Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Robo-rific Party Plans {GIVEAWAYS & DISCOUNT}

If you're looking for an out-of-this-world theme for your little one's birthday bash, look no further.  Not only is a robot party fun and unique, but most of the elements are easy to make yourself.

Like this robo-tastic party Jessica, from Finding Joy in the Journey, threw for her son, Jackson.

She made the amazing cake herself.

As well as all of the decorations.  The bunting was completely no-sew (she just cut fabric into triangles and attached them to the wall with double stick tape) and I love that the refreshments were lined up below a "Refueling Station" sign.

The party goers were kept busy with lots of fun robot-themed activities.  Jessica made this great beanbag toss which the kids loved:

And they also played a game of "Hot Bot," a twist on hot potato, with a robot bean bag.

For more pictures and some terrific tutorials, visit Finding Joy in the Journey.

Another fantastic android-inspired party comes from Blueberry Junkie.  How adorable are these robots she made as decorations for her little Phoenix's celebration?

They were all created from things they already had around the house - tin foil, old boxes, scraps of wire, etc.

This guy is guarding the refreshments, excuse me, nuts and bolts and wire.

And the cake is just fabulous!

Chenin, from Boutwell Studio, also put together an other-worldy birthday bash for her son, Max's, first.  Every detail is perfection!

How great are the flower vases?  She made them from old jars and dryer ducting!  And the make-your-own-robot craft station was a huge hit where all of the guests could decorate paper robots with lots of intergalactic goodies.

Max's party also featured Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots for the kids to play with before they dove into the stunning cake from Sweet Gems, and everyone left with one of those cool paper robot boxes filled with pop rocks, stickers and wind up robots.  Love the packaging!

And then there's the party that Steph, from Simply Radiant, planned for her son, Creed, when he turned two.  Every little element was handmade and they made one magical machine celebration!  Check out the android-adorned invitation.

She printed them on scrapbook paper so the back had a coordinating pattern.

Using freezer paper stencils, she made these adorable robot tees for all of the little ones coming to the party. {get a full tutorial here}

Steph blew up the image from the invitation and cut out all of the pieces so the kids could play build-a-robot.

And last, but not least, she made this funky robot cake.

So there are some real-life robot parties for inspiration.  Now here are some tips and tricks you can use to throw your own.

Wendolonia created a fantastic fifth birthday bash for her son, Wyatt, and was sweet enough to post all of the paper products as downloads for other parents who might want to use them.  How cute is the invitation?

The goodie bags were filled with Nuts 'n Bolts (aka Chex mix with Cheerio "nuts," pretzel stick "bolts" and some M&Ms for good measure).

Find the downloads for the invitation here.  These toppers for the Nuts 'n Bolts:

Can be found here.  And the goodie bag toppers:

Are here.

If printables are up your alley, AFOMFT favorite Jayme Marie Design has a great print-your-own robot party pack too.  For just $14, you'll get PDF files for the invitation:

And circle cut outs that can be used for everything from cupcake toppers to stickers for napkin rings, cups and favor boxes.

If you'd rather someone else do the dirty word, LePoppy Design has this amazing "Programmed to Party" customized set that includes everything but the kitchen sink - everything from a birthday banner and invitations, birthday hats and goody bags, a smash cake set and thank you notes will come customized with your little one's info in the colors of your choice!

Talk about making party planning easy!

When it comes to DIY decor, Hostess with the Mostess created this futuristic table scape with lots of fun ideas you can easily do too.

The “Robot Guy” centerpiece was made using empty boxes covered with colorful gift wrap, googly eyes, metal favor tins, silver chenille craft stems and and paper circles punched from shimmery silver card stock.  Pez and Pixie Sticks acted as favors and decorations and the table runner is yellow wrapping paper laid over a regular table cloth. So simple!

For favors, you can score some boxes like the ones Chenin used at Max's party, from Paper Acorn.

Or you can make some Treat Transmitters to use as favors or place cards with this tutorial from Family Fun.

To keep the real-life robots occupied, why not set up a make-your-own robot station like Chenin did?  You can print out paper 'droids and have the kids color them in.  Or you can go all out with recycled Can-do Robots, like these from Family Fun.

Just gather up some old cans and lots of fun do-dads and let the kids' creativity go wild!  If the guests are younger, try using take out containers and pipe cleaners instead.

Another fun game for the party goers is to play dress up.  You can easily make some robot costumes ahead of time from old boxes and scraps and let each wannabe machine decorate his or her own,  Who knows?  They may even break into an impromptu version of the Robot dance.

When it comes to refreshments, refueling should be the name of the game!  Create a station filled with food and drinks that tie in with the theme and set them out in aluminum pans so they look like a motherboard filled with nuts and bolts.

And then there's the cake.  There are a galaxy full of fabulous options out there for DIY bakers.  You can go with an old school style silver machine: {the recipe and instructions can be found here}

Or try something more colorful: {get the how to here}

This candy-topped confection inspired the one Phoenix had at his party: {find out how to make it here}

Or you can go the cupcake route.  I love love love this robot set from Hello Naomi!

If you don't have the skills (or patience!) she does, why not try these great cupcake toppers and wrappers from Make It Mine Parties instead?

They'll put an intergalactic spin onto your homemade (or shhhh, store bought) cupcakes for sure!

So that's the AFOMFT round up on all things robot.  I hope you love all of these ideas and be sure to enter the giveaways for some of the products you saw in this post - a print-your-own invitation from Jayme Marie Design and the banner of your choice from LePoppy Design - and to take advantage of this great discount on anything from Make It Mine Parties.

Images: Finding Joy in the Journey, Blueberry Junkie, Boutwell Studio, Simply Radiant, Wendolonia, Jayme Marie Design, LePoppy Design, Hostess with the Mostess, Paper Acorn, Family Fun, Cookie Magazine, Parenting.com, Betty Crocker, Hello Naomi & Make It Mine Parties
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