Party favor ideas for martial arts

Written by michelle bermas
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Themed parties are a lot of fun. For a martial arts party, think karate plates, cups and napkins with a dragon pinata centrepiece. Party favours are often overlooked and kids walk away disappointed with a bag of cheap plastic. Much like purchasing a special birthday gift, it's always appreciated when there's effort made to give a decent party favour.

Luckily with a martial arts theme, there are a ton of great choices. Instead of a typical party bag, consider using Chinese takeout containers. Or let the kids create their own favours by using karate stencils on a blank pillowcase.

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On the party invitations, ask kids to wear a white T-shirt. Once they arrive, they get to pick out a belt as a party favour. You can purchase multicoloured belts or black (the highest) for all. You can take photos of your karate team and e-mail the parents the photos.


Since tae kwon do kicks and chops are all the rage, you can give posters (small or large) as a favour. Children love decorating their room and they'll treasure the memory.

There's also a karate game you can play with a poster. For a younger crowd, you could pin the tail on the Master. Use a poster or have the birthday girl stand still while her blindfolded friends "tape" a "belt" onto her.

Fun Stuff and School Supplies

Karate rubber duckies,Chinese wrist power beads, ninja action figures, karate headbands and mini zipper pulls (for their jackets) are all fun favours.

You could also purchase a martial arts holiday ornament whatever time of year it is. Children can hang it a knob on their dresser or tack it to a notice board.

They're too young to drive, but kids still love keychains. Try adorable mini-headgear keychains that come in many colours, including red, silver and black protective foam. Or choose a sophisticated ying/yang keychain.

Children also love new school supplies. Try a black belt pencils, pens, notebooks and erasers.

Baked Goods

You can't go wrong with a sugar cookie decorated with white frosting with a coloured belt. Wrap it up in cellophane and a ribbon and you have a sweet favour for all ages. You can also have the kids decorate two cookies. They can eat one now and take one home for later.

T-shirts and Arts and Crafts

Consider purchasing T-shirts in bulk as party favours. It's a fun way to celebrate. sells shirts that say, "I partied with Master __ at his 8th Birthday party."

Another idea is to purchase preprinted karate pillowcases and include karate stencils as a take-home gift. Or go with an arts and crafts theme by purchasing fabric markers so kids can decorate T-shirts, pillowcases or a canvas bag. They can also make homemade head scarves from fabric strips.

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