Interesting fact: 1 out of 900 people that start martial arts actually reach their black belt.
My son passed his test on May 12th, 2012 at the age of 8. I thought that was a good reason to throw a party! I love finding the perfect decorations and creating cool treats. Of course I am an amateur when it comes to baking. I certainly don’t have all the latest kitchen utensils and gadgets. I just sort of wing it. Below are a few pictures of what I what I put together.
I found all the paper products(plates, napkins, cups, and tablecloth) online at Party City. They were on sale for $1 per pack. I could not have done better at the dollar store with plain solid colors.
With shipping a karate gi cookie cutter cost $20. I couldn’t bring myself to pay that price so I did them free hand instead. My cookie decorating skills need some work. I figured out I don’t have much patience for it, nor do I have any decorating tools. But they are still cute and the kids said they tasted good which is all that matters.
I used the lollipops as a party favor for everyone to take home with them. This was my first attempt with chocolate molds. It was pretty easy but more time consuming than I imagined. I did the black belt first and let that set. Then I did the rest of it in white. I wasn’t brave enough to do different colors for the hands, face, or hair.
The road to black belt took 4 years. It was fun to look back and see how much my son had grown with this collage my Mom and I put together. After the party my son asked if we could frame it. The collage now hangs on the wall in his room.
I am so proud of my son for reaching his goal. It was an amazing day! This is him trying to steal some of the treats.