My mother used to say that nothing is new. Just live a little longer and it will come back around. She was right about this and so many other things. Sometimes things come back shiner, but the concept is the same. It is considered a classic. Classics stand the test of time. Arcade video games are no exception even with the speed at which technology changes. The way or method by which we enjoy classics has changed, but the game is still around today.
Pac-man which first appeared in 1980 is now being rediscovered by another generation. Interesting fact: the original name of the game was Puckman derived from the Japanese word, Paku which means chomp.
A 6 year old requested a Pac-Man themed birthday party which I think is rather cool. My design approach was simple – clean lines and pops of color against a black backdrop. One key aspect of the design was to incorporate Pac-Man himself into the design. I thought a 3-D self standing centerpiece would be great to use throughout the event space. The centerpieces were easily crafted from a few supplies.
Cardboard cake circles
Black balloon weights (pre-wrapped in cellophane sold at party supply stores)
Black wood circle stickers (available at Hobby Lobby)
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Yellow craft paint
Instructions: Draw a triangle on one side of the craft circles for the mouth. Use scissors to cut the triangle out. You will need 2 cut-outs per pac-man. Paint one side of each circle and let dry. The jumbo popsicle sticks are used for support. Lay one popsicle stick flat in the middle of cardboard circle (non painted side). Make sure half of the stick is hanging below the circle so it can be placed inside the top part of the balloon paper weight. Spray the non painted side of the cardboard circle including the popsicle stick with adhesive spray. Glue on popsicle stick. Stick the bottom half of the popsicle stick (that is now attached to the cardboard) inside the top of the balloon weight. Then sandwich or attach another cardboard pac man cutout to create the 3D pac-man. The top of the balloon weight should be sandwiched between the card board circles. Be sure to line up the mouth of the pac-man on both sides before adhesive sets. Hold for a few seconds to dry. Apply mini black wood circle to both painted yellow sides for the eyes.
The dessert table is always a fun way to incorporate the design theme. A game board with the honoree name was the perfect backdrop for the table. The birthday boy prefers donuts over cake so that is what he got. The custom cookies paid homage to the other characters in the game.
The party favors were pac-man krispy treats that were placed at each guest place setting.
This was a fun party to decorate. I’m ready to pull out the joysticks and challenge my kids to level up.