Elijah and Emaline’s Cinderella and Ninjago birthday party turned out so great. Elijah was the happiest boy, even though he was getting over a cold. He was very vocal in what he wanted for his party, which added to the fun but also made it a little harder to execute.
In his haze of not sleeping well and having a cold he was so excited to see me hanging up his decorations that he fell and got a giant bruise on his leg, my poor monkey. But he wasn’t bruised enough to miss out on all the fun of his 4th birthday celebration.
I found so many amazing (free!) printables to make the decor easier at Over the Big Moon. If you have Ninjago lovers in your life, you need to check out her party post. She has so many amazing ideas and the free printables to really make the Ninjago theme-and make your life, as the party planner, a little easier.
For every party I throw my kids, I make sure to make a banner with their name on it. I like how it personalizes things. And the Ninjago eyes on the balloons…pretty perfect right?
The banners were so easy, since Over the Big Moon had them available for download, all we had to do was print them and cut them, which was easily done during an episode of the Bachelor, (Olivia is crazy, right?!?) and then I stuck them to a ribbon for easy hanging.
Ninjago eyes went on some of the balloons–Eli’s favorite ninja is the golden ninja, so the gold balloons all got Llyod eyes.
I tried to keep the food simple, for my own sanity, but I ended up getting kind of carried away. We did pizza and salad for the main dish–because pizza is Eli’s favorite food, and by favorite, I mean one of 4-5 foods that he eats without putting up a fight. Salad for the adults, and because my mom makes the very best salads.
Then we had veggies and dip, which grandma made into the shape of a snake, per the birthday boy’s request.
The little graphic squares on the toothpicks were also free printable from Over the Big Moon–I told you she made the decorating way easier.
I ordered fortune cookies last minute from amazon because I thought it would be cute…but barely anyone ate them.
Elijah was adamant that we needed spinjitzu sticks, which are weapons from the show. I considered creating some sticks out of wrapping paper rolls for the kiddos, but later decided it would be a bad idea and lead to tears. So I made edible ones by dipping pretzel rods in white chocolate and then using colored sugars to represent the different colored ninjas.
I made blue “Brick Krispie Treats” and attempted to make them look like Lego bricks with mini m&ms…this execution was not the most successful.
For the favors, I made some upcycyled Lego crayons from old and broken crayons. And made it clear to the parents that they were crayons and not food.
Eli is getting really good at writing his name, so I couldn’t resist having him write it by the favors, I’m a proud mama. And we had no shortage of Lego containers for decorations and he has a few Ninjago Lego sets that we set up around the house.
And then my favorite way to pull the theme together: the cake.
Elijah wanted a golden ninja cake. And he saw ninjago cake pops on pinterest and got so excited about them, I couldn’t resist.
A lady from our church, Terri, has made our cakes every year and not only do they look amazing…they taste incredible! The leftovers pair so well with my morning coffee…You can check out some of her other cakes on her Facebook page for Truly Scrumptious.
I love how excited he was about his cake and his Ninjago party.
He didn’t even realize that I wasn’t able to execute a handful of the things that I intended to, but I always over plan and then life happens…sick birthday boy, busy husband, migraines…thank goodness my mom lives 2 miles away and doesn’t mind helping out and cleaning my house.
What themes have your kids picked for birthday parties? Am I the only parent who lets their toddlers call the shots when it comes to a party theme? Let me know in the comments.
Eli’s “4” tank, c/o Swanky Shank.