Easy Peasy Pokémon Party
I am the first to admit that I usually go overboard for parties but this easy peasy Pokémon party has changed everything.
I wanted to throw a little shindig for the kids while the weather was still nice enough to use the backyard. They both have winter birthdays so I thought a fancy playdate might be just the thing.
It’s wasn’t for a special occasion or a holiday. It was more like a playdate with a little extra oomph. And few extra kids. The thing is, once the ‘pressure’ of a big day was gone, I was suddenly in uncharted territory. It didn’t have to be perfect. It didn’t have to be ‘the best party ever’. The party just had to be fun. And let me tell you, a no-pressure party is a game changer
Rather than planning elaborate games and finicky activities, we had a little unboxing party. I put out the new Tomy Throw ‘n’ Pop Poké Ball, along with some of the other Tomy Pokémon Action Pose Figures. The toys were still their packages so the kids could have at it. I printed out some little activity booklets and made some Easy Peasy Poké Ball cupcakes.
Easy peasy Pokémon party cupcakes
These are definitely the perfect cupcakes to make it you want to have that made-from-scratch feeling without the stress of a complicated cake. I used Duncan Hines white cake, baked as per the directions. Next I made an easy butter cream icing using the failsafe Wilton recipe. Then I divided the icing into two equal parts. One part I left white. The other I coloured with “Christmas Red” – also from the Wilton collection.
I put white on half of all cupcakes with an icing spreader and then I put red on the other half. The line doesn’t haven’t to be perfect because you’re covering it with the stripe and ‘button’. For those, I used a black glitter gel tube and a small ball of icing piped from a ziploc bag with the corner cut.
Let the games begin
To be honest, I hadn’t planned any games. But it turns out, the Tomy Throw’n’ Pop Poké Balls and figures are perfect for a little friendly tournament. When the hit the ground, the Pokémon inside jumps out, posed to fight.
The kids were completely thrilled to load their favourite Pokémon into the balls (there are 2 balls in the box), throw the balls down for the battle, and see who won by counting the number of stars on the top panel of the open balls. I couldn’t even get a photo. They were jumping all over the place, completely engrossed in the game.
At the end of the party, the guests selected their favourite one of the toys to bring home. All the kids agreed we’ll have to try another unboxing party again soon. And I learned a thing or two about living in the moment and not sweating the small stuff. Too much…
Our friends at Tomy supplied the toys for the #PokemonToyParty but the rave reviews we got back from the kids and my opinions here are all my own.
Melanie from mommydo.com writes about parenting, food, neat stuff and the unexpected beauty in life, all while juggling work, family life and spreading awareness and raising funds for Williams Syndrome.