It has been a few years since any of our kids had a birthday party, and since our son, Angelo, has been doing extremely well in school and the rest of his extracurricular activities (karate/jiu-jitsu, baseball, breakdancing class and gymnastics), we decided to throw him a BIG birthday party this year. He picked out his party theme - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and then the research and ideas began to flow. The first thing I did was create his invitation. I decided to do a comic book ninja turtle theme for the invitation..and the rest of the party stemmed from there.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Fun mix of the comic book style tmnt with a mix of different shades of green.
Of course we had to have a sweet treat station! Filled with Kraang's Brain Blasters (strawberry puffs), Leonardo's Katanas (green apple & pina colada twists), Bebop's Chocolate Chip Taffy, Donatello's Mini Chocolate Smoke Bombs (chocolate sixlets), Raphael's Chigiriki Balls (gumballs), Splinter's Green Apple Walking Sticks (hard candy sticks), and Rocksteady's Coke Bottle Gummies. I printed cutouts of the comic book thought bubbles with different phrases on them and attached them to barbeque skewers so I could stick them in the candy jars.
I decided to just do green ombre cupcakes instead of an extravagant cake since cupcakes are just so much easier to do. My husband helped make the cupcake stands and the stands that were used to hold the fruit cups. We went to the comic book store and decoupaged the stands with the comic book pages. We only used 1 medium container of Mod Podge (purchased with a coupon at Michael's for $7), and $12 in scrap wood from Home Depot to make all 4 stands.
For the centerpieces, I printed 2-sided cutouts of characters (Shredder, Kraang, Bebop, Leatherhead, Rocksteady, Casey Jones and Splinter), adhered them to wooden dowels, and stuck them in boxes that I hot glued foam in the center of so the dowels would stay in place. The boxes were paper treat boxes I had purchased a long time ago on clearance for $0.50/each (I like to buy things in large quantities when they're really cheap..I've used those boxes to hold favors for class holiday parties, etc). I took pieces of the comic book pages and just taped them around the box, looked up a tutorial for tissue paper pom-poms and stuck the pom-poms in the box to cover the foam. Took a little bit of time, but it was so inexpensive to make which was totally worth it!
For the activities, in addition to a bounce house and the water play area, my hubby made a DIY Pitch Burst game where you have a balloon filled with water, and someone throws a ball to hit the target to burst the water balloon. All of the kids had a BLAST with this game.
You can't have a birthday party without a pinata! We had a hard time finding a Shredder pinata and when I went to see if I can get a custom one made, they told me it would be too difficult and offered me a Ninja Turtle pinata instead. I knew my son would be disappointed if he had to hit a Ninja Turtle, so what I did was purchase a batman pinata and create my own Shredder. I used a lot of duct tape, cardboard and tissue paper and kind of followed the instructions for a costume found here.
Our final activity for the day was the reptile show that was provided by Jurassic Parties. We learned about all kinds of reptiles and the kids had a chance to touch each one. We were even able to take pictures with our favorite animals at the end!
We made these TMNT cutouts for picture taking. We printed out vinyl banners, cut them out and routed out plywood for the backing. Didn't really get to use it at the party as I originally planned, but at least I was able to take a nice pic of my son the day after it was all over. I hope Angelo remembers this party forever..I know I sure will (:
You can purchase the (custom) Ninja Turtle Ultimate Party Pack in my shop.
My favorite item from the party is the DIY pitch burst game...ALL the kids (and even some adults) had so much fun using it!
Plan early! Start collecting items when you find them on sale or with coupons. Save your receipts just in case you need to return something. Make as much as you can yourself.
If you're doing a candy/sweets station, do research on pricing before you buy! Also, purchase smaller containers so you don't have to buy so much candy. If you have a bigger jar, fill it up with something large and inexpensive (like big gumballs or campfire marshmallows).