July 8, 2021Review Recipe
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What’s more exciting than playing LEGO Ninjago? Answer: Throwing a LEGO Ninjago birthday party for your son and his friends!
Jen Carver here from Banner Events, and I can’t wait for you to see my son’s ninja party inspired by incredible graphic designs from Maureen, of Anders Ruff and the party she styled for her own son a couple of years ago.
It was a fun challenge to dream up new party decorations, activities, favors, and Ninjago-inspired treats! Just wait until you see the cake, cupcakes and cookies!
- Build up your party planning prowess with ideas from this American Ninja Warrior Birthday Party.
Get ready for all of the action packed details captured by the talented Karina Rigtrup of A Fresh Take Photography.
To kick off the excitement for my son’s LEGO Ninjago-inspired birthday party, we hand-delivered colorful invitations with coordinating return address labels designed by Anders Ruff Custom Designs.
You’ll notice lots of Asian-inspired details and just a hint of LEGO Ninjago. Kids were invited to the Carver Dojo to celebrate. I love setting the stage for an awesome event by sending out a high impact invitation!
My favorite part of planning the whole LEGO Ninjago birthday party was designing a fresh, new take on the Ninjago-inspired dessert table.
My son had recently received a Lego Ninjago temple building set which served as inspiration for my pagoda-style dessert table backdrop.
I framed the pagoda with black curtains and flanked each side of the table with tall dried bamboo plants.
Using DIY wood stands recycled and repurposed from a previous party, I propped up the plants to give height to my table design. To add some pops of color, I added a printed Asian-inspired birthday banner and vibrant table runners.
Coordinating a variety of impressive sweets for the dessert table was a lot of fun. I am fortunate to know the best of the best when it comes to creators of gorgeous sweets and treats.
Christina Goff of 4 Kids Cakes is my favorite local cake designer. After sharing some simple ideas for the cake, she pulled a few of her own ideas out of her creative head and designed another masterpiece. Just look at the detail work – all edible!
From fondant throwing stars, a ninja knife, bamboo and even a Ninjago guy, the details blew the socks off our little ninjas-in-training.
Because cupcakes are a staple at my parties and a quick and easy way for younger guests to “have their cake and eat it too”, 4 Kids Cakes baked up and frosted cupcakes topped with the crazy cool fondant work by Lynlees (I kid you not, some guests saved their topper as a take-home souvenir!).
I reached out to a talented local bakery owner to create custom cookies for the party. Sweet Themes Bakery blew me away with some of the most detailed cookies I’ve ever seen!
The variety of cookies inspired by the printable designs was phenomenal. Imagine throwing stars, dragons, ninjas and more, many personalized with guest names.
To add a little candy treat to the dessert table, I incorporated candy bob creations from Sweets From Heaven, Outlets at Orange. Wynter crafted impressive Ninjago inspired treats using candy.
One final Ninjago inspired treat was the chocolate covered Oreos by Bella’s Bakery and Bowtique. Styled on a bed of edible lime green Sixlets, they made for a colorful and popular display!
In addition to some Lego Ninjago specific treats, I also wanted to bring in an Asian flair via my dessert choices. I invited the talented Vypassetti Cake Pops to create sushi-inspired cake balls, which she did so masterfully.
These were displayed in white Asian-style tasting spoons and small sauce dishes. I also had Vy create cake pops inspired by the Ninjago characters themselves. The likenesses were incredible!
The inspiration for the main dining area was an Asian restaurant. I brought in Asian screens and lanterns in party colors to achieve this look and vibe. To reinforce the mood, I also brought in a large artificial bamboo tree.
Setting the ninja-inspired table was another favorite of mine. I added texture to the top of a bright red tablecloth by way of bamboo placemats set at each place.
I layered red and black acrylic plates, accented with yellow napkins and small Asian sauce cups filled with fortune cookies.
Lime green napkins, custom-labeled chopsticks, and containers of caramel corn, embellished with a printable party logo, completed the look!
French milk bottles from Smash Cake and Co. were on hand for thirst quenching refills and looked festive dressed in custom beverage wraps and flag-topped paper straws from Hoopla Events.
Instead of traditional name place cards, Sweet Themes Bakery designed adorable ninja cookies with each guest’s name piped on in royal icing. And attached to each chair was a ninja sword.
A pagoda-style cupcake stand that served as the centerpiece for the table. In lieu of cupcakes, I stacked green takeout containers that could be filled with treats from the piñata and our candy take-out station. The printable labels were perfect!
We love helping guests get into character at my parties. One of the best ways to do this is by gifting them custom clothing or accessories from Great Stitch.
Guests at this ninja party were thrilled to receive custom-embroidered ninja headbands and shirts. Their new outfits quickly helped them take on their new ninja roles as they played with their swords and nunchucks.
We used the main activity table as a gathering place while waiting for guests to arrive. Each place setting included a customized activity placemat with things to color, a maze and a word finder.
Custom Ninjago coloring books were assembled for each child to enjoy while waiting their turn at stations. Boxes of coloring crayons were wrapped with coordinating wrapping paper and topped off with a party logo.
While this area was not the primary eating area, guests could snack at this table too.
Activities were simple to plan thanks to printable games available through the Anders Ruff Ninja collection. We played a fortune cookie toss game, made by attaching a printable version of an Asian screen to foam core board and hot gluing take out boxes. Guests took turns tossing fortune cookies into the boxes. So much fun!
Next, ninjas enjoyed a Chinese star throwing contest. By far the easiest game to put together, it was also the most popular! Using hard plastic throwing stars, guests aimed for the bulls-eye!
In keeping with the spirit of Ninjago, guests had to engage in a little Spinjitzu battle. We set up a small table with some Ninjago characters, spinners and a battle arena and let the games begin.
To conclude the party with a bang, guests each took a few whacks at a ninja piñata. It was filled with ninja star erasers, gummies, suckers, and candy. How perfect that ninja headbands also functioned easily as blindfolds!
Before leaving, guests made a final pit stop at a candy take-out table. An oversized dragon poster served as the backdrop for this prize table.
The table front was decked out in a printable banner. Dollar Store ninja action figures and nunchucks were collected and candy take-out containers filled!
All of the fun favors were consolidated into a custom ninja favor bag I created for them.
A Lego Ninjago birthday party was the perfect way to celebrate my energetic little boy’s 7th birthday! We’re already dreaming up next year’s theme!
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- Yellow Sunshine Paper Lanterns
- Red Paper Lanterns
- 100 Chinese Take Out Boxes
- Twisted Black Square Plates
- Red Square Dessert Plates
- Black 8.25-Inch Cake Pedestal
- Black Square Plastic Tray
- 4-Panel Shoji Screen
- White Ceramic Side Dishes
- Bamboo Chopsticks
- Lagute Black Plate
- Wonton Soup Spoons
- Small Clear Favor Boxes
- Red Chinese Take-Out Boxes
- Bamboo Paper Straws
- Bamboo Pole Canes
- Chinese Million Dollar Bill
- Rubber Ninja Stars
- Ninja Toy Figures
- Ninja-themed Reversible Cupcake Wrappers
- Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters
- Foam Board for Ninja Rubber Throwing Stars