My 4yr old is a fierce & fabulous little girl. Shakepeare definitely got that quote right. She holds her own with bigger kids and has some serious stamina no matter what she's doing. Her older brothers love ninjas & she does too; all last summer she called herself the "Pink Ninja". I thought that would be a fun birthday theme for her & a nice departure from the usual princess/fairy/super sweet parties most girls do at this age. I was disappointed to discover that any ninja-related party stuff was red & black and always depicted boys. A little girl who likes pink should still be able to be a ninja....
So I created my own girl-themed ninja printables with a grey, pink & purple color scheme.
I started by creating this invitation, showcasing a girl ninja face I designed (with eyelashes & brown eyes like my little lady):
Next a personalized banner for my birthday ninja out of my printable, cardstock & baker's twine:
I created some small custom oval printables to affix to basic takeout containers to serve as perfectly themed goody bags. Coordinating paper straws and a special birthday sign added some decoration.
Food-wise, I wanted to do a party that would be fun, but also a good balance of healthy & treats. Sometimes I see high-styled parties that look breathtaking, but the massive amount of colorful candies, cakes, cookies & other sugar-laden items is overwhelming. No kid needs their body weight in sugar as a meal. You can style a beautiful party with some healthy food in the mix folks!
For our savory section we had vegetarian and regular sushi, cucumber sandwiches, soybeans, seaweed and rice crackers. I created some themed placards for the food and added some chopsticks for double duty as utensils and decoration:
The shuriken (throwing star) sandwiches were cucumber and cream cheese filling on whole grain bread and cut with a star-shaped cookie cutter. Some fabric yardage served as my tablecloth:
And since I'm not the sugar police, we did have some sweet goodies too. On the treat side we had Kunoichi (female ninja) face cupcakes I made with my fave cake decorating element, modeling chocolate.
I came up with a super-easy method for making them (which I can share in another post if there's interest). I really loved how they turned out.
We also had some pearlized gumballs, Pocky sticks and Chocorooms (aka mushroom shaped chocolate dipped biscuits).
And of course my favorite wafer candy saucers - found for a bargain price at Staples.com of all places!
Decoration-wise I kept it thrifty with glass containers I already had, paper throwing stars my husband made and this little zen garden I picked up at the dollar store (Nin Dogu means Ninja Tools):
We had a great time and the birthday girl was proud to show her stealthy skills on her special day. Go Pink Kunoichi!
Where I Got The Party Goods:
Pink Ninja Printables: Designed by me :)
Pocky, Chocorooms: Five Below
Pearlized Gumballs: Toys R Us
Wafer Candy Saucers: Staples.com
Zen Garden: Dollar Store
Paper Straws, Baker's Twine: Simple Addiction
Fabric for tablecloth & backdrop: My stash
I'm also sharing this project with my FAVE LINK PARTIES.