Decorating and Menu Ideas
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Karate Party Decorations
Decorate using Chinese paper lanterns and even a paper dragon if you can find one. Use a red table cover and more paper lanterns placed down the center of the table. Choose red, black and white as the colors for streamers and balloons. If your child is taking classes, you may want to use the color of his/her current belt for the table cover and balloons.
Set up a small area to apply dragon temporary tattoos as the guests arrive. If you like, provide each child with a headband or colored belt to wear during the party.
Balloons always say “party” to children! Tie groups of helium balloons together and anchor them in place with balloon weights. For greater impact, combine star shaped balloons with red and black latex balloons. Tie a balloon to the back of each chair, and tie a group of five balloons to the birthday child’s chair!
Ask an older child or adult to dress as a samurai and make balloon swords or headpieces for the children. Use one of the easy balloon kits from Birthday in a Box that include an instruction book, balloons, and balloon pump.
Make a martial arts party banner that says “Welcome to [your child’s name] Karate School” and hang it near the party entrance.
Karate Theme Party Food Ideas
Tasty and kid-friendly foods such as chicken wings, mini egg rolls and fortune cookies will give your menu an Asian flair. The martial arts include a focus on good health, and you can incorporate this into your food choices by adding a tray of cut vegetables and low-fat dip, sliced apples, or other fruits.
For fun, serve drinks with silly straws and make a birthday cake in the shape of the uniform shirt, called a “gi”. Bake a 9”x13” cake in any flavor and let cool. Remove from pan and place on a cake platter to decorate. First cut out a V shape from the middle of one short end to create the shape of a uniform shirt. Cover the cake in white frosting and add a black belt across the middle in chocolate frosting. If your child is taking classes, use a colored fruit roll-up to make the belt on the cake match your child’s belt.