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Monday, May 21, 2012

Ninjago / Ninja Birthday Party

Finally, the reveal of the big day!  I've been posting and posting all my party planning, preparation, games / activities, favors...now I can show you our actual party!  I will link back to the original posts throughout.  There are printables and tutorials in case you have a Ninjago / Ninja party up your sleeves.  Enjoy!

Warning - this is a MEGA post of photos.
Seriously.
Even after eight Ninja Party-related posts, I still
have an elephant tonnage to show you.
I tried to combine photos into some collages,
but still.
Grab a chair.


On the front porch...
Remember the paper globes I made for the
I made more, but with $1 packs of dessert plates.
Same assembly, just quicker with a few staples per side,
and faster, because there are no tracing and cutting circles!
I thought they looked cool on the front porch.


On the front door...
What has become the "Party Wreath,"
that I have been redecorating to coordinate with
different parties and events that I do.
I do it up with party supplies that match our event,
holding everything on the back with straight pins.
It is easily dismantled afterward, so I can use
the straw wreath form again and again.


In the foyer...
I created some ninja house decor with
and hung them from our second story railing.
*This pic was not taken on party day.
That shelf on the right was decorated as the Favor Table,
as you will see below.


A close-up, showing the Ninjago character party circles.




The Favor Table...
I cut a plastic tablecloth runner to cover the shelf,
made a paper chain to drape over the mirror,
and made Take out boxes full of Ninja party fun!
For more on the handmade favors inside, see this post.



Our guests also received personalized ninja headbands.
You can see how I made those here.
I hung them over the railing at the bottom of the stairs.


Party Activities, Inside...
This same room had two round tables covered with
red party tablecloths and set up with activities.
I had folded white paper ninja stars beforehand,
that the kids decorated themselves during the party.
The other table had a fun code activity where
the kids used a chart to transform each letter of their
name to reveal their Ninja Identity.  So funny!

I found that Ninja name code online somewhere, saved the image and
made it into printables to match our party.  Then I rolled them up
as scrolls and put them in a bin.  The tins for crayons and pencils were
Dollar Tree finds leftover from our recent Picnic Party.


Those signs on the tables were more printables that I
made, with content from a ninja website.  They are 
lists of silly "facts", ninja wisdom and etiquette.
Stuff boys love, like how powerful ninja farts are
and that you should never store ninja stars in your underwear ; )


I made stands for them by folding a few extra dessert plates in half,
hot gluing the vertical half to the back of the cardstock sign,
and then supporting with a bent craft stick hot glued to the plate.


We played Pin the Beard on Sensei Wu!
You can read how I made this game here.
I taped the game to the back of our front door,
with a tv tray next to it holding the game supplies.



Outside Activities...
We then did target practice with their ninja stars.
You can see how I made the shooting gallery here,
from empty Pringle cans, toilet paper tubes, and two scrap 
boards.  We balanced plastic ball pit balls on top.
This was placed on a card table that was also part of 
our backyard ninja training obstacle course.
The main event was the Ninja Training Obstacle Course.
I made a banner to hang outside that matched
my other party printables.  My awesome Hubs got into
 this one and helped me create a web of clothesline to climb through,
 a tightrope to cross between two trees, a see-saw plank, and 
a grid of string to step through (think tires laid flat).  
We also made a balloon crawl by tying a boatload of balloons 
onto all four legs of a card table, and some pool noodle hurdles by 
pushing chopsticks into the ground and simply bending the 
end of the noodle over top.
This was REALLY fun!

Here's a view from the deck as we were setting it up.
*That plank-looking thing in center was for balance beam 
samurai sword fights (whoever steps off first loses),
but we ended up skipping that one because our birthday
boy had a stomach ache in the middle of his party.
It's just a 2x4 raised up on a few pieces of scrap wood
and screwed together.  The "swords" were shortened
pool noodles with a section of PVC pipe stuffed in the end 
for a handle to hang onto.


Here are our ninjas, gathered and listening to the rules.

We let the kids go one at a time and timed them.
The average was 55 seconds!  
They were so fast, my pics were blurry ; )
Many of them wanted to try it more than once.







If you look closely, you can see how the Hubs used plant stakes to 
construct a raised grid of crossing strings below.  It was about a foot 
off the ground.  They had to step over the strings into the different 
open spaces to get to the end.

Ninjas need sustenance!
Inside, our living room and kitchen were decorated
with more stenciled napkin banners and paper lanterns,
as well as a printable birthday banner from my party set.




We served fresh fruit, whole grain chips & juice.


And a few platters of Fushi!
This was a big hit : )



Birthday Boy still requested a cake, so I made
a simple two-layer square cake with chocolate
icing.  Minimally decorated, with leftover fruit
twizzlers from the Fushi platters.  On top, however,
I made this 3d paper pagoda, which was a free
Took some time to assemble, but it was worth it!
I inserted bamboo skewers into the four base corners,
and then just poked it into the top of the cake.

It's a good thing I had this, because the cake itself
turned out to be a bust that completely crumbled
apart.  I made it last, a mere hour before the party.
Won't do that again!  It would have been very sad 
indeed had it not been for this paper pagoda topper ; )



Apparently, I spaced on cake candles, too.
We were digging through cupboards while all
the kids waited at the table for cake.  Doh.
Had to make do with a big 6 candle + two skinnies.
LAST but not least - 
our guests were invited to participate in a
Ninja Photo Booth before they left.
You can see this post for more on that,
including free printables and set-up.
The pics turned out fantastic, and I got permission
to share a bunch of them on the blog.  Check out
that post to see more.  So fun!!



And THAT, my friends, is how you throw a Ninja Party!

We had attempted to get someone to arrive in costume
to instruct the kids on a few basic kick and punch moves.
But that didn't work out.

I also thought of doing a chopstick challenge, picking
up wood beads or something.  As you can see though,
we had a lot goin' on (and we even skipped one activity).

REALLY, really fun!

If you missed any links, here is a recap:

88 comments:

  1. Great party! I'm going to use a lot of your ideas for my son's 8th birthday at the end of July. I figured out how to print larger than an 8.5 x 11 on my Mac too, so I'm excited. (just set the print ratio to greater than 100%).

    I'm glad to see you forgot the candles - makes you seem a little bit more human. ;)

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  2. So great!!! So much work but you make it look effortless.

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  3. This is sooo great! I am definitely stealing your great ideas for our party. Of course not all of them as that would be impossible! Thanks for sharing and I hope your boys know how lucky they are.

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  4. Do you have a list of the ways you made your sushi cakes?

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  5. To the Anonymous commenter who asked about the fake sushi...I used this post as inspiration
    http://www.nothingbutcountry.com/2011/04/fushi-fun-fake-sushi-aka-candy-sushi/

    And if you are the same Anonymous who has been leaving the other anonymous comments - I've been wanting to thank you for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts! I appreciate it so much!!

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    1. Thanks! And this was my first time. I have never created a username. I don't usually leave posts, but we are having a ninjago party next week and the fushi was sooo cute! Thank you for the other ideas as well!

      Jennifer

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  6. You ROCK! You really, really, rock. I am a mother of two boys, and I know how tough it is to find time to do craft. Your ninjago party beats all other ninjago parties I've seen online hands down!!! I am organizing my 6yo's party this Saturday, and you've given me a lot more ideas. Thanks!!! :)

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  7. These ideas are awesome!!! It's because of your site that my 8 year old will be a happy camper this year. These ideas are so creative and budget friendly. Thank you so much!!!

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  8. I am loving your site, inspiration and printables! However, where can I find the black and red border? Also, if anyone has the pin the beard on Sense-wu poster without the beard, Id be very thankful for it! Thanks

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  9. My son is having a ninja party for his birthday, and I wanted to thank you for all your help. You have made my party look awesome. Thanks so much for sharing all of your hard work. LOVE IT

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  10. I love, love, love everything that you did for this ninjago party! My son's is tomorrow and was looking for a few last minute ideas....OH HOW I WISH I HAD MORE TIME! Thank you for sharing....I can't wait to come back and browse some more :)

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  11. I want to thank you for these fantastic ideas! We had our son's 7th birthday party today and it was a Lego Ninjago party. We used lots of your ideas/props. Thank you so, so much for sharing!!!

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing all of your work! I'm using as much of it as I possibly can prepare in the next 3 days. I don't know how I would do it without everything you've shared. If you happen to have a larger version of the image for your backdrop for your photo booth, it would be great to have. I tried printing out the one you've got and it comes out all pixelated.
    I will be spreading the word to all of the moms at the party about your fantastic blog.
    Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks so much for spreadin' the word! Wow! Hope your party turned out great : )

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  13. Thank you so much! our party is a week away and I have been going crazy trying to figure things out! Thank you for posting all the links and great ideas! :)

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  14. Thank you so much! our party is in a little more than a week and I was going crazy trying to figure it all out! Thanks for all the templates and ideas!!!! I am sure my son's party will be a success :)

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    1. Hi Amanada! Thanks so much for stopping by to say so! I'm delighted that the ideas were helpful : ) That's partly why I share all my creative endeavors - so other people can be inspired to create, too!

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  15. This party is awesome! I cant wait to try some of your ideas for my sons 8 th birthday. I showed your ideas to him and he was so excited! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

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    1. Wonderful Becky! I'm so happy to hear that he was excited : ) Hope your party was a blast!

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  16. I absolutely L-O-V-E your decoration/party favor ideas! Our little boy is due October 4th and we call him our little ninja. I'm sending your blog link to my baby shower planner. It's been tough to find any ninja theme decorations. :)

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    1. oh my goodness, a little ninja baby shower sounds absolutely awesome!! SO fun!! Congrats Stefanie!

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  17. My son's 8th birthday is coming in October and I have been searching for ideas for a Ninja/go theme - so many look so expensive but yours looks so creative & doable on a much more reasonable budget! Thanks so much for sharing in such detail - you rock!!!

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much Suze! I do try to keep the lid on the expenses. I loooove working on parties for my boys!

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  18. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I am taking some of your ideas for my son's 6th birthday party!

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  19. I just stumbled on your job while searching for Ninjago party ideas. This is SO cute. I love the games you planned...they are so clever. I also like your blog style. Thanks for doing what you do...and sharing it with the World.

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  20. I have twin boys who will be 7 in September, they LOVE Ninjago and I have been racking my brain (and searching the web)for party ideas. Thank you so much for posting this party, I am so inspired and I may be using a few of your idaes as well!!!

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    1. Awesome Kristen! Hope your party was a blast! Happy belated to your boys : )

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  21. Gorgeous! Wish I had seen this sooner, my son's party is this weekend.

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    1. Oh Maria! But I bet your Ninjago bash was great, too : )

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  22. Do you have the printables somewhere for the NINJA name and NINJA facts... Love them!!!

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  23. Where did you get the red and black border?

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    1. That is one of the patterned papers that comes in the My Memories software. I use My Memories to make all my party printables. It's really user-friendly! The more I play around with it and practice, the better I get with it. Would not know my way around Photoshop to save my life, but My Memories is helping me rock my events. If you want to know more about it, there is a button in the right sidebar that will take you to their site : )

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  24. Amazing!!!! I am going to steal some of your ideas, as my son is having a Ninjago Karate Party next weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Hey Kristin! So glad you found some inspiration : ) I bet your party turned out FAB!

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  25. thank you for all your ideas and links to print. We live in Costa Rica and it is always fun to bring American birthday party ideas to the Ticos. I am sure this will blow their minds! :-)
    thank you for your time and creativity.

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  26. thank you for your ideas and print outs!
    We live in Costa Rica and it is always fun to bring American birthdays to the Ticos. I am sure they will love it!
    thank you for your creativity and ideas and time!

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    1. Hi Amie! Do you know how exciting it is that these ideas are going international?!? AweSOME! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and say hey! LOVE it : )

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  27. i just wanted to say thank you so much for all the aweesome ideas on your page i was so lost on what to for my 8 year old grandson no bakerys around here did any ninjago stuff at all so i thought omg what am i gonna do , so i thought its searching time, so i got to your site and that was all i needed , i did the cupcakes with all the ninjagos faces and put them on popsicle sticks and played the pin the beard it was all a success and he kept thanking me so it was well worth it i got a bunch of hugs and kisses so i wanted to thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas.. Sincerely Karen

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    1. Hi Karen! What a sweet comment, and I'm so delighted that your party was such a success. GREAT job!!

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  28. Absolutelly amazing!!
    I was searching ideas for a Ninjago party for my son Lukas, and found your wonderful blog...
    Next weekend we're having his b-day party, and I like to thank you for so many ideas, I've used most of them (98%) lol.
    God bless and keep on "crafting"!!!

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    1. Thanks SO much for the sweet comment Monica! I'm blessed over and over again when people come back and tell me how helpful these party posts were to their own planning. It's fantastic!

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  29. super cute! I love all the activities you put together for the kids!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! It was a blast to put this party together. Great memories!

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  30. Thank you for doing such detailed posts! I am NOT a crafty Mom, and when my son wanted a Ninjago party I kind of panicked. Thanks to Google, I found your blog and it was a gold mine! You saved my bacon and I so appreciate it. Thank you, thank you!

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    1. Haha! You can rock it! I'm so glad you found it helpful and it made my day that you came back to leave this sweet comment : )

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  31. We just finished our Ninjago party. Thank you so much for all your "help". Your ideas and printables were awesome!!

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    1. Hi Robin! I'm so glad to hear that my posts were helpful : ) Three cheers for Ninja parties! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and say hey!

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  32. My son will be blown away in December when he gets a "copy" of this. Fab job! I found you via A Lemon Squeezy Home.

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    1. Fantastic!! He will love it! Thanks so much for stopping by to say hey : )

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  33. this is fab!!!! gonna use all your ideas for my brothers 30th surprise party all our guest are coming dressed as ninja's

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    1. Oh that will be a blast! Thanks so much for stopping by to tell me : )

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  34. Thank you for sharing your idea and the printouts. I used your idea for my son's 7th birthday and he was so happy. Even the guests were amazed with the concept seeing the decorations - lanters, banners, photo booth, sensui wu's pin beards, etc. A little bit of hard work but it was worth it. Thanks again!!!

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    1. WooHOO! Great job! Thanks SO much for coming back to share with me : )

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  35. I love these ideas. My son wants a Ninjago party for his birthday and I was struggling with how to do it.

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    1. Hi Tracey! So glad to hear that you now have some ideas for your party : )

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  36. You are my Ninja/Mom hero!!!!!! Thank you for taking the time to post your creative & awesome ideas!! You rock!! My son's party is coming up & it's a Ninjago party, I am totally going to borrow some of your ideas!! THANK YOU!!
    -Lacey, in Ohio :)

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    1. Ahh! Lacey, you made my day with this comment : ) I'm so glad you are inspired for your son's party. Ninja on!

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  37. Your blog was helpful to me! Thanks!
    See
    http://dontknownutthin.blogspot.com/2012/10/ninjago-birthday-party.html

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    1. You did a fanTASTIC job with your party!! Thanks so much for the shout-out, and for coming back to say hey! : )

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  38. WOW!!!! Thank you so much! You are now my HERO!

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  39. I'm new to the blogging thing! I love your blog...such wonderful ideas. My sons party is Sat. Do you have a printable for the ninja wisdom and ninja names...think that would be a blast!

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    1. Jen, I can't contact you through your profile. Could you email me at jaimee.ulmer@gmail.com ?

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  40. I am having a party this Sat. and would love to have a printable of the ninja names and ninja wisdom, if possible....thanks! You have awesome ideas! This is my first time to visit your blog and I want to read everything! I will def be back for more. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So glad to hear it, and please DO come back : ) If you email me at the address above I can help you out with those printables.

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  41. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! I had two days to pull together a Ninjago party (that started out, non-thematically, at a pizzeria--oh, well!), and your printables were especially helpful. You are an inspiration!

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  42. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas--and your printables! With two days to pull together a party that started at a pizzeria (not thematically approrpriate, but my son won a free pizza party) and then transformed into a Ninjago party at my house, I was thrilled to find your party ideas. The Ninja name game was especially appreciated.

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  43. I am trying to pull together a last minute party for Saturday and just came across your site! What awesome ideas!!! You are soo creative! Would you be willing to share the poster without the beard that you made? I don't have photoshop. And also the printables for the Ninja Names, and the Ninja fun facts would be cool too. thank you so much!

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  44. Love this party Idea. We are going to use it. It is so unique and it not your everyday party rental place. Really quick which My Memories maker do you have?

    Thx

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  45. Bless you for sharing this, especially the printables!! My son's birthday party is this Saturday and with all the chaos of Christmas, I have had like a week to plan. You are a lifesaver!! Hope your kids appreciate all you do for them!

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  46. I am impressed. You thought of everything. What a wonderful birthday party. Are you already thinking about the next party to plan?

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  47. Thank you so much for posting all the details of your Ninja party! I am wondering if you saved the party printables for your "Ninja Training" banner by any chance? I've printed the Happy Birthday Banner (thank you very much!) and would love to have the matching "Ninja Training" banner too.

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  48. Thanks so much for this, my son's Ninjago Party is going to be so much fun and we have you to thank for it. I'm wondering if you have the printables for your "Ninja Training" banner. I've printed the "Happy Birthday" one and would love that one too. I've searched through your posts and I don't see that one.

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  49. Great ideas. I re-pinned many ideas from you.
    I'm creating a Ninjago themed party for my 6 year old in our small apartment.
    Grateful for your inspirations great ideas!
    I'll post pictures later in March from my boys' party.

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  50. Thanks for your inspiring and helpful ideas.
    Planning a Ninjago party for my boy on March 3, 2013.

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  51. thanks! I came to your site through pinterest and love it. I too (try) to do crafts among the insanity of everyday life! :D I loved your outside ideas, and I think my boy is going to have a terrific ninja party. THANKS ever so much!!!

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  52. thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. now I can see how much work you have done for your son. I just borrowed a couple of your ideas. At any rate, the party for my son turned out wonderful, thanks to you!

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  53. Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas... hope you don't mind but I will be using some of them for my son's Ninjago party and adding my own touches as well! I also want to give you the credit and will link back to your blog!

    Thanks again,
    Ilda

    http://www.ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com/

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  54. I love your ideas and am using them tomorrow! I'm wondering if you could send me a link to your ninja name printable. Thanks!

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  55. I love all these ideas for a ninja party! My son is turning 6 and loves ninjas! Where did you find the paper pagoda cake topper? Thanks for these great ideas :)

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  56. Thanks so much for sharing all your resources, and the printables! My son's 8th birthday party is tomorrow, and it wouldn't be as fabulous if it weren't for you all! We're having it at the dojo where he takes ninjitsu & I think his teachers will love it too. Thanks again!
    Lisa F.

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  57. Thanks for your ideas and printables - you made my sons 7th birthday party ninjtastic

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  58. Thank you so much for all of your ideas!! This will make my son's birthday a lot more fun :)

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  59. It's Great party! thank you for sharing

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  60. Thanks for posting. We just finished a blog about ninjas on our YTEevents.com blog and you guys really did a much better job than us. Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Hello, I stumbled across your blog and absolutely love it. I had a few questions about this party and was wondering if there was a way to contact you?

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