Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Blue & Gold Banquet - a piratey good time

I would have posted sooner on this, but I figured it would be more fun to wait until I got some pictures to go with it.

Becoming Cubmaster just 6 weeks before the Blue & Gold Banquet made me quite nervous. Fortunately, I had a TON of great help. We have an AWESOME pack (pair of packs, actually) with great leaders, committee members, spouses...and most especially, GREAT KIDS!

For our Blue & Gold, our Den Leader Danielle suggested a pirate theme based on some recent birthday party adventures from which she had some decorations. Kids love pirates. I love pirates. It sounded like fun. Our committee chair Merlene suggested the idea of a cake decorating contest to help get the kids/parents involved. That too sounded like fun, so we went for it.

As you can see from the pictures, the decorations were AMAZING! Super kudos to Danielle and her support for getting everything looking so fabulous (I had to work, so I showed up about 30 minutes before the event not sure what to expect...I was pleasantly flabbergasted).

I wasn't sure how many of the kids would end up decorating a cake or how much they'd get into it. I think all of the kids ended up decorating a cake and as you can see...there was some HUGE effort put into them.

For the entertainment portion of the program, we had a den skit and then one of our Webelos scouts put on a puppet show to fulfill a requirement for his Showmanship award. It included a great set, a number of homemade marionettes, and a VERY witty script. It was great fun.

After we ate and watched the performances, there were some great pirate games while our impartial judges awarded different prizes to each of the cakes. Then we handed out scouting awards (there were a TON of awards given), cut up the gorgeous cakes and went home.

All in all, it was pretty successful (much to my relief after all my anxiety). It did run a little long and things got a little rowdy at times, but everybody had fun.



Anonymous said...

HI It looks like you all had a GREAT Blue and Gold!!

We are with Pack 531 In NC and we are also having a pirate themed Blue and Gold banquet.....I really LOVE the treasure chest cake.... I was wondering if you could get me some direction on how to make one of my own? I am not a baker but we are also having a desert contest and this is just perfect!!

Thanks so much!

Yours in Scouting,


Okie said...

Hi Alysia,

Best of luck with your B&G. It's a ton of fun.

As to the cakes we had, I'm not sure where all of the inspiration came from, but I know that some of the families just did a google search for 'pirate cakes' or something like that.

Here are a couple of links I found.

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