Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party

BOOYAKASHA! is the new Cowabunga Dude! I have to admit I was a little nervous when my soon to be 3 year old son asked for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party. The turtles made a huge comeback in 2012 with a new cartoon, but there is limited inspiration available for an updated take on a TMNT birthday party.

So I started from scratch.

As a parent I really enjoy the new TMNT cartoon. The characters are cute and even though the episodes are “dark” (NYC at night) the feel of the show is light. As my son is just turning 3 I wanted to take a lighter approach to the TMNT theme and stay away from the commercial part of the brand (which can be really hard to do)

For the invites, my local Famoso was generous in giving me some to go pizza boxes to use for the invitations. I hunted down enough TMNT t shirts for each of our little guests and tucked them inside. I absolutely fell in LOVE with the turtle illustrations by Jess Bradley and was over the moon excited when she was kind enough to allow me permission to use them for my son’s birthday.

TMNT Pizza Box Invitation
I found a cartoon NYC skyline online that I liked and printed it as the backdrop for the dessert table. Desserts were hard for this theme as ninja turtles only dine on pizza (which we served for lunch). So we served Ninja Smoke Bomb (cake pops), Krang Cookies and Sewer Rat Gummies which were a big hit with kids of all ages.My inspiration for the Ninja Smoke Bombs. I couldn’t find green grape liquorice whips but I think the black works ok.

And a quick sneak of the inside of the Krang Cookies. I used Birthday Cake flavored Oreos for the inside. Cute, but also super, super sweet.Krang Cookies

Seriously how adorable are these Heroes in a Half Shell Kokeshi Dolls from Knottingwood? And they are the perfect addition to the table and a great keepsake. LOVE!TMNT Kokeshi dolls

To decorate the table I purchased some fabric in TMNT mask colors and used them as table runners. This was perfect for this party and would also work well with an art or rainbow party and so, so easy to do.
I also incorporated Jess Bradley’s turtle illustrations here for labelling the drinks at the table. This one is my favorite and was reserved for the over 18 guests ;)After the kids had eaten, they had to go through the sewer cover (and tunnel) to get Turtle-fied. Each guest got to choose their favorite color of mask and put on their turtle shell. I picked up the “shell” (frisbees) at Dollarama (love that place) and used brown grosgrain ribbon and D Rings to keep the shells on while the kids enjoyed the rest of the party. I used fleece fabric blankets I found at Ikea and used a mask we already had as a guide to make the TMNT masks. This image is blurry :( but is the only image I have of one of the guests wearing the DIY masks from the front (I know…bad mom :)So many plans and ended up with so little time. I had planned a few games for the kids including Fruit Ninja, Kung Fu Hi Impact and a Ninja Throwing Star Game. I came across these super awesome pots from Ginger Pots and was inspired to create my own version for the party. I am no painter but I think they turned out great even if they didn’t get used.Here is my little turtle just after he blew out the candle. TMNT Birthday 2013

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admin - The smoke bombs are cake pops I made using this tutorial from Bakerella. You can use any flavor of cake you wish. I shaped mine as best I could to look like smokembombs and added black shoestring licorice around. I melted white chocolate and piped the top design onto parchment and let it cool. Once hardened I added them to the top using more melted chocolate. I hope this helps!

Cynthia - How did you make the smoke bombs?

vicki - how did you make the smoke bombs? they are so cute!!!!!

admin - Here is a link to the stock image. I changed the colors and added the mask in photoshop. http://www.canstockphoto.com/illustration/skyline.html#file_view.php?id=6118473

Tammy - Where did you find the NYC backdrop?

Tammy - How did you make the smoke bombs?

Carmen - My 2.5 year old is going to flip! I like the way you party. I love the wood dolls but at $70 I’m going to have to mull it over a bit. They are too darn cute. This party it seriously fresh.

Kylene - You did a fantastic job with your son’s party. It turned out great. How did you exactly do the backdrop of the city? I have been trying to do something like this and I can’t figure it out. Thanks.

beth - Adorable! How did you make the krang cookies? Those are so cool. My son is having a tmnt 4th birthday, and i wanted to do a home made event.

admin - Thank you for taking a look at my son’s party and for your kind words :)

Shelley - WOW- Your party decorations,games, etc. are so unique and amazing! Thank you for sharing! I hope to be able to incorporate alot of your ideas into my son’s 4th b-day party this November.

admin - They are mouse gummy candies I picked up from Bulk Barn.

Devan - What exactly is the sewer rats candy?

admin - That’s actually pretty much it. I get a lot of questions about the green rubber around the frisbees. This is actually part of the frisbees I found and not something I added afterward. The sticker in the middle was designed in photoshop from an online image.

admin - Hi Christina! I designed the circle in photoshop from an image I found online. Thanks for your kind words :)

Lupe - Question how did you do the turtle shells besides frisbees, grosgrain ribbon and d rings what else did you use?

Christina - Your party is adorable!! Where did you get the graphic or sticker that you put on the frisbee shells? Love it!

Living Four Seasons - I love your ideas! Thank you for the inspiration.


admin - Thanks for taking a look at my son’s party, he’s a big TMNT fan! The Krang cookies are actually pretty easy to make with the mold. Paint a little melted chocolate inside the mold to cover and let set. Add more melted chocolate (2/3) and place your Oreo inside. I added more chocolate on top to cover the Oreo although the mold instructions don’t show that. I hope this helps :)
PS To get the cookies a proper Krang color I used Wilton Garden Candy Colors with white Wilton candy melts

Sarah - How ridiculously adorable. I am inlove with your birthday party. My son wants a TMNT party this year, can I ask how you did the krane brains? I know the oreo part, and the zombie/brain mold but i cant figure out how you got it around the oreo.

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