Popcorn Bar


Today is national popcorn day! In honor of celebrating this delicious snack, let’s talk about creating a popcorn bar for a party. As always, the cost of setting this up will vary based on how many snacks and toppings you choose to have. Remember to ask your guests if they have any allergies in advance of buying the toppings for the party. Prep for this will be about 15 minutes.

What you’ll need:

  1. Either a microwave or a popcorn popper
  2. Either bags of popcorn to put in the microwave or corn kernels to pop. You’ll want about twelve cups of popcorn to feed 4-6 people, but use your own judgement.
  3. One large bowl to put popcorn in and a large serving spoon
  4. Enough bowls for everyone to eat out of (use either your own bowls or disposable paper bowls that you can find either at the grocery store or at a party store)
  5. Toppings (here are some ideas for food you can mix in:
    • Fruity
      • gummy candies (including gummy worms, gummy bears, and almost everything Haribo makes)
      • skittles
      • mike and ikes
      • Fruit snacks (such as Welch’s fruit snacks or Horizon Organic)
      • Hi-chews (unraveled and cut to make them bite-sized)
      • twizzlers (preferably the smaller, pre-cut nibs)
      • swedish fish
      • candy citrus slices
    • Chocolate
      • snow caps
      • Hershey squares
      • milkduds
      • junior mints
      • mini kitkats
      • mini Reese’s peanutbutter cups
      • Reese’s Pieces
      • M&M’s
    • Taffy (all taffy should be cut up in advance in order to make it easier to snack on)
      • airheads
      • salt water taffy
      • laffy taffy
      • starburst
  6. Popcorn seasoning:
    1. melted butter
    2. Kernel Season’s popcorn seasoning


Pop the popcorn before the party starts. You’ll want to have the popcorn cool before your party guests arrive. This should be the first food that your guests put into their bowls and should be the first bowl on the table that the guests can reach.

Put each topping in a bowl with a serving spoon. Lay them out along the table. Let people line up to get the popcorn and then choose their toppings. Make sure that a kid doesn’t just dump the whole bowl of their favorite candy into their own bowl.

Lastly, have the kids pick their spots, relax, and enjoy the movie that you’re going to show.

Mario Pool Party Game


It’s a me… the Blast Off Party Activities blogger with a great pool party game for anyone who likes Mario and wants to incorporate him into his or her pool party. This game is similar to hot potato. In Mario’s world, little bomb-shaped creatures called bomb ombs often chase after him. He can pick them up, but they will explode a certain amount of time after coming into contact with Mario. This game may cost about $14 to create.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 black beach ball
  • 1 white acrylic paint pen or a silver sharpie
  • something that you can play music through that can easily be stopped and started
  • 1 pool
  • a responsible adult

Setting Up:

  1. Making the bomb omb -Inflate your beach ball. Look at the model below and draw on 2 oval eyes using a white or silver permanent marker.


2. Selecting the music- use the music from the games to set the mood. You can either buy them in iTunes or simply use your smartphone to play the song from online. Here are some great songs to use off of YouTube:


Have the kids gather around in the shallow end of the pool in a circle. Make sure that everyone can comfortably stand. Explain that this game is like the game hot potato, except we have a bomb omb from Mario instead. When the music starts, pass or toss the bomb omb to another person. When the music stops, the person holding the bomb omb is out of the game and has to exit the circle. When they’re outside of the circle, the children who are out can make a splash when the music stops (like a bomb omb exploding). Play until there is one child left.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Party


There is more to pokémon than just pikachu. The latest version of the game, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, are far different than past pokémon games in many ways. The most important difference is that this game takes place in Hawaii, so you can combine a tropical party and a pokémon party into one amazing party.

Party Games and Activities:

Arriving Gifts

The people at Gamefreak incorporated the famous Hawaiian hospitality into the game. When each guest arrives, give them a lei to welcome them to the party.

Rent a Pool

Whether it’s in January or July, all kids love a pool party. If your child has a birthday that is in a colder month, then consider renting a space at the pool of a local gym or fitness club. Most of them will have a space for birthday parties and a heated pool.

Take on the Party Island Challenges

In this new game, there are no gym leaders. There are trial captains that the player has to defeat in order to challenge the island kahunas. If you want to get really into this, then you should create paper bracelets (out of white construction or printer paper) for the party guests. Usually, when the player defeats an island challenge, then the trial captain will give the player a z crystal for their z ring. When a child finishes one of these challenges, then you should stamp something onto his or her bracelet. The following a list of trial captains, their types, and games; you should pick 3-5 of these games to play at the party:

Ilima- normal type trainer- In Ilima’s trial, the trainer has to battle hiding pokémon. Hide 3-4 items around the yard such a pokémon figurines or balls that the children have to find and return. Once all of the items are returned, move on to the next trial activity.

Lana- water type trainer- For this trial game, you will need a kitty pool (one of the temporary, plastic pools for young children), a prize for every child, and a lot of plastic or rubber ducks. You can buy them at bulk for a reasonable price online. Mark some of the ducks with a number on the bottom that will correspond with a prize. For instance, the child that will pull duck number one out of the water will receive a piece of candy. Do this until all of the children at the party have gotten a prize. You can let the kids keep the ducks if you want to.

Kiawe- fire type trainer- Kiawe’s trial involves his trained, dancing pokémon, so the game that would make the most sense to play would be freeze dance.

Sophocles- electric type trainer- Sophocles is a very shy trial captain who likes video games. He would like it if you had a video game bracket using a popular game such as super smash bros or mario kart.

Mallow- grass type trainer- Mallow is a grass type trainer, but her family owns a restaurant. Even her challenge in the game involved making food. Any of Mina’s challenges should be a friendly cooking activity such as a DIY cupcake decoration station, make your own mini pizza, a fondue station, etc.

Mina- Fairy type trainer-Mina is an artist. She’ll be impressed with any craft that you come up with for the children whether its those popular, pinterest pikachu ears or just letting the kids scribble whatever they want onto paper.

Acerola- ghost type trainer-Hide some things around the party area that don’t belong. This challenge will be for the children to find the things that don’t belong in a timely manner. Make sure that the children don’t see you place the items.

Take on the Island Kahunas (Pool Games)

In the Pokémon games, there are 4 kahunas that each represent one island. These pool games are inspired by them and once the children have completed them, they’ll have completed their island challenge.

Hala- sharks and minnows

Olivia- Octopus Pool Game

Nanu- Doubloon Game

Hapu- Pool H-O-R-S-E

If you try our suggestions, let us know how it went!

Pokémon Gym Badge Challenge


In the Pokémon game and TV show, Ash and his fellow trainers travel around their respective regions in order to gain badges from gym leaders in order to become a Pokémon master for that region. In these series of games, the kids can take on the different gyms challenges in order to win a badge. These games are specifically from the Hoenn Region (Pokémon ruby and sapphire) and I’ve included a link to buy the badges on Amazon. This game may cost about $75 and may take about an hour to play through.

Materials Needed:

  1. pokémon badges ($25)
  2. masking tape
  3. jenga blocks
  4. sharpie
  5. ping pong balls
  6. red acrylic paint
  7. white acrylic paint
  8. black acrylic paint
  9. clear jar
  10. enough swedish fish to fill the jar
  11. paper slips for the children to guess on
  12. a jar or bowl for the children to put their guesses in
  13. string or rope


Keep the gym badges organized and possibly labeled. Here is a cheat sheet so that you know what goes where:


These are the gym leaders who give out the badges at the gyms. You can print their images out and stick them next to the different areas where the activities will occur or you just look at them to channel their energy for the activity. Yes, the placement of the badges above match the placement of the gym leaders. The activities will match this order as well to stay true to the game. Read these pictures upper left to right for the chronological order.


The first gym’s layout was designed to feel as though it was a museum. It makes sense that this gym has this particular design because this is the town that has the pokémon school in it. The activity that I’m going to recommend playing for this is an activity jenga game. You can buy a jenga set for $5-$15 or you can make your own giant yard version if you’re so inclined. In order to not ruin your jenga set, you should put painter’s tape or washi tape on the wide bottom of the jenga tiles and write on them in sharpie. Sharpie or a similar permanent marker will be perfect for this activity because other types of markers will smudge and run when the kids touch it. The kids will act out or do whatever the jenga block says and play until somewhere gets the “you win” block. You should set up the blocks before the party starts on a flat surface. If you don’t have a flat surface in the yard or in the house, you should ask your significant other to help make a flat surface to play on. There are 54 jenga blocks to write on. Feel free to duplicate some of the actions on the jenga blocks. Here are some sample ideas:

  1. You Win!
  2. Make pikachu sounds
  3. Make mudkip sounds
  4. Pose like a Y unown
  5. Pose like an X unown
  6. Pose like a T unown
  7. Pose like an I unown
  8. Splash like a magikarp
  9. Recite team rocket’s poem
  10. Make slowpoke sounds
  11. Charizard breathing fire
  12. Blaziken high kick
  13. Sceptile vine whip
  14. Make wobbuffet sounds
  15. Snorlax falling asleep
  16. Pose like wobbuffet
  17. Growl like poochyena
  18. Flutter like beautifly
  19. Blast off like team rocket
  20. Shock like a pikachu
  21. Do the clefairy dance
  22. Sing the jigglypuff song
  23. Walk 8 steps like a krabby
  24. 2 air punchs like Hitmonchan
  25. Stick out tongue like lickitung
  26. Ride a ponyta for 10 steps
  27. Meditate for 10 sec like Meditite
  28. Jump like a Spoink
  29. Throw a pokéball
  30. Act like you just caught a pokémon
  31. pose like Meowth on Team Rocket

The second gym is all about trainning and speed. I recommend playing a version of pin the tail on the donkey. I’ve seen pin the tail on the pikachu, but I’ll have a catch the pokémon challenge that you can play. This should only cost about the price of ink. The kids will play for the highest score. Click here to see the game.

The third gym is electricity themed. The gym leader there has a pokémon that looks like a pokéball called voltorb. For this activity, you’ll need a pack of white ping pong balls, red acrylic paint, white acrylic paint, and either black acrylic paint or black washi tape. To create a pokéball, draw a thin line around the ping pong ball to divide it into 2 halves. Write a small ‘r’ for red on the side that you intend to paint red. Then draw a small circle about the circumference of your (not your child’s) index finger somewhere on the line. The line should cut the circle evenly in half. Do this for all but one ping pong ball. Erase the pencil line inside of the circle. Next, paint the designated side of all of the ping pong balls red and leave to dry. When they are dry, use the black paint to draw a medium thickness line that follows the pencil line that borders between red side and the white ping pong ball. With the voltob ball, use a pencil to then draw 2 right triangles and fill it in with white paint. This is going to be the pokémon’s eyes. Wait for this to dry and then add the little black dots for eyes. Here’s a picture for reference:

Scatter the pokéballs and voltorbs across the yard in good hiding places. The children will have to find the pokémon and the pokéballs.

The fourth gym is a fire gym. Things get a little toasty. This gym’s activity will be a game called hot potato. Choose an object such a left over pokéball from the last game as the hot object. Have the children pass the ball while the music plays. When the music stops, the player holding the hot pokéball is out. Play until you have a clear winner and then award the badge.

The fifth gym in the game belongs to the protagonist’s dad. He also has some very sleepy pokémon. I would recommend playing red light, green light 123. The player who gets to you first is winner of the challenge. To begin with, create 2 spots: one for you to stand on and one for the party guests to start at. You should be 20-40 feet apart. The instructions of how to play the game are included in the “story” section of what you say to the kids.

The seventh gym is psychic gym owned by twins. Don’t worry, I didn’t skip the sixth gym. I’m combining the two.A three legged race will be the perfect way to decide who gets these badges. To begin with, have a clearly defined start line and end line. You can mark this with a pool noodle, a yard stick, rope, or string. Have everyone choose a partner and stand next to them with him or her having an arm around the other person’s waist. The inside legs should be touching. Tie those legs together and have the kids wait at the starting line until you give the signal

The last gym is a dragon type gym. Magikarp, one of the most useless fish pokémon, evolves in a gyarados, one of the most powerful pokémon in the game. This will be a guess-how-many-are-in-the-jar game using swedish fish. Magikarp are dark orange and swedish fish are red. If any kid asks you why the magikarp aren’t orange, you should say that because they’re highly concentrated in the jar, they turned a darker color that looks closer to red. Find a clear jar and fill it up with Swedish fish. Count how many you put in there and put that number safe such as keeping it as a note or contact in your phone. Next, create then slips of paper asking for a child’s name and how many magikarp they think are in the jar. Have another jar or bowl for the children to put the slips of paper in once they have finished making their guesses. When the children are done writing their guesses, go through and check to see who got the closest estimate to how many magikarp are in the jar. Then reward the winner with a badge.

Note: if things get too complicated, you can also just let the kids decide what badge they want to have at the end of each activity rather than trying to keep track of them.


Welcome to (your child’s name here)’s birthday celebration and the Hoenn region of Pokémon. There are 8 different gyms with different challenges to compete in. Who’s ready to get started? (Wait for a response). I said who’s ready to get started?

1: The first gym in Rustboro city’s challenge. Because the gym is next to the trainer school, they want to make sure that you know enough about pokémon before giving you the gym badge. The gym badge award is placed somewhere within the mix. Line up and pull one block at a time carefully.

2: Dewford gym is all about exercise and training. The gym leader wants to see how good your aim is. He will happily award his badge to the kid who recieves the highest score.

3: Mauville city gym has a voltorb that went missing. A voltorb looks just like a pokéball, but the voltorb has eyes. The gym leader will happily reward any one who finds his beloved voltorb with a gym badge. He’s somewhere around here, but there are also a lot of old pokéballs around here. You can keep any that you find. Go!

4: Lavaridge town is a fire gym. Every thing is hot here. The gym leader here has developed a game to test your ability to resist fire. First, everyone mut get in a circle. Good! This pokéball is super hot. Pass this pokéball around and whoever is holding it when the music stops is out. The person to survive until the last round gets the gym badge!

5: Petalberg City is a normal type gym, but the gym leader’s pokémon, Slaking, fall asleep easily. You need to sneak up on them without waking them up to win this game. This game is a lot like red light, green light one, two, three. Everyone needs to start off on the starting line over there. When I have my back to you and say, “slaking is sleeping, one, two, three,” you should all walk (don’t run) to me. I can turn around at any point just like the slaking can wake up at any point. When I turn around, everyone must freeze. If I see anyone moving, I can send them back to the starting line. We’ll do this until someone reaches me and tags me. Any questions? … Good. Let’s start.

6 and 7: Fortree City is a flying gym and Mossdeep City is a psychic gym owned by twins. They would both like to see how you work together under less than ideal circumstances. Pick a partner to race with and stand with one arm around the other person’s waist. I will come around and tie your legs. Then you should go to the starting line. I’ll let you know when the race starts. The 2 winners will get those two badges.

8: Sootopolis City is a dragon training gym. The leader thinks that you guys should help him figure out how many magikarp him and his fellow trainers caught this morning. The person who guesses closest to the actual number of magikarp will get a badge from his gym.

Tsum Tsum Toss


The Tsum Tsums are piled a little too high and cannot reach the spots they want to go. The children have to help the tsum tsums get to the right spots. This is a simple side game to play at a Tsum Tsum party. It’ll cost about $45 and can entertain the children carnival style.

Materials Needed:

  1. 3-4 small, plush tsum tsum characters that the child doesn’t mind the guests touching and tossing- you will probably have to buy some specifically for the game.
  2. Science symposium level poster board
  3. exacto knife or skills using regular scissors
  4. glue
  5. printer and ink or painting skills
  6. duct tape
  7. 3-4 plastic bags
  8. pencil


Unfold the poster board and lay it on the ground so that the creases that allow the two wings of the poster board to fold in are facing you. This is going to be the front of the game where the children can toss the tsum tsums into the right spots. Sketch out a design of stacked characters. You can simply draw ovals about the size of the characters and write the character’s name.

Once you’re done with that, draw circles and ovals that vary in size. Make the smallest at least 1 inch larger that the circumference of the tsum tsum. Once you have a design that you like, cut out these holes carefully. Use one of the small tsum tsums to make sure that it fits generally into the hole you created. When you’re satisfied with that, turn the board around. Use the plastic bags and duct tape to create a net for the tsum tsums to fall into.

Finish up your design in the front with either paint or cut outs of images from the internet. Test it out.

Yoshi Egg Hunt


Any Mario lover will love this great game at his or her party! It’ll take the kids about 5-1o minutes to complete their search and $41 to entertain about a dozen kids.Even if it’s not near Easter time, you can order a pack of eggs off of Amazon at any point in time. The kids can have all of the fun of an Easter egg hunt without it actually being Easter.

Materials Needed:

  1. white spray paint ~ $8
  2. newspaper to set up for the craft
  3. a mixed bag of wrapped candy ~ $5
  4. 1-3 dozen plastic eggs ~ $15 on Amazon
  5. Either a green acrylic paint marker/paint + brush or multiple acrylic paints ~ $6 per color
  6. something for the kids to collect the eggs in ~ $7 for a dozen on Oriental Trading


Set the newspaper down outside and use heavy objects such as rocks to hold the edges of the paper down. Open up all of the Easter eggs so that the inside of the eggs face down towards the newspaper. Spray paint the eggs. Look for a craft store variety of spray paint that is formulated to adhere to plastic. (Not all spray paints are the same. My college roommate and I found that out when she used metal spray paint for her stencil T-shirt craft. The results were upsetting to say the least.) You should coat the eggs three times so that they look white. The only way to get around this step would be to find white, plastic easter eggs.

Once the eggs are smooth and dry, you can take them inside to draw the circles on them. Yoshi eggs have a specific look:


You have two options for the game’s direction: an egg finding free-for-all or an egg scavenger hunt. Different colored Yoshi will lay different colored eggs. A red yoshi will lay a red egg. The scavenger hunt will be harder for you to create, but it may also take the kids longer to find all of the eggs. The choice is up to you.

If you’re going to create just one egg color, then I recommend that you use a green acrylic paint marker. It’ll be faster and easier to create the fat ovals on the egg than it would be to use a paint brush. The originators of this craft idea also suggested using a sharpie if you have the right colors. I personally think that sharpies will run out of ink and cause way more problems then using the acrylic paint.

If you’re going to create an egg scavenger hunt, then you should be aware of the different colors that Yoshi eggs come in. The most common colors are green, red, blue, yellow, light blue, and brown. It’s harder to find pink eggs. Game players rarely find purple eggs. They can hardly find orange, white, and black eggs while playing the game.


If you’re going to have a scavenger hunt, then type out a sheet of what types of eggs the players can find. For example, if you’re having a dozen kids over and bought 3 dozen eggs, then you should let the kids know that they need to find one green egg, one blue egg, and one black egg. Each one should have its own candy inside. I.e. green eggs for have milky ways and blue eggs could have jolly ranchers.

On the day of the party, scatter the Yoshi eggs around the yard or house. Make sure that they’re not too obvious for else the game will be over quickly.


Mario’s friend, Yoshi, has been seen around the yard/house. I think I saw a pack of them this morning. They’ve laid eggs around the yard/house and you guys should help pick them up. Any questions? On your marks… Get set… Go!

Inspired from: http://ournerdhome.com/super-mario-diy-yoshi-eggs/

Catch Them All Game


The go-to DIY pokémon party game is pin the tail on the pikachu game. It’s similar to pin the tail on the donkey. You can do this or you can have the kids try to catch them all. This is more of a pin the pokéball on the pokémon game. It’s relatively easy to set up.

Materials Needed:

  1. a poster board
  2. glue
  3. printed images of the pokémon below
  4. the same amount of printed pokéballs as there are children coming to the party


Print out 5 of the images below and cut them out. They should be different sizes. Lay the different pokémon out on the poster board until you see a layout that you like. Then glue them into place. Write different values under each pokémon from 100-500 to make the game more interesting. 500 point pokémon should be hard to catch and should be anything that looks like a dragon down below.

Next, print out enough pokéballs for everyone. You can also make them out of construction paper, but that’s a lot more work than just printing pokéballs out. You write each child’s name on each pokéball.


Right before you play the game write or have the children write their names on their pokéballs. Have them form a line to play the game. Ask them what pokémon they’re aiming for. Just like pin the tail on the donkey, blind fold the child whose turn it is. Spin them around 3 times and set them on the course to pin the pokéball on the pokémon.

If you try this activity out, let me know how it goes!

Pokémon Go Party


A Pokémon Go Party is really just hanging out with friends who also own the Pokémon Go, but calling it a party makes it much more fun. This party is more of movable feast for you and your friends (or your child’s friends) to get out and explore the neighborhood safely.

Decide to meet at someone’s house or a pokéstop such as a safe, indoor mall and see how many people are up for wandering around. Make sure to set up spotters. No, they don’t spot pokémon for you. The spotters should be the friend to tell you to get out of the middle of the road while you’re pokémon hunting. Not everyone sees the same pokémon at the same spots. This can vary based on level.

Check out the ideas below and please let me know what you think!

Things to Pack (print and cross out all that apply):

  1. phone
  2. phone chargers
  3. a small cooler filled with cold water (dehydration is serious, but feel free to sneak other things in there.)
  4. a bag filled with some sort of snack (see snacks below)
  5. pokémon team pride (see below the snacks)

Possible Themed Snacks:

Oran berries– pack handfuls or so of blue berries in snack sized packages labelled oran berries. Keep them somewhere that they won’t get smooshed.

Dried Pinap Berries– Pokémon has a berry called the pinap berry, which looks a lot like pineapples. Even the name sounds like pineapple! Buy some dried pineapple from the store (I personally like Trader Joe’s line) and tell the members of your party that its dried pinap.

Dried Cheri Berries– Cheri berries kind of look like cherries. Why not just pick up dried cherries from the store? Tell guests that its dried cheri berries. You can even mix the two together.  If you’re noticing a pattern here and want to use your own local dried fruits then you should check out the image below. There are so many different types of berries that you can mix and match to your local offerings. Just be careful not to mix too many different types of berries or else the kids (or guests) will see right through your poké berry rouse. montage-berries

Moo moo milk– moo moo milk is sold in any game where miltanks can be found. It was first introduced in the jhoto region. So far Pokémon Go only has Kanto region pokémon, but it’s a festive treat. Just keep it cold while you’re out and about. Instructions in video.

Poffin– based off of the poffins used to increase a pokémon status boosters for competitions. Only for the paking inclined. Instructions in video.

Pokeball cake pops– only for the baking inclined. Instructions in video.

Pokemon Team Pride

Pokémon Go consists of 3 teams: Team Valor (red), Team Mystic (blue), and Team Instinct (yellow). Each one of these has the mascot of one of the 3 original mythical Pokémon that you could catch in all of the Pokemon Blue, Red, and Yellow games. If you’re having a more formal party or if you’re going to have everyone come to your house beforehand, then you might want to consider having people create their own team swag.


Not all friends are part of the same team. For instance, I’m on Team Mystic and one of my best friends is on Team Instinct. Had we been playing together, we may have joined the same team, but we only started texting about it 3 days after the game became available. I recommend doing a survey beforehand to see how many people are part of a certain team.

First of all, you should decide what item you want to have your friends decorate. Some examples may include canvas backpacks, water bottle holders, bracelets, and shirts.

In order to decorate your item of choice you should grab fabric markers, other fabric decorators, and special paper that you can print out images on and iron on to the fabric. You should print out the right amount of iron-on images from below so that everyone can iron on their right team. Y0u should probably do this before everyone gets to your place. Let people decorate their swag as they want. They may want to put their username on their piece for instance. Have fun!