For Elliott’s last single-digit birthday, he chose Pokemon as the theme. The YMCA provided the perfect space for the kids to run around and I didn’t have to worry about possibly being rained out.
I arranged to have the kids play Protect the Pokemon (a.k.a. King Pin) and made cut-outs of Pokemon characters from wall decorations and some cardboard. This was followed up by running an obstacle course since I figured that’s what Pokemon trainers would do. Almost two hours of non-stop play later, it was time for cake. I used this cake for inspiration and made the fondant Pokemon using these tutorials from Roart I found that used polymer clay.
After cake, we ended with a Pokeball Punchbox. I decided not to make it a trivia game, but that’s option if you need a longer activity. The trading of figures that took place after will eat up some time as well.
The little Pokemon figures in the punchbox became part of their goodie bags, which included a Pokemon shirt, Pokemon stickers and Pokemon gum.
I made a Candy Punchbox for my daughter’s 9th birthday, so it’s only fair that I make one for my son’s 9th. Luckily, the Pokemon theme he chose totally lends itself to a punchbox. Using the same basic steps, I used red, white and black tissue paper to create the pokeballs. I started with gluing the black strip in the middle. I used separate strips just in case the kids punched a little too hard. I didn’t want the entire stripe to tear down the row of Pokeballs. Then added the red and the white halves. Again, I used separate rectangles to prevent more than one Pokeball from being punched out.
I flipped it over and added the button detail with black and white tissue paper circles.
I attached the paper bags as in my candy punchbox tutorial, filling them with little Pokemon figures that I found on eBay. I put three in a little cello bag to make sure no one lost a figure.
For a fun take on the grab bag idea, use paper flowers. I made these for my son’s auctioned reused the boxes from his past Mario party. The green envelopes held a variety of gift cards but you could also just attach a number the corresponded to an actual prize.
With his 9th birthday coming up, my son picked Pokemon as the theme. So the first step was to make invites.
There are some fun invitation ideas out there–personalized Pokemon cards, pull-out Pokeball cards and pop-up Pokemon invites, but I decided to make Pokeball pop-up invites.
I used my Silhoutte machine to cut out the card but you can easily do it by hand. (Mmmcrafts has a clear explanation how to do it with a compass.) I used a Fiskar circle cutter to make the smaller circles. I printed out various Pokemon images I found and cut them out. I used a paper spring to attach the Pokemon but you could use foam tape. You can either write out your party information or print it out and cut it to fit.
I made these for my friend’s son’s video game birthday party since he’s a fan of brownies but not cakes.
I used a star cookie cutter and yellow and black icing for the Super Star. The Goomba I cut freehand. It’s pretty much like a squat Christmas tree that I trimmed and shaped to look like a Goomba. I then drew on the face using icing. I did flip the brownie over so the pan side was on top so I would have a smoother surface to decorate.
A friend’s daughter wanted a winter themed birthday party and she asked for some treat ideas. I made white chocolate snowflake wands and my version penguin cookies that I found by Sandra Denneler at SheKnows. I used Junior Mints instead of black jelly beans and added “ice.”
My friend wanted to decorate her apartment for her son’s video game themed party. Minecraft is one of his favorites, so going off the coin blocks from the Mario Party, I decided to make big Minecraft blocks. Using wrapping paper and 8x8x8 boxes, I came up with three types of blocks–grass, dirt and diamond.
You can buy Minecraft diamond wrapping paperat Amazon. There are three sheets to a pack and it’s enough to wrap eight 8x8x8 boxes if you slightly overlap the remaining scrap strips. The pattern is busy enough where you can’t tell that you’ve pieced it together.