Don’t be shell-shocked! Planning a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) party doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Invitations, decorations, and dessert tables all look terrific when ordered on the half-shell. Jen Carver from Spaceships and Laser Beams is sharing her tips fora shell-a-bration that Michelangelo himself would love to attend!
First, send out a kickin’ invitation! Order a custom TMNT themed invite online or consider making your own. How fun would a circle shaped invite be with pizza inspired paper toppings on the front and party details on the back? I’m pretty sure Michelangelo would approve. Invitations could even be hand-delivered in mini pizza boxes, often available for purchase from restaurant supply stores or local craft stores.
Next, using templates available online, craft wearable party favors that will pack a punch and act as an element of décor at your party. TMNT inspired masks and bandanas can be sewn or even made with felt and craft glue. Turtle shells can also be crafted similarly out of felt, or for a 3-D look can be made from dollar store aluminum pans in an oval shape. Even green Frisbees with elastic straps could be transformed into a turtle shell with a little imagination! Many great examples can be seen online. Costumes are one fabulous way to add turtle power to your celebration—theme setter, party favor and activity all in one…now that’s what I call a triple threat!
Start brainstorming ways you can set the sewer party scene and bring in that ninja vibe! Large sheets of faux brick can be inexpensively purchased at home improvement stores and can make a legit back alleyway backdrop for a dessert table, photo booth or scene setter. Adding a graffiti inspired printable birthday sign or banner can add a festive touch that is in keeping with the ninja theme. Bring in a reference to the characters by dressing up green balloons or other round green objects with TMNT clipart faces and accessories.
Design a power up station so little ninjas can refuel and rehydrate. Consider adding industrial props and décor like faux pipes made from PVC pipe and silver spray paint. Use metal pans and serving dishes to serve refreshments. With pizza being such a favorite of turtle Michelangelo, how about setting up a make-your-own pizza bar, complete with turtle-y awesome toppings? Character inspired marshmallow pops, cookies and brownies are always a crowd favorite! Accent green popcorn boxes with ninja eyes and fill with popcorn or trail mix. Fill clear cups with green Jell-O “ooze”. For beverages, serve “sewer water” with custom water bottle wrappers.
Finally, masterfully plan a few ninja inspired games and activities. Do a ninja version of “Simon Says”, substituting “Master” for “Simon”. Run a ninja training camp with a special sequence of ninja kicks and punches guests must do at each station. Let guests run around spraying green silly string “ooze” and then help them settle down by showing episodes of TMNT on the TV.
Armed with these simple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party ideas, you are ready to be the master of your own party!