Last summer we had our first birthday party in the house, and the birthday boy wanted a ninja party.
My kids had fun making the candy sushi and Oreo ninja faces to ring the cake top. I’ve learned to pick-and-choose what I want to spend time doing for party prep and what I want to delegate out for ease. Unwrapping packaged Rice Krispy bars and ordering a red and white grocery store cake to decorate myself saved me some time but still looked super cute.
The tablecloth is just unhemmed yardage from Joann’s on our blue makeshift table. (We’ve since upgraded to a beautiful custom marble piece!)
The calligraphy marks are cut black poster board–with the middle character meaning “ninja.”
We invited the boys to come and attend ninja training. I made free invitations on Paperless Post by uploading a photo of our son.
The boys arrived in their ninja suits and we took their photo in front of the Japanese-inspired chalk art. I didn’t want to take those happy lanterns down after the party…especially since our house is still so sparse from moving in. I found those on Oriental Trading Company and hung them up with fishing line.
If there is an opportunity to play dress up, I will.
My husband played ninja teacher and instructed the boys at the beginning of the party that they would have to pass three tests of agility, precision, and strength to become a ninja.
The agility test in the treehouse was a hit as was the bean bag toss off the back deck…the zipline challenge was a bad, bad idea on our part, but no one was hurt! Oh, man.
We also had a star piñata because who doesn’t like to beat the crap out of something with a stick?
At the end of the training challenges, the new newly-minted ninjas ceremonially received their ninja swords, which also doubled as part of their party favors.