When Rob and I went shopping for the birthday boy we weren't sure what to get him. After strolling through a few toy aisles we found some ideas: anything Ninja Turtle. Ever since we gave Grant a $5 DVD of some Ninja Turtle episodes for his birthday our boys have been obsessed. So Russell got a Ninja Turtle bandana and plastic sword, and a TMNT card game, and TMNT coloring pads... all wrapped in TMNT wrapping paper.
In fact, while at the store I bought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party invitations which prompted us to go ahead and have a TMNT themed birthday party. So I got online to find ideas I could copy (what I do best!) and had a lot of fun planning it.
When the kids first arrived they got to decorate an oblong Chinet plate with elastic stapled onto it which served as their turtle shell. Then we put masks on, drank some green mutagen (green punch) and they became Ninja Turtles. They then went to Ninja Training where they learned to throw some punches in the air, and kick, and talk like a Ninja Turtle. (making sure to remember that Ninja Turtles never hurt each other, of course). Now, for you old school Ninja Turtle fans, take note that "Cowabunga Dude!" has been replaced with "Booyakasha!"
We had a guest Ninja Turtle visit for the party, also known as Grant.
I made a Turtle Cake (I gave up on a Ninja Turtle cake). It is a fun cupcake cake. (I have always wanted to make one of those!)
We played other games like Turtle, Turtle Shredder (Duck, Duck Goose), and a version of musical chairs with empty pizza boxes (because TMN Turtles like pizza). They also got to practice their Ninja moves with a pinata.
It was a fun party and I wasn't even exhausted afterward! Here is a picture of the decorations after the party (they have been a little trashed by this point).
I think Russell felt special.
Living here for five years means we are starting to get quite a bit of leaves on the ground in the fall! I love it.