Plan a martial arts-themed birthday party for a child who want to or is taking martial arts lessons or enjoys all things martial arts. Some adults may find this party theme enjoyable as well. Incorporate the martial arts, including any special niches such as ninja, Taekwondo, Kung Fu or others your child is interested in, into every party element possible.
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Host the party at a local martial arts school, if possible. Many schools offer birthday party packages that may include, or can accommodate, a lesson, food and favours. Some instructors will help your child cut his cake with a real Samurai sword. If a local school isn't available, consider an outdoor location so guests have room to tumble, jump, kick and play.
Use white cardstock to create invitations in a shape that complements the martial arts theme. Cut the card into the shape of a basic martial arts uniform and draw in the "V" for the neckline. Write the party details inside the invitation, then tie a piece of ribbon around the "waist" like a belt. Other shapes to consider for invitations include swords or ninja stars, or use a picture of your child in her uniform.
Decorate your party area with Chinese lanterns, large ninja stars, dragons, punching bags or any other symbols or items you (or your child) associate with martial arts. Hang the symbols for "honour," "warrior," "strength" and related words using the language that corresponds with the type of martial arts you're focusing on. Decorations should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether if the party is held at a martial arts school.
Watch ninja or martial arts cartoons or movies, invite an instructor to give your guests a lesson. or create an obstacle course designed to improve agility. Set up relay races or have a contest to see who can kick the highest.
Play traditional games, but rename them to fit in with the martial arts theme. For example, the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy hosts themed martial arts birthday parties, one of which includes dodgeball renamed as "Poison Ninja Stars."
Serve traditional birthday party foods such as pizza, hamburger and hot dogs. Or, opt for Asian food, such as egg rolls eaten with chopsticks. Offer your active guests plenty of liquids, such as juice and water, to keep them from getting dehydrated.
Make cupcakes with plastic ninja stars or martial arts cupcake toothpicks to keep with the theme. Or, decorate a cake to resemble a martial arts uniform, sword or ninja star.
Fill goody bags with martial arts-related items to thank guests for attending the birthday party. You could include plastic ninja stars, martial arts figurines, temporary tattoos, plastic swords or martial arts lesson gift tokens. Headbands with the guests' names spelt out in Chinese or Japanese characters or martial arts uniforms might be appropriated if your party includes a lesson.
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