Gotta Catch These Pokémon Party IDEAS for Kids!



If you have a little fan of the Pokémon Craze, let me give you some ideas for a party. I don’t play Pokémon Go and know little about the different characters but managed to come up with ideas based on the characters’ habits, likes, and behaviors. I couldn’t have done this party without my sister’s help. A big mahalo to you, Sis! We make a great team (Rocket).

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Pokémon Hats

 Hand out hats that were purchased from Party City .





Pikachu Bags

Make Pikachu bags made from yellow gift bags. Simply hot glue on ears, eyes, cheeks, and use a black marker for the details.



Pokémon Activity Stops

Thirteen Pokémon stops were created based on the guest of honor’s favorite characters. Pokémon badges were awarded to all that participated at each stop. The badges were printed out on label paper and cut out individually. The activities for the entire thirteen stops took about 1 1/2 hours to complete and that was with a dozen kids participating. Ages ranged from 2 to 10 years. There was enough variety that the kids didn’t seem to get bored and enthusiastically cooperated.

The Pokémon characters were cut out from flattened, corrugated, large cardboard boxes.  They were drawn close to scale and painted using acrylic and latex paint.

A COST SAVING trick that I have used for years is to buy mis-tinted gallons of latex paint (mostly shades of white) from paint stores to mix with the darkest and truest primary colors in acrylic.

The backside of the cardboard cutouts were first painted dark gray. Using a paint roller makes this a quick task. It gave a finished look because the backsides were visible.




Welcome guests… I mean trainers!




First Stop: Rhyhorn


The kids lined up behind an outstretched hose on the lawn. We gave them a cone shaped party hat and had them position it on their forehead to act as a horn. They got down on all fours and on the words ready, set, go they pushed a ball to the finish line using their horn. This entertained the adults and the kids thought it was fun, although some of the younger ones found it a bit frustrating.




Second Stop: Gloom

gloomHand out small containers of green tinted corn syrup to each child. Have them open the lids and sip the chlorophyll and let it ooze out of their mouths. Their comments were hysterical. They were apprehensive about even tasting the green ooze but once they started the children had fun. A few had to be enticed by telling them to think of it as liquid candy. It worked and they loved it. We had wipes available for easy clean up after the activity.ooze



Third Stop: Meowth


We hid plastic gold coins prior to the party starting for the kids to find using their Pikachu bags. All kids like hunting for treasure.




Fourth Stop: Hypno

hypnoWe had the children start behind the outstretched hose and had them walk forward to the finish line after turning in circles 10 times. Effective and a quick stop.



Fifth Stop: Pikachu


Pin the tail on Pikachu was played at this stop, a tried and true favorite.




Sixth Stop: Jigglypuff


We played Jigglypuff’s song on an iPhone while asking the children to fall under her trance by pretending to fall asleep while I drew on their faces, just as Jigglypuff is reported to do. We used a black face painting pencil. The kids loved this stop and were anxious to see what Jigglypuff had drawn on their faces. Have a sharpener at hand if the pencil dulls and a hand mirror for the kids to check out Jigglypuff’s handiwork.






Seventh Stop: Electabuzz


We gave the kids glow-in-the-dark bracelets to toss at a target.




Eighth Stop: Ponyta

ponytaWe set up a simple obstacle course for the children to run and jump and prance thru.





Ninth Stop: Charizard


Red fire plastic balls were given to the children, in turn, and were asked to throw the balls into target baskets.





Tenth Stop: Horsea


We hung plastic bugs (tied to thin cords) around the perimeter of a portable canopy. We hung a large bug on a long cord in the center of the canopy. The object of the game was to swing the large bug to capture one of the smaller hanging bugs.  They were allowed to keep the bugs that they captured. This was another fun activity that went over well because it was different.

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If you are a party helper, why not get into the spirit by dressing up as Team Rocket? A red R hot glued onto a white t-shirt makes for a simple costume.




Eleventh Stop: Arbok


We had everyone lie down on the lawn (on their stomach) and stretch into the Yoga Cobra pose. It was an effective calming down activity.




Twelfth Stop: Haunter


Two Haunter caves were created by covering two pup tents with black plastic bags. The children were divided into two teams and asked to retrieve the balls  inside the cave, back to the finish line. Even after the activity portion of the party was over, the children enjoyed playing in the caves.




Thirteenth Stop:  Chansey


Chansey hid Pokéballs for the kids to hunt. We turned 144 ping pong balls into Pokéballs and hid them in a nearby school’s field. This was the last stop of the party and gave the kids one last opportunity to run around. This was another favorite activity.







Pokéball directions: Tape blue painter’s tape around the center mark of each ping pong ball. The tape forms a stand to rest the ball on once the balls are spray painted. While I tried a few methods, the best result was achieved when I held up each ball (while wearing a latex glove) and spraying each ball individually. Spray painting was time consuming. Be sure you do this in a protected area because the least bit of wind can blow the balls in all directions. After allowing to dry overnight, I removed the tape and used a fine grade sandpaper to easily remove any overspray or glove prints on each ball and there were plenty of mishaps. Sanding didn’t take long and well worth the clean look. I cut black electrical tape length wise in half and wrapped the strip around the center. The finishing touch was the reinforcement labels that were added to the center.img_1867



The Food

Pokémon Pizzas


Make things simple and order (or make) pizzas that are half cheese and half pepperoni with the black olive band. By also offering a salad bar and bread sticks, I think you’ll please nearly everyone.

We made simple cupcakes and printed out toppers that were hot glued to treat sticks, for an easy birthday cake.




Goody Bags


Each bag held a red plastic bowl filled with shredded red paper, Pokémon cards, Pokémon plastic characters, Pokémon bubbles, and Pokémon stickers. The bowls were wrapped with cellophane and tied off with ribbon and a Pokéball emblem. Feel free to print the Pokéball sheet below or this pdf


Pokéball Piñata


Can’t forget the piñata! Instead of using a balloon as a form, I used a beach ball. It was close to being perfectly round and I simply deflated the ball and removed it after the newspaper and flour mixture had throughly dried, without damaging the beach ball. I hot glued white, red and black crepe paper to finish.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas and inspired you to put on your own Pokémon Party. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or offer suggestions.



Beach Party Ideas (Water Not Required)


I do enjoy creating a themed kid’s party. This year my niece wanted a Hawaiian themed birthday party and I was thrilled to contribute.

Slippah invitations were made out of card stock, decorative paper, ribbon and felt flower adornment. The words were printed out on plain paper and attached to the bottom.

Invitation reads: Surf’s up at the (child’s last name)s! Bring your SLIPPAHS and your swimsuit to CELEBRATE (child’s first name)’s (age) birthday. Share the Aloha Spirit & Island Flavor!  (party details) Mahalo!



Every tropical themed party needs palm trees. I constructed these from paper, cardboard tubes and brown paper bags. PalmFrond


A beach sunset backdrop captures the essence of the islands’ splendor. Faux bamboo table legs (cut to length) made out of painted cardboard tubes, cover up the table’s legs. Portable canopy’s support legs would also benefit from this cover up. Cut strips up green plastic tablecloths to form a hula table skirt. Hula skirts and leis are a must, as are single flower clip-ons for guests. Colorful party ware is easy to come by at the dollar-type of stores.



Candy leis are super easy to make and can take the place of a piñata’s candy. Customize with your child’s favorite flavors.



Under-the-sea photo opp that’s sure to make them grin or…shiver.


Menu favorites: Teriyaki chicken and beef skewers, steamed rice, steamed edamame, peanut noodle salad, Spam musubi, fresh pineapple and papaya. Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate are a cool healthy treat. Gold fish crackers and rice crackers would make a simple pre-meal snack. Stick paper umbrellas in drinks and toss single orchid blossoms (pre-ordered from florist) on serving plates.

Candy sushi from Kim Becker aka mommy would be fun to serve.

Shave Ice cupcakes from Just Jenn Recipes is a perfect dessert choice for this celebration. I’d display them on a layer of ice to keep up the illusion. Don’t forget to add a wooden spoon and straw.





Add some sand to a wading pool, with shovels, shells and a few treasures to dig for.

Take turns rolling coconuts to knock down a group of stacked items.

Tie fishing line to a clothes pin and attach to the end of a bamboo stick to have each guest retrieve a lunker of a prize (gift bag).

Buy cheap (dollar) boogie boards. String and tie rope through to create a long handle. Have each guest balance an object on the board as they pull along the boards in a team race.

You can’t go wrong with water balloons or slip and slides, especially if it’s a hot day. Spread out some colorful towels so the kiddos can dry off.

Put on a Hula hoop contest.

Throw around some beach balls.

In case you want a sweet beachy themed ebook to share with young guests, do I have a story for you! The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo Goes to the Galapagos, by yours truly.

You can view it on your Smartphone with the Kindle App or on a Kindle Fire. It’s also available for the iPad on iTunes.


Crank up some Hawaiian music and hang loose. Know anyone that plays the ukelele? Put them on your list to invite.

I LAVA the newest short based on the real underwater volcano off the coast of the Big Island from Disney Pixar. I have to share it. Love the music and what it represents. For a short time (until Aug 12) a full version is available on the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. iTunes

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In the spirit of the song…

I have a dream I hope will come true. I hope that these ideas will inspire you. 

Mahalo for stopping by to visit! ~Cathy

A hui hou kākou.

(Until we meet again.)

Do you want to build an ICE CASTLE? FROZEN Party Ideas!


*Set the Scene*

CIMG0754 What better way to set the stage for a FROZEN party, than with an ICE CASTLE? I did just that for my niece’s sixth birthday party. I had no plan in mind, a bunch of boxes, and a little free time. I started cutting and forming the castle using separate boxes and shapes to create a 3D appearance. I painted both sides with interior wall paint, that was mis-tinted and sold at a discounted price, from a local paint store. I tinted it with blue acrylic and applied it with a roller. Roof pieces were cut and painted, with a darker shade, but not glued or taped on, until set up time. I took into consideration that the ice castle had to fold down to fit in the trunk of my smaller sized sedan (all but the tallest tower).     Image The final outdoor display was placed under a 10′ x 10′ canopy.

Snowflakes and an icicle strip were hung around the entire structure. I spread out cotton batting for the snow, sprinkled it with soap flakes and glitter. The faux snow, sparkled and looked just like the real thing, even though it was 90 plus degrees outside. See my precious niece as “Princess Elsa” poised and ready for her party.

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Elsa and Anna Photo Opp




Kristoff and Sven Photo Opp


Pin the Nose On Olaf Game


Details for the inside of the ice castle were painted with an illusion of a second story in mind. I chose not to get too elaborate. On both sides I created cut outs for photo opps.

*Party Props*

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We handed out blue tutus, snowflake wands, princess tiaras, Sven antlers and foam ice axes to guests. The antlers were cut out of manila folders and spray painted and finished off with faux fur.



Rock Troll Game in Progress



We played a rock TROLL memory game. I formed the rock trolls out of spray foam insulation. Once completely dried, I spray painted them with a granite finish and attached googley eyes and other accessories with hot glue. I made matching sets using different colored foam noses, teeth, even mustaches. I hot glued raffia to five of the heads to make them appear more “frozen” like and kept these five facing up. Even the very young can participate in this game, making it a good choice for parties with varied aged guests.

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We played a snow ball toss game using plastic balls sprayed white and glittered to knock down stacked plastic containers (in a pyramid) for the “ice blocks”.


*Party Favors*

Image 3     SnowGak was handed out as a party favor, as was individually wrapped blue dipped pretzels, dipped marshmallow pops, and blue rock candy pops. Each guest also had the opportunity to select from a blue candy bar.



*The Food Table*

Image 12       The Elsa cake that we made and found HERE created a festive centerpiece.




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The Olaf(ish) looking piñata rode shot gun and provided some laughs for other drivers during my 3 1/2 hour drive to the party. I missed not seeing that smile next to me on the ride home.  I’m happy to report that the ice castle was donated to an after school program, where other children will be able to enjoy it. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or ask any questions about this party. I hope that this post has inspired you to try your hand at creating your own ice castle for your princess. I’d love to see the results! ~Cathy