Spongebob Squarepants Themed Birthday Party

A few days to go and the new SpongeBob Squarepants movie will be out in the cinemas! Hurray!

Speaking of SpongeBob (which is one of my nephews’ most favorite shows), I’d like to share one of my nephews’ birthday celebration last year. Because they were so into SpongeBob at that time, I suggested a SpongeBob themed celebration. Boy, we were so excited to try to create a Krabby Patty!

Using The Quirky Briars’ SpongeBob Squarepants Birthday Bunting printable, I made this banner with an assortment of skinny ribbons which colors seemed to coordinate with the panels’ colors.

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The white net (it’s really a net for protecting fruit trees from birds) added that under-the-sea/beach effect to the presentation.

In the weeks prior to the birthday, I did some research as to the names of foods that were served at one time or another in Krusty Krabb – the ever famous restaurant where SpongeBob works. Then I had to get my imagination to work and come up as to what can play as what kind of food.  Here’s what I had come up with so far….

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And finally….Krabby Patties!!! (with fresh greens from the backyard garden)

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…and some more!

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I had stuck a piece of paper on the door at the last minute. Here’s that piece of paper, as captured by my phone’s camera:

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Well, yup, the little kiddos loved the theme and the celebration. Wish I could recreate this in celebration of the new SpongeBob movie. 🙂

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Hubby’s Naruto Themed Birthday Celebration

For Hubby’s birthday, I decided to throw him a Naruto themed birthday dinner at home.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Naruto, he’s a rather famous anime character in Japan (and in many parts of the world, actually) and if you Googled him, you’d find a gazillion details of information about him, from his favorite food (ramen noodles) to an extensive list of his friends, enemies, and, oh well, everyone in the Naruto series.
For the Japanese-influenced dinner, I had to research about Japanese foods and recipes. Thankfully, my sister helped me and she prepared the sushi:

Silly, crazy little me…but I still needed a recipe just to make this plate of Tempura. It was super yum when it was a few minutes fresh from the frying pan.

Cupcakes. Not very Japanese, I know…but a birthday’s got to have some cakes!
I decided to prepare a ‘costume’ for him at the last moment…or rather, just the week before his birthday. There was no Naruto costume at the shopping center, and I couldn’t find an eBay seller that could convince me that I’d receive the costume on time if I purchased online. So, I had to make do with this red-orange-ish jumper I found at BigW.
Then with some snack boxes, duct tape, marker pen and a thick yellow paper/board, I made this ‘headdress’ for him, which became a substitute for the traditional party hat. I made a few more of it, but I ran out of time to make one for everybody, so I had to ditch the idea. Only Hubby got the Naruto ‘party hat’.
And here’s the ramen I made!  It did taste good, even though I think I didn’t have some of the minor ingredients.
And here’s my sister’s masterpiece! She had been researching and looking at bento stuff as soon as I told her the plan. She had a lot of fun preparing it.

Australian version of Naruto’s frog – Freddo chocolates! Why not?

The big Naruto fan was very pleased with his birthday dinner.  Bro-in-law got some Naruto episodes for us all to watch after dinner…which was a good way to relax.