Happily, there were lots of ideas on Pinterest for me to use (my board is here). I started with these cute DIY Pokeballs. They turned out well and were a big hit, but they did NOT take 10 minutes, as promised.
For prizes, I got this huge lot of 144 Pokemon figures, these Pokemon bracelets, and some packs of cards that kids could draw from a bag.
Next up were Pokeball cupcakes,Pikachu pops (the kids helped with those), and other snacks.
Then it was time to decorate. I found the printable birthday banner here. The kids added some homemade artwork, which was a cute touch.
Once our guests arrived (18 of them! in our tiny house on a rainy day! ack!), we started playing some games. First up, a Pokemon Race to see whose floating Pokemon could cross the finish line first.
Then, it was time for a neat STEM activity to Hatch Your Own Pokemon Egg.
We also played Pass the Pokemon (this year's Hot Potato, thanks to a stuffed Drillbur).
Happy birthday, my sweeties. May this be the year that you catch them all.