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Lego Ninjago Birthday Party

Lego has come out with some great characters and think that their Ninjago line is one of their most popular.  After all, they did just come out with a new Ninjago attraction at Legoland and The Lego Ninjago Movie new movie will hit theaters the summer of 2017!  My sons have been huge fans and my oldest wanted a Ninjago themed party.

Calling out Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane and the rest of the Ninjago gang!  Here are a few ideas on how you can add some fun Ninjago elements for your next birthday bash.

DECOR
I went with an easy red, black and white colored themed party.  I had the table cover already, and went to this really great discount Japanese store called Daiso.  If you have never been, you need to see if you have one in your area.  It’s basically like a Japanese dollar store, but most items are $1.50.  It’s such a deal for some really cute things.  Below, you will see some fabric signs with Japanese writing and black nylon fish hanging.  Yes, each one was $1.50!  Then, I went to the Dollar Tree and picked-up some $1.00 nunchucks and ninja stars.  I also make a banner with my son’s name on it and used a Ninjago looking font and kept with the colored theme to tie it all in.

I also made custom water bottle wraps.  They are a super inexpensive way to decorate and something that you can use during or after the party.  I added these to the table and basically used them as fillers in the back.

I had a really hard time trying to find a Lego or Ninjago pinata.  So, I made my own.  It was actually pretty darn easy and really glad that I figured it out, while using a really simply square design.  I found a really durable box and got lots of red tissue.  You literally just cut long even strips and tape– from BOTTOM to TOP and affix with Elmer’s glue or homemade flour paste.  Then you cut to fringe.  I covered some cardboard food tubes for the top part to complete the look.  Don’t forget to cut a hole at the top so that you can put the pinata loot as well as adding a hook on the top so that you can suspend this thing.  This held up WAY better than the store bought ones and helped to add to the table decor as well.

FOOD
I always have so much fun trying to incorporate the theme with food!  Here is a snapshot of a few things that I did for the party.

Chocolate Bars” – Not only did these serve as fun decoration, but I encourage kids to enjoy them as well.  I simply got Hershey chocolate bars and designed a Ninjago custom designed wrapper which simply went over the bar.  If you want this template, I have a generic version without my son’s name here for you to download.  Click here for the .pdf file.    

“Sushi” – Ok, this is not really sushi, but made to look like the real deal.  100% kid friendly!  You start with Rice Krispie Treats.  I would purchase these vs. making them.  Why?  When you purchase them, you get even sizes.  I would suggest that you cut them down to bite size rectangles.  PLUS, it’s a semi-homemade approach.  Then, you can get Swedish Fish.  Target has generics that you can use as well.  Now for the dark seaweed wrap.  That was a little tricky.  You can’t just get regular fruit roll ups since they have really abstract colors.  Go to the produce aisle and get those bigger sized natural fruit rolls ups that you see in the healthy snack area.  Hopefully, you should find grape as the color is pretty dark as you can see.  Cut everything down to size and you can easily make these ahead.  Be sure to make extras as you will need a bit of practice and maybe a few tasters as well.  🙂  They actually taste really good!  The adults loved them, too!

“Veggie Snake” & Water Bottles – I had to add a few healthy options and added some baby carrots and sliced up a large English cucumber since it has sort of a scaled look.  I used a knife to carve out eyes and the mouth.  Added an extra slithery tongue from a carrot.  I also have water bottles in the very back which I wrapped with custom paper.  You can download a copy of my template here. 

“Edamame Beans” – Actually, super simple.  Just green grapes.

Sammy Sushi Rolls” – At Costco, they have these great ham and cheese rolls.  I though that they would be perfect as faux sushi.  You could very well make these on your own as well, but loved the overall concept.B

Fangs” – The Constrictai fangs were just plan Bugles corn snacks.

CAKE
I purchase a 9-inch round from the grocery store and had them add only the red trim on top.  I had already pre-ordered a rice paper printed design from Etsy and added that to the cake.  I also added red M&M’s and these really cool ninja star gummies which I found at Oriental Trading.  I only used the red, black and white ones.

I also had little cupcakes that I featured on the table.  Mostly there to hand out to the kids as it’s way easier than cutting slices of cake!  I found this really cool Ninjago dojo looking cardboard stand as well.  I actually purchased two so that I could flank on either side.  The set-up was a bit easy.  I would not recommend using the bottom pegs as I think that it was a bit safer to let the bottom part just lay flat, especially with all of those cupcakes!  I also added some more ninja star gummies and little Ninjago faces on top which I cut-out with my die-cut puncher and affixed to paper straws with non-toxic Elmer’s glue.

FAVORS
This was the favors table that I set-up.  I tried to replicate the Ninjago dojo front door by using a huge piece of cardboard and added various elements on top, including paper plates and black washi tape.  We had fun favor bags which had Ninjago characters on the front.  Inside each bag, we had various Lego sets which we found online, along with some sweet treats.

Posted on 9.10.17