PokemonGo is a craze overtaking North America. A game that appeals to both 4 year olds, and 40 year olds, and it was the perfect theme for my son’s 7th birthday party.
Thankfully, you couldn’t ask for an easier theme. The infamous PokeBall has simple colours (White, Black and Red) and a simple shape, so it’s easy to let your imagination run wild. Using Pinterest for inspiration, I created this simple Pokemon themed fruit tray as a snack.
The main course was PokeBall pizza. I had seen a version made with black olives, but what 7 year old like olives?! Instead, I steamed some spinach. Not only did it look better than olives, it also made the pizza healthier 😉
I was I could take credit for making these awesome candy apples, but I cheated a bit and bought them from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company.
The highlight of the party was a game I created called the PokePunch. Inspired by East Coast Mommy and her DIY Prize Punch. My son and I worked on this together, placing a Pokemon card into each paper cup and then covering it with tissues paper secured with an elastic. I then hot glue gunned the cups to a poster board in the shape of a PokeBall and hung it from our garage.
Come party day, the boys took turns wearing hilarious Picachu glasses and spinning like mad before heading towards the board to punch a cup of their choice. A modern day version of pin the tail on the donkey, with Pokémon cards as the prize! This game could easily be adapted to contain hockey cards, candy, or any other themed item you decide to place in the cups.
Since we were watching a movie outside at night, our craft was paper Pokemon lanterns. We used white lunch bags with flameless candles inside. The kids drew their own design, and then added a hole punch and piece of twine as a handle to hold it all together. We then hung them in the backyard.
I replaced traditional loot bags, with special surprises that each boy got throughout the party. We started with Ash hats and also cups, glow sticks and tattoos.
I think the highlight was a massive water gun fight – 7 boys vs daddy. Nothing to do with Pokemon, but it sure does make a cute picture!