Birthday party entertainment: one hastily purchased Pac-man Party video game.
Group activity: melty bead keepsakes, Pac-man themed pattern roundly ignored in favor of original, weaponry-themed designs.
Custom made Pac-man cake: a box of red velvet mix, homemade buttercream, food coloring gel, and a peppermint patty. Bonus: baker gets her cut up front.
Themed beverage: a dozen sugar-free cherry colas. Sugar-free having nothing to do with the pac-man theme, and everything to do with the party coordinator’s sanity.
Motivation: making my favorite 11-year-old smile.