My son is officially SEVEN years old. And for as long as he could talk and be understood, he’s had definite ideas about what kind of birthday party he wants. (Take a look here and here.) Many times, it’s a very unique combination. When he turned three, it was airplanes, trains, and pancakes. Last year it was Legos and Ice Cream. This year it was a great theme – one I haven’t seen done before: American Ninja Warriors combined with Parkour Gymnastics. If you haven’t seen the show since it was cancelled, you can usually pick up the re-runs on cable. It’s a classic obstacle course with burly men and women facing some of the most amazing strength tests you could imagine. He picked “parkour” because he’s been taking classes for the last 5-6 month at the gym.
Designing the printables was easy. I used the show’s logo as inspiration, added in a few traditional “ninja” elements, and before I knew it, the whole suite was done and ready for printing.
Since the party was in the middle of the day, at a local gymnastics center, we didn’t need a lot of food. Cupcakes, lots of water, and a mini-popcorn bar were plenty for the group of 17 kids who came to test their strength.
The kids had a blast with the obstacle course that our coach set up…followed by free use of the gym. The kids got to climb, and jump, and hang, and dive into the foam pit, and zip down the zip line, and more.
As each kid left the party, they were “awarded” with the cutest cookie medals ever! I went to my ‘go-to cookie queen’, Bea from Auntie Bea’s Bakery and she was able to design the cookies just as I had envisioned! And they match the invitations PERFECTLY!
The kids absolutely LOVED them!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to stop by in the next few days to see my major craft FAIL. I had a CUTE idea for the kids but alas, it was one of those things that was MUCH cuter in my head than it was once executed.