Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Nintendo Wii Birthday Party Ideas by Treasure Box Parties


Recently my son came to me and said, "mom, I have a new party idea for you...how about a Wii Party...and you can try it out at my next birthday!". As a party planner, I am always up for a challenge and initially I thought with 26 guests how could I possibly pull this off?

Since the Nintendo Wii is definitely a hit with my three boys, ages 4, 5 and 9, I knew it would make a great party. I was so happy with the end results that I thought I would share this with other parents of "Wii crazed children".

The first thing I realized when planning this party was that my house was not large enough for 26 young boys and girls. So, instead I rented a recreation center which can be done rather inexpensively through your local city parks and recreation department.

I then looked into TV rentals which is definitely the way to go for just one day. Since I happen to have a party business www.treasureboxpartiesandgifts.com, I opted to purchase the Epson Movie Mate (amazing quality for the price!!!) and use televisions from the different bedrooms in our home.

With 26 guests, I came up with a plan for a tournament where the children would play for 15 minutes at 5 different stations. The five stations consisted of 3 Nintendo Wii's, one that we own and the other two were borrowed from my brother and a cousin. The fourth station was a Playstation, borrowed from a cousin and the fifth station was a craft station where the children created their own Mii's.

Every 15 minutes they rotated to the different stations where they played Wii Bowling, Wii Baseball, Wii Mario Kart and Nascar on the Playstation (not Wii but my son happens to loves Nascar!) and the make your own Mii craft station.




At the end of the non-competitive tournament each child received a theme related prize like a mini bowling set for Wii bowling, baseball cards for Wii Baseball, etc. You can make your own Wii party as competitive as your children are geared for, but at this age children have a much better time when everyone feels like a winner.

The food consisted of pizza, Wii cookies and Mii cupcakes, popcorn, fruit roll-ups, Gatorade and water. The decorations included balloons, sports themed bowls, and metallic and black fabric. I put the cookies and cupcakes in the sports bowls and then used the Wii cookies and Mii cupcakes as the table decorations. The kids were amazed by the cookies and cupcakes!



Knowing that school was going to begin soon, I purchased pencil boxes for the favors and filled the box with some school supplies and things that my son loves best. To tie them in with the theme I created a Mii label for the box.




The children had the most amazing time at the party and every time I see one of the parents they are filled with compliments. The greatest part of all was that this was one of the easiest parties I have ever done!





Any of the items mentioned above can be special ordered for your Wii party (except TV's). If you would like additional help in creating your own Nintendo Wii party, you can send an email to info@treasureboxparties.com or visit my website www.treasureboxpartiesandgifts.com.

UPDATE:
Thank you for all of the recent email and blog inquiries about my Wii Party. The items featured in the pictures were customized by my company, Treasure Box Parties. For a slide show presentation of the party go to http://www.treasureboxpartiesandgifts.com/category_s/49.htm.

The cookies can be ordered for $39.00 for 12, plus s&h. The custom invitations are $15.95 for a set of 12 and include personalized envelopes. The craft mii are custom creations and can be special ordered for $5.50 each (fully stuffed and ready to decorate/pens not included). Custom party favors and decorations can be created to fit your budget. Send inquiries to info@treasureboxparties.com or call 650.867.9801.


Technorati Favorites">

5 comments:

Cay said...

Thank you for sharing your ideas. LOve them!!! My 8-year old daughter loves Wii and I am planning her birthday party with a Wii theme. Your ideas are the best of all the ones that are on the WWW! : )

anti-Franciel said...

What a coincidence! I am planning a Wii party for my 10 year old son. I love your ideas. I have one question though. Where can I buy those characters dolls? So my son guest can draw their faces.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your ideas. We built upon your party and had a Wii Guitar Hero party. It was so much fun! We rented a church gym that was great. We had the screen projected on a 8X4ft screen. I used green and blue for the color scheme. We served the wii remote cookies, a guitar cake and a wii remote cake. We had green M&M's. We served grapes, ham biscuits, party mix, meatballs. We also had a jousting ring as well as an inflatable baseball batting cage. The guitar heros got a face plate and party favor boxes done in green and blue decorated with tissue paper exploding out of the boxes. The kids had an absolute blast and the music was great!

Beth said...

Thank you for the great ideas. I was at a loss for what to do for my sons upcoming 11th birthday, you've definately got me started

Anonymous said...

I've been hard pressed to find ideas on having Nintendo Themed parties. Not to mention it's difficult to even find Nintendo Themed party items. Sites like this one are what gave me an idea of how to go about planning a party. Another great site was coolpartyblog.com....We need more sites with like these with Family value ideas behind them.
Thanks!!