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A.'s Sweet 16-bit Party

Published September 4, 2015 12:54 PM by Devon Alley

I have a history of going all out for A.'s birthdays, and considering that she was going to be turning 16 this year, I wanted to make sure it was extra special. A. said that she wanted to have a video game themed party, featuring some of her favorite games (Mario, Pokemon, Pacman, etc.) So, I got the idea to call it a "16-bit" party (since she w

After visiting Party City and other various department stores, I quickly realized that I would have to make most of the decorations myself. I ran around town gathering supplies to create some pretty extensive decor. I purchased square shipping boxes, and then I covered a few in brick contact paper, and others in yellow card-stock with white question marks pasted in the center. I cut out a large Pacman and ghosts from cardboard and hung them from the turning 16 - get it?) and I consulted my party inspiration (also known as Pinterest) and got to work.

I created a Bob-omb from a Styrofoam ball that I spray-painted black, pasting construction paper for eyes and feet, and then covering a bottle top with tin foil and using a piece of twine for the fuse. I created piranha plants with green plastic cups, green pipe cleaner, shredded green and brown paper, and construction paper.

I put together snacks and gave them clever names (Runts candy became Pacman power-ups; I wrapped chocolate bars so that they looked like original NES controllers.) I also taped King Boo faces on white balloons and stuck them throughout the house.

We invited the entire family, and A. also invited a couple of her girlfriends to party and to spend the night. They played games, including punching a question-box piñata, and some multi-player Smash Brothers. There was cake and presents, and A. seemed extremely happy - laughing and having an amazing time. Overall, I think the party was a huge hit.

I'm not sure how I will outdo myself next year! 

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