A Japanese 'Origami Dojo' Ninja Birthday Party

From www.blog.birdsparty.com by C Riches
A Japanese 'Origami Dojo' Ninja Birthday Party

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I love designing party printables for my friend and blog contributor Smita. She has the most amazing ideas for her kids birthday themes, and she ALWAYS blows me away with her creativity and flair for styling any event!

Smita and I having been working on parties for years now, and the printables for this Japanese Ninja party she styled for her son Sohan's 8th birthday, are one of my favs to date! Check out all the fun details she describes below.
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Origami, Ninjas and Sushi…that’s what the birthday boy likes—the perfect combination for a Japanese-inspired birthday party that was fun….and very educational! I chose a contemporary Japanese theme with a bold color scheme of red, orange, yellow and black for this party. 
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Origami Dojo DIY Party InvitationsThe invitations consisted of personalized origami paper fortune-tellers, delivered in origami envelopes.

DIY TIP: You can use the printable scrap booking papers the Japanese Ninja printable kit by Bird's Party to create a similar invitation, with envelope seals from the cupcake toppers. Alternatively, we also sell a rectangular invitation in the shop here.

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Japanese Party Food, Desserts & DrinksThe Japanese theme was continued in the food and drinks for the party—no pizza or chicken nuggets here! You may be surprised, but all of the children were very excited to try new foods and were extremely adventurous eaters.

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After snacking on snap pea crisps, roasted seaweed, fruit served in wooden boats with bamboo picks, and “anti-sushi” (finger sandwiches rolled into sushi shapes), the children enjoyed a dinner of sushi, udon noodles and chicken teriyaki and got a taste of some Japanese Ramune soda.

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We did have vegetarian sushi for the less adventurous folks! The adult ninjas also enjoyed iced green tea, cucumber sake-tinis and Saporo beer!

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In addition to a ninja birthday cake, the dessert table included shuriken cupcakes, shuriken and ninja cookies, ninja cake pops displayed in Japanese bowls, candy sushi made from rice cereal, ninja lollipops, fortune cookies displayed in Asian spoons, jellybeans (doubling as Salmon Roe and Wasabi), and rice crackers served in a bamboo steamer.

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I gave the cake stands a little Asian flair by adding black cardstock to mimic curved Asian roof lines. The cake pops, jellybeans and fortune cookies were displayed on stands that I created using can racks (from my pantry!) topped with bamboo place mats.

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My favorite element of the dessert table was the Japanese candy station—I bought various Japanese candies and chocolates at my local Asian market and displayed them in a Bento box. The children loved trying new treats that they’d never had…as well as old favorites like Pocky!

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Ninja Inspired Party Printables & DIY DecorationsDecor included bamboo centerpieces, created using live bamboo from our garden. The bamboo was placed in vases wrapped with inexpensive bamboo place-mats.

We hung paper lanterns and origami paper cranes throughout the party area and used rice paper screens as backdrops. A banner reading “Happy Birthday” in Japanese was hung on the door.

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Upon arrival at the party, the children were given a personalized ninja headband to wear. They all looked so cute in their headbands!

The children sat on floor cushions and enjoyed their meal at low Japanese-style tables. The place settings included paper napkins folded into ninja stars and origami place-card holders!

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Japanese & Ninja Inspired Party Games & ActivitiesWe had numerous Japanese arts and crafts stations set up for the children to enjoy: Origami (the Japanese art of paper folding), Kokeshi (Japanese wooden dolls), Koinibori (Japanese carp windsocks) and Kakemono (Japanese rice paper scroll paintings).

Yes, this party required some serious research! I placed signs at each station explaining the Japanese traditions associated with each craft and the children actually had a great time reading them and educating themselves on Japanese culture.
Kakemono Party ActivityThe Kakemono scroll paintings were composed of calligraphy using Japanese Sumi ink, scraps of Japanese decorative paper and washi tape.
Origami Party Activity StationAt the origami station, the children enjoyed making ninja stars, transforming ninja stars and Samurai hats, as well as numerous origami animals.

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Kokeshi Dolls Party ActivityThe Kokeshi dolls we made were “ninja” dolls, wrapped in washi tape, with ninja sword cupcake picks.
Koinibori Party ActivityThe rice paper Koinibori were decorated with markers, then painted using water colors. We then sprayed the Koinibori with water to make all the colors bleed together. It created really pretty windsocks!

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Ninja Training Station Party GamesIn addition to the Japanese arts and crafts, we also created our own version of a Ninja training station, consisting of Sumo Sushi Toss, Nun chuck Ladderball, Shuriken Target Practice, and the Fastest Chopsticks in the West (we do live in Texas!).

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The Sumo Sushi Toss was creating using a corn-hole game, on which I taped a hand-drawn
picture of a sumo wrestler. The goal was to feed the sumo wrestler the hand-made sushi
beanbags.

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For the target practice game, I bought some rubber shuriken (ninja stars), which were tossed at the foam-backed ninja target.

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Japanese Ninja Party FavorsAfter a culturally rich afternoon, the children left the party with a “ninja” take-out container full of treats from the dessert table, their own candy sushi to-go and an origami book.

This party was a labor of love and required tons of research, but the children all had a fantastic time and the birthday boy was thrilled with everything…which makes it all worth it!

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Japanese Origami Dojo Ninja Birthday Party CreditsParty styling: The Party Wall                                          

Japanese Ninja Party Printables: Bird's Party
                                                                  
Photography: Kathie Tam                                              

Birthday Cake: Cake Crumbs SA
                                                                                
Cake topper, cupcake toppers and sugar cookies: MJ Tabush Sweet Designs                                                
Cake pops: Fayes Cake Pops                                                

Birthday boy’s costume, foam nun-chucks, tableware, jelly beans, lollipops : Party City
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