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« on: June 23, 2010 09:59:15 AM »

My 2-year-old loves ping pong. It's kind of an odd obsession, but I wanted to do a ping pong party for his birthday. Here are the details. This could work well as an adult beer-pong party, too Smiley


Party favors were personalized team t-shirts for each kid, matching sweatbands and headbands, and ping pong paddles. T-shirts were made by printing onto iron-on paper and cutting out the letters and then ironing onto the shirts. I found some great deals online for the headbands/sweatbands and paddles.


All of the food was shaped in balls-chicken balls (with creamy dip!), melon balls, and a salad with cherry tomatoes, olives and marinated mozzarella balls. Any party where the guests get to say "balls" several times an hour is sure to be a hit!


mini-pita bread "paddles." We also had some hummus on the side.


ping-pong ball cake (cake balls-made by crumbling cake and mixing it with frosting and foming balls. Freeze overnight, then stick onto a toothpick and dip in melted white chocolate. I had a piece of Styrofoam to hold up the cakeballs as the white chocolate dried (it happens fast because the cakeball is frozen) so that it was coated all over and didn't have a flat bottom)

We also had a tournament for the adults with the following rules:
   1. Tournament participation is required of all adults over the age of 4 . Non-participation will result in being sent home without any cake.
   2. Scoring will be based on the referees discretion, rather than actual points scored or rules of fairness.
   3. Rotating referees will be selected from a pool of non-adults under the age of 4 .
   4. Smack talk is highly encouraged, and points may be awarded for style.
   5. Bribing, tickling and verbally influencing the referees is likewise encouraged. A match will continue until one or more participants is sick of it and/or needs to use the restroom, at which point a referee will call the winner.



Uncle Tony proved best at manipulating the referees.

More pics in my Flickr if you want food details, etc.: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sadsilver/sets/72157624265930820/
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010 10:06:11 AM »

This is a great idea!  I love your ping pong rules, and that your son was wearing 2 different shoes in the picture.
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010 10:10:04 AM »

What a luck young man!!! Such a great idea, love the pita ping pong paddles. btw~love his shoes too. LOL!!!
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2010 10:12:21 AM »

wow I am practically speechless for how amazing that birthday party was! 

Makes me wish I was into ping pong and had this kind of party when I was younger.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010 10:44:42 AM »

This is adorable!! I'm so throwing a ping-pong party this weekend lol.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2010 11:21:25 AM »

LOVE THE PITA PADDLES!!!!  Please invite me to the next party.  I'll bring meatballs.
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010 11:49:51 AM »

Very clever & such a unique theme!  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2010 12:39:18 PM »

This is beyond adorable!  Great job!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2010 02:12:33 PM »

The first pic is of my older son-he has worn mismatching shoes for about 2 years now. He calls them "silly shoes." I thought it was a phase, but sometimes I wonder if I'll be sending him off to college that way!
The pita paddles were a hit with the kids-it's amazing how any kind of food on a stick is suddenly exciting! Although, everyone thought they were cookies at first, so I felt  of bad that it was kind of boring pita bread Smiley
Holding a tournament was a good way of making sure a ping pong game was always going, and the "rules" kept the adults from feeling too intimidated, I think. There was no real scoring, so it was purely for fun and it was fine to screw up.
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2010 10:36:24 AM »

What a fun and unique idea.  It's great to see children's parties with non mainstream/cartoon themes.  The favors are fantastic, I bet they will get a lot of use.
This party theme is great for all ages too!
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