FRIDAY UPDATE! Hey Friends! After a crazy week of being out of our house, we are home and getting re-settled in (see what happened at the bottom of this post). I don’t have a new post ready for you today, but I will be back on Tuesday as usual! Thanks for your patience, and Happy Weekend!
A few weeks ago, I showed you all the clever and easy way I turned cupcakes into iconic Pokeballs for Henry’s 7th birthday party. Today, I want to show you the rest of the projects I made for his Pokemon-themed party! Admittedly, I love making things for Henry’s birthday parties, but the Pokemon theme was a bit hard for me to get my brain around. All the different Pokemon are quite unique looking, and I was worried about over-extending my To Do List if I tried to bring each of his favorite characters to life. In keeping with my “keep it simple” approach to party planning, I decided to instead focus on the most famous Pokemon, Pikachu. And through a few simple crafts and some wisely chosen accessories, I was able to create an eye-popping Pokemon party all the kids, and especially Henry, truly loved!
I outlined my “recipe” for super simple parties that still look amazing here. As we go through these pictures and projects, you’ll see I stuck pretty close to my formula for this party: a few easy themed crafts + colored tablecloths + balloons = a super cute party no matter the theme, no matter the budget, no matter where you’re throwing it. This party was at our local gymnastics studio. It certainly wasn’t the most picturesque of spaces, but the few decorations we brought with us were enough to create the Pokemon theme Henry wanted so badly!
Colors & Concept
When I first started conceptualizing a Pokemon-themed party, I was really overwhelmed by all the various colors, shapes, and patterns featured across the thousands of different Pokemon. Even though Henry had a few favorites, I was still at a loss for a specific color or symbol I could use to unify the party’s decor. Once I found this simple and inexpensive Pikachu face SVG cut file on Etsy (a file I can use on my Cricut to cut paper, vinyl, etc), I realized I could just transform various yellow items (bags, buckets) into the most iconic Pokemon of all. By embracing the yellow of Pikachu and the red, black and white of his Pokeball, I instantly had a working vision that not only looked amazing but was super simple to pull together!
Pokemon Table Centerpieces
In addition to an overall party “formula,” I also have a standard method for creating quick and inexpensive centerpieces to match any party. You can see my method here, and will easily be able to see how these Pikachu centerpieces adhere to that same basic format.
I started with three yellow buckets from Party City and remove the handles. I then cut out Pikachu’s face from red, black, and white vinyl and adhered them to the front and back of the buckets. (If you need help working with vinyl, see this post for my best tips.)
Pikachu’s ears are almost as iconic as the Pokemon himself, so I had to figure out a way to include them. Instead of using vinyl along the side of the bucket, I cut the ears from cardstock and secured them to the top sides of the buckets with hot glue.
I secured vinyl faces to both sides of the buckets (because I knew kids would be seeing the centerpieces from both sides of the table), but I didn’t want to overlook the tail. As such, I cut the tail from cardstock and secured them to wooden kabob skewers. The tails are stuck into small square of styrofoam in the base of the bucket, along with a bunch of #7s in different colors and fonts. Yellow tissue paper covering the styrofoam adds a bit more bulk and completes the display!
Placing three of these down the center of the table really helped establish the theme in a fun and eye-popping way!
Pikachu Goodie Bags
I couldn’t help but apply the same vinyl faces and tales to small yellow gift bags for the kids to take home with them.
This time, I placed vinyl faces and ears on the front of the bags, and the back and tail images along the back of each bag. Placing all of these pieces was a bit tedious, so I turned on a movie and just cranked them all out!
I think these little bags were my favorite craft from the whole party, and the kids couldn’t wait to fill them up and take them home!
Party Crafts and Favors
Jelly Bean Pokeballs
Speaking of filling up their Pikachu goodie bags, we made the kids work for their party favors! Although we did Henry’s party at a gymnastics studio, there was still about 45 minutes of time to fill with snacks, cake and crafts. I wasn’t exactly sure what a bunch of 7 year old kids would want to do right after jumping around a gym for an hour, but these jelly bean Pokeballs turned out to be juuuust right!
This craft couldn’t be easier. I gave each boy a tiny sealable clear bag (I found mine in the jewelry section at Michaels). We then told the boys to put 20 white jelly beans and 20 red jelly beans into the bags. As they filled their bags, we gave each child a stretch of black washi tape and a circle dot to put around the middle. This craft was perfect for tired kids, and we had enough supplies for them to make a few “Pokeballs” each.
The other favor/craft was to create their own Pokeballs using these mini plastic Pokemon and these vending machine balls. I didn’t snap any pictures because the kiddos took them all home. But essentially, we let kids pick the Pokemon they wanted and then they assembled them into their own little Pokeballs using the capsules!
More and more, I find myself relying on cupcakes for kid parties. I love that they are single serving and don’t require plates or utensils. And by dressing them up, you can easily match any cupcake to any theme!
To see exactly how these Pokeball cupcakes came together, click here.
Our venue wasn’t exactly photogenic, but I hope these few pictures can help you visualize how the party came together. In addition to the few crafts outlined above, I brought in a few other accessories to bring it all together.
I started with yellow and red tablecloths down the entire table and then created a table runner using inexpensive black-and-white stripe wrapping paper (from the dollar section at Michaels). The centerpieces were placed down the center of the table, and then these oversized Pokemon balloons were tied to each one (as well as throughout the room).
At each place, we put down a yellow and white chevron napkin, a red paper cup filled with popcorn, a small bottle of water, and the goodie bag! We setup while the kids were playing in the gym with the coaches, so they came out to quite the Pokemon party surprise!
Focusing in on Pikachu and narrowing the colors down to a bold combo of yellow, red, black and white turned out to be such a winning combination! These party projects came together in a snap, and when all pulled together with some off-the-shelf extras, this actually turned out to be one of my favorite party displays yet! If you have a Pokemon lover in your house too, I hope this post gives you some fun Pokemon party ideas!
LIFE UPDATE: So….I’m writing today’s post from a hotel room because we unexpectedly had to vacate our house in a hurry due to a toilet overflow in our downstairs bathroom. Not only is a majority of our downstairs currently in shambles, but we don’t yet have a solid timeline as to when we will get back into the house and when it will be mostly put back together. What a way to start our summer, huh? This has certainly thrown a monkey wrench into our life but also my blog schedule for the next few weeks because 1) my office is affected by the flood, 2) a few almost-done projects are now buried under other items in the office, and 3) I’m not home to photograph anything that IS complete. Yea. This whole thing is awesome.
Anyway…I am telling you this to not only keep it real (and you better bet I have a LOT more to say on the situation!!!), but also to let you know that I’m not quite sure what the next few weeks will hold around here. I am going to do my best to keep up my usual schedule, but if our circumstances just out right prevent it, know I will be back here as soon as I can! In the meantime, please send me all the calming, patient, and good-humored vibes you have…because I need them all!Posted In Babies & Kids, California '16, Parties, Sewing & Crafts