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My son Harvey absolutely loves Pac-Man after Santa brought him an old-school games console for Christmas which you plug into the TV. And when we saw 'Wreck-it Ralph' at the movies, he was delighted to see Pac-Man amongst the characters and became fascinated with the idea of amusement arcades and arcade games. We visited a local (modern) games arcade, and Harvey couldn’t believe some of the machines spat out tickets that he could then redeem for a prize. Bonus! So when I suggested we could create his own games arcade for his birthday in the middle of our lounge room, he just about fell over!

I decided to give everything a retro arcade flavour, in keeping with the spirit of 80's video games. I had a lot of fun creating all of the food items myself, except for the cake which I had professionally made to a simple design I created. We converted our lounge room into a games room, with everything from foozball, air hockey, pinball, video games, and velcro darts to play with. After a sit-down lunch of sandwiches and hot food, we played team ball games in the back yard so the kids could earn tickets to redeem at the prize counter. There are always some kids who are reluctant to play party games, so this enticed them to participate because everyone who did automatically earned tickets. Then the winning team earned bonus tickets so they had more to redeem at the prize counter.

All in all it was a really successful party and the kids absolutely loved the arcade. Sometimes the noise level hit fever pitch as they all played the games together and egged each other on…just like in a real arcade!

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Party Helpers

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  • Cakes & Biscuits by Lisa

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18 comments

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    Shawneequa A wrote:

    GREAT JOB

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    too cute! Did you make these?

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    wow...where did you get the machine props?

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    neat

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    where did you get these?

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    did you make the arcade sign?

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    you did an excellent job on this cake!

  • Erica M

    Erica M wrote:

    great theme

  • Sarah E

    Sarah E wrote:

    Thanks for the comments ladies! The credit for the cake goes to Cakes & Biscuits by Lisa. :)

  • Sarah E

    Sarah E wrote:

    Hi Erica. I purchased these in a lolly shop here in Australia, but I have seen them sold online. They are like candy Pez dispensers.

  • Sarah E

    Sarah E wrote:

    Hi Erica. I made those myself, but I also sell a party printable backdrop featuring them in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/151766322/arcade-party-backdrop-pdf-file?ref=shop_home_active

  • Sarah E

    Sarah E wrote:

    Hi Erica. The Game Room sign is just an image I found online when I googled. I printed it out on my home printer.

  • Sarah E

    Sarah E wrote:

    Yes I did Erica. They are available to purchase as party printable files in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130745601/arcade-party-invitation-printable?ref=shop_home_active

  • Sarah E

    Sarah E wrote:

    Thanks! :)

  • Cynthia D

    Cynthia D wrote:

    Amazing!! This is such an awesome party!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Stacie D

    Stacie D wrote:

    Hi! I need some help making those arcade props. Or do you sell them?

  • Remona W

    Remona W wrote:

    This is to cute........

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    Remona W wrote:

    Hello, How did you giv out the tickets for prizes?