Okay, okay I mean let's do a Martial Arts party, but for me the decoration came before the real kids theme. Even though he practices Tae Kwon Do, I say Asian and martial arts in order to keep it PC. My incredibly precise and correct husband expected me to keep it 100% Korean if I was going with a strict Tae Kwon Do party, but if its Martial Arts I can welcome China and Japan to the party. So Martial Arts it is!
|Goodie bags. I found this idea on Pinterest. I bought white lunch bags and drew the lines to mimic the lines of the uniform. I cut black strips to do the belt, and for the sleeves white poster board. I used "Chinese Takeaway"font from dafont.com for the names. For the bandanas I bought customizable bandanas from Walmart that were 10 for $8.99. I printed each name on a sheet of paper and then used a special fabric marker that I purchased at Michaels to trace the names. At first I tried to use a sharpie, but the material bled a lot and it looked very messy. So I splurged with the fancy marker.|
|Faux Sushi. Yes! Ever since I saw this on Pinterest I have been dying to have to have the right opportunity to use it. So here you have it. Easy peasy. Rice Crispy treats with Swedish Fish gummies and Fruit-by-the Foot.|
|The cake. I don't have these kinds of talents so I go to work finding someone that does. This beautiful cake was done by Penny. You can find her work here http://customcakesbypenny.com/tag/raleigh/. I couldn't put the cake on a traditional cake stand...it just didn't feel right. So I wrapped a box that I had and then wrapped Patrick's belt around it. That strange wirey looking thing is a "sparkler candle". The kids love it but not more than my 49 year old big child, aka dad, aka husband.|
|The Ninja birthday boy with his BFF, his sister :)|
|The whole family. If I look a little nervous, I am about to have 24 kids at my house. Yikes!!|
|Entertainment. Last but certainly not least (although I do like the pretty stuff better) entertainment. I hired an instructor, Master Brandon and his assistant to do a 45 minute class in which all the kids got to break a board with their bare hands. It didn't hurt that P got to show off all his mad TKD skills in front of his friends. That made for a very happy birthday boy. Here's P about to karate chop the board!|