Gotta Catch These Pokémon Party IDEAS for Kids!

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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Welcome guests… I mean trainers!

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First Stop: Rhyhorn

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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.

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Second Stop: Gloom

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Third Stop: Meowth

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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.

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Fourth Stop: Hypno

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Fifth Stop: Pikachu

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

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Sixth Stop: Jigglypuff

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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.

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Seventh Stop: Electabuzz

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

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Eighth Stop: Ponyta

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Ninth Stop: Charizard

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

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Tenth Stop: Horsea

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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.

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Eleventh Stop: Arbok

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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.

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Twelfth Stop: Haunter

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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.

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Thirteenth Stop:  Chansey

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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.

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Pokéballs

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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

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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.

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Goody Bags

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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

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Pokéball Piñata

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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.

 

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An Alice in Wonderland Inspired Baby Shower & $25 GC/PP Giveaway!


Guess what? I’m spilling the (pink jelly) beans. I’m going to be a grandmother! What better way to celebrate than with a children’s literature themed baby shower? That’s what we did and I wanted to share some of the ideas. Instructions for the giveaway can be found at the end of this post.

 

insideinviteFirst and Foremost…

The Invitations!

 

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Front of invitation

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Inside

 

 

Welcome Guests

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 Hand out Queen of Hearts pre-printed name badges to guests upon arrival. As much as I dislike being labeled, this is practical.

 

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Welcome table with Mad Hats to wear and mirror for guests to use.

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We’re all mad here! “All the best people are!” sign to instruct guests to pick a hat.

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So many hats to choose from. Each one unique.

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In this style 10/6

 

Who Knew?

In the book, the card on the hatter’s hat reads “In this style 10/6”, which refers to the price of the hat – 10 shillings and six pence.

In the mid 19th century, when Carroll wrote Alice, Mercury was used to process the felt hats and hat makers were exposed to the toxic vapors. Mercury poisoning can cause erratic, flamboyant behavior and many believe this was the inspiration for Carroll’s hatter. That explains a lot. Under the influence.

Did you know that Lewis Carroll was actually a pen name used by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson? Did you know that he was deaf in one ear and had a stammer? Mr. Dodgson would have celebrated his 184th birthday on January 27th and the book celebrates its 151st year since first being published.

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V.I.P. Partygoers ❤

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Our hostess with the mostest. Thank you, Barbara! ❤

These hats were a hit and so fun to make. I made them out of paper cups and plates and used scrap material left over from past projects. Feathers, both purchased and collected were used. Random buttons, ribbon, tulle, even costume jewelry kept each one unique. The ladies coordinated their
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Printable Hat Instructions

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Party Props

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The White Rabbit attentively sat and read “(baby’s name) in Wonderland” and watched the time fly by.

 

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There may be some of you that think the White Rabbit looks familiar. You are very observant. It’s had many faces…I mean heads, at the Children’s Library. First it was the Mother Bunny, next it was Super Heroine for the Summer Reading Program, and lastly the Wicked Witch for Halloween. I love to repurpose.

 

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Two topiaries were created for the table by hot gluing two large green plastic bowls together to form a large orb and attaching moss and pink roses. Each covered orb was attached to a cut branch that formed the trunk, which was secured in a ceramic pot. This added to the garden party flavor.

 

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Can’t forget the magic mushrooms!

Mushrooms were created from plastic champagne glasses. The stem and base were painted grayish taupe and turned upside down. The cup part (now the base) was painted green and moss was attached along with a few flowers. A small plastic bowl was painted pink and turned upside down to form the cap. Round white labels were used to create the spots. Colored dots would be a fun alternative. Decorative caterpillars, snails or other garden creatures could be hot glued on the top to add more whimsy.

 

The Food & Drink

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It’s a tea! So supply a nice variety plus honey, sugar and lemon. Name tags were tied onto tea cup handles and proved to be useful as all the cups looked the same. Who keeps track of where one puts their cup when they’re conversing, having fun and feeding their face? I sure don’t.

 

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Our sweet menu included mini-raspberry scones and mini-blueberry scones served with clotted cream and marmalade, chocolate dipped strawberries, mini-chocolate eclairs, lemon bars, petit fours, and chocolate covered marshmallow pops. Food labels, with characters from the book, were set next to each tray. A few EAT ME and DRINK ME labels were tucked in too, to keep with the theme.

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The savory menu included cucumber sandwich rounds, heart-shaped ham and cheese on rye sandwiches, triangle black olive and cream cheese on pumpernickel sandwiches, rolled egg salad sandwiches and chicken salad sandwiches on mini-crossiants.

Party Games

Strands of beads were given out upon guests’ arrival and given instructions not to say BABY. Do you know how hard it is to not say baby at a baby shower? Mind boggling. Rules are simple, if another guest hears you say “baby” then they’re allowed to take your beads. The guest with the most beads at the end of the party wins a prize.

 

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As an icebreaker, we placed baby item names on labels and put them on guests’ backs (without them peeking). They were told that they could ask only one yes or no question to another guest until they guessed the item.

Who is Who?
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Coochie Coo! Guess who’s who?

Ask guests to bring a baby picture of themselves to the shower (preferably 3 years and under) and display them for all to see. A large gold picture frame was used to stretch pink ribbon across the back. Small, wood clothes pins that were numbered were used to attach the photos.  Guests were given a numbered list and a pen to begin the game.  After all had guessed, we determined the correct answers and the guest that had the most correct, won a prize.  Printable list here: who is who

 

Just the Ticket for a New Mother!

diaperraffle1Include a diaper raffle ticket with the invitation and instructions to bring a package of diapers and ticket to the shower. Draw the winning ticket during the party and award a prize. This is a nice way of giving the soon-to-be-mother a diaper supply.

 

Will the Baby Be Late to a Very Important Date?

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When will that little bunny go down the rabbit hole? Ask your guests to guess, and the one the comes closest to the actual birth date and time receives a gift. A gift card can be sent in the mail after the birth. Four on a printable page: 4upguess

Much fun was had! I hope I’ve given you some ideas and inspired you to put on your own themed party. Pardon my gender stereotypical use of pink, but we’re obviously having a GIRL!!!

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…” ~Lewis Carroll  (Alice in Wonderland)

I shall try to give her adventures, more love and more books to last a lifetime.  It’s also very exciting that my daughter-in-law selected a Dr. Seuss themed nursery. Some one pinch me, please! ~Cathy

The Giveaway!

Now, for some MAD fun just for you! I’m giving away one $25 Amazon gift card or Pay Pal cash to the person that comes closest to guessing the actual birth date and time of my lil’ grandbunny. All you have to do is comment with a DATE and TIME (include a.m. or p.m.) and you’ll be entered, with no strings attached. Please only guess once. The one that comes closest to, without going beyond the actual time wins. FYI: Due date is February 13th. Guesses will be taken up to the end of the day on February 13th or until the baby is born (whichever comes first). You may also email me at peanutbutterprose at gmail.com and I will add your guess to the list. Winner will be posted here and notified via email.

 Happy guessing and thanks for stopping by!