Two years ago, our son Jack received his first Nerf gun for Christmas and he’s been hooked ever since. So, it was no surprise when he requested a Nerf gun party for his 5th birthday.
When I first started planning, I only had a few details figured out. I knew his party would be held at a park, with a wide open field. I wanted to set up a Nerf boot camp, and we were going serve hot dogs, Jack’s favorite.
To fill in the rest of the details, I turned to Pinterest (as most of us moms do). I found so many great ideas! Below are a few of my favorites that I will be using at Jack’s party, including a Nerf-inspired font I found that anyone can download for free.
Nerf Gun Party Lanyards
First up are these fun lanyard special agent badges by Partyummy. Over on Partyummy, these lanyards were used as I.D. badges for the guests of 8 year old, Levi.
I’m thinking about taking this adorable idea, and tweaking it to make punch cards for Jack’s friends. As the kids complete Nerf gun challenges (boot camp) they will receive a punch. Once the card is filled, the kids will receive a prize.
We did a similar punch card necklace at Madison’s school carnival last year, and it was a huge hit! Stay tuned for a free Nerf printable punch card coming later this month.
Nerf Gun Party Shirt
Up next is this super cool (Jack’s words – but I agree!) Nerf gun bullet tee shirt, by Fisher Custom Creations. This shirt is available for all ages on Etsy, and it’s been receiving rave reviews!
The shop has two owners: Travis and Britteny. Their turn around time is super quick (3-5 business days), which, for a custom shirt, is super quick!
Nerf Gun Party Games
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been collecting LOTS of boxes. I knew I wanted to use the larger boxes as bases for an all out Nerf gun war for the kids, but I hadn’t quite figured out how I was going to decorate them.
Originally, I was thinking about wrapping the boxes with camo tablecloths. After looking into it, I realized it was going to be a little pricey. I love throwing cute parties, but I LOVE throwing cute parties on a budget even more! Lucky for me, I found a tutorial on Happy Mom Hacks for a simple and inexpensive way to decorate the boxes using camo colored spray paint – genius!.
This next idea is my favorite: tablecloth bunkers! I love this idea because it’s so simple, yet makes such a large impact.
To get a similar look, I found a plastic tablecloth roll at Target in the perfect Nerf blue. I’m just going to attach the tablecloth to wooden dowels from Home Depot and anchor them in the grass.
Now that we have our bases and bunkers, we need an ammo refill stations.
I love this idea from Gluesticks and Giggles, where she used Shepard plant hooks to hang buckets full of Nerf bullets. You can find Shepard plant hooks at Home Depot or Lowes and sometimes even at the Dollar Tree.
The buckets can be found at Party City for $1.99 and the ammo refill station labels can be made using a Nerf font, found down below for free!
Whenever throwing a party, I try to find the coordinating font to go with my party theme. I’ll use the font to create not only the invitations, but also favor tags, banners, food tents, cupcake toppers and anything else needed for my party.
You can also upload the font to Cricut Design Space to create custom iron ons and my favorite, cake toppers. Really, the possibilities are endless!
I’ll be sharing more Nerf DIY projects over the next couple of weeks, along with photos of how everything turned out on the big day!