When Big Brother celebrated his fifth birthday there was only one type of party he was going to have… Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. With a lot of fun and planning together, Big Brother had a party even Shredder would have wanted an invite to. Cowabunga dude!
Theme: Big Brother has to be the keenest Ninja Turtle fan. I swear he was mad on them before they recently became so popular. He hadn’t even seen an episode of them and the toys hadn’t even hit the shops and somehow he knew about them. We recently went to Sea World on the Gold Coast where Ninja Turtles are the new attraction for kids. Ninja rides, Ninja shows, meet the Ninja’s… I nearly cried when Big Brother sat in awe watching four spongy turtle suited guys showing off their Ninja Turtle moves as I knew how much it meant to him. At first I wasn’t keen on Big Brother’s obsession for the Lean Mean Turtles. I wasn’t into the merchandise or their Ninja moves. I’ve since accepted his passion for Ninja Turtles, which like many of my pre-children parenting ideals, (my children will sleep in their own beds, eat lots of vegetables and our home will be free of licensed merchandise) have gone out the window with the reality of parenting.
Invitation: I took a photo of Big Brother beside his Ninja Turtle backdrop. I purchased the backdrop from Trade Me. I used the most marvelous product to turn the plastic backdrop into a wall decal. It is called On & Off Restickable Spray TAC from Bunnings for $10. It turns anything into a removable wall decal sticker. You just spray the ‘glue’ on the back of your picture, leave it to set a couple of minutes and then stick to your wall. It can then be removed and restuck whenever you want and doesn’t leave a mark on the wall. I’ve shifted this big poster twice and it still sticks with no damage to the walls. I used the photo of Big Brother to make the invitations through Snapfish.
Decorations: The decorations for our Ninja Turtle party were so easy and effective. I always think the same objects on mass looks great with a few colours themed together. I kept the decorations to just green DIY Ninja Turtle Balloons. These were made using crepe paper strips with white circle stickers and ‘vivid’ drawn black eyeballs. I made these on mass with masks coordinating in the four Ninja Turtle Mask colours – blue for Leonardo, red for Raphael, Purple for Donatello and orange for Michalangelo. I had a few spare masks so these were used in random places around the party room. A few Ninja balloons on balloon stems in a vase were the centre piece for the kids table. I made the crepe paper masks in advance and on the day of the party just had to blow up the green balloons and sellotape the mask to it. I made a backdrop for the food table using two shades of green crepe paper. Big Brothers Ninja turtle toys displayed in glass vases made a fun addition to the food table.
Food: Pizza, pizza, pizza. Ninja Turtles love pizza so of course pizza had to be the main choice! I went easy on myself and bought a couple of ready made pizzas. I had a nine month old baby at the time so hours in the kitchen was not an option. I made green popcorn using this method from The Yummy Life. I served it in cute individual popcorn cups made using recycled yogurt pottles. I covered these in green paper, tied a little fabric mask on and glue gunned on some wiggly eyes. Green ‘Ninja Turtle Ooze’ jelly was served in cups with little ‘Ninja Turtle Ozze’ labels attached. I made Ninja Turtle biscuits simply with icing and DIY pre-made icing eyes. I used this method to make the icing eyes. Again I went easy on myself and used a packet of plain biscuits. Mini cupcakes were decorated with Ninja Turtle cupcake picks I downloaded free from Allison at Thrifty Crafting. I served homemade ‘green’ juice too.
Cake: Big Brother requested his cake to be Leonardo coming out of the sewer. As always Daddy Ian was on to his cake making duties. He made two round chocolate cakes. One large for the sewer opening and one small for Leonardo’s face. This cake was Ian’s first attempt at using fondant icing. I think he did an amazing job. He purchased Pettinice white fondant icing from Countdown and coloured some grey for the sewer, green for Leonardo and blue for his mask. He had to knead the colour through and then rolled the icing to lay it over the cake. He made the sewer lid from our tea canister lid with some icing over the top. Big Brother LOVED his cake. Great job Daddy Ian!
Party Games: Big Brother played an important role in planning and preparing his party games. He is a huge lego fan so when we found fabulous little Ninja Turtle ‘lego’ type figures we knew we needed to use them for his party. Big Brother decided to use them in a game of Pass the Parcel. Big Brother loved preparing the parcel for this game. We wrapped each layer in his old Playcentre art work. We passed the parcel round to the Ninja Turtle theme song.
As children arrived at the party they could choose a Ninja Turtle mask to wear and have a photo shoot in front of the Ninja Turtle Photo Wall. I made the masks from non-fraying material from Fabric Vision which I cut out in a mask shape. I had the four colours for the four Ninjas. Big Brother loves the music from Ninja Turtles so we also had a bit of time dancing to the Ninja tunes using You Tube.
Big Brother and Rosebud helped to make a Shredder pinata using this method from Pretty Little Party Shop. I let go of wanting a ‘beautiful pinata’ and let them create it themselves. Big Brother chose some Shredder pictures to decorate it with. We filled it with wrapped Ninja Turtle fruit lollies I found at The Warehouse. The kids loved wearing their Ninja Turtle masks and beating Shredder up. This was one pinata I didnt feel bad about the kids hitting! Incase you aren’t up on Ninja Turtles, Shredder is their biggest enermy.
I made up a pizza throwing game using two recycled pizza boxes and two frisbees. Big Brother and Rosebud drew, collaged and coloured pictures of pizza which we cut out and stuck on the frisbees. The children then took turns to try and throw the frisbee pizza and land it in the pizza box. Once they got it in the pizza box they won a chocolate.
Favors: I found great little drawstring Ninja Turtle backpacks which Big Brother gave to all his party guests. The kids filled them with all their bits from the party, the Ninja Turtle masks, cute popcorn cups and’ lego’ figures. I made sure the children all took home a Ninja Turtle balloon too.
Big Brother and I had so much fun planning and preparing for this party. Hopefully this is what makes your kids parties a joy and not a chore. It can be a chance to spend time with your child talking about what they like and planning ideas for their party. It gives you some practical activities to do together when making decorations, props and games for the party. Your pinata may not turn our Pinterest worthy but what matters is how happy the kids are.
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