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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Little J's 7th Birthday

My little man turned 7 and at the end of the first week of school we had his birthday party. Normally we have some sort of theme for the kids' parties and I have all these big ideas, most of which never come to fruition. Not that the kids don't have a good time, but the parties just don't come together like the Pinterest parties I imagine in my head.

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Birthday decorations.
This time it was different. I told J my big plans and we brainstormed how to pull it all off. He had some good ideas and together we put together a rocking Pokemon party for Little J! I'm proud of how it went and so happy that Little J and his friends had a blast.

Little J was waffling between a Harry Potter theme and Pokemon. I pushed for Pokemon because I figured more of his friends would be into it and with the popularity of Pokemon Go I knew it'd be easy to get ideas. Plus, I imagined a big scavenger hunt game - a real live Pokemon Go for the kids.

I've never done a scavenger hunt before and had no idea how to pull one off. But here's how we did it.

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Pick a Pokemon.
When Little J's friends arrived, we had them colour a Pokemon. These were just colouring pages we printed off. Each kid had a different character. This kept them busy for a little bit. Pin the tail on Pikachu was up next and while we did that, J took the colouring pages and taped them up around the backyard. Under each picture he also taped a plastic cup.

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Very proud of my Pikachu.
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Pin the tail on Pikachu!
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Pikachu's tails.
After playing pin the tail we had the kids go outside. J and I explained that they were Pokemon trainers and they would have to catch Pokemon to collect their candy. They were all given Pokeballs (ping pong balls that J and I had coloured) and they had to hunt for Pokemon (this wasn't hard, but had them running all around the backyard).

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Coloured pingpong balls.


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Trying to catch Pokemon.
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Little K doing her best.
To "catch" a Pokemon, they had to get the ball into the cup then they'd run to me and I'd give them a candy (I had gumballs that I handed out) for them to put in their bags. The bags were paper lunch bags that had a pokeball on them which they got to take home.

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Pokemon loot bags.
It was a little chaotic and I'm not sure all the kids got the same number of candies but they had a ton of fun and they were running around so I was happy.

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Pretty cool cake.
When they had all caught all the Pokemon - gotta catch em all! - they were given their prize - a pack of Pokemon cards! They got to keep the candy and the cards as their loot.

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Birthday boy.

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Presents.
Our trainers came inside for presents and cake. After that they ran around outside and eventually calmed down and traded cards. Everyone went home happy.

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"Tackle football."
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Blowing off energy.
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Card trading.
And that's how you throw a Pokemon party for a seven year old!

2 comments:

  1. Fabulous and inventive! Love the ideas here.

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    1. Thanks Lynn! Pinterest is a good source, but being able to pull it off isn't normal for me!

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