|Bryan (the Dad) giving instruction as only a true Ninja can do.|
|A brood of Ninjas!|
First, there were calls, instant messages and emails back and forth to decipher what exactly should be included. What should be on the menu. What games could kids with a wide range in ages play?
|Party boy getting some refreshment.|
Food, of course, had to be the choice of the guest of honor. Sushi? Shushi? This family loves sushi but not all guests would. However Elijah's mom found the perfect alternative -- candy sushi! Other alternatives and input resulted in the menu of Pizza (easiest on all the planners), sushi candy (to double as a craft), and Ninja cupcakes (it was hard to not make them look like mummies, lol).
The real sushi was handled in a dinner out with other adults on another day.
Other fun accents included, black table cloths, red plates, 'sushi' condiments of soy sauce & wasabi (green icing and chocolate), chopsticks, origami, and red takeout boxes for each participant to take home his/her goodies in.
But the highlight was the life-size Ninja pinata home-made by Elijah's dad. That, along with masks for all participants, made this party a hit.
Hide and seek Ninja-style and opening of gifts only added to the fun and celebratory atmosphere.
I am not sure if anyone counted how many guests were in attendance. As some came others left and there was a constant flow of new faces to join the party. We planned on 15 kids and ran short...at least 10 parents also attended and the kids ranges in age from a few months to 18 years.
|A warm gift from the Jollies.|
|EVERYONE enjoyed the party.|
|The little Ninja scribe (aka Asher)|
|Thank you Mallory...|
|...who proves girls like to Ninjas too!|
Kudos to his Mom and Dad who went over the top to make an eleven year old boy's dream of a Ninja Party come alive!
|Guess Bryan's work was done...as he appears to be texting here.|
And so ends a wonderful day of fun with family and friends who wanted to make Elijah Bell's 11th birthday celebration a memory maker!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NINJA ELIJAH!