For my son’s 8th birthday, we celebrated with a Ninja Birthday Party theme. He has been doing karate for about a year now and is loving it. The theme was a huge hit and so easy to pull off on a budget. With a little thought, I think I came up with some great ideas that anyone can make to help throw a great party.
To start, I made a simple printable invitation. I purchased the graphics from this shop HERE, and created my own invitation in photoshop. If you don’t have photoshop you can use picmonkey.com. I printed all my decorations and invitations on matte photo paper, it’s the only paper I print on at home for these types of things. The quality is so much better if you do.
I created a food station on a large wall on our back patio. For the backdrop, I used black curtains and red fabric. I like to keep a pvc pipe to hang backdrops on, you can create a pvc pipe stand easily if you want to go that route.
I printed a Chinese inspired banner using the font found HERE. I used scissors to cut it out, leaving a small white border while cutting.
I hot glued each letter for the banner on some black ribbon so it would hang vertically. The black stripes that are running across the top of this photo below are black streamers we had strung between the wood posts on our patio.
We usually do food at our parties, let’s face it we like to eat. We keep things simple and kid friendly.
I made these Sushi Crisp’s out of rice crispy treats, a green fruit roll up (harder to find that you’d think) and a Swedish fish. The kids ate them all.
We also included foods like Asian inspired trail mix that can be found at any grocery store, fortune cookies, and any other kid friendly food you can think of that coordinates.
I also made two types of cold Asian noodle dishes. I did a Sesame Noodle, and Thai Peanut noodles…super simple and quite tasty.
I also served up individual portioned veggie cups with ranch in the bottom, these are perfect for the kiddos.
I made the cupcake toppers with images I found through a quick search online. I added the images to some quick backgrounds in picmonkey.com and then printed. Using my round circle punch to cut them. I typically hot glue toothpicks or sucker sticks to the backs.
For the other decor, I ordered large black lanterns from amazon, the small white ones I found at Goodwill for a couple bucks. The red Chinese style lanterns I made from poster board. They are super easy to make, you can go HERE for a tutorial.
I made some ninja swords out of paint sticks after the ones I originally ordered from amazon showed up and were all cheap and flimsy. The hubby thought of this last minute idea, I’m so proud of him for coming up with it. All it took was some free paint sticks from a home improvement store, a can of gray primer paint, silver & black spray paint. Some ribbon and a hot glue gun and we were good to go! The kids loved them.
The kids each got to take a “take out” box home with them. Each box had a fortune cookie, small ninja guy, and a little gadget to help them all use chopsticks at home. I made the labels for the front of the box, they say “Thank You” in Chinese characters.
I also made these necklaces for each child to take home as part of their favors. You can find these Asian inspired charms at most craft stores. I strung them on cord necklaces I made myself.
We had to have a pinata, it’s just a must at our house. I made this easy dragon pinata out of a cardboard box, fringed tissue paper that I glued on, and a dragon printable I found online and colored myself. Filled it with candy and attached the hanger.
I also love making the boys custom shirts for their special days, these shirts were found for $1 at Dollar Tree and with a freezer paper stencil I was able to customize them. It says “Warrior” in Chinese characters.
The party was a huge success and while I didn’t get every detail perfect my guy had an amazing time, that’s all that matters to me.