The Toy Story films are some of the best kids movies ever. Ever.
In our family the adults love them as much as the kids, and the toddler loves them as much as the big kids.
Our walls echo to shouts of "Reach for the sky!" and "To infinity and beyond!"
Woody and Buzz are at home on Scrag's bed, so much that you'd think his name was Andy.
So the choice of a theme for his third birthday was pretty easy. Great scope there!
Cowboys and space. Pizza and aliens. Perfect.
We started with turning Scrag's room into Andy's room, and recreated Andy's box western town (from Toy Story 1). Throw in our collection of Toy Story characters (Buzz, Woody, Mr & Mrs Potato head, Slinky dog, Barbie, Ken and the green toy soldiers...) hang some bunting and put on the original movie... welcome to Andy's room.
With rain forecast, I decided to turn our dining room into Pizza Planet.
Red cellophane over the windows (it clings on; you don't even have to stick it with tape).
Some giant balls from the $2 shop, hung from the ceiling (make a loop of sellotape all the way round the ball so the string won't pull away)
Paint a ricepaper lamp shade ($3.90) while it's hanging there!
Borrow lava lamps and add some removable wall decals (love that $2 shop!)... and of course my painted Pizza Planet sign.
Loved hearing the "Wows" when people walked in and were transported away from that grey rainy day to... Another Planet.
Pizza Planet food is so simple. Dominos Pizza (with the boxes removed of course), cocktail sausages, watermelon, mini corn cobs, popcorn, chippies and... alien cupcakes!
These guys are too cute... and very simple to make!
- Make a nice green butter icing and smooth a round swirl on top of each cupcake (Tip: hold the knife steady and turn the cupcake to get a nice round shape)
- Use white mini-marshmallows sliced in half for the eyes. Slice triangular slivers from soft green sweets to create antennae.
- I used the squeeze tubes of Queen glitter gel writing icing (silver) for the eyes and mouth (available from the supermarket). Too easy!
To accommodate that many energetic little people, we had to make use of all the spaces in our house...
So we turned Miss Fab's bedroom into a face painting & tattoo parlour, moved furniture and added in star-cookie decorating as an activity.
There was lots of dressing up, with Mr G doing a great job as Sheriff Woody. Like his home-made outfit?
Hat = $3.90; Vest = fabric from Geoffs Emporium $6. Add jeans, a check shirt, a bandana scarf and some boots... We now have one cool Sheriff who is not too shamed to go pick up Pizzas from Dominos looking like that!
And check out Mr Potato Head. Funny huh?
Sheriff Woody wandered around handing out snake lollies...
...and creating Deputies. Like my easy home-made deputy badges???
Then there was the Rocket Cake. Here's how to do it...
- Triple-recipe of one-egg chocolate cake, baked in a roasting dish lined with baking paper. Cut off the two corners to form the body of the rocket, then trim the remaining triangles of cake and flip them round to form the rocket fins.
- Ice the main body blue (with butter cream icing of course)
- Ice the fins red. Use the gel colours to produce vibrant colour.
- Slice the bottom off a cuplet ice cream cone and poke into the base of the rocket to create the exhaust
- Decorate and make pretty. I used the squeezy Queen icing writing tubes and sweeties.
- To create a burst of jet flame, melt orange barley sugar sweets in the oven, on a tray lined with baking paper.
- When the sweets melt and run together remove quickly from the oven and use a knife to pull the melted sweets into the shape you want. It will harden and cool quickly; before if becomes brittle use your hands to refine the shape.
- Poke into the base of the cake as shown. Simple but very effective!
(and a hit with the birthday boy and his friends)
- FREE Printable Toy Story Party Invitation
- Download Printable "Rocket Juice" labels...
Peel the labels off bottles of budget lemonade and replace them with these fun Rocket juice labels
Labels are set up on a portrait (tall) A4 page. Cut the printed page in half, and wrap the label around the bottle; using a glue stick to apply.
Click to download...
|[Personalised Toy Story invitation]|