Wednesday, March 9, 2011

{Real Parties} A Toy Story Birthday

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.  (Big Surprise)) 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 themed 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:

I suppose it's the obvious choice, but we turned the primary buffet into "Pizza Planet" from the first movie.  I handmade most of the food displays; including the spaceship 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.


We also had Al's Toy Barn set up for the cupcake and favors display.  The favors each included a marshmallow alien, 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 have a great time; which is what makes all of the work worth it.
Some of Mr. Potato Head's parts appear to have been confused...but the kids loved putting him back together again!
Related Posts:
        Toy Story Inspiration Board

        Rocketship Tray Tutorial
        UFO Platter Tutorial
        Lessons Learned
        The Original Theme

Sources/Vendors:
        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

17 comments:

  1. Wow!!! I love everything from the invitations to the cupcake and favors display. Just fantastic - -I love the colors!!!

    Nadia

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  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the lovely comment! I LOVE everything about this party you did an awesome job :) I am now your newest follower, I hope you will follow me too :)

    http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com/

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  3. How fun!!! I love the Mr. Potato Head! ha ha.. that is too cute!

    I'd love to have you link up at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! Stop on by and see what we're up to!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-kids-friday-2-part-2.html

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  4. Oh my gosh! So totally cute! What a fun birthday!

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  5. I found you from 'Between U & Me'... great ideas!!!

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  6. Saw this on Somewhat Simple...great job! A party ANY boy would LOVE.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  7. So fun! I especially love the Potato Head game.

    ~ Sarah

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  8. Awesome job! I love all the elements to this party. I love your spaceship serving platter the most!!

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  9. So creative and cute! I love that you chose to do the "Pizza Planet" theme for your buffet. Thanks for linking up!

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  10. OMG~!!! This is sooo cool! my 3 year-old daughter LOVES Buzz and I should throw her a party like this. WOW!

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  11. oh my god! Love the rocket ship food server.

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. $20 store credit from My Carrie Creations to get a backpack with your kids fav cartoon character (Disney/Nick Jr. Fancy Nancy and more). She also has a buzz light year backpack. All you have to do is leave a comment.

    http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/2011/03/20-store-credit-from-my-carrie.html

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  12. how cute. i bet he loved it:)
    so many cute things.. you totally rock

    xoxo
    ash

    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

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  13. Hi this is Taylor from the Hannah Handmade team. I just wanted to drop by to say I absolutley love this idea!!! it is super duper cute!!!! I am your newest follower. come follow us back? :)
    www.hannahhandmade.blogspot.com

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  14. Just stumbled across your party and LOVE it. Can you tell me anything about how you created the entrance sign?

    Poppfly25@yahoo.com

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  15. lovely .. can u tell me the fonts used for the logo

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  16. Hi
    My little one is 3 next week and we were planning a toy story party for him when i stumbles across your blog and have now got some more great ideas for his party. Thanks for posting this up :-)

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