Hi-ya! HWTM Contributor, Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here – excited to share my son’s recent Modern Ninjago Style Party (with lots of creative ninja birthday party ideas)! Bamboo, lanterns and red lacquer tables for floor seating gave the party an Asian influence. Creative desserts such as candy sushi, “edamame” jelly beans and Ninjago themed treats set the tone for a kid-friendly Ninja party.
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
- Bamboo + lantern lined entrance and ceiling decor
- Candy “Sushi To-Go” party favors
- Shuriken “Chinese Star” attacked cake
- Ninja themed games and activities, including a “Lego Ninjago Battle” and “Fortune Cookie Toss”
- Candy “Take-Out” Station
My son loves Lego Ninjago (as do most 7 year olds!) so we went with a Ninja style party and created an Asian environment by pulling in traditional elements. I designed a brand new ninja invitation and ninja complete printable package for our shop and used all of the printables throughout the party.
I bought real bamboo shoots with the leaves on and adorned the entrance and dessert table. Paper lanterns (from Paper Lantern Store) of all different sizes were hung over the entrance as well as over the seating area.
Inspired by our clients in Dubai, Me&Riley, and their floor seating ideas, we set up a long table using Ikea Red Lacquer tables. I added a DIY bamboo runner down the table. (I got $1 store bamboo place mats and connected them together with some white thread). Lucky Bamboo shoots were displayed in the center along the table in vases with rocks. Each place setting had a black lacquer plate, red small plate and a Chinese take out container with their lunch inside. Chopsticks were labeled with our printable and placed on top. An “enjoy” hang tag printable adorned the Chinese take-out boxes. A small ceramic white dish was beside the plates and it held a single piece of candy sushi on a patterned paper lining. Beverages were displayed in plastic bottles (from I’m With Cupcake) and adorned with a printable drink wrap and paper straw. Ikea pillows were placed on the floor for the children to kneel on as they ate. Rice Paper traditional Chinese room dividing screens were placed around the room.
A Chinese screen was used as the backdrop for our dessert table. Bamboo elements were carried in again by sticking shoots out of large black vases. Rocks filled the vases to keep the bamboo in place. Paper lanterns were hung from the ceiling.
I scoured Ikea looking for dessert display pieces that felt “Asian”. I ended up with bamboo looking bath organizing caddy’s that I stacked together to use as the tiered dessert trays in the middle of the table. A fabulous Cake from Got What It Cakes was the centerpiece and had ninja stars sticking out of the sides. Fabulous cookies from Whip It Good Cookies were placed on smaller black glass stands in the center of the table. (Tip: We propped them up with small meringues so you could see them instead of laying them flat on the stands)
The second tier held ceramic black/white vessels from Ikea and cupcakes with origami DIY ninja star toppers that we made out of our printable patterned papers. They were wrapped with cupcake wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture.
The bottom level had Chinese tasting spoons with red sprinkles and a ninja star cake pop from Pop A Razzi. Red Chinese take-out containers were filled with rice cracker mix from Oh!Nuts and labeled with our printables.
Vessels were filled with cookies that had an adorable red/white dot/line pattern (reminded me of lanterns) from Sweeties by Kim. We lined trays with our patterned papers and put green jelly beans (edamame) in clear fun shot glasses with some green sushi grass and labeled them with a printable “edamame” flag.
I made candy sushi and packaged it in an adorable clear candy container from Nashville Wraps. I lined the bottom with our printable patterned paper underneath the container to add interest. I used rice krispies, marshmallows, Swedish fish, gummy green/white rings (to resemble cucumber), starburst and airheads (to resemble the fish) and orange sprinkles (to resemble roe). I made green meringues that represented the wasabi and used peach tinted fondant for the ginger. I separated the sides with some green sushi grass (like you see in real sushi take-out containers!). We tied them up cute with twine (The Twinery) and a printable favor tag.
CANDY “TAKE-OUT” STATION
Our printable dragon poster was used as the backdrop (only $5 to print!) for our Candy Take-Out. The idea here was to have the children fill their little chinese take-out containers with candy. A red Asian runner from A to Zebra Celebrations was used on the black lacquer furniture. We filled vertical rectangular vessels with various candies (Oh!Nuts). Cookies from Whip It Good Cookies were adorned with printable party flags and stuck out of the vessels. Also, homemade lollipops from This Charming Candy were flagged and stuck out of the vessels. Cake pops from Pop A Razzi were flagged and placed on white ceramic tasting spoons and placed on a wooden sushi board.
We adorned the front of the buffet with a Ninja Star shaped printable banner. (Available in our shop). It read “Candy Take-Out” and the boys loved it!
A printable patterned poster was used for the backdrop and a red lantern was hung over top the favor table. We used a bookshelf that we lined with red wrapping paper for the table. Large Chinese take-out containers (Nashville Wraps) were tagged with our printable laminated favor hang tag (the kids can use these later for luggage tags/school bag tags!). The children would use these at the end of the party to get their favors.
Printable Ninjago Coloring books were “bound” with twine and the kids could take the coloring book and some lego shaped crayons (from Posh Paper Creations). The coloring books were displayed in bamboo boxes from Ikea. The other side had a bamboo box with small Lego Ninjago sets that the children could take home. They also got a lego man shaped soap (from Favors by Angelique) Cake pops from Pop A Razzi were placed in the red lacquer bowls. Sugar cookies were displayed on bamboo soap dishes as well as circular rice krispie treats. The rice krispie treats were topped with adorable fondant toppers that Two Sugar Babies made using our custom printables and their fondant Lego brick shape.
ACTIVITIES & GAMES
When the kids arrived, they received a personalized dragon shirt with their name and a ninja star on the backside and a ninja headband (from Made by Morgan).
I bought some fake Chinese money at our local Asian grocery store. My kids love fake money so we decided to use this to give the kids who won the games during the party. At the end of the party, they would “Buy” candy from the Candy Take-Out station and the favor table. (Really they just got to take whatever they wanted and keep the fake Asian money).
The main activity was the Lego Ninjago Battle. My son, Jeffrey, has tons of Lego Ninjago spinners and weapons so we set those out and the children got to battle with each other. We bought the arena at the local Lego Store and we kept track of points for each battle. This kept them entertained for awhile!
The first game was our “Fortune Cookie Toss”. We printed 3, 5, 7 point logos and placed them on the Chinese take-out containers that we hung from the Chinese folding screen. They were left open so that the children had to try and toss the cookie into the containers. The children received points for each cookie they got in the container.
The second game was a “Ninja Star Throwing” Game. I bought rubber ninja “shuriken” stars online and they are safe but do stick into styrofoam. I used a printable poster with a giant ninja star and 7 in the center. The kids got 4 stars to throw. For each one they got in the board, they got a point. If they hit the 7, they got 7 points. The boys LOVED this game!
The third activity was origami star making. I printed out patterned paper from our printable ninja collection on copy paper and taught the kids how to make origami ninja stars. (These are what I hot glued to lolli sticks and stuck into the cupcakes on the dessert table).
We had a custom pinata (by Partylicious) made for the party. The little ninjas used bamboo sticks to take their hits at the pinata.
The children had a blast and didn’t want to leave! This theme is great for a regular Ninja party or a Lego Ninjago party!
- Production, Styling: Anders Ruff
- Printables: Anders Ruff Shop
- Photography: Becca Bond Photography
- Cake: Got What It Cakes
- Cookies: Whip It Good Cookies
- Cake Pops: Pop A Razzi
- Chocolate Oreos: Sweeties by Kim
- Candy: Oh! Nuts
- Lollipops: This Charming Candy
- Fondant Toppers: Two Sugar Babies
- Paper Lanterns: Paper Lantern Store
- Clear Sushi Candy Favor Boxes & Chinese Take-Out Boxes: Nashville Wraps
- Paper Straws, Plastic Drink Bottles, Chevron Treat Bags: I’m With Cupcake
- Wooden Scoops: Sucre Shop
- Custom Pinata: Partylicious
- Table Runner: A to Zebra Celebrations
- Cupcake Wrappers: Bella Cupcake Couture
- Twine: The Twinery
- Lego Soap Favors: Favors by Angelique
- Lego Crayons: Posh Paper Creations
- Customized Shirts & Ninja Headbands: Made by Morgan