Bean asked for a Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles party as soon as his 3rd birthday party was over and of course J.D. was super excited about the theme because his 4th birthday party in 1992 was a Ninja Turtles party.
So for a year, Bean’s been telling me about the awesome Ninja Turtles party he’s going to have…
I usually start planning out rough ideas for the babies’ parties about two months before their birthday. But this year, time really got away from me and I didn’t start planning until about three weeks before, and I had a bunch of side projects that needed to be finished right before Bean’s birthday so things were hectic.
Since I ended up going with store-bought invitations for the first time this year, my biggest party projects was the birthday banner. I added a strand of pizza bunting from Target and it pulled everything together.
The main backdrop for our party’s sewer lair was made out of two faux brick wall panels that we found at Home Depot and some “sewer” pipes that I made out of PVC pipes, 90° PVC elbows and tee connectors.
After randomly assembling pipes so they’d spread across the dessert bar area, I painted the pipes with three coats of gray spray paint and then embellished the pipes with some neon green puffy paint so it would look like oozing “toxic ooze” at each connection point.
And, I added up some blow up ninja dolls that we found at a local party store.
That’s it! Honestly I didn’t have as much prep as I usually do and I totally credit that to Bean picking a really easy theme!
The food was super easy this year because all we had to do was order some pizza! We decided to go with six different pizzas and some junk food sides.
We did the basic soda, sweet tea and water for drinks but I also found these cute little jugs of juice that happened to match the Ninja Turtles colors so I had to get them for the kids.
The dessert buffet had a key lime pie from House of Pies in Houston, as per tradition, and a super simple grocery store cake that I decorated with a retro Ninja Turtles cake topper and some sugar letters.
I found some gummy pizzas that were crazy cute but had a weird combination of fruity flavors that wasn’t all the pleasing to my adult palette, but Bean and the kids scarfed them down like there was no tomorrow.
I planned a couple of games and activities for the kids after we stuffed them full of pizza and candy.
Since all the kids touched the “toxic” ooze, they all got turned into Ninja Turtles and they got their own Ninja Turtle masks.
Once each kid was cleaned up from the slime and got their mask on, they went to get tatted up at the temporary tattoo station.
I found a bunch of different Ninja Turtle temporary tattoos and ninja-themed temporary tattoos and attached them to a felt board so the kids could see all the designs and decide which ones they wanted. I left a little spray bottle of water and some paper towels so they could easily apply their tattoos.
Then, the kids each had a turn “training” to be a Ninja Turtle with a “ninja throwing star” game. I made a target for the kids with some recycled metal cans and each kid had a chance to throw five rubber shuriken, or ninja stars, to knock the cans down.
Once they were done with their turn, they earned their nunchucks and were fully geared for a big battle with Shredder’s Foot Clan soldiers.
We released a bunch of black balloons and told the kids to “fight” them.
They went nuts. But it was so fun watching all the kids and their different “fighting” style. It was hilarious.
Belle fell asleep immediately after everyone left and J.D. and I managed to clean up everything and find a place for all Bean’s new toys in less than two hours. That’s a serious success. Haha.
Now, it’s time for me to take a nap and then start on our taxes… Back to adulthood.
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