If your child is interested in karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, or another type of martial art, you have come to the right place! You can honor your child with a kickin’ martial arts party by using our Karate Party ideas. This guide uses a martial arts theme for creative invitations, decorating ideas, and activities that will make your child feel like a true karate kid!
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What do I need for the Party?
In addition to basic Karate party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Martial Arts party:
- A Martial Arts movie, such as The Karate Kid (Rated PG), Kung Fu Panda (Rated PG), or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Rated PG)
- Martial Arts Uniforms and Headbands
- Punching Bag
- A Pinata
You may also want to consider hiring a martial arts instructor to give a demonstration during your party. The instructor can also teach your guests a few basic moves such as blocking and kicking.
Karate Party Invitations
Invitations are an important part of your planning because they give the first impression of your party to your guests. If you have the time to make your own invitations, here are a few ideas to consider:
- Use a piece of heavy cardstock to make a “gi” (martial arts uniform shirt). Cut a V shape from the top of the cardstock to form the shirt shape. Use a hole punch to make a small hole on both sides of the shirt about halfway down, to serve as belt loops. Take a piece of black ribbon and thread it from the back through both of the holes, and tie it in a knot on the front of the shirt. Write your party details above the belt.
- Buy black fabric and cut it into strips that are about two inches thick and 12 inches long. Write your party details directly on the fabric in silver pen. Roll it up and send it in a padded envelope.
- Punch a hole in the corner of a card-style invitation and attach it to a martial arts headband. Ask your guests to wear their headbands to the party.
- Take a photo of your child in his martial arts uniform. Print the photo on the front of a top-fold card and write your party details inside.
- Include creative wording for your party details, such as:Jump! Kick! Punch! Block!
Jason’s birthday is gonna rock!
Come ready to have some fun,
You’ll earn your black belt before the day’s done!
If you would rather not make your own invitations, but would still like a personalized touch, consider our Personalized Invitations, which include all the party details for you! We also offer blank invitations that you can fill in yourself.
Transform your party area into a martial arts dojo and let your guests feel like real karate kids!
- Provide a simple martial arts uniform for each guest using large white adult T-shirts as the “gi” and black felt for the belts. While at the fabric store, look for fabric with an Asian design in red, white, and black. Use this to make headbands for each guest. You may be able to find dragon or tiger patches to iron onto the uniforms as well.
- Use red, white and black for your traditional decorations like streamers and balloons. Tie groups of three or four balloons together and tie them to the backs of chairs. Anchor them with balloon weights and set them near doorways or in the corners of the party area.
- Hang Chinese paper lanterns and even a paper dragon from the ceiling. Use additional lanterns as table decorations.
- Hang colored belts, in order of rank, on one wall of the party area. Typically, the rank goes as follows: white, yellow, green, blue, red, black.
- Hang a banner over the entranceway to the party that says, “Welcome to [child’s last name] Karate School.” Check out our personalized banners and let us do the work for you.
- Write each child’s name in large Japanese, Chinese, or Korean letters on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper. In smaller letters, write their name in English underneath. Laminate the papers and use them as placemats during snack time.
When it comes to food, your guests would most likely be perfectly happy with pizza or hotdogs. However, if you would like to include some martial arts inspired snacks, consider these ideas:
- Give your menu an Asian flair by serving mini egg rolls, chicken wings, and fortune cookies. If you are feeling especially creative, serve California rolls or other types of sushi. And don’t forget the chopsticks!
- The martial arts has a focus on health, so incorporate some healthy options into your selection, such as a veggie tray, fruit kabobs, and milk.
- Use a cookie cutter to make dragon-shaped sugar cookies and decorate them in red and black frosting. Use the same cookie cutter to cut out finger sandwiches as well.
- Hand out string cheese, licorice, fruit roll-ups, and Nerds Rope. Have your guests take turns holding the edges of these snacks for each other, so they can “karate chop” them before eating!
- Make edible nun chucks by inserting a licorice rope into the ends of two Twinkies.
- Make a cake in the shape of a “gi”. Bake a 9″ x 13″ 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 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.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with kickin’ party favors! To find a large variety of karate party favors, visit our Karate party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Ninja figures
- Karate headbands
- Disc launchers
- Pencils and notepads
- Karate stickers
- Fun shaped candy
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
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Games and Activities
We’ve substituted a martial arts figure in this version of the game!
Let the children practice their karate moves to deflect bean bags.
The children demonstrate their strength by breaking a Styrofoam board.
The children battle invader balloons by keeping them from falling to the floor.
Let the children design their own martial arts headband to wear during the party.
Your guests will demonstrate their speed and agility in this activity.
Let your guests pretend to be samurai and battle safely using balloon swords.
The martial arts students must avoid being tagged by their “sensei”.
Guests team up and compete to see who is the most powerful “sensei” at the party.
Kids will love using the blocks and kicks they have learned in this version of Simon Says.
Guests toss foam ninja stars into a set of rice bowls in this fun game.