After giving birth to three girls, I can absolutely tell you I never thought I'd be planning a Pokemon birthday party. Granted I've planned a glittery dinosaur birthday party and a school bus party, so I shouldn't be all that surprised. But Pokemon? I dragged and dragged and DRAGGED my feet on this one. Ryann and Elsie became obsessed with Pokemon after Christopher let them watch a few episodes of the old cartoon (which turned into many many MANY episodes). Elsie now loves Pikachu and naturally had to have a Pokemon birthday party. But as much as I threw a fit about this theme, I'd venture to say everything turned out pretty well. We didn't go too over the top, but it worked and the kiddos had a great time!
A friend made Elsie's Pikachu dress and I think it is so stinkin' cute. Just another perfect way to girlie up the Pokemon theme. It is made out of a t-shirt that I bought at WalMart. Her bow is by Zozu Baby. And I made the streamer background much like I made the one for Thea's birthday party. Since I was hanging this one indoors up against a wall, I just taped the silver mylar curtain straight to the wall. Then I tied the streamers to a clothes line and used command hooks to hang it to the wall. Minimal effort, big impact. I've used 2-3 rolls of crepe paper per color on both backdrops I've made.
The party was from 11-1, so we served lunch. On the menu was Panera mac n cheese, two different tortilla roll-ups, fruit, veggies and little smokies. Desserts for the party included sugar cookies made by my friend Jenny, oreo truffles courtesy of my mom, and a chocolate cake with red frosting made by Jennifer. I'm so grateful to have friends and family that can cook and bake. I can make brownies. I can make chocolate chip cookies. But beyond that it's a toss up. Elsie wanted lemonade to drink so we took the easy way out and bought some lemonade!
Most of the decorations were just random red, yellow and black items that we grabbed last minute at Party America and Target. I found the idea for the favor bags on Pinterest. I didn't follow their instructions, just created the different pieces I'd need in my silhouette software and used the machine to cut them out. Elsie was able to help me put them together with double stick tape. After had the first one done she looked at me with a huge smile and said "Mommy you are AWESOME!" It doesn't take much to please kiddos and it sure is fun.
The Pikachu headbands below also came from Pinterest. In her instructions she says to cut the rectangles 1.5 inches by 12 inches, but later in the comments she mentions only getting about 6 rectangles per sheet. And the 16 inch ribbons plus only 12 inches of foam didn't go all the way around Elsie's head. I think the rectangle is supposed to be cut on the 18 inch side of the foam. We didn't do these as an activity at the party, just had them ready to go for the kiddos to wear.
We lucked out with a beautiful February day, so we were able to spend a fair amount of time outside. Excellent since Elsie's one request was a pinata. I was trying to figure out how to pull that off inside without destroying anything. Lol. We also played pin the tail on Pikachu.
Elsie we had a fabulous time celebrating you turning four. Can't wait to see what you dream up for your birthday next year. Love you lots girlfriend!