Guys, I am so behind on preparing for Bean’s 4th birthday party.
Ahhh!! Now that I’m typing that sentence out, I’m freaking out that he’s almost FOUR!!!
This year, he asked for a Ninja Turtles party and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t gotten anything done yet!!
Well, I got some themed plates and cups the last time we went to Target…
Thank goodness this stuff was in stock because they put on clearance and was in the process of clearing everything out.
I try to send out invitations a month in advance because I know everyone has busy schedules and I like to give people ample planning time so they can attend, but this year I was super late! The party is in less than two weeks and I just sent the invites out yesterday.
And they were store-bought.
Here’s the story about those…
I struggled with these invitations for days before sending them out because up until this birthday, I made invitations for all the parties and I had a really cute design planned in my head that just didn’t have time to execute.
It seriously feels like a mom-fail to me.
But, Bean saw these invitations and the matching plates and cups in the store and he had to have them. He was so excited that I couldn’t say no.
To make myself feel better about the whole thing, I had Bean help me write out the invitations. While he carefully wrote his name, I filled in all the details… It was a nice late night project for the two of us.
Anyway, now that the invitations are out, I can focus on other party projects.
The first thing I’m working on are some Ninja Turtle nunchucks that each kiddo is going to be able to take home.
- 1/2″ Self-Sealing Insulation Pipe Wrap, $4 at Home Depot
- 1/2″ PVC Plugs, $0.86 each at Home Depot
- Paracord 550, $2 at Walmart
- Drill + 7/32″ Drill Bit
- Serrated Knife
- Tape Measure
I was going to set up a little station where the kids could make the nunchucks themselves but after thinking about the logistics of it, I realized that most of the kids would probably be too little to do it themselves. So, I decided to have the nunchucks ready for them and I would leave out some colored duct tape and stickers for them to personalize their nunchucks.
Then, I cut a 5″ length of paracord and tied a knot in one end, threaded it through the underside of one PVC plug and into the top of another plug. Then I tied another knot on the other side of the paracord to secure it.
BUT, BUT, BUT…
These store bought nunchucks have a plastic core. They are light weight but they do hurt a little bit if a certain soon-to-be four year-old swings at you with all his might. The DIY ones are the ones that Bean will be playing with on a regular basis because no matter how hard he swings, it’s doesn’t hurt at all.
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links to items that I used for this project. Most of the stuff will be way cheaper at your local hardware store.