Mason has a history of obsessing over different characters. We could, in fact, send him to college by selling off his Thomas the Train collection a piece at a time. Next, it was Disney cars. We have all of them. Times a million. And now, it's Lego Ninjago. So of course, he wanted to celebrate his 6th birthday with a Lego Ninjago party!
Since it's a pretty new theme, there's not a lot out there. I Googled it up and found some great ideas to inspire me.
Here's the treats! We added the "angry eyes" to everything (I just created them in PhotoShop using circles, an elongated triangle and an ~ for the eyebrows. Easy peasy!) which definitely set the tone! We had "Kai's fruit swords" (on the little sword picks), "Kruncha Corn" (caramel & cheese popcorn named for one of the Ninjago skeletons)...and then I ran out of clever names, but there was also goldfish, gummy bears (in Lego-constructed candy dishes), red vines and cheater cake pops, i.e. sprinkle donut holes on a stick. Yum yum!
Ninja Pinata - took hours and hours to make, and 2 whacks to break. Um, oops.
The decor: Chris' hand-painted ninjas and balloons with angry eyes. We also made a bunch of Chinese lanterns (+angry eyes) and strung them up everywhere.
My friend made the cute angry-eyed cupcakes.
Aaaand, treat bags with angry eyes. Yes, we did the angry eyes to death.
Party favors: the kiddos all got a skeleton spinner (found on clearance after Christmas) and dollar-store swords, plus a punch-balloon and pinata candy.
Ninjas all up the stairs!
Activity #1 = making Chinese throwing stars.
They turned out really cute and the boys enjoyed tossing them around.
After that, they were awarded their headbands. They were simple to make...I just printed out all the boys' names in a free Karate font, then put the paper under the strips of fabric, traced with Sharpie and filled in with black paint. They turned out really cute!
Next, my awesome brown-belt buddy Rhonda taught them some real karate moves.
Flying ninja birthday boy!!!
Maya was overseeing the action! :)
Such focus! Rhonda really had those guys working. It was cute.
And somehow, they only punched the air and not each other! Not pictured: the "guess how many Legos" game + pin the angry eyes on the ninja. Good times!
A happy birthday song later, we sent them home armed and dangerous! Super fun theme. Nin-ja-GO!!!