My favorite part was the backdrop I created. Backdrops are super popular for parties. There are a lot of great ones out there but they can also be very expensive. I knew I wanted something to look like a sewer or like the walls of a building that the turtles would be jumping over.
I grabbed two cardboard boxes, took them apart, and taped them on the back. Then I took a sponge and some brown paint and created a brick wall.
Then I cut out the words frequently said by the Turtles with my Silhouette and taped them to the wall. I purchased some green fans through Oriental Trading (I don't see them anymore) and added some crepe paper and eyes to match Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.
I used some of his own toys (the Ninja Turtles and their van) to add some extra dimension and decoration at the base.
For food, we did pizza (because that's the Turtle's favorite food), plus some Ninja pudding cups (my son loved these and still talks about them)....
...plus some of the Turtle's personal favorites. Blue candy-covered marshmallows for Leo, orange goldfish for Mikey, strawberries for Raph and grapes for Donnie.
I just covered some juice boxes with green construction paper and added some eyes.
I grabbed a cake from Target....
...and made some cupcakes with the Turtle's colors.
The last thing I did for the party was make some favors for the boys (and girl) to play with. I bought some inexpensive fleece at Wal-Mart and made masks for the kids. I also picked up some green plates from the dollar store. My son decorated them with stickers and the kids' names. I punched holes and threaded them with ribbon to make their shells. These were super cute. I should have cut the eye holes out a little more though. :-)
We went outside and let the kids beat down some bad foot soldiers (aka black balloons).
The gang showing me their fiercest moves.
It was such a fun party that didn't cost a lot. You can totally be creative with parties and not spend a ton of money. I frequently use cardboard as backdrops and in other ways. Think outside the box (pun intended).
Here's the crazy birthday boy. I can't wait to celebrate his 6th birthday next week!