This Pokemon birthday party is the CUTEST! Fun ideas for Pokemon themed games, decorations, food, and party favors! A little Pokemon lover’s dream come true! (This post contains a few affiliate links. That means that I get a small credit for referring you to a product that I used and love, but it doesn’t cost you any extra.)
I am so excited to finally share my son’s Pokemon birthday party with you today! It was a ton of work, but my little man was SO excited about how it all turned out. Just look at that cute face . . .
Part of the reason that he was so proud of himself is that he was involved in almost all of the preparations. I have made it no secret that I struggle with mental illness, or that it has been INSANELY bad since my miscarriage last summer. (No pun intended, but it’s appropriate.) Crippling postpartum depression can happen after a miscarriage . . . who knew? Ugh. Anyway . . . I knew I WANTED to do a Pokemon birthday party for him, but as it got closer and closer I still hadn’t planned a thing. I was/am in survival mode, so I was doing the bare minimum in life and definitely didn’t have the energy or motivation to do a detail-heavy fabulous kid party. HOWEVER, my little guy was PUMPED about his Pokemon birthday party and asking me about it every day. Finally I told him that if he wanted it to happen I was going to need help. Well, he was by my side every step of the way. He helped me wrap tape on ping pong balls, put up the decorations, and choose the games. He sat by me as I made printables, helped me put together the party favors, and he even made the Pikachu Peeps himself! He is a creative soul, so he loved every second of it, and having him by my side made me so much more motivated to give it my all and enjoy the process. In the midst of an extremely gloomy year, he patiently kept me going and gave my energy and mood a big boost. It felt like a MAJOR “Mom Win” to throw this Pokemon birthday party, but it wouldn’t have happened without my little buddy helping me along. He’s a gem. 🙂 (By the way, if you want an Ash Ketchum hat for your kiddo I found it HERE.)
Enough about that, let’s take a look at the party!
I always like to start my parties with a coloring activity sheet at the table to keep all the kids in one spot and relatively calm as we wait for everyone to arrive. I found this fabulous printable activity sheet in the Frog Prince Paperie Etsy shop HERE.
Once all of the rowdy little guys arrived we got busy playing games! The boys each got a belt on which to attach Pokeballs that they earned, which is where the Pokemon trainers keep their Pokemon after they capture them in the show. They earned a new Pokeball after completing each game/activity.
These belts were a HUGE hit!! The balls were quite a bit of work to create, so be forewarned about that! We took ping pong balls and wrapped half of them in masking tape. Next I spray painted each one with red spray paint. This took several rounds since I had to wait for them to dry, roll them over, and spray the next side. Once dry, the kids helped me peel off the masking tape. We added a thin strip of black electrical tape at this point, along with a round velcro dot. The “belts” were really velcro straps that I found at Walmart. They weren’t even all the same because I wasn’t willing to go to more than one store and they didn’t have enough of either kind. Ha! The kids didn’t notice. You can see what I mean in the pictures below.
The first game that we played was an outdoor Pokemon hunt. After all, you’ve “GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL!” 🙂 My boy helped me choose which Pokemon character to use for the hunt and I made printables for the hunt. My husband hung pictures of the characters all over the yard and the kids each took a homemade paper Pokedex with them to check off the characters that they found as they were hunting. (In the show Ash, the main character, has a small electronic machine that scans the Pokemon creatures and tells him what they are called and their powers.)
If you would like to play this game, use the following free printables that I prepped:
Another game that we played was “Pin the Pokeball on Charizard.” I bought it HERE.
Another game that we played was “Pokemon Races.” This was perfect because it was outside, high energy, and it required ZERO prep. In a nutshell: they took turns choosing Pokemon creatures and then raced moving like that particular Pokemon. Never gets old.
Let’s take a look at the decorations and food now. I love how everything came together. Bright colors make me smile. (Banner available HERE, dangling streamers available HERE, and napkins available HERE.)
Luckily this party was in March, so Peeps were readily available. We grabbed a box of them, some fun straws, and some edible markers and I let him go to town. His Pikachu Peeps may not be perfect, but he had a blast drawing on them, and I think they are really cute!
I found these darling FREE printable soda or water bottle wrappers HERE.
I made the Pokemon card pennant banners (tutorial to come) using a similar technique to the one I used to make the Dr. Seuss Book Page Pennant Banners. I bought the Pokemon cards to use HERE on Amazon. The reviews said there were repeat cards in the bundle, and some said they weren’t “real,” but I didn’t care about any of them, so I grabbed several orders of them and went to town. In addition to using these Pokemon card pennant banners for this Pokemon birthday party, I also used them to transform his Dr. Seuss bedroom into a Pokemon bedroom as a birthday surprise (a reveal post to come!), including Pokemon wall art that also used these cards. These cards were also used as party favors. They are definitely the best deal I’ve seen anywhere on bulk Pokemon cards!
Cake decorating is NOT my strength, so I made a simple cake like the one that I spotted HERE and printed out a cake topper from her Etsy shop, Frog Paper Paperie. (The same place that I got the activity sheet.)
On their way out the door each kid got to gather up the Pokemon Badges that they earned, along with a bag of ten Pokemon cards. I found the printable badges and badge cases FREE to print on the blog Merry Printable HERE. I made the giant, customized “Callum Pokemon Card” for decor FREE on MyPokeCard.com. (I also used it in his new Pokemon bedroom – reveal coming soon!)
A great time was had by all at this Pokemon birthday party, and my boy was just radiating glee through the whole thing. SOO worth the effort! POKEMON . . . I CHOOSE YOU!!!!
If you enjoyed this Pokemon birthday party then be sure to check out all of my other parties, along with the awesome parties from my contributors, in my PARTY ARCHIVE. Here are a few of my favorites:
How to Train Your Dragon Birthday Party from Yours Truly
Star Wars Lego Party from my contributor Angela
Wild Kratts Birthday Party from Yours Truly
Superhero Party from my contributor Emily
A Disney Adventure Birthday Party from Yours Truly