Thursday, March 14, 2013

Turtle Power! Guest Post: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Hello!  Today I have another guest post from My Sis!  This time it's an awesome and easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) birthday party idea for kids! (Lots of green, just in time for St. Patty's Day).  Enjoy!

 I love the color GREEN so when my March birthday boy wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party I got excited!  However, I realized later that it was not going to be easy as I thought.  Not many party products easily accessible and reasonably priced out there to purchase yet.  But a whole new generation of kids are watching the new TNMT cartoon on Nickelodeon it won't take long for party products to come out again.  So in the mean time here's some ideas of what I did to make a simple at home TMNT party for 8 6-7 year old boys.

Of course the first thing I needed was the invitations had to be considered and I went straight to Etsy.  There are several options for TMNT personalized party invites.  I chose this one from FranciscoFavs.  It cost only $7 for digital copy of invite and goodie bag tags (shown at top).

Next I needed to figure out the masks....There are many mask patterns on the internet to choose from. I just printed this one from and traced it onto felt and used black stretchy floss from the sewing Dept at Hobby Lobby to attach them with.  The boys loved these!

For the goodie bags, I was lucky enough to come upon McDonald's Happy Meals with the turtles as the prize so I asked them if I could purchase them for a party.  It cost me a dollar per turtle and they had all 4 of them--not bad!  Other party favors I used were GUMMY SLUGS , Pizza Candy Boxes with gum balls (my son's choice) and Glow in The Dark Slime  (which the all boys LOVED!).


For the games, I made my own sewer lids, cut out of large cardboard boxes.  Spray painted with silver glitter and painted NYC. I used 1 for the entrance to the sewer and 2 for a training game of "Ninja Star Toss".  I kept the 2 boxes I cut out and saved them for "tunnels" into the sewer and an obstacle course ninja training game.   I made our basement as the "sewer"or the "turtle lair".  We have dimmer lights and dimmed them down to low as possible.  I used black garbage bags, cut them up and used duck tape to tape them to cover over the top of the basement stairway to make the entrance more realistic.  I stuck the sewer lid on the front entry and the boys had to say the secret password to get down to the sewer "Cowabunga Dude!" of course!

Instead of calling it games we called it "NInja Training" and my older son put on a purple robe and played as "Splinter" the turtles sensai. 
 I collected a bunch of dollar store wrapping paper rolls (the thinner ones) and used them for wrapping my sons gifts and then covered the middle with colored tape. "Splinter" gave one to each boy to learn how to use the bow staff like Donatello.  The boys really loved learning how to swing it and handle it.  After Splinter taught them how to use it they divided into teams and played an obstacle course game with it.  (This is where I used the large boxes that had the sewer lid cut outs.)  Don't have a picture of that.  :(  But they basically had to use their bow staff switching both sides to hit a balloon around and through the box and some chairs.  Easy.

One of the games they did after that was take turns playing with the magnetic TMNT dart board.  It was a gift for my son that he opened early so we could use it for the party.  I found this on Amazon at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reversible Magnetic Dartboard   Splinter said that this exercise helps the Ninjas warm up for the "Ninja Star Toss"....

My older son made a bunch of paper ninja stars, showed them different ways that ninjas throw them and then had them divide up and practice aiming and tossing them onto the extra sewer lids that I made. 

We then came upstairs (out of the sewer) and made mini pizzas. Turtles LOVE PIZZA!   While they were in the oven I had the boys color their paper ninja stars with markers.  They had a blast picking and choosing their color patterns.  They really considered their star to be special after this and all of them wanted to make sure they didn't leave the party without their star! 

I used simple party decor.  The TMNT colors are blue, purple, red, and orange.  It wasn't difficult to go to Walmart and get those colors for the cups, plates, and napkins.  The balloons also were in these colors.  Everything else was a LIME GREEN. 

For dessert we had "Turtle Slime Punch"  (which is just Lime Sherbet with Sprite and pineapple juice), and "Green Slime Cupcakes" .  The cupcakes I colored a white cake mix 4 of the ninja colors and spooned a spoonful of each into the cupcake liners.  It made a nice colored surprise inside!  Sorry I don't have pictures for these but I was a little busy Mommy at the party!  

In the end, the boys had a great 2 hours of fun and it really didn't cost too much for all this--just some thinking and prepping ahead that's all.


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  1. Nice party, and great ideas. Th only thing I don't agree with it's that it is an awesome birthday for boys. It's for girls too! My daughter is having one! We need to stop the gender stereotype!

    1. Good point! It's so easy to get caught up in that. I hope your daughter enjoys the party!

    2. I'm hosting a TMNT party for my soon to be 5 year old GIRL this weekend. In searching for ideas, I have repeatedly seen boys party, boys party, boys party. I just don't get it. All three of my girls love the turtles. Thanks for the fun ideas!

    3. Well it just happened that my nephew loved them so we did it for a boy. I'm sure these ideas will work for both. Hope SHE has a fun party!

    4. I agree! My almost 7 yr old daughter is having a Turtles party . I am using lime green and purple (Donnies her fav) as the main colors with darker green mixed in. i found some ideas on Pinterest and came up with some of my own. She is super excited about the games we are doing (Knock Out Shredder-idea from Pinterest with our own spin on it, Rescue the Turtle from the Ooze-my own idea, Wheel O' Pizza-idea from the iPod game, Turtle Bowling). we are having fun and very excited for this party


  2. Can't wait to have my son's 6 birthday. He likes Ninja turtles and i been looking for ideas on how to come up with games. Love the karate practice lessons.

    1. Aren't these fun ideas? I'm sure your party will go great! Good luck!

  3. Your blog is awesome. I like the work you put into it, especially with the pics. But, come on. Theres no better way to say this. Period!

  4. great ideas!! I can't wait to use some!! :)
    I think of the "stereo types" as it's just easier to type than constantly saying for "him or her" If you know who you are having the party for WHO CARES!!!!

    I am having a birthday party for my daughter. I wasnt in any way offended or annoyed at the type of party the ideas came form!
    thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes, sometimes we just aren't paying attention to those stereotype details. I'm glad these ideas will work for both genders.

  5. love these ideas! can I ask you how much of each ingredient did you use for the punch? and do you just stir or does it go in a blender? I have not made much punch in my life, lol!

    1. Hi Wendy- I just used a Halloween punch and just scooped lime sherbet I to the punch bowl (about half the container) and then equal parts of the soda and juice. You can even add lemonade if you want.

  6. Great ideas for adding fun to your party! You can keep kids entertained by letting them watch a movie or a show the is inspired by the party theme your are using...It helps to keep kids settled while more activities & appetizers are being prepared or set up. Thanks for sharing your fab ideas.

  7. I love this party. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets so busy at the party I forget to get pictures!! But I like getting involved. Thanks for sharing your great ideas x



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