A few weeks back, it was my 2nd son’s 12th birthday. I have always felt like he kind of got cheated when it comes to having birthday parties. His birthday always comes right after Christmas, when money is tight, and I always have good intentions of putting something together and then his birthday comes and goes, and no party ever happens. Well, this year, he came to me and asked if he could have a party. I couldn’t tell this sweet boy no. I collected names, addresses and phone numbers from his friends at school, and we put together this super simple Video Game Birthday Party. I do love doing parties for my kids, but I don’t claim to be a party blogger. The kids all seem to have fun at the parties that I have done though, and coming up with the decorations sure can be fun!
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We started by getting these invitations handed out. They aren’t anything fancy, and I don’t claim to be a graphic designer by any means, but I have to say, I made that Wii remote in photoshop. I was pretty excited about the way it turned out. My husband thought I got the image from somewhere. 🙂
I was kind of trying to stick with Mario/Luigi game colors. I had some blue crepe paper and I picked up some red, and put it up in front of this window. I had some balloons on hand, so I blew them up and taped them to the wall. It was simple, but made for a fun birthday party backdrop.
I cut a bunch of yellow cardstock squares to 5″. Then I made the brick squares in photoshop and printed them out. You can download them HERE, for personal use only. My Xerox Phaser 6500 works great for printing these. I used my Paper Trimmer to cut them out. I also printed the invitations at home on my printer. Once I had my yellow squares and bricks, I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out the white letters and question marks.
I made some chocolate cupcakes, baking them right into the paper cups (find similar ones here), used green paper straws as a stem and added an image of a piranha plant. I displayed them on a yellow cupcake stand that I had on hand.
Here is a closer look a the cupcake.
I had the yellow table cloth on hand, so that’s what I used. I ran to the store shortly before the party started and picked up some green paper plates for the pizza, green cups, blue polka dot napkins, blue plastic ware, and red dessert plates.
For putting this party together kind of last minute, I thought it turned out pretty cute! My son loved it, and my husband commented that this was the easiest party I’ve ever done. We let the kids play video games the whole time, besides while we ate and while the gifts were being opened. Everyone seemed to enjoy it!
I know I did, because once the Video Game Birthday Party started, I didn’t have to do much. During the day, however, I was running around like crazy trying to get it all done. 😉
Once the party was over, we sent everyone home with a box of whoppers with a super simple printable on them.
I hope this simple Video Game Birthday Party that I put together can help you be inspired with a party you might be planning.
Check out some of the other birthday parties that I’ve done here.