Today is my son’s 8th birthday, but we celebrated this past Saturday. When it came to the theme, there was no question- he has been a WWE fanatic, so naturally, JACOBMANIA VIII was created!
There were no invitations that really fit our style, so I found one on etsy, and it was customized for me, with all the wrestling puns. Here’s the invitation that set the stage for it all:
As I mentioned in my recent posts, I have done away with having parties at home, but Jacob was adamant about having a jumper that looked like a wrestling ring. I thought December here in California is doable at a park but the weather is unpredictable. Luckily, the weather gods answered my prayers, and it was the most perfect sunny day on Saturday.
Back to the jumper……..I found one I really loved but it was for purchase and not rental so I decided on a local rental and wanted to customize it somehow. I have been using the older Cricut Explorer that I had for about 7 years now, and I finally took a leap and purchased the new Cricut Air. What an investment! I customized almost everything for this party. One way I used it was making WWE decals for the jumper:
This jumper, along with the park playground, our bean bag toss, and some footballs and soccer balls to kick around were the entertainment.
I knew I wanted something grand. I thought of making a wrestling ring as the stage for the dessert table. I scoured the internet for some ideas, but I didn’t find anything I liked because it didn’t look realistic enough. I asked my husband for help because he would be the one building it. He used PVC pipes, rope, pool noodles, and red masking tape to bring my vision to life. Jacob was AMAZED!
The backdrop was just 2 metal tin roofs from Home Depot that we put together, then I put my new Cricut to use again to customize that JACOBMANIA VIII sign.
For the desserts, Jacob wanted a championship belt cake. I knew it wouldn’t be enough to feed all the guests, so I also made a simple design cake with a wrestling ring on top and topped it with his favorite wrestler: The Miz!
I learned so much about wrestling during this process. I wanted ideas on how to really incorporate as many elements of WWE as I could. I used Jacob’s “Money in the Bank” suitcase that is really an action figure holder, and I filled it with candy bars wrapped in printable million dollar bill wrappers:
For the candy, we did Pop Rocks for “The Rock”, licorice for “wrestling ring ropes”, and in discussing the party and wrestling moves with Jacob, he told me a move called the “skull crusher”, so I found these gummy skulls and included it as so:
I also made rice krispies treats and added the WWE logo in an edible image, cake pops, and coordinated cookies, with one featuring one of The Miz’s tag lines: “Hello, I’m Awesome!
Jacob’s favorite wrestler was CM Punk before he retired, so I thought of a way to incorporate him and another character into the party. Here’s an ode to Triple H and CM Punk!
For party favors, I put my Cricut to use again, cut out the WWE logo and filled the box with a mini wrestling figure I found at the Dollar Store!!!! I was so amazed they had these there. I also like to include a non sugar snack of some sort for the ride home. From experience, I find that kids always fill themselves with sugar and hardly eat at a party because they’re busy playing, so here’s what we included:
I left room for the candy they would get from the piñata as well.
I sourced out that WWE belt piñata from my local piñata lady. She never disappoints! It was super strong and everyone got a turn to hit it.
Jacob wanted to dress as his favorite wrestler, the Miz, and was wearing this outfit for weeks prior to his party. When the day came, he got self conscious and did not want to wear it. *tears*
He did wear his Miz shirt, and the whole family dressed up. The Miz needs a promoter, Security, and a referee for his wrestling match, so that is what we had!
Security protected the dessert table, I mean Jacob the whole time ha!
We ended the day with cake and presents. I can’t believe 8 years has flown by!
I had fun making all of Jacob’s WWE dreams come true!