If you have a little fan of the Pokémon Craze, let me give you some ideas for a party. I don’t play Pokémon Go and know little about the different characters but managed to come up with ideas based on the characters’ habits, likes, and behaviors. I couldn’t have done this party without my sister’s help. A big mahalo to you, Sis! We make a great team (Rocket).
A Personalized Invitation Idea
Hand out hats that were purchased from Party City .
Make Pikachu bags made from yellow gift bags. Simply hot glue on ears, eyes, cheeks, and use a black marker for the details.
Pokémon Activity Stops
Thirteen Pokémon stops were created based on the guest of honor’s favorite characters. Pokémon badges were awarded to all that participated at each stop. The badges were printed out on label paper and cut out individually. The activities for the entire thirteen stops took about 1 1/2 hours to complete and that was with a dozen kids participating. Ages ranged from 2 to 10 years. There was enough variety that the kids didn’t seem to get bored and enthusiastically cooperated.
The Pokémon characters were cut out from flattened, corrugated, large cardboard boxes. They were drawn close to scale and painted using acrylic and latex paint.
A COST SAVING trick that I have used for years is to buy mis-tinted gallons of latex paint (mostly shades of white) from paint stores to mix with the darkest and truest primary colors in acrylic.
The backside of the cardboard cutouts were first painted dark gray. Using a paint roller makes this a quick task. It gave a finished look because the backsides were visible.
Welcome guests… I mean trainers!
First Stop: Rhyhorn
The kids lined up behind an outstretched hose on the lawn. We gave them a cone shaped party hat and had them position it on their forehead to act as a horn. They got down on all fours and on the words ready, set, go they pushed a ball to the finish line using their horn. This entertained the adults and the kids thought it was fun, although some of the younger ones found it a bit frustrating.
Second Stop: Gloom
Hand out small containers of green tinted corn syrup to each child. Have them open the lids and sip the chlorophyll and let it ooze out of their mouths. Their comments were hysterical. They were apprehensive about even tasting the green ooze but once they started the children had fun. A few had to be enticed by telling them to think of it as liquid candy. It worked and they loved it. We had wipes available for easy clean up after the activity.
Third Stop: Meowth
We hid plastic gold coins prior to the party starting for the kids to find using their Pikachu bags. All kids like hunting for treasure.
Fourth Stop: Hypno
We had the children start behind the outstretched hose and had them walk forward to the finish line after turning in circles 10 times. Effective and a quick stop.
Fifth Stop: Pikachu
Pin the tail on Pikachu was played at this stop, a tried and true favorite.
Sixth Stop: Jigglypuff
We played Jigglypuff’s song on an iPhone while asking the children to fall under her trance by pretending to fall asleep while I drew on their faces, just as Jigglypuff is reported to do. We used a black face painting pencil. The kids loved this stop and were anxious to see what Jigglypuff had drawn on their faces. Have a sharpener at hand if the pencil dulls and a hand mirror for the kids to check out Jigglypuff’s handiwork.
Seventh Stop: Electabuzz
We gave the kids glow-in-the-dark bracelets to toss at a target.
Eighth Stop: Ponyta
We set up a simple obstacle course for the children to run and jump and prance thru.
Ninth Stop: Charizard
Red fire plastic balls were given to the children, in turn, and were asked to throw the balls into target baskets.
Tenth Stop: Horsea
We hung plastic bugs (tied to thin cords) around the perimeter of a portable canopy. We hung a large bug on a long cord in the center of the canopy. The object of the game was to swing the large bug to capture one of the smaller hanging bugs. They were allowed to keep the bugs that they captured. This was another fun activity that went over well because it was different.
If you are a party helper, why not get into the spirit by dressing up as Team Rocket? A red R hot glued onto a white t-shirt makes for a simple costume.
Eleventh Stop: Arbok
We had everyone lie down on the lawn (on their stomach) and stretch into the Yoga Cobra pose. It was an effective calming down activity.
Twelfth Stop: Haunter
Two Haunter caves were created by covering two pup tents with black plastic bags. The children were divided into two teams and asked to retrieve the balls inside the cave, back to the finish line. Even after the activity portion of the party was over, the children enjoyed playing in the caves.
Thirteenth Stop: Chansey
Chansey hid Pokéballs for the kids to hunt. We turned 144 ping pong balls into Pokéballs and hid them in a nearby school’s field. This was the last stop of the party and gave the kids one last opportunity to run around. This was another favorite activity.
Pokéball directions: Tape blue painter’s tape around the center mark of each ping pong ball. The tape forms a stand to rest the ball on once the balls are spray painted. While I tried a few methods, the best result was achieved when I held up each ball (while wearing a latex glove) and spraying each ball individually. Spray painting was time consuming. Be sure you do this in a protected area because the least bit of wind can blow the balls in all directions. After allowing to dry overnight, I removed the tape and used a fine grade sandpaper to easily remove any overspray or glove prints on each ball and there were plenty of mishaps. Sanding didn’t take long and well worth the clean look. I cut black electrical tape length wise in half and wrapped the strip around the center. The finishing touch was the reinforcement labels that were added to the center.
Make things simple and order (or make) pizzas that are half cheese and half pepperoni with the black olive band. By also offering a salad bar and bread sticks, I think you’ll please nearly everyone.
We made simple cupcakes and printed out toppers that were hot glued to treat sticks, for an easy birthday cake.
Each bag held a red plastic bowl filled with shredded red paper, Pokémon cards, Pokémon plastic characters, Pokémon bubbles, and Pokémon stickers. The bowls were wrapped with cellophane and tied off with ribbon and a Pokéball emblem. Feel free to print the Pokéball sheet below or this pdf
Can’t forget the piñata! Instead of using a balloon as a form, I used a beach ball. It was close to being perfectly round and I simply deflated the ball and removed it after the newspaper and flour mixture had throughly dried, without damaging the beach ball. I hot glued white, red and black crepe paper to finish.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas and inspired you to put on your own Pokémon Party. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or offer suggestions.