Last week my son turned 8, and we had an Adventure Time party (a Cartoon Network show on tv). I started a Pinterest board many months ago, expecting that this would be the theme for this year’s party 🙂
I found from all these ideas and other blogs was that there is no official Adventure Time party merchandise. Not that I would use a lot, but it might have been nice to have some balloons or something. Several blogs have generously made their designs available for free download. Some I used, mostly I hand drew things.
One thing is for certain – make sure you don’t leave all this work to the last day! I started at the beginning of the week, but I kept finding new ideas through the week, and it was still a bit of a stress. But fun stress!
For the invitation, I downloaded a free version of the Adventure Time font (I do this for any themed party) as well as pictures of some of the characters. The characters went along the top and bottom of the invitation as a border, and the details were written in the special font.
We are lucky enough to live near a National Park and that is where we held the party. It was a perfectly clear, warm, sunny Autumn day. Thankfully! We set ourselves up in a little ‘hut’ with a table, and it was decorated with red, yellow and blue balloons as well as red and yellow crepe paper that I cut into streamers. This helped our guests find us, as well as set the party tone.
We hold our parties at morning or afternoon tea time, which means that food is not the main event and the guests can spend plenty of time playing games. I did print up some cute labels for the food we had, and we had come up with some appropriate names, however we didn’t end up using them. The kids helped themselves to chips, savoury biscuits and carrot sticks with dip, and fruit. They also each had a personal water bottle and there was juice for when they wanted more to drink. I made up a water bottle label, and the kids wrote their name on theirs.
Apart from the cake, the only sweet party food they had was jelly. I did have some lollies…..but I forgot to put them out……whoops! But I have discovered that jelly is a very popular party food, and it is cheap and easy to make. Transporting it is a bit challenging, but we managed 🙂
We have a couple of games that we repeat each year as they are very popular – I just change the name of them to suit the theme of the party. I also visited several blogs to find out what they did, and got an extra idea or two 😉
First up, we had a game of Finn, Finn, Jake. You all know Duck, Duck, Goose don’t you? I don’t need to explain that one?
Next, there was Pin the…..This year I did 2 games simultaneously, as last year the boys who were waiting their turn tried to put off the person whose turn it was by jumping in front of them. Funny for everyone else, but a bit annoying for that person. I divided the kids into 2 groups as I knew once they saw the 2 games they would all go for one…
They all did both, but can you guess which one they all loved? Hehehe, boys and fart jokes!!
I drew both of those pictures by hand, although I did find a link to print the Jake one.
Then we were back to a running around game – Dodge Sock – after one of the Adventure Time episodes. I held up a soccer ball and asked them all what it was. One cluey boy gave me the correct answer of a sock! I was very fortunate to have some parents stay, little did they know I was going to get them involved in some of the games 😉 I wonder if they will stay next time??
All the kids got in the middle of a circle formed by the parents. We then rolled 2 soccer balls through the group which they had to dodge. Anyone that was hit by the ball joined the edge of the circle and tried to get their friends out. This was a very popular and fun game! The kids especially loved when it was time to swap over and the parents went in the middle of the circle!
The chocolate game was next. This is one I haven’t played since I was young, and a friend reminded me of. I think it will be added to the list of games that get played each year!
For this one, you need a block of chocolate. A large family sized block might be appropriate…. You also need one die, a plate, knife and fork, and some clothes to dress up in. I think traditionally you would have mittens/gloves, scarf and hat/beanie. For this game, I was lent a Finn backpack and hat. I thought that would be enough as the boys are only young and I didn’t want it to be too difficult. Next time I will add more, as it was too easy! Anyway, each child in the circle takes a turn rolling the die, until someone rolls a 6. That person races into the centre of the circle where they have to put on the clothing etc. Then they have to use the knife and fork to cut the chocolate block, and eat any bits they cut off. While this is happening, the rest of the kids continue taking turns rolling the die. When the next person rolls a 6, the person in the middle has to take off the costume, pass it to the new person who has to put it on before attacking the chocolate.
The last game was the spider web wrap (from another Adventure Time episode). This is another game that we rename each year to go with the current theme 🙂 You can choose just one person to wrap, with everyone else doing the wrapping. But we find the kids like both parts to this, so we let them do whichever part they want. We always end up with about half the kids getting wrapped! All you need for this is cheap toilet paper. Don’t waste your money on the good stuff for this one! Each person gets a roll, then they just wrap….
Even 2 parents got wrapped this time!
And it’s easy to clear up afterwards – just tell the kids that as soon as all the paper is picked up, it will be time for birthday cake 🙂
I’m getting pretty good at drawing Jake now! Even though he is not my son’s favourite Adventure Time character, he was the easiest to draw so that was what he got!
The party boxes were also Jake:
I drew the faces, then stuck them on to yellow boxes.
There were a couple of fun-sized chocolate bars in the boxes, along with a character to cut out and make. We have made most of these characters over the past year or so, and thought they would be something fun and a bit different for the party-goers to take home to do. They are from the Cartoon Network website.
The party boxes also included a cupcake, decorated with an Adventure Time wrapper. I printed the wrappers up http://www.pinterest.com/pin/26529085279595262/
One activity that we didn’t have time for was drawing a character’s face on a balloon. In case some kids weren’t too familiar with the series, I printed up some colouring pages as another activity. They could use these as inspiration for the balloon drawing. Funnily enough, they were quite keen to do the colouring in, and they got in to that at the start of the party while we were waiting for everyone to arrive.
I think there were enough activities to keep everyone happy, and the kids absolutely loved that the parents joined in some of the games. I thoroughly recommend doing that if you are lucky enough to have parents stay for the party!
And if you thought you’d seen the last of that fart, think again…..
You should be able to find links to most of these ideas on my Pinterest board, as linked above.
Do you love Adventure Time? Have you done an Adventure Time party? It was great fun!