June is just about over, but before it is I thought I would share Wesley's birthday party. He turned 11 this year and chose to have a Pokemon themed party. This was a much smaller scale than last years Harry Potter party, but still included a lot of the fun details that I love to create.
Pinterest was once again my go to place to pull together ideas. My golden find was a spectacular series of blog posts on the Craft Inturrupted blog. Not only did she create an amazing Pokemon party, but she included instructions and printables for every aspect of her party.
Wes' party was at our church, but this time I reserved the new bowery and it worked perfectly for all that I had planned. Here is the table:
The simple cardboard figures are from the Craft Interrupted blog.
I put together some quick table decorations with some tissue paper, white grocery sacks, cardstock, and flower vases.
The cake was also super easy and just required the purchase of another container of red dye to get the frosting that bright red shade.
I really like having some what of a schedule and printed this sign out and hung it up so the boys knew what was coming.
Once the boys had arrived I gave them each a hat and a sling bag. Inside each bag was a pokeball, a pokemon pencil, a badge case, and some pokemon cards. The hats were purchased here, bags I made using felt and instructions from the Craft Interrupted blog. Both designs were cut with my Silhouette Cameo using freezer paper and then stenciled on with acrylic paint.
I really like the ideas from Craft Interrupted blog and actually found/printed off everything she did for the boys to catch their pokemon. I put these cards together in Photoshop. Each card featured the name of the pokemon, moves, and their origin.
I pulled each card out and the first person to find it on the poster received the pokemon figurine to put in their pokeball.
After they caught their pokemon they moved on to "Care for your Pokemon/Teach your Pokemon battle moves".
I lumped these two together. Wesley gave me the Cliff Note version of how to care/train your pokemon. Basically from my understanding was that the more battles you fought and won the more badges you would earn. The more badges you earned the pokemon would then obey your commands thereby leading to winning more battles. Therefore these two parts really went hand in hand.
I set up activities all around the lawn and each of the boys had to do them in order to earn a badge. I had eight activities - one for each badge to put in their badge case. Activities were: balance beam, stilts, can stilts, relay race, disc golf, badminton hit, balance platforms, and ladder ball. All the items I borrowed from a neighbor that uses these for cub scouts.
After googling Pokemon badges on the internet Wesley chose to have the Black and White 2 version. After looking through my circle punches I created these in Photoshop the size of my punch to speed up the cutting process. These were just printed at Walgreens as a 4x6 photo and then I punched them all out and adhered them to cardstock circles for durability.
The badge case was made with cardstock and I printed out a pokeball image for the cover and then the circles for the inside.
I used photo squares and placed one in each circle. Then when the boys earned that badge they could just peel off the blue square and place the circles in their book.
This was a big hit and the boys were so excited to earn all the badges.
The very last activity was "Test your Pokemon in Battle". I went back and forth with a few ideas and decided to go with a 'final battle'. Wes filled up lots and lots of water balloons and placed them in our cooler.
I wheeled it out into the center of the field, gave them instructions and after moving a considerable distance gave them the go ahead.
Ironically enough the only one to get wet was the birthday boy.
After earning all their badges the boys moved onto presents and cake.
While waiting for parents to come the poster was again the center of attention.
Jess (one of my coworkers) and her boyfriend Zach helped me this year. They are Pokemon experts in their own right and helped over see all the different activities and hand out badges. They were so fun with the boys and really got them excited. It was great having someone who really understood Pokemon helping.
As a thank you I gave them each a hat and a Pokeball I crocheted.
I should also mention that they gave Wes his favorite present of the day. Two Pokemon DS games. I wish I would have captured his face on camera when they gave them to him.
That wraps up another year for the big boy. He had such a great time at his party and gave me a big hug of thanks when we got home.