Monday, August 20, 2012

Wizard101 Birthday Party

My son turned 7 this weekend and he wanted a Wizard101-themed birthday party.  Wizard101 is an online game that the whole family can play together.  We can even play with family members that live on the other side of the state!  Yay for technology.

Decorations
The main decoration was on the wall in the kitchen where most of the party stuff happens.  I strung some (Christmas) lights, made a banner, and hung some maps from the game on the wall.
I incorporated images of the birthday boy's game character onto the purple and yellow banner.  The maps are screen shots from the game, printed out and taped onto some black wrapping paper.  (Just hit your PrntScr key to generate screen shots. You can also download some wallpapers from the Wizard101 site here to use as decorations for your party.)

Anyone who has played Wizard101 knows you have to keep track of your health, mana and energy.  So they should recognize this:

I just pulled various-sized glass jars from the recycling bin and filled them with water and food coloring.  I typed the numbers in Word, printed them, and cut them out.  I used the numbers from his birth date and age to make this decoration.

The health, mana & energy globes were displayed on the mantel with an owl (dressed up like Gamma from the game) and a wizard hat.

My mother made the Bartleby tree by forming his face out of green & brown clay and sticking it on an old tree-shaped toy.  She also made signs of her characters standing in front of each of the schools in Ravenwood and set up the signs around the grandfather tree.  (And now you see where I get my crafting tendencies!)

Activities
You advance in Wizard101 by completing "quests" so I designed 4 quests for the kids to complete.

As the kids arrived, they were directed to the "crafting tables" where they could make a necklace with the school symbol of their choice and a wand.  For the necklaces, I printed multiple copies of the school symbols and punched them out with a 1" circle punch.  The kids glued the symbols into a bottle cap.  I helped them punch a hole in the bottle cap and attach a jump ring, then they threaded the bottle cap charm onto a ball-chain necklace. 

For the wands, my husband provided some sticks from the yard and the kids decorated them with all sorts of craft supplies. I gave them foam shapes, ribbons, feathers, sequins and jewels, pipe cleaners, colored tape, and anything else I could find in the craft closet.

Kids making wands at the party


After dinner, I announced that the cake and ice cream had been stolen! I involved the grandpas as the "bad guys". The kids divided into two teams. One team had to recover the ice cream by finding 5 "potion ingredients" (beads in small canisters) to make a potion to put the dragon (plastic toy) to sleep and get his key. The other team had to recover the cupcakes by finding 5 puzzle pieces, and assembling the puzzle to get the password. With the key and the password, they could enter the dungeon (kitchen) and have cake and ice cream.

Two teams working on their quests

The birthday boy requested chocolate cupcakes with purple frosting and yellow stars & moons like Merle Ambrose's hat.  I made little picks with the school symbols on them to stick in the cupcakes as well.

Food
My son is a big fan of chicken drumsticks.  We love to battle against the prince and barons in Colossus Boulevard because they use drumsticks as their wands.  That was the inspiration for the main course for dinner.  Then I was looking at some of the "pet snacks" I had collected and decided I could use those as party food, too!  Here are the labels I made for the food table.
The "fire crackers" were Doritos and the "crackers" were saltine crackers.  I cut carrots and cucumbers into sticks and named them "Moolinda Wu's Veggie Wands".

We offered Sprite and Root Beer to drink and I made some labels to wrap around the 2-liter bottles as well.
Favor Bags
The party favors were packaged in blue paper lunch sacks.  I printed labels for them with the Ravenwood crest and each child's name.  The prizes inside were a wizard rubber ducky, a bouncy ball, a glow stick, candy that looks like potion bottles, and Cracker Jacks (with a pet snack label).
It was so much fun to put this party together for my sweet 7-year-old.  And I think the kids enjoyed themselves, too!

35 comments:

  1. Awesome! I bet your boy had a lot of fun and everyone got a Party in the Spiral! Great job, mamma! :D

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  2. Wow! All the little details you thought of are amazing!

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    1. Thanks! The smile on my son's face makes it all worthwhile. :)

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    2. It's awesome, hope u got a yr sub for that.

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    3. nice this is really cool your a great mother

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  3. This is awesome! :] I'm turning 12 soon, and I might throw a Wizard101 birthday party, so these are GREATTTT ideas! :D

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  4. Thats cool and i hoped your son had a great party :D

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  5. That is majorly awesome and cute!

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  6. Kewlio.My niece loves this idea for her birthday party

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  7. Genius, truly amazing. Congrats to your son leveling up to age 12 lol.

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  8. Wow stunning! All of the details was mindblowing! I am now one of your followers. Can't wait to see what else you create! Although I admit this post left me speechless.. Simply WOW!

    -Kelsey Fireheart
    StarsoftheSpiral.com

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  9. Sweet! The way you did the party, Incredible!

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  10. think you might just have started a trend for birthday parties. Wizard101 style. So much thought and detail went into this dream birthday.

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  11. AWESOME!!! and who doen't like the game :)

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  12. Wow! You did a great job. I play as well. May all his wishes and dreams come true.

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  13. How cute! love that lil smile!
    My daughter and I have played that game since the beginning!!

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  14. Now that's a B-Day party I would love to attend! And I'm 31!!!!

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  15. i like the idea but it would have been great if they wore robes..that would have made it more real...but nice idea

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  16. Amazing! Very well thought out and executed! Loved it!

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  17. cool! super awesome Kristen!

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  18. hey the pretty cool i wish i had a birthday party like that when i first started wizard101 i was very addictive then it got boring but now im addicted again :D

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  19. Great theme and decorations! that would also be great for toontown!

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  20. You did a great job! I wish I had a birthday like this!

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  22. I've seen better. LOL, just kidding this party looks awesome. You're son is one lucky wizard. See you all online!

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  23. Kathrine stormcaller (aka, Kathrine albert)December 27, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    i am the biggest fan of wizard101 anyone will ever meet my birthday is in a month and i am turning 14. I have coded several games based off of wizard101 and made models of wizard101 things. this party is the best idea ever! I have autodesk inventor (a 3D model program that can send things to a 3D printer) and I was thinking about making a
    2"x 1"x 1" spell cast symbol candle holder. a hole with a diameter of .25" could go through the top down until it meets the bottom. the candle could go through this hole and the and the whole project could go on top of the cake! I thought that this idea would be a good idea to the party and if anyone has a 3D printer, i would like to see this done your own way! thx!

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