It’s that time of year when I start gearing up for my oldest boy to turn another year older. As I prep for this years shindig I thought I’d share some of our past birthday parties in honor of the big event. I am not a big character toy fan, and as a boy mom that has proved to be very challenging. My natural bent wouldn’t be to throw character themed parties. Ultimately tho if I’m throwing a party for my kids I want them to have a party that they are excited about and love. Our first foray into character parties was a few years ago when we hosted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party.
At the time we lived in a house with a large backyard (oh, how I miss the backyard!). We thought our son and his little friends would get a kick out of having a maze to run and chase through and they really did!
How to make a temporary maze for a birthday party:
- Buy PVC electrical conduit and cut it into 3 foot pieces
- Using a rubber mallet tap the conduit into the ground until the pieces are unable to be knocked over.
- Slide a pool noodle over the conduit (You can find pool noodles at the dollar tree for $1 each.)
- Wrap crepe streamers around the poles to make the maze pattern you want
Using foam core and vinyls cut from Sprinkle The Kindness we made 4 signs with silhouettes of each of the Ninja Turtles. We put the characters throughout the maze.
Our yard was also home to poles for a clothes line. We hung balloons from the clothes line and the kids LOVED LOVED LOVED ‘fighting’ the balloons!
Party favors: swords, masks, & finger flingers
The maze & balloons made a big impact were super easy and fast to assemble. The rest of the party decor was kept pretty minimal. I didn’t over character the party but instead focused on adding green touches.
Grocery store cupcakes were accented with these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle peg dolls I painted.
And that’s how we threw our 4 year old his first character birthday 🙂 What are your feelings on character parties – or kid parties in general? I have mixed feelings. I love planning and throwing the parties but feel like they can very easily get out of control. What’s your approach?
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