i purchased a set of skylanders to place on top of the portal cake, however, due to the electronics at the bottom of each, i could not let icing get inside. to prevent this, i traced each onto a thick paper and then cut out the shape. it was easy to tape the paper to the bottom of the figures and then remove when he was ready to play!
for a little more decor, i placed the instant photos i had taken that morning around the cake table for guests to look at. overall, this may have been the easiest birthday celebration i've planned yet. (did i mention "the monster" wanted pizza hut for dinner so i didn't even have to cook?!)