Sarah said this about planning the party- ”My son Harvey absolutely loves Pac-Man after Santa brought him an old-school games console for Christmas which you plug into the TV. And when we saw ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ at the movies, he was delighted to see Pac-Man amongst the characters and became fascinated with the idea of amusement arcades and arcade games. We visited a local (modern) games arcade, and Harvey couldn’t believe some of the machines spat out tickets that he could then redeem for a prize. Bonus! So when I suggested we could create his own games arcade for his birthday in the middle of our lounge room, he just about fell over!
I decided to give everything a retro arcade flavour, in keeping with the spirit of 80′s video games. I had a lot of fun creating all of the food items myself, except for the cake which I had professionally made to a simple design I created. We converted our lounge room into a games room, with everything from foozball, air hockey, pinball, video games, and velcro darts to play with. After a sit-down lunch of sandwiches and hot food, we played team ball games in the back yard so the kids could earn tickets to redeem at the prize counter. There are always some kids who are reluctant to play party games, so this enticed them to participate because everyone who did automatically earned tickets. Then the winning team earned bonus tickets so they had more to redeem at the prize counter.
All in all it was a really successful party and the kids absolutely loved the arcade. Sometimes the noise level hit fever pitch as they all played the games together and egged each other on…just like in a real arcade!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped paper straws Polka Dot fruit / nut cups Gold coins Stand up frame Striped paper plates Popcorn bags Streamers Tissue garlands / banners Tickets Honeycomb lanters Mario Party Supplies
This is what Stephanie said about planning the party- “BOOYAKASHA! is the new Cowabunga Dude! I have to admit I was a little nervous when my soon to be 3 year old son asked for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party. The turtles made a huge comeback in 2012 with a new cartoon, but there is limited inspiration available for an updated take on a TMNT birthday party.
So I started from scratch.
As a parent I really enjoy the new TMNT cartoon. The characters are cute and even though the episodes are “dark” (NYC at night) the feel of the show is light. As my son is just turning 3 I wanted to take a lighter approach to the TMNT theme and stay away from the commercial part of the brand (which can be really hard to do)
For the invites, my local Famoso was generous in giving me some to go pizza boxes to use for the invitations. I hunted down enough TMNT t shirts for each of our little guests and tucked them inside. I absolutely fell in LOVE with the turtle illustrations by Jess Bradley and was over the moon excited when she was kind enough to allow me permission to use them for my son’s birthday.
I found a cartoon NYC skyline online that I liked and printed it as the backdrop for the dessert table. Desserts were hard for this theme as ninja turtles only dine on pizza (which we served for lunch). So we served Ninja Smoke Bomb (cake pops), Krang Cookies and Sewer Rat Gummies which were a big hit with kids of all ages.
To decorate the table I purchased some fabric in TMNT mask colors and used them as table runners. This was perfect for this party and would also work well with an art or rainbow party and so, so easy to do.
I also incorporated Jess Bradley’s turtle illustrations here for labelling the drinks at the table. This one is my favorite and was reserved for the over 18 guests ;)
After the kids had eaten, they had to go through the sewer cover (and tunnel) to get Turtle-fied.Each guest got to choose their favorite color of mask and put on their turtle shell. I picked up the “shell” (frisbees) at Dollarama (love that place) and used brown grosgrain ribbon and D Rings to keep the shells on while the kids enjoyed the rest of the party. I used fleece fabric blankets I found at Ikea and used a mask we already had as a guide to make the TMNT masks.
So many plans and ended up with so little time. I had planned a few games for the kids including Fruit Ninja, Kung Fu Hi Impact and a Ninja Throwing Star Game. I came across these super awesome pots from Ginger Pots and was inspired to create my own version for the party. I am no painter but I think they turned out great even if they didn’t get used.”
This unique SPY THEMED ELEVENTH BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Michelle Paige.
I love so many of the creative ideas in this secret agent spy party! A few of my favorites are:
The exploding bomb shaped cake
The laser beam obstacle made out of red crepe paper
The sunglasses, magnifying glasses (to decipher clues) and Nerf guns given as party favors
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Balloons Paper Lanterns Cupcake Liners Crepe Paper Streamers Favor BagsHere’s what Michelle said about planning the party- “As my son gets older, parties get a bit harder to plan and organize. This year my 11 year old requested a SPY Party. We went with a black and red theme. Laser beams were created with red crepe paper. Magnifying glasses, dark shades and secret agent notebooks set the scene. The bomb cake was made using a sports ball cake mold, covered in marshmallow fondant. The fuse is black licorice. The snacks were given cool spy titles like: explosives, dynamite sticks, laser hot bullets and packets of adrenaline.
The boys enjoyed the activities of deciphering codes and being sent on ‘missions’ to locate the missing weapons and ammunition (NERF guns). All clues were typed in size 2 font, requiring the use of a magnifying glass. I even put clues inside the fortune cookies. One of the favorite activities was the laser beam training. The boys challenged themselves to crawl through the beams (crepe paper) without touching them. Target practice and free shooting were also hits.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Balloons Paper Lanterns Cupcake Liners Crepe Paper Streamers Favor Bags