Blue had his choice between
A. Go to Orlando and stay in a hotel (something the boys LOVE) and see Madagascar and Shrek characters in ICE. (We've been to an ICE show before when it was Snoopy stuff so he knew what this was.)
B. Do a Winter Wonderland party. (I was thinking about renting a snow machine or at least do some bubble snow and rounding up as many trees as possible. And... I didn't have time to really think it beyond that because this got shot down fast. Boys.)
C. Do an Angry Birds Party
He went with a write-in vote.
I seriously didn't see that coming. Blue doesn't play with legos and he's never seen Ninjago. Ninjago has only entered our house via library books Kaden has read. I guess those books made some impression!
He got his wish, and here's how it all went down:
Pretty much, I wrapped a lot of stuff in those plastic party table clothes, added Ninjago eyes (black eyes drawn with sharpie on yellow duct tape) to a bunch of stuff in my house :-)
The Happy Birthday banner was made with printables from here. All I did was print on cardstock and tape to curling ribbon. The balloon wreath was the same one I made for Toby's party with a simple sign update. The boxes were taken (with permission!) from Target and Walmart. (I had four boxes in all and used them during the party to hold legos during the building competition.) The bags were for the kids to put their pinata loot. I attached colored circles to them to make them look like lego bricks.
I did eventually iron the cloth napkins. Unfortunately this pic was taken before I did that!
And the album is Blue's special album that I update only for big milestones (like birthdays) in case anyone wanted to look through.
This was a 2pm party so just heavy snacks: cupakes, fruit plate, veggie plate, and a plate with veggie spring rolls and krab rangoons from the closest Chinese takeout place. For the fruit plate I bought star fruit thinking I might use them to make some sort of Chinese star pattern. Didn't happen, but that's ok.
There was skull mold (frozen lemonade) in my cranberry juice/gingerale punch and then the "Pythor Punch" was just green Hawaiian Punch. Also on this table were sugar cookies with skeleton faces and "Kruncha Krunchies" (popcorn with white chocolate covered pretzles mixed in).
The next activity was a lego competition. Each team was given a bunch of legos (I bought a lot of 500 legos off ebay just for this), a lego base board, and a Nijago booster pack (in which is a Ninjago character and lots of weapon accesories).
We had a very untechnical and totally arbitrary voting system and Blue's group won. :-) The prize was an arm band that looked like lego bricks bought at our party store for each team member.
The final activity was two-part. First the kids had to accept a Quest! They had to find the lost weapons (a sword and some nunchucks) so they could use them on the skeleton bad guy that had stolen their candy (yup, a pinata). They were given one clue and sent off to find the weapons which were hidden in the boys bedroom. Then... pinata time. I didn't want to spend the money on a Ninjago pinata so I made my own:
(Because if my pinata can be shaped just like a balloon - then I am up for that!)
The kids lined up and got one whack - either with a "spinjitzu" punch or kick or with a weapon. Then, once it was busted and knocked to the ground, my husband gave the contents a big toss in the air. Oh the scramble!
I kept out a bunch of candy to add to the loot of the kids who didn't manage to get their fair share on their own so it all worked out in the end, even for the younger and/or slower kiddos. Oh and mixed in with the candy were a dozen little plastic ninjas from the party store. They were too cute to pass up!
Then we sang to the birthday boy and that was it! We don't open presents at our parties. Instead we ask guests to skip presents or, if they want to honor the birthday boy to donate to the charity he chose. This time around it was a walkathon we're doing next year. Blue raised $165! Inevitably, people ask if they can bring gifts anyway and I always say sure, but also let them know they'll be opened after the party.
Another birthday party down.
Another birthday boy pleased!