Pokemon Punch Party Game

Each year, we throw a joint party for our three kids since their birthdays are fairly close to each other. I like to create a memorable experience for them by giving them a themed party that they can all get into. This year’s party was a Pokemon party, which my boys are generally more into, but my daughter also likes Pokemon as well.

I got the idea for this Pokemon Punch Party game from Pinterest, but didn’t find great instructions on how to up it together. I'll show you how I put this game together in case you want to give it a try. It could also be used for other themes – the sky is the limit with this punch game!

 

Supplies Needed

  1. 37 Red Solo Cups (more or less if you don’t want as large of a punch board)
  2. A large piece of cardboard, to act as the foundation to hold all of the red solo cups
  3. Glue gun
  4. Rubber bands
  5. Red, black, and white tissue paper
  6. Small toys or candy to put in the Solo Cups

How to put the Pokemon Punch Party Game together

Step 1. Arrange your red cups using the configuration below. Measure the length and width of the entire configuration so you know how large your cardboard piece should be.

Step 2. Cut a piece of cardboard out according to the dimensions from Step 1. I just used a large box that was sitting in my recycling pile in the garage.

Step 3. Keeping your Solo cups in the same configuration from Step 1, fill them with small toys and/or candy. I mainly used small toys that I bought from Party City. Some of the toys included small water color paint sets, whoopy cushions, small sports games, and candy. I also put six $1 bills in six of the cups, for an added element of surprise and excitement. I also put a Pikachu figure in a cup – whoever found this Pikachu got an extra punch at the end of the game.

 

Step 4. Take a square piece of tissue paper and cover the top of a Solo cup. Put a rubber band over the tissue paper to hold the tissue paper on top of the cup. Once you’ve attached tissue paper to all of the cups, you’re ready to attach the cups to the cardboard piece. Make sure you keep your cups in the same configuration from Step 1 so you know what order to glue the cups in.

Step 5.  Use a hot glue gun to attach the red Solo cups to the cardboard piece. I covered the bottom of each Solo cup with hot glue and then pasted it to the cardboard.

On the day of the Pokemon party, we just had someone hold up the cardboard so the kids could take turn punching into a cup to find their surprise. We had one extra cup left over, so we gave the extra punch to the child who previously found the Pikachu in the cups.

 

That's it! This Pokemon Punch party game did take some time together, but the kids adored it and it was pretty inexpensive to put together!

Happy Crafting!

Carolyn

 

 

 

Rainbow Party Ideas

Rainbow Party Ideas

I have about 6 weeks until birthday mania starts in our house. My 5-year old (Sage), 3-year old (Liam), and 1-year old (Noah) turn 6, 4, and 2 all within 2 weeks of each other. Sage is intent on having her birthday party at Chuck E Cheese this year. She is enthralled with the ticket blaster commercials on TV, so Chuck E Cheese it will be! I tried to convince her to do a party at her gymnastics facility for an hour of tumbling and jumping fun, but no deal.

The theme of her party this year will be My Little Pony. She wanted this theme last year, but since Sage and Liam had a party together, I did more of a rainbow theme. To help me figure out what this year's party will look like, I dug up last year's pics (so I wouldn't repeat)! I thought this might help you with some ideas if you are thinking of throwing a rainbow party for your kids.

Rainbow Party Ideas

I made these cute, colorful personalized buckets to hold party favors. I have had a Cricut for years and used it mainly for scrapbooking and cardmaking, but never used it to decorate any household items. I bought from adhesive backed vinyl Amazon.com for about $10 and used the Base Camp cartridge to cut the lettering. The vinyl is super ease to use and adhered well to the sand buckets I bought from a local store. I loved that they were personalized party favor that kids would be able to re-use. A year later, my kids still have their buckets and use them for storage and play.

Rainbow Buckets
Rainbow Buckets

One of the party favors was a rainbow and pot of gold. I made these using Rainbow Twizzlers and Rolos. I do have to say that finding Rainbow Twizzlers was not easy, but I think I found them at Meijer. I put them in sandwich bags, but had I had more time, I would have bought cello bags and tied them with some pretty bow.

Rainbow Treat Bags
Rainbow Treat Bags

Sage's cake was a rainbow cake, of course! I must have been absolutely insane, because I baked a 7-layer cake (all in different colors) to come up with this cake! The cake decorating was easy – I just used homemade white icing and used the Rainbow Twizzlers to make the rainbow and pipe on rosette clouds. When I finished decorating this cake, I was afraid the cake would topple over in transit, but it it made it!

Rainbow Cake
Rainbow Cake

Here's the inside of the cake once we cut into it at Jungle Java (an indoor playplace here in Michigan).

Rainbow Cake Cut
Rainbow Cake Cut

Sage was totally enamored and I'm pretty sure she had to stand up to blow the candle out on this monstrous cake!

Rainbow Cake at the Party
Rainbow Cake at the Party

So, this year's cake and party favors will be purely My Little Pony. Of course, I do need to add some boy-themed favors for Sage's boy cousins and friends. If anyone has any ideas on how to do that, let me know. I always have a hard time adding boy things into a girl party theme!

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