I draped three yellow paper banners over a plain white dollar store tablecloth. More images were printed from the web and glued onto the front of dollar store cups. A cute touch that doubled as a take home gift were the chopsticks. The morning of the party I found myself in a panic as I hadn’t remembered to purchase napkins. Luckily, some leftover Valentine napkins were folded to hide their design and they somewhat fit the bill.
The interior of the house required some digging into Mr. Decor’s colorful past. He was stationed in Japan and thankfully we have kept his memento’s from that time period.
Yes, the cake was store bought~ and delicious! The red candle, also purchased at the Asian market, is generally used in a Buddhist altar but I thought it made an excellent marker for year 9. Now let me tell you about the cake topper…
I went to 4 stores looking for the 6 inch “Airbender” action figures. Once again the easy button alluded me. I was finally told by a popular toy store employee that the Aang action figure was still available online. I ordered it 2 weeks in advance. The night before the party let’s just say that the Toy Was Not Us. Grrrr! I handed Mr. Decor a picture of Aang and Momo and instructed him to “Build something”.
Almost everyone who was invited showed up. We take a picture in the same spot every year. It is fun to see how the kids have grown.
You know how you can google “birthday party ideas” and numerous sites featuring awesome games and activities show up?. Guess how many ideas showed up when I googled “Airbender Ideas”? Now, you’re catching on~ none.
I put on my thinking cap. For the category of Earthbending there were two teams and a pile of small stones. The boys had to walk/run with the stone balanced on the spoon to the opposite end of the yard. If it dropped, they had to start over.
We also had several popular Asian snacks such as the Hapi mixed crackers guarded here by Katara~ a happy meal water bender.
My own little China girl prepared all the food. Cheery red plates held a beige sea of carbs. In my defense the eggs rolls were vegetarian. 🙂
Onto the mind bending. I explained the concept of the Chinese Zodiac and how Asian characters are like an alphabet of sorts.
I found a great website that took names and provided a representation in characters. The boys had a fun time trying to guess their names. The take out boxes were purchased at Michaels.
After completing each game successfully the boys were rewarded with a prize to put into their boxes. Air bending whistles, journey aiding compass rings and Asian themed candy made up part of the loot.
I always photograph each party goer with the birthday boy, showcasing their gift. Afterwards the photos are printed and on the back we write a thank you message. It is a quick and easy way to instill gratefulness in your child, as well as document a friendship.