As for themes, there are so many sub-themes related to martial arts -- general ninja, Kung Fu Panda, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fruit Ninja, and, something you may know about if you have young boys in the house -- Ninjago. This is a newer series from Lego, and follows the training of 4 "Masters of Spinjitsu" by a Master Wu. Hank is pretty enamored with the cartoon series, so choosing the theme was a no-brainer (though you may see something related to Fruit Ninja in the near future).
While the kids did an obstacle course and had a karate lesson downstairs, we set up a rec room upstairs for the party. Keeping with an overall Lego theme, there was plenty of Lego yellow used, such as the tablecloths. The 4 main Ninjago ninja characters dress in red, blue, black, and white. On the tables set for the kids, each place setting had a plate and cup with Ninjago eye stickers added, a set of cutlery with a Lego band (found here), a bottle of water, and a favor box.
I spent a lot of time cutting out ninja eyes the weeks prior to the party. Like next stop crazy town amount of time spent cutting out ninja eyes. You could find them on balloons,
lollipops (box previously used for this party and this one),
and items within the favor boxes.
The favor boxes included a toy ninja (not Lego), a Lego minifig crayon attached to a coloring page, a Twix bar labelled as "Nunchucks," a bottle of bubbles which could be used for practicing punches and chops, and a balloon that could be used for practicing kicks (one of the bad guys from the series was included to stick onto the balloon).
As for food, I kept things simple, as the party was kind of an in between time of 3-5. We had chips, fruit skewers, a snake themed veggie tray (didn't get a picture of mine, but looked like the one from this awesome Ninjago party), edamame, potstickers, and eggrolls. For dessert, the grocery store bakery was very helpful in helping me pick out a cake, as I just couldn't think of any more details. Hank got to cut the cake with a Samurai sword, which was pretty cool.
I also finally got to make Rice Krispie sushi!
This was a pre-Pinterest saved idea, and I had long wanted to make these for a party. The star of the dessert table, though, were the cupcakes topped with creations from this etsy seller.
They were a little on the pricey side, but 5 is kind of an important birthday, right?
Next year, next year -- please let us have a yard.