Friday, August 31, 2012

Pokemon posters

The Pokemon that I made from poster boards, construction paper, glue, and sharpies (for the outlines)
L-R: Pikachu, Piplup, Tepig, Snivy, Charmander, and Oshawott.

I used construction paper vs painting or markers so that I wouldn't get the brush marks.  I made a U out of wire hangers and taped them to the back to use as stakes.  I wish I would've used the same manilla color that I used for Charmander's belly for Snivy, but it doesn't bother me enough to do it over.

Less than two weeks before my little man turns 6!  I can't believe it!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Caleb's love for Mario has evolved into a love for Pokemon.  He's all about the Nintendo stuff!  This year I was hoping we could do Super Mario all over again (I still have most of the stuff, despite moving from FL to IN) but he's insisting on Pokemon.  So now I'm trying to learn as much about his passion to throw an awesome party.

 While not the most original idea for a Pokemon pinata, the pokeball is certainly easy and works.  It sure beats paying $30 for a Pikachu pinata from Party City.  All I did with this was paper mache a big bouncy ball, let dry, pop the ball, fill the hole, and covered with streamers.  I took crepe paper streamers and "fringed" several pieces at a time.  It covers the lumps and wonkiness of the pinata and gives it that definite pinata feel.  I ordered mini pokemon figurines from an ebay seller in Japan to put in there with candy.

Pokemon Cornhole, "Feed the Munchlax"  This is cabinet door I had in the garage that I drew out the Munchlax on.  I cut out the mouth with a jigsaw, primed, painted, and spray protective coating on it.  I stapled felt for the teeth.  The berries are orange hacky sacks from Party City.  They have a sun design in yellow.  I glued the green felt on the sun design and voila!  They are PERFECT!


These things I am getting so sick of making but they are cute!  I am using poster board, construction paper, glue, and sharpies to make these.  I plan on making and Oshawott and Piplup as well.  Our backyard has a natural/wild area around the perimeter and I will be placing these in it to look like the Pokemon are in the wild!

It seems like Pokemon Parties are few and far between in the blogging world, so I'll throw mine out there for folks that need some ideas.

Neglected blog is neglected.

Here's how Caleb's 5th birthday went down last year...

 The backdrop was part inspired, part copied from Chica and Jo

Fill Your Own Treat Bag!
Chocolate Mustaches (I bough the candy mold from Amazon)
Super Mario Hats (red hats from  Oriental Trading Co) I used fabric glue to attach the felt
Some "Princess Peach" tiaras for the princesses (from Oriental Trading)
Bubbles
? Block with candy can be bought at either Party City or online (I went through Amazon)
"Princess Peach Pops" (Oriental Trading)
In the buckets I had Tootsie Pops, M&Ms and Super Mario fruit snacks

My labor of love, the paper mache piranha plant in action with a lot of atomic fireballs!

That's the pinata doubling as a centerpiece.  Its a giant ? block.  The five I made from construction paper coins.

The banner I just added Mario Characters to a banner that we had.  There were originally Backyardigans on it. 

Balloons, Cardboard Stand-up and the placemats are from Birthday Express.
  
The dangly things from the chandelier are also Mario characters I printed off and attached to a former Backyardigans decoration.



It was a super fun party!  Very successful and memorable!  Now that this it out of the way I can start blogging about his 6th birthday party, Pok√®mon!