Ashton turned 4 on January 4th. 4 on the 4th-- that'll never happen again! He's obsessed with Ninjas and has wanted a ninja party ever since he attended a neighbor's ninja party back in February. I tried to talk him out of it. I was itching to do a Frozen themed Olaf party-- it would be SO cute! I had a bunch of ideas and thought it would be the perfect winter time theme. But, no matter how hard I tried, he stuck to his ninja guns.
Ok then. Bring on the ninjas!
We've known about the theme for AWHILE, so I've had time to collect things. I found Asian style scrapbook paper at a craft store clearance sale, and some foam ninja stars at Target on clearance for $0.34 per pack of 3. The lanterns were actually from the Chinese New Year section of the party store, but I figured 4 year olds wouldn't know the difference between Chinese and Japanese script--- I sure don't.
Of course it's not a theme party around here unless Jason dresses up. He was the Sensei in our dojo.
The dollar store had these ninja vests and some blow up boppers, and I just used red and black party crepe to make the headbands.
We set up an obstacle course in the family room. First the ninja's had to search through the balloons to find 5 golden coins.
Then they had to punch and kick the bopper 5 times.
Then they had to throw 3 ninja stars into a bowl.
And finally they had to block 5 balls that McKay threw with a ninja shield.
This is what happens when you ask the party go-ers to say hi-ya! instead of cheese.
After cake Hunter and McKay demonstrated and tried to teach part of a Tae Kwon Do routine. It was so cute to see them as teachers.
Ash finally opened his gifts and it was awesome how well his friends know him. He got a Rescuebot he's been wanting, a helicopter, a Ninjago t-shirt, a spiderman flying toy, and the lego Kai from Ninjago. That was his favorite gift of all believe it or not.
After everyone went home I had him open the gift from my parents.
He was pretty thrilled with his Jake pirate ship.
It's hard having his birthday right after Christmas but he definitely has enough new toys to keep his interest until the next one!
Two days later school started again, and they celebrated his birthday in class. The principal came in and gave him a book,
then treats and a birthday crown from his teachers.
He stood in the middle of the room while everyone sang Happy Birthday and Momma took pictures. He LOVED it. Every minute of it. He's such an attention lover.
Must be my child.