I’m finally back with pictures from my latest party! After having put together so many parties for girls, I was really excited to design a party for a little boy! I want to apologize in advance for the poor photo quality. I ran right up to the last minute getting everything ready for the party and had to take my pictures very quickly with what amounted to horrible lighting. To make matters worse, the camera’s battery was starting to die right at the beginning of the party, and the backup battery wasn’t in the bag. Whoops!
A few weeks ago, the birthday boy informed his mother that he wanted a Toy Story party, so we were off with a theme. Now, I know that Toy Story parties have been done over and over again; but it’s all about what the kids want for their birthday; and this is what he wanted. After some quick research, his mother and I had a detailed consultation to discuss ways to make the party unique to the birthday boy. In the end, we decided to include the various locations in the movies as the primary source of inspiration for the party. I presented some different invitation options, and this is the invitation the birthday boy chose:
|Image via The Creativity Box|
As guests entered the house on the day of the party, they were greeted at the door with a custom logo reminiscent of Andy’s room from the first movie:
What Toy Story party would be complete without a “Pizza Planet” buffet? Most of the displays are handmade; including the rocketship pizza tray, the flying saucer platters, and the two-tiered cone stand.
The drink buffet was inspired by Andy’s bedroom, and all his favorite toys. Can’t you just imagine the toys playing around on the buffet?
Even the soda bottles got a colorful update. The labels were covered with purple and green duct tape and a simple homemade label was pasted on top. Easy, bright, and fun!
And for the kids who didn’t want soda, we served Capri Sun waters. Just face the pouches backward and glue a cupcake circle on the back.
Al’s Toy Barn took over the 12-inch deep buffet. A bright red backdrop perfectly contrasted with the party favors, sign, and the blue cupcake stand. Favors included an alien marshmallow pop, Toy Story stickers, and a Toy Story puzzle.
For the most part, we just let the kids play with toys and enjoy the beautiful day outside. The only organized games we had were an Army man hunt (based on the opening scenes of the first movie) and a Mr. Potato Head take on “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”. In the end, the kids all seemed to really enjoy this Toy Story birthday party; which is what makes all of the work worth it.
Invitation: The Creativity Box
Buzz Lightyear Favor Boxes: Birthday In a Box
Toy Story Character Images (for Party Circles): Ry Creation
Toy Story Die Cuts: Coca Cola Bear 1980
Cupcakes: Creative Confectioners
Coffee Cups (used for French Fries): ThinkGarnish.com