DIY Ghost Pokemon Pinatas for Halloween

Halloween is not a widely celebrated holiday over here in Australia, and even less so over here at The Small Adventurer. It doesn’t take a genius to see that I am much more into cute things than scary! I couldn’t even watch the final few seasons of Pretty Little Liars as it gave me nightmares 😅 (I AM reading the books though, so no spoilers!)

However, I know that this is a beloved holiday in the home countries of most of my readers (I’m talking to you, US and UK! 👋), so I try my best to share a few Halloween posts each year. I am particularly happy with today’s creation as it also combines my love of Pokemon and pinatas too! Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do ☺️

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♡ Thin cardboard, such as cereal boxes
♡  Scissors
♡ Pencil
♡ Tracing paper
♡ Sticky tape
♡ String
♡ Ruler
♡ Glue stick
♡ Purple, dark pink, light pink, white, and black paper
♡ Assorted candies/treats


1. Get up images of the three iconic ghost Pokemon – Gengar, Haunter, and Ghastly – on your computer. Enlarge one at a time until it is the size that you want your pinata to be, then trace around the outside and its features onto your tracing paper. Label each shape with what colour it is on the Pokemon. Repeat with all three designs and cut around their outside edges.Read More »

DIY Pokedex Place Cards for a Pokemon Birthday Party!

That’s right! I’m back with yet ANOTHER place card DIY project! Truth be told, I’m actually proud of myself for having the restraint to not share one of these per week as I still have SO many ideas in mind 🙊

I actually already have next month’s design planned and half finished! As over the top as I might be going with these creations, I hope you can all at least appreciate how creative and out-of-the-box I am trying to be with them.

Whilst most place cards just use the simple first name design – like my Barbie and SpongeBob-themed ones did – I have also made a design that used the guests’ initials, and today’s project is even more unique by using little PHOTOS of each person instead!

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I’m not sure how many of you reading this actually watch Pokemon (although surely SOME of you do, right?! Or else why would you be reading this?), so in case you’re someone who doesn’t watch it – or only plays the games, but doesn’t watch the shows – each Pokedex knows who owns it.

In the second episode of Pokemon, Officer Jenny takes Ash’s Pokedex and uses it to confirm his identity. When she does this, a photo of Ash appears on the screen to prove that it is his. Since I still have such a soft spot for the original Pokedex, I knew I wanted to make more things that looked like it.

Whilst in the middle of my latest watch-through of the first season (which I could re-watch a million times over and still not get sick of), I saw the scene with Officer Jenny again and realised I could make Pokedex place cards with photos instead of names!Read More »

Triple-Flavoured Pokemon Centre Cake to Celebrate #PokeNoms!

Boy, oh boy, oh boy. I can’t believe I am FINALLY sharing this recipe with you all! This tricky little bugger took a very long time – and quite a few tears – to get right, and truth be told, I am still not 100% happy with it.

I always thought I would never share anything on the blog that I wasn’t completely in love with, but I soon realised what a perfectionist I am and therefore wouldn’t have half the content that I currently do, and also how stupid that decision was. How am I meant to see growth if I don’t share where I began? How am I meant to learn from my mistakes if I don’t give things a try in the first place?

And, more importantly, when your boyfriend comes home and sees the cake you’ve been decorating for 4+ hours and is literally taken aback, exclaims how awesome it looks, and then devours a huge piece of it in minutes, isn’t that a sign that the cake is actually pretty good? 🙊

We are always our biggest critics, but I ended up deciding to share this recipe – mostly because of how genuine and excited my boyfriend’s reaction was – but also because I worked so hard on it, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and I did learn a few tricks along the way.

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I actually wanted to share this at the beginning of the month in time for the Detective Pikachu release, but that was back when I wanted it to be a 3D cookie Pokemon Centre instead of a cake… Let’s just say, that didn’t end well 😅 I eventually decided just to make a cake instead, and to decorate the insides with the same colours as a Poke Ball so a fun surprise for when you cut it open!

Later is better than ever though. Whilst Detective Pikachu has been out for a little while now, it IS still the month #PokeNoms – which is an awesome Pokemon-themed month-long challenge hosted by CupcakeDex and Fandom Foodies. Plus, May 22nd is considered to be Ash Ketchum’s birthday, which I celebrated last year with a fun recipe as well!

Just to be completely transparent with you guys, in this recipe I use some of Queen Fine Foods products. They have sent me some products in the past, but the ones I use in this recipe I bought myself, and they have never requested that I advertise their products at all. They’re just a very generous company who know how much I love their products!

Before we get onto the recipe, I feel the need to warn you: this is an INCREDIBLY tedious recipe! The fondant work alone took me hours – not to mention all the baking, trimming, icing, chilling, etc – so this is going to be a super long post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😂Read More »