Disclosure: I partnered with Oriental Trading for this post. All opinions are my own.
Around Christmas time Jude became mildly obsessed with Pokemon and it was decided that his 7th birthday MUST be a Pokemon themed party! While he is so excited about this, I was lost. I did not know anything about Pokemon so I really had to do my research on how to throw the perfect party for this special guy!
Last weekend was his birthday as well as his big party with friends and family. Once again we did a backyard swimming party, like we have done for all of his parties but this year, we were worried because Colorado tossed us a crazy weather weekend! About a week before the party we saw it was going to be in the 60’s…yes in the 60s in JUNE!! Ugh. Thankfully, in true Colorado fashion we ended up with a chilly but perfect pool party day!
Per Jude’s request we got the big pool out even thought it was only 70 degrees when his party started. Kids do not seem to care about the cold water as long as the sun was shining they were all in the pool! We had to have a few water balloon fights too. Jeremy might enjoy this more than the kids.
We were so happy that the weather turned for us. The kids had a great time. I love birthday parties like this. All the parents sit around chatting while the kids run, scream, play and get drenched. It is so much fun to hear the squeals and laughing in our backyard.
Once again we got all of our party supplies from Oriental Trading Company. Lucky for us they have a whole Pokemon themed party on their website! Having those options made it really easy to plan and prepare for Jude’s party.
For our table setting we went with a Pokemon themed tablecloth, red, yellow and blue cake napkins and forks, as well as some Pokemon themed dinner plates and napkins. When I showed Jude the party items he was so excited!!
Once I ordered all of the supplies I had to start thinking about what food to serve. Like I said before, I am not a Pokemon expert at all so this took some research but I am so happy with how our food turned out for the party!
I created Pokemon Table Tents to label each one of our food items.
Here was our Pokemon Party Menu:
- Pikachu Pizza
- Pidgey Popcorn
- Pokeball Fruit
- Jigglypuff Gummies
- Squirtle Snacks
- Charmander Cheetos
- Venusaur Veggies
- Lapras Water (Jell-o)
Everything was a hit!! Plus this menu was super easy for part prep too!
For the 7th year in a row my childhood friend, who Jude lovingly calls “Cake Lady Friend”, created a very special cake for Jude. Her artist talent is pretty amazing and the cake always tastes SO good. This year, Jude went for a chocolate cake. Yummy!!
Jude requested that Pikachu, Squirtle and Charmander be on his cake. She delivered. These little characters were so adorable!! They looked identical to the characters on the cards. LOVE!!
For our party decorations I decided to put up the Jumbo Pokemon Happy Birthday banner from Oriental Trading Company. Disclosure – when they say JUMBO they mean it!! This banner covered our whole kitchen wall! It was perfect. I totally forgot to take a picture of the banner. Busy day.
In addition to the Pokemon themed plates, tablecloth, napkins and banner I decided to get a little creative with some paper lanterns.
How to Make Pokemon Pokeball Paper Lanterns:
White Paper Lanterns
Red Spray Paint
1. Build lanterns as directed.
2. Hold lantern out in front of you and carefully spray one side of the lantern red. We did this outside to avoid any mess.
3. Let spray paint dry completely.
4. Wrap black tap around the middle of the lantern between the white and the red.
5. Hang lanterns from ceiling.
We had a lot of complements on our Pokeballs and they really brought a little extra fun to our food and cake table!
For goodie bags I bought some Pokemon cards in bulk and created a cute little Thank You card for the tag. I included some suckers as well. The kids were so excited to get some Pokemon cards!!
To download your own Pokemon Party Table Tents please use this link – FREE Printables.
Happy 7th Birthday Jude!! I hope you had a great Pokemon birthday!!! We sure had fun celebrating with you!!!
Have you had any fun themed birthday parties for your children? Would love to hear your favorite theme you have created!
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