Nerf Birthday Party
For my son’s 8th birthday he wanted to do a Nerf War! We saved all the big cardboard boxes from our home business and threw them into the basement with the boys so they could set up “bases” and hide behind them. I didn’t spray paint them or anything, I just let them be as they were. The boys had a great time! I invited the guests to bring their own nerf guns if they wanted to but I also found some small nerf guns on clearance and bought the whole lot! Amazon has them too, Nerf N-Strike Elite Firestrike, for about $10. Don’t forget to buy a ton of dart refills!
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The cake table was covered with some fabric I had laying around from that one time I got the urge to sew (lol!). The banner was cut out of cardstock paper and was strung with twine. The confetti on the table is what was left over from punching holes in the banner. I placed some green army men and extra army toys that my son had on the table too.
I bought the favor boxes from Uline. I got about 100! So I have these in a lot of my parties because they aren’t theme specific and are SO versatile. Plus they hold a lot of “stuff”! Amazon has them in white, they would make for a great craft to have the kids color in their own take out box party favors!
The cake turned out pretty cute, it’s simple to make. Green buttercream with small patches of “grass” made using Wilton’s No.233 Decorating Tip. Grey “rocks” were placed around the top too. I wish I had bought these Silver Chocolate Rocks Candy Nuggets, they look SO much cooler (next time!). To get the darts to stick in the cake I poked sharp toothpicks through the plastic tip. The “wood” sign and target were made with fondant. I used this very easy Wilton Texture Mold Set, Cobblestone/Wood. I brushed on some extra food dye after I took it out of the mold to give the wood a bit more depth as I over mixed my brown fondant. For his name I used White Plastic Alphabet Cookie Cutters, for the dashes I used my Food Decorator Pens. The base of the cake was decorated with Navy Blue Sixlets .
The cookies turned out better that I thought they would, the nerf guns were scary for me, they looked difficult! I followed this tutorial here: https://lavieencookies.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/nerf-guns/.
Not pictured is the craft we did. We made shrinky dink dog tags! If you were around in the 80s or 90s you already know what these are, I’m sure. I bought a Ball Chain Necklace Pack and Shrinky Dinks Crystal Clear 10 Sheet Creative Pack. Before the party I cut out a dog tag shape and hole punched them. Each boy got 2 to decorate or put their names on and then we watched them shrink before our eyes (magic!).
Let me know in the comments if you create your own Nerf inspired birthday party! I’d love to hear all about it!