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A Super Simple American Ninja Warrior Birthday Party

Posted on: November 21, 2016

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My oldest son turned six at the beginning of November and wanted nothing less than an epic birthday party.

When I had asked him what kind of party he wanted, he told me American Ninja Warrior. I don’t know about you, but in our house we spend our summer nights watching American Ninja Warrior. Even my three year old gets into it. We just LOVE it! So, I wasn’t surprised when he said that was the theme he wanted for his party. And it was actually a pretty easy party to put together.

DECORATIONS

For the decorations I hug up red, white, and blue streamers throughout the house. I also made a sign that read, “This party is sponsored by Pom Wonderful” since Pom Wonderful is the sponsor for ANW. Around the sign I put a variety of ANW pictures.  I also printed and cut out a few ANW logos, glued them on a craft stick and placed them in a blue glass with decorative stones inside and used them as decoration on the food table.

FOOD

I just did pretty basic food. I didn’t really do much of a theme with the food like I did for my younger son’s Wild Kratts birthday party. I had chicken salad with Hawaiian rolls, a cold veggie pizza, fruit with a caramel dip, Pom Poms, chips and dip, and Sunbutter and Jelly sandwiches in the shape of a star (the ANW logo has a star in it).

THE CAKE

The one thing my son said to me about the party was that he wanted a “really cool cake with the warped wall on it.” Mind you, I’ve never done much more with a cake than bake it and frost it with store bought frosting, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull this one off. But, then I remembered all those countless hours I’d spent watching Duff Goldman on Ace of Cakes and I came up with a plan. So, thank you Duff Goldman, for teaching me how to use Rice Krispy treats as a base for my figures, which I could then cover in fondant. I was pretty pleased with the result, considering it was my first time working with fondant. And my son approved.

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Cake features the Floating Steps, Warped Wall and Mt. Midori Yama, complete with Star Wars Lego figure climbing the rope of Mt. Midori Yama

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ACTIVITIES

We had two activities for the party.

The first was having each of the kids create their own Ninja Warrior bandanna with plain white bandannas and fabric markers I had purchased at a craft store. They loved it and each proudly wore them the rest of the party.

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What’s an American Ninja Warrior party without an obstacle course? My fabulous husband created a super fun obstacle course for the kids, complete with a buzzer at the end. It’s a wonderful thing being married to a Physical Education teacher!

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FAVORS

For the favors, I bought red gift bags and filled them with Gatorade, a Hershey Chocolate bar, and Crayola Twistable Crayons. I used THESE Gatorade labels and THESE chocolate bar labels from Etsy.

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The party was a big success and my son and his friends had a blast! I even heard stories from a couple of the moms who said their kids played American Ninja Warrior at home the whole rest of the day. Score one for mommy!

 

 

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