Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce: A Pink Ninja Birthday Party

Since I'm in the middle of making a bunch of crafty projects right now, I thought this would be a good time to share something I created a few months ago, but hadn't had a chance to post: my custom Pink Ninja Birthday Party.  

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. 

Invitations, bunting, placards, birthday sign & favor labels, to make my daughter's Pink Ninja personality shine:

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 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:
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.
Click HERE to check them out!


  1. Thank you for sharing, YOU ARE AN AWESOME NINJA MOM. loved the cupcakes!!

    1. Thanks Darlene! The cupcakes were my first idea for it too:)

  2. Cool idea for party!All things you made is awesome!

  3. So cute and creative. I know a few little girls that would love this party!

  4. That is super cute! I could totally see my little girl asking for a ninja party in the future.

  5. Unique and clever birthday idea---a combo of sassy and sweet, nutritious and delicious, festive and fun!

  6. This is amazing!! My daughter is the girliest tomboy ever and she would love this!pinning! Thanks for linking up :-)

  7. That is really cute! Love the nutritious additions to the food, and your printables are perfect. =)

    1. Thanks Charity - it was my first try making my own printables too.

  8. Adorable!! I love how this is pretty AND fierce at the same time. Enjoy the humor of it, and it's so cute!

    1. Girls shouldn't have to sacrifice one for the other - they can be both:)

  9. Cheryl - what a great party! We love the idea of a Pink Ninja - and your daughter is just as cute as can be. The cupcakes are such a crack-up with their eyes peeping out. Cute, real cute.

    We would love it if you would share this on Merrymakers at Simply BeBetsy - it's exactly what that category for setup for - entertaining, parties, for all those creatives! Take care,

    Sharon and Denise

    1. Thanks so much Sharon & Denise. I've gone over and shared it too.

    2. It's terrific! Thank you Cheryl - Sharon and Denise

    3. You were featured on Simply BeBetsy Friday Features 7 - CONGRATS!
      Sharon and Denise


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