Plan a fabulous birthday for your little Pokémon fan. We're sharing Pokemon birthday party ideas to help you pull it off.
This post is a long time coming since our youngest turned four back in December! I'm not sure how that's possible, considering I feel like he was just born, but it happened. Thankfully this was before the whole pandemic started, so we were able to have a birthday party with friends! Lincoln decided he wanted a Pokémon party and I had a blast with the planning and decor.
Pokemon Birthday Party Ideas
It's so funny that Pokémon is still a popular thing, considering it started to get big when I was a pre-teen. My husband had a million Pokémon cards that he gifted to my little brother when we started dating. Now that our kids are into Pokémon, we're regretting that a little! They discovered the original show on Netflix and have been hooked ever since. When Lincoln said he wanted a Pokemon birthday party I knew it would be a blast to decorate. Plus, I just love throwing parties!
Pokemon Birthday Party Decorations
Amazon is my best friend when it comes to decor for parties. We have one local party planning store but it's so hard to go there with my kids; they want everything! So generally I buy most things on Amazon for convenience. Here's what I ordered for decorating for the Pokémon birthday party:
- Happy Birthday Banner
- Pokémon Scene Setter
- Pokémon Table Cloths
- Table Topper Set
- Balloons (black, white, red, yellow, and blue)
- Alternatively, this party pack is an option for multiple Pokemon birthday party items.
I love balloons at birthday parties. They're the cheapest decorations but can really make a statement! I also love the scene setters because they make for fun photo backdrops. Since poor Lincoln's birthday is in December, I feel like he gets the short end of the stick; Christmas is so close and we're always so busy. Throwing him a big birthday party is one thing I can do to make it more special!
Pokemon Party Craft
I wanted to incorporate Pokeballs into the party favors but had a hard time finding anything affordable. I decided that since I'd made these salt dough pendants a while back, we could let the kids color their own Pokéballs and wear them for the party! Looking back I wish I'd bought some yarn that matched the party decor but what I had worked fine too.
Pokemon Birthday Party Food
We usually throw parties in the early afternoon so I provide a small lunch and a bunch of side items. For Lincoln's party, I made pulled chicken sandwiches and had sides like cheese, crackers, meat, chips, and more. You know I had to do a few on-theme food items too! I made a little fruit tray that (sort of) looked like a Pokéball and it was a big hit. Every kid I know likes snacks more than they like food, so finger food is a must at all of our parties.
I was inspired by a few mason jar Pokémon characters on Pinterest when I made these veggie jars. I used cardstock and markers to decorate a few popular Pokemon and then filled them with chopped fresh veggies. It was super simple and I think they turned out pretty cute!
Pokemon Birthday Cake
I like to do a few handmade things for parties, but cakes are one thing I don't touch. I turn to our local bakery for that on birthdays, and I have no regrets! They do a great job and the frosting is far tastier than I could ever make, not to mention the decorating. I'm definitely not patient enough to bake and decorate cakes, but I'm always happy with how this Pokemon birthday party cake turned out.
Pokemon Birthday Party Games
We played two games at Lincoln's party. The first was Pin the Tail on Pikachu, another Amazon find! I feel like little kids always enjoy being blindfolded and playing games like this, so we often have a "pin the" game at our parties. One decor item I forgot to mention is creating the child's birthday number with photos of them throughout the year. I have so much fun printing these photos and I think it's a fun way to see how they've grown since their last birthday.
The second game we played was inspired by a post I saw on this blog. I glued red solo cups to a piece of white tagboard. Then I filled each cup with a prize. The cups were filled with Pokémon tattoos, Pokémon erasers, and Pokémon cards. Then I covered the cups with tissue paper and held them in place with rubber bands. We couldn't figure out a way to secure the board to the wall, so my husband held it. Each child got to come up and punch into one of the cups, then take the prize inside. The kids loved finding different prizes each time, and let's be honest, they liked punching the cups too!
I put together favor bags for each of the kids. Printing their names on Pokeballs was simple, and then I cut them out and taped them on white paper gift bags. I filled the bags with more bouncy ball erasers, snacks, and tattoos for the kids to take home.
Lincoln had such a fun day celebrating with his friends. I had so much fun putting this Pokemon party together for him! I look forward to the days when we can have birthday parties like this again. Have any other fun party ideas? Let me know in the comments!