Thundercats Birthday Party

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When we seriously considered adopting a baby, one of our first concerns was: what cartoons will the baby watch. We tried to find all the good cartoons from the 80’s that we could find. Of course, Thundercats was included.

A few months ago we showed the oldest an episode of Thundercats just to see what he’d do. He took right to it. He loves the theme song. He loves the characters. He loves the weapons and the Cat’s Lair. Whoo hoo! We decided that his birthday would be a Thundercats party.

The Table

I wanted to have a practice run just to see what I could come up with. There isn’t a whole lot of 1980’s Thundercats stuff just lying around. These are photos from the practice run:

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I found these images online and decided to cut them out and use them to decorate the cupcakes.

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I found these red striped cupcake thingees online. A 20 pack was $3.

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I used the Criket to create the words.                                                                                      Found the Cat’s Lair online, printed it, cut it out and glued it together.

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Once the cupcakes were baked and cooled, I used a glue stick to attach them.

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I really liked the cupcake holders. I ordered some sugar printed Thundercats cupcake toppers online but I liked these better so I stuck with them. The Cat’s Lair ended up being smaller than I originally thought it would be so I decided to nix it thought I could have printed it a larger size at Kinko’s. I also decided to go a different direction with the words above the banner.

Here are some photos from the actual event:

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If I had to do it again, I’d have given the cupcakes more height. I loved the character cupcake holders though. I also really loved the packets of chips. It made it easy for the kids to grab a packet without touching all the chips. Score! I also loved the fruit tray as a quick and easy snack until the food was done. The banner from Vista Rrint pulled everything together.

 

 

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I ordered this Thundercats sugar sheet on Amazon. When I wanted to use it, I cut it out, placed it on top, and I think it looks great.

Overall, I was able to make almost everything from crafting stuff I had at home or print things up from things I found for free online. I did buy the Thundercats logo svg file on Etsy for $1.50, the banner from Vista Print, and a few odds and ends to tie it all together.

The Games

If you’re going to have a bunch of little kids at your house, it’s a good idea to have some idea of what you’d like to do with them. We decided that we’d:

  • Have Thundercats coloring pages available.
  • Play Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Snarf.
  • Have a “fight” for Thundera (a bubble war).
  • Find Panthro’s treasure (a balloon popping game).

I found the coloring pages by Googling “Thundercats book” and then downloading the paged from original Thundercats activity books that come up.

I found an image of Snarf that I liked and created the image below. I had it printed at Costco for $7. Feel free to do the same. I then printed the tails at home, cut them out, and used push pins to attach the tails to the image during the game.

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Here’s the image.

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Here’s the tail.

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Pin the Tail on the Snarf game in action!

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After taking a turn, each kid got this sticker.

I got the weapons that the main Thundercats use by being creative. I found nunchucks on clearance at Target (2 sets for $1) and used pool noodles for Cheetarah’s staff. We bought an actual Eye of Thundera sword for the birthday kid. We started to make the cat-o-nine-tails like weapon of Tyrgra but thought better of it. Lol

We were all ready to have the kids try to pop the bubbles with the weapons but once the bubbles came out …  the kids weren’t interested in using the weapons. The adults came over to play in the bubbles too.

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We never made it to Panthro’s Treasure (the kids have to pop balloons to find the one with the paper that tells them that they won) because everyone was having so much fun playing with the bubbles!

After the bubbles died down a little bit, we sang Happy Birthday to the kid and lined the kids up to hit the pinata that I made (yes, I made it from scratch).

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Getting ready to wack the pinata!

We planned a two-hour party for a three year old. We planned to change activities every 15 minutes and it went pretty much to schedule (which I love)! Everyone seemed to have a good time and it was pretty easy to put together. Every time my kid sees photos from the party he yells, “Happy Birthday Party!”

We had a great time and I’m ready to get started on the Wild Ones party for our daughter.

 

 

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Gener Reveal Adoption Photo Shoot

This whole time we’ve been low-key expecting a girl but after our adoption worker mentioned that there are not enough Black homes for Black kids, we said we were open to any Black kid in our age range. That means that we might end up with another boy.

Wait …. does this mean we get to do a gender reveal photo shoot?! Eek!

I’m not really hung up on gender so I’m thinking something neutral like this:

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Of course I’ll actually make a cake (I stole these photos from the internet) and pose for some cute photos with the current fam but …. what do you think? Perhaps a photo with all of us making the cake, then the cake, then the cake cut open, and in the last frame a photo of the new fam?

Don’t judge me, this is only my first idea! Lol

If you know of cute gender reveal photo shoots, drop the link in the comments. Last time I didn’t even realize our home study was complete before we had a baby in our arms so I’m trying to be proactive this time around!

 

Changing My Mind About His 1st Born Day Party

Cake-Born-Day-1I’ve been dreaming about the baby’s first born day party since we were placed …. okay …  since I thought about really having a baby in our family! Lol Anyhoo …

We went to his first social event today. It was our friend’s daughter’s first birthday party and it was beautiful! There was a decadent desert table. Everything was perfectly color coordinated. The baby wore an outfit that tied in perfectly to the color scheme. The cake? Amazing! Actually, there were two cakes. There was a two level cake with glitter in the fondant and there was a smaller cake for the baby to play with. The daughter took her “official” smash cake photos a few weeks ago. It was everything that I thought I wanted a born day party to be except …. the personalities at the party didn’t mesh. First-Birthday-Desert-Table

It’s not that they didn’t mesh well. It’s that they didn’t mesh … at all. Guests were from all walks of life. There were three areas that people could be in and people were segmented into all three areas. There were no games to get to know each other. There was no attempt by most people to speak to the other guests. Just because that happened at this party, doesn’t mean that it will happen at his party. Our Baby Welcoming was wonderful! Still ….

First-Birthday-Cake-Animals-Tri-Level-BlueOn the way home I mentioned it to Him and he casually said that he would prefer a small party with just the three of us. How sweet! Now I’m really thinking about getting a small cake and taking some photos and leaving it at that.

What do you think? What did you do to celebrate your little one’s first birthday?