The Boy turned 3 this week and it was time for a party. A Robot Party!
Ever since seeing the movie Wall-E, the Boy has really been into robots. He spontaneously speaks robot and walks like a robot; the last few months have been pretty hilarious. All said, it was easy to settle on a theme for his party. At first I collected Wall-E ideas onto my Pinterest board but then decided to go with a general robot theme instead of a specific character.
The adorable printables from Tracy Ann were the cornerstone of the robot theme. She was such a pleasure to work with and her turnaround was very fast. She has tons of other cute designs – go check her out on Etsy.
The Boy and his best buddy Brady who lives across the street.
I bought the printable party pack and customized invitation and then printed them out at Kinko’s . I printed the 5x7 invitations on card stock and just mailed them as postcards (there’s one hiding back there behind the hats). Easy peasy.I used metallic elastic from the beading section at Michael’s for the hat string and metallic pom poms from my crafty stash.
I had a lot of fun setting up the party – I have to admit I love this stuff – I totally get it from my Mom (aka Womsy). I wish I had a picture from one of my birthday parties as a kid and you would see where I get it from. The forks and napkins scream Womsy.
I struggled for a bit how to stand up the signs. Glue the printable cards to a card stock table tent? Hmmm… as I contemplated my options munching on Halloween candy – I came up with the toothpick-in-a-rolo idea. Voila! They worked perfect and were tasty during cleanup.
Juice boxes. Would have been cute to have the straw sticking out but those things are filled so full there would have been apple juice squirting everywhere when they were picked up. The striped paper was part of the printable party pack.
The baby robots are just mini sugar cookies with cheerios, frosting glue, rainbow sour ribbon mouths and mini M&M ears/antennas.
The centerpiece – a Watermelon Robot! In the next picture you can see how I had to prop up the head in the back with some skewers and a watermelon wedge.
These were the party favors. Guests got to take home a little robot and a favor bag (robot sugar cookie, bottle of bubbles, couple sheets of stickers, couple of glow sticks and a crazy straw).
I’m new to this kiddie party thing and one thing I missed during my research were tips on timing and pace so here are a few that I found helpful:
- I read somewhere a good rule of thumb is to invite as many kids as the age of the birthday boy/girl. We invited a couple extra but three would have been good too.
- We started the party at 11am and it was over by just before 1pm. Good timing for five 3 year olds – that way they could still go home for an afternoon nap.
- We ate when the kids arrived, then played for awhile with all the balloons in the toy room.
- Then we made robot circuit boards. I had prepped square, silver paper plates with a loop of yarn at the top to hang around the neck. The kids glued a bunch of misc. stuff to them. Everyone put on their circuit board and then moved around the room like robots. We had a mini robot dance party but they lost interest quickly!
- Then we blew out a candle and ate cupcakes.
- A bit more balloon kicking and running around and then the breakdowns began – time to wrap up the party!
- We opened presents after everyone left. At this age I think that opening the presents all together would have caused more problems than anything. Fighting over unwrapping, the toys, etc. It was a wise decision.
Here’s some other neat stuff from the Boy’s birthday celebration:
The morning of his birthday, the Boy woke up to a ton of balloons in the family room. He loved it, rolled around in them, kicked them all over the place. It was great to see the joy on his face!
I made robot favors and cupcakes for his classmates at preschool/daycare. You’d think we just handed those kids a million bucks each – they were so happy! Ahh the simple joys of childhood…
Thanks to all the awesome people out there who share their parties and ideas on the web. Here is where I got some of my inspiration .
I discovered the printables at this party.
Robot cookie inspiration and “ball bearings” here.
Watermelon robot idea from this party.
“Nuts & Bolts” and “Computer Chips” from here.
Circuit board craft from this party.
Robot party favors for his party were based on these. As well as the balloon idea (or somewhere on Pinterest?).
Robot party favors for his daycare were based on these.