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A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

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By mamameech

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake made by The Cupcake Fairy of Ottawa, Canada.

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

The party favors came in--what else?--pizza boxes.

What was the birthday party theme?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party

Tell us about the party.

For my son's 5th birthday, he requested a TMNT birthday party and I was just as excited as he was!

ACTIVITIES/LOCATION: I really did not want a group of 5 year old boys going ninja in the house, so I had the party at a local Martial Arts Center, where they did an hour long karate lesson, showcased various demos by their senseis, had some play time for the kids, and provided a space to have cake and open gifts.

INVITATIONS:

I designed the invitations and had them printed/mailed through Shutterfly.com on 5x7 folded greeting cards. The front had a cute TMNT image and the inside read as follows:

"COWABUNGA DUDE!

Ninja Noah is 5 years old.

Come SHELLABRATE TMNT style with a hands on karate lesson.

Young ninjas should wear comfortable shells.

Supervision provided but masters are welcome to stay.

This party is going to be AWESOME, RADICAL, BODACIOUS and TOTALLY AWESOME dude!"

CAKE: I had a very talented friend of mine make TMNT cupcakes; they were topped with images of the ninja turtles, pizzas, sewer tops and the number 5. She also made an individual cake in the shape of Leonardo's head for Noah to blow out, as well as cake pops with all the same designs as the cupcakes. They were gorgeous and delicious!

Her website is : http://www.cupcakefairy.ca/ottawa-cupcakes/

PARTY FAVOURS: For loot, I designed pizza boxes instead of loot bags, and each box contained a "treat" pizza. This pizza was actually a 9x9 cookie, iced with red/yellow icing to resemble sauce and cheese, topped with various candies and then shaved white chocolate on top to look like shredded cheese. We got blank white 10x10 pizza boxes from a local pizza place and designed the labels for the top/sides, printed them and pasted them to the boxes. The pizza boxes are shown in the images below. The martial arts center gave each child their white belt as well as a voucher for a month of free karate classes on top of my loot; the kids got a good deal!

DECORATIONS: For decorations, I kept it simple. I am a big fan of balloons, so I purchased a couple helium tanks and filled the room with green, orange and blue balloons, as well as a few number 5 balloons. All the plates, cutlery and napkins matched those colours as well.

GIFT: My son's surprise gift was a very cool new backpack that is actually a big turtle shell. I purchase the bag on etsy.com (like the one here: http://www.80stees.com/products/TMNT-Back-Pack.asp?referer=gog-paid&gclid=CJbjm_71saoCFQEKKgodKW5a7g)

Lessons Learned

  • I shouldn't have left the pizzas in our rec room unsupervised... the dog had a good snack :P

Megan Cooley, About.com Kids' Parties & Celebrations, says:

What an awesome party! Thank for sharing all these details. From the invitation wording to the pizza boxes, you thought of everything! What a lucky kid ... and dog.

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