Nerf War Birthday Party for Boys

Well, this time of year always has us planning for our son's birthday.  For the last couple of years we have done the same theme...Nerf War. 

It is always a hit with all ages of boys from the little ones all the way up to the adults.  I guess it's because boys don't get many opportunities to have all out Nerf wars with a big group of their buddies.
This is a really simple party to put together. We usually purchase the darts for the boys to use and have them bring their own Nerf gun. That way we are not trying to hunt down everyone's darts at the end of the battle.
 We set up barricades in the backyard to make the battle a little more challenging.
 The "barricades" are mostly large pumpkin boxes from our local Aldi grocery store, or any other large boxes that we had or could get for free.
 The boys hid behind them and climbed inside them to take little breaks or to reload their guns.
 I am a rule follower, but on things like this, I let the boys come up with a plan on how to execute their missions. (Not my area of expertise) Of course, the "big boys" were there to make sure everything stayed pretty well under control.
When round one of the battle was finished we took a break and the kids ate some pizza to get energized for the next round.  After the second round, we had the boys leave their weapons at the door and head inside to sing "Happy Birthday" and have some cake.

Most years I try to make a special birthday cake that goes with the theme of the party.  This tank was my favorite cake to make.  It was a (ahem) piece of cake to create. I used a couple of cake mixes and baked them in a 13x9 pan, a loaf pan, and made up some extra cupcakes.

I started with something sturdy to hold the cake on the bottom. Then I frosted the 13x9 cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting. I placed the cake from the loaf pan slightly off center onto the large cake and frosted it with the same chocolate frosting. The wheels were made with Oreos with the middles removed, the tread was cut up black licorice, the turret opening was another Oreo, and the cannon was a Pirouette cookie covered in frosting. I used a green and black tinted sprays for cakes to create the camouflage look. I then added a little writing in orange frosting, some chocolate frosting around the outside of the cake, and crushed up graham crackers to resemble sand or dirt. The boys loved it.
When the boys were settled inside, I let the birthday boy light his own candles. The boy loves fire! They ate their cake and went back outside to do engage in more Nerf warfare.  We didn't have to plan any games and there was no real schedule to keep. We just let the boys play.  Overall, a successful party...it must have been...we did it two years in a row! If you keep the goody bags to a minimum, you can do this party for really cheap. Have you had any birthday themes that were repeated year after year?

13 comments:

  1. I see a party like this in my future with my little guy! So fun!!

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  2. Very cute theme and cake! I'm sure all the kids had a great time and I love the pics:@)

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  3. Wonderful party. I think I'm going to put together a Nerf war with the guys in my Youth Group. I think they will love it. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  4. My youngest just told me he wanted a Nerf party this year:-) Thanks for the great idea to set up boxes for barricades! That cake is awesome too! I bet your little guy loved it!!!

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  5. Wow - I love that cake! My son would have loved that when he was younger - how creative!

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  6. Nikki - My boys would kill for this, awesome party!

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  7. All the work is completed interestingly. Planning such a creative kids birthday party Boca Raton is bit difficult but very interesting for the kids to enjoy the party.

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  8. What a fun party!!! I love the idea of putting barricades around the yard.

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  9. I think I need a Nerf party! Looks like it was a ton of fun. Your cake looks great too. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  10. As a mom of two boys, I can tell you that we have a plethora of nerf guns around here! This is great! I LOVE that cake! Great job!
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  11. Wow! That is one awesome birthday party, Nici! I mean, it’s a nerf-themed party – nothing’s better than that! Haha. I’m sure the kids had a blast battling against each other there. It’s basically like a paintball match, only the kids used nerf guns instead of paintball guns! Cool!

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  12. One fine little Batman fan you have there who surely deserves such a fabulous birthday party. Your Gotham City backdrop is nice. The Joker juice and food treats were great. And yes, the Batman party bags are fantastic! :)

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