Where do you start? First we secured our local instructors to host the birthday in their studio. Their package included pizza and keeping the kids occupied with planned activities. The kids enjoyed themselves with various karate instruction for most of the time leaving just enough time for Gifts and Cake.
Next, the invitation. I layered the colors of cardstock allowing a small border of each to show (using the theme color of the establishment which was Black, Red, White). Now the catchy little phrase.
Next the cake. Any sheet cake can be made into this Black Belt Gee. Just slice off 2 to 3 inches off the bottom, slice in half with a diagonal cut and place on the sides for sleeves. Next the v for the neck and black frosting (or fruit strips). None will be the wiser! Go ahead and see where I found this AWESOME idea for this cake!
Featured in our Goodie Bags here are foam throwing stars, little ninja figurines, tattoos, stickers, even karate silly bands. I also found bubbles with a sword through them as well as a sward pen. I figured since the Karate Studio makes a big deal about cutting the cake with that huge sward, I would play off of that. I did have to order online for some of these items. Our local party store had the ninja's, throwing stars and stickers. The rest I went to Amazon.
The studio provided pizza but I wanted to enhance on that theme and made some Candy Sushi. Just use any rice crispy cereal (any kind you CAN eat, we secured a GF copycat at Whole Foods), gummy worms for the middle and fruit roll ups around the outside. They were a huge hit! The big tip with these is this: use a cooking sheet lined with parchment and rollup jelly roll style.
I always like to send home a cookie. Its sort of a tradition for us. This sword cookie fit the bill and the theme perfectly. With very little parts to frost, it was not that complicated. I found the plastic wrappers at Walmart.
Another great and frugal idea is to make sword balloons while the kids are eating. I picked up the balloons from the dollar store and they worked great. HERE are a couple of different kinds for you to view. THIS is the sword I made. Pirate sword I know, but we thought it was cool! I know what you are thinking too, I can't twist balloons. Trust me, if I can so can you. Its just one simple sword to master and everyone will think you are a birthday genius! Nobody gets hurt with a balloon sword and everybody has fun. Whats not to love about that!!!!