canadian Bacon would have probably worked better, but we had this in the fridge and the kids loved it!)
Incredible Hulk Pizza: Lots of Green Veggies (we used broccoli, green pepper, green onions, asparagus, and sliced brussels sprouts)
Black Widow Pizza: Sliced Black Olives and a slice from the end of a vine ripened tomato
Iron Man Pizza: Pepperoni, extra cheddar cheese, two slices of mushrooms
I was going to grab some “Java Thunder” ice cream, since Thor (that hammer-wielding god associated with thunder) liked coffee so much, but the store was out so we went with “Chocolate Brownie Thunder” instead.
Homemade cards and book markers from his siblings, a card/gift from Sean’s parents, a gift certificate for an hour long golf lesson from my parents, a new track jacket (Costco has a great deal on these – Captain has the Dark Gray and we got Ranger the Gray), the complete trilogy of The Hobbit (Extended Edition), and lots of LEGO… He was pretty excited!
I had purchased The Louvre last Thanksgiving during a Barnes & Noble sale and ended up not needing it for Christmas. Ranger loves the Architecture series and this will be another great addition to his collection.
Ranger’s last gift was an even bigger surprise. It was another amazing deal I found last year, this one from Amazon, for a “like new but damaged box” LEGO Tower of Orthanac! He now has plenty of bricks to keep him busy for
a long time at least another week or so… maybe a little longer due to the boy’s full high school and hockey schedule! Now if I could just find a great deal on some gray roof tiles for that cathedral…. 😉