A Super Simple American Ninja Warrior Birthday Party

Posted on: November 21, 2016


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.


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.


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 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.


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




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.


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!




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.


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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