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{Ninja Hello Kitty!} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

September 9th, 2013

My youngest turned FIVE recently. First of all, how did that happen? :sniff: Secondly, he asked for two things for his birthday: a NINJA HELLO KITTY theme, and an obstacle course. I searched around and realized that, of all the Hello Kitty and Sanrio things out there, there wasn’t actually a Ninja based Hello Kitty. […]

 

My youngest turned FIVE recently. First of all, how did that happen? :sniff: Secondly, he asked for two things for his birthday: a NINJA HELLO KITTY theme, and an obstacle course. I searched around and realized that, of all the Hello Kitty and Sanrio things out there, there wasn’t actually a Ninja based Hello Kitty. I found this awesome Ninja Hello  Kitty cake on The Cakerator, and based the party decorations off of that. We did a Ninja training theme for the party, with the games being Sensei Says, a Focus Skills portion that included balancing balloons, and of course, an obstacle course (which included a rope swing, climbing through a tunnel, and climbing through our playset). At the end, all Ninjas in training received as a party prize folded paper ninja stars.  Overall, it was super fun, and my son had a great time!

Party Supplies:

 

The birthday banner! I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, the font was pretty awesome. The dragons I printed from some clip art, and the Ninja Hello Kitties I cut out of black construction paper. The red background was a paper tablecloth we hung on the wall.

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Ninja Hello Kitty is FIERCE!

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I found this awesome vegan shop called Violet Sweet Shoppe near University Village who created this Ninja Hello Kitty cake for us. I have to admit, fondant Ninja Hello Kitty was *almost* too cute to eat.

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The owner even made individual fondant ninja throwing stars for each of the cupcakes. HOW ADORABLE ARE THEY?!

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We decorated the backyard as well with some red and black paper lanterns. I folded all the papers in half, then drew lines for where to cut the lantern slits. It was a really easy craft the boys did themselves, and my husband helped them hang it up with crepe paper.

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Ninja station! Masks, throwing stars, and focus paddles!

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I made the ninja masks out of felt, and sewed an elastic hairband so the kids could put it on themselves (a package of 6 for $1 at the dollar store!) I made half the masks Ninja Hello Kitty masks, and the other half regular Ninja masks for the party ninjas to choose amongst. It also served as a very handy take home party favor.

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The other party favor we had were ninja stars, which we folded the night before. Upon completion of the Ninja Obstacle Course, each ninja-in-training received their choice of two ninja stars as a job well done!

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We had quite the rainbow to choose from, so everyone was happy.  I figured since they were made of paper, they would make the least amount of damage when being thrown.

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One of the other ninja training courses was the “focus skills” portion. All the kids had to balance a balloon on a plate. For the younger kids, I put a big paper plate taped to a long bamboo skewer, and they just had to hold their balloon on their plate without it falling off. For the older kids, I taped a smaller, cake sized plate to a popsicle stick. For them, they had to count how many times they could bounce a balloon up and down without the balloon falling. Fun for all age groups! (shout out to G.McKinley for the awesome picture!)

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We also played a game of “Sensei Says” (like Simon Says), since all good ninjas need to have good listening skills. (shout out to M. Madigan for providing the upcoming awesome pictures!)

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Then came the grand finale that everyone was waiting for – Ninja Obstacle Course! The kids first had to swing across the rope swing.

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Then, they had to be agile and quick and jump over the logs.

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Finally, they climbed through a tunnel, did some monkey bars, and slide down the slide of our play set. The obstacle course was pretty much the highlight of the party, the kids continued to go around and do their favorite part of the course over and over again.

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At the end of the day, my son enjoyed his Ninja Hello Kitty party and obstacle course very much, and I’m glad that we were able to fulfill his birthday party dream for him. Plus, he sincerely enjoyed his cupcake.

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Nom.

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What, does he have something on his face?

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Happy Fifth Birthday, my fierce Ninja Hello Kitty boy!

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{Happy Birthday!} Seattle Area Child Photographer

August 7th, 2012

Four years ago, I was heavily pregnant, not due for another two weeks, in the midst of one of the warmest summers in the Seattle area. Did I mention I wasn’t due until mid-August? So it was a surprise for everyone when I went into labor and my water broke in the beginning of August. […]

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Four years ago, I was heavily pregnant, not due for another two weeks, in the midst of one of the warmest summers in the Seattle area. Did I mention I wasn’t due until mid-August? So it was a surprise for everyone when I went into labor and my water broke in the beginning of August. My second born son came into this world like a fireball, and has been a constant source of joy and laughter ever since then. Happiest of birthdays my not-so-little guy!

 

I can’t believe he was ever so tiny. And quiet!

 

Here he is these days, all cheeky smiles

 

In a rare moment of reflection and stillness

Most of the time though, this is a more accurate representation of his attitude. 🙂

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{May the Force Be With You} Seattle Area Childrens Photographer

March 7th, 2012

My boys love Star Wars. For Christmas a couple of years ago, my husband kindly bought me Lego Star Wars, which I deemed safe enough for the kids to watch. Besides, LEGO!  Have you seen how cute those little LEGO figurines are of Han Solo, Obi Wan, and Yoda? Now, my kids haven’t even seen […]

 

My boys love Star Wars. For Christmas a couple of years ago, my husband kindly bought me Lego Star Wars, which I deemed safe enough for the kids to watch. Besides, LEGO!  Have you seen how cute those little LEGO figurines are of Han Solo, Obi Wan, and Yoda? Now, my kids haven’t even seen any of the Star Wars movies, but my oldest became obsessed. For his birthday, we did a Star Wars theme. I scoured the internet for days beforehand, trying to find the best ways to have a low budget yet still cool, Star Wars themed party. (For future reference, there are actually Star Wars Party Book, and a Star Wars Craft Book which I did not know about until after the party. Hopefully these links will help another hapless parent out in their party planning.). A few weeks of planning, some sleepless night, and 31 kids plus a very happy birthday boy later,  seemed to thoroughly enjoy all our hard work.

This year, we told him he had to limit the amount of people to how old he is turning.  🙂

So onto the party pictures! I included links to everything, and hopefully this can help some other parent with a Star Wars obsessed kid. **WARNING** This post is long and picture heavy!

1. The Invite

I just used evite, but I found some cute wording and the invitation stated this:

In a Galaxy Far, Far away… A boy of destiny was born. The Jedi council named him {NAME} and they knew that he was the chosen one.

In the six years that has followed his birth, he has been learning the powers of the force. Recently though, the Jedi knights have called upon young Padawan {NAME} to seek out Future Jedi.

Your presence is requested on sunday May 1st for Padawan {NAME} birthday party! The trials will begin promptly at 11:30am at the Jeidi Training Academy (aka our home). Please Advise the Jedi council as to whether you will be accepting the challenge of the trials. Future Jeidi siblings may also partake in the trials. May The Force Be With you!

 

2. The Lightsabers, aka what I used instead of giving out goody bags.

I will admit, I kind of hate goody bags. My kids have food allergies, so if it’s candy often they can’t have it, and if it’s a toy it just ends up broken in the car on the way home from the party. So I found instructions on how to make foam light sabers, and made them as party favors. Simple and inexpensive! Cut a pool noodle in half, slap on some duct tape and electrical tape, and you’re golden. Bonus is, they don’t hurt when your kids beat the tar out of each other in preparation for Jedi Training. 🙂

Seriously, who doesn’t love a lightsaber?

I put them in buckets for the kids to grab, along with some neon colored labels and a sharpie to make name tags. 

 

3. The Imperial Decree

I wanted to make sure the kids kept the lightsabers OUTSIDE so we made up this sign, one by the lightsabers, and one by the door at parent-height. I downloaded the Star Wars Font to make the sign.

 

4. The Padawan Robe

I googled around, and this Star Wars Robe tutorial was the easiest one I found. For 3yards of fabric, I was able to make two small robes (one for each of my kids) for less than $5 total.

my son loved it so much he would wear it everywhere, even to tae kwon do.

 

5. Death Star Pinata

We couldn’t find an actual Death Star or Star Wars themed pinata, so here is what we did instead. I bought a baseball pinata (any round pinata shape would do, actually), and my husband spray painted it silver. To cover the hole we had to cut in it to put in candy, we put an upside down coffee lid.  He added on details with a black sharpie, and it turned out pretty well!

 

6.  The Cake

The cake was extremely cool. I found this tutorial on how to make an R2D2 cake. My fabulous friend Auntie Heather’s Fancy Cakes made the cake for us.  I made the inside cake (dairy and nut free!) and she put it all together. It was glorious and oh so amazing.

 

Details of the cake.

This thing was incredibly awesome. People couldn’t believe it was cake! Here’s a picture of the cake cut apart, poor R2D2 is getting devoured by my youngest.

CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

 

7. Star Wars Cooler

My husband’s coworker graciously loaned us his R2D2 cooler, which we used as a prop and to store “adult” beverages. My kids loved it and kept hugging it.

 

 

8. The Games

We played Jeidi vs. Bubbles (I had two parents with bubble machines, and the kids were fighing all the bubbles), which the kids really enjoyed. I made an obstacle course the kids had to run in, where I had parents holding lightsabers out either above head level, or low enough so the kids had to duck or jump over it, which they all LOVED. We also had Star Wars Bingo and a Pin The Lightsaber on Yoda game, but we didn’t get around to either of them. Mainly, this is what the entire party looked like.

 

 

Overall, I think everyone (parents, kids, birthday boy) had a great time, my son thought we were the coolest parents ever, and all the kids of all ages had a ton of fun chasing each other with their lightsabers. I hope if you’ve read this through, you got some good ideas for your own Star Wars themed party!

 

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{Happy Birthday!} – Seattle/Eastside Child Photographer

May 8th, 2010

My oldest son turned FIVE last week.  These last five years have brought more sleepless nights than I ever remembered having in my college days.  But it has also brought more joy from a little boy who has the most wonderful laugh in the world.  I could be having the worse day, but hearing him break […]

 

My oldest son turned FIVE last week.  These last five years have brought more sleepless nights than I ever remembered having in my college days.  But it has also brought more joy from a little boy who has the most wonderful laugh in the world.  I could be having the worse day, but hearing him break into those infectious giggles totally turns my world around.  When I asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday photo shoot, he gleefully shouted “A superhero!  With lots of balloons”.  So we went to the party store to fulfill his wish.  I want to note that if you ever decide if you should spring for the extra cost to make sure your balloons stay floaty longer – definately do it!  Our balloons are still high and floating after a whole week of playing!

So here we go!  Happy Birthday my darling son.

How old are you?

Superhero for the day!

One of his favorite presents, he’s played with this sucker every single day.

Here come the balloons!

He had a grand ol’ time playing hide and seek in the big bouquet.

Look!  It’s a boy shaped balloon!  🙂

Happy birthday my sweet little man.