When we started thinking about themes for Ryan’s party, there was no question that we’d have to go with Toy Story. He loves everything about the films and characters, especially Buzz Lightyear and Woody. The photo above was not staged and I am so glad I was able to capture it!
I found a decent image of Buzz Lightyear’s spaceship and took it into Photoshop. From there I edited the image to make it suitable, layered in a photo of Ryan and added the party details. I printed copies onto photo paper hand-cut each invitation because my cameo just wasn’t getting it right. The outline is fairly easy to cut so it wasn’t too painful.
As usual, I scoured Pinterest for party-planning ideas and I found so many. I love theme parties, and Toy Story with it’s three movies and several shorts and lots of toys provides so much of material.
We had a big turnout and my only regret is not having the chance to capture more of the details to share with you. It was busy busy! Nonetheless, here is what we did.
I purchased a 6 foot Toy Story birthday party backdrop and matching tablecloth at a party store.
Operation birthday party army men drop using army men from the dollar store.
Printable renditions of Andy’s drawings.
Happy Birthday Banner cut using my Silhouette Cameo. Because of the wind, I opted to tape it to the siding instead of stringing it!
We served “Hamm”, Slinky Dog Pasta, Buzz’s Spaceballs (meatballs), Pizza Planets (bagel bites), Oooh (Pizza Planet Alien) Moonpies, Rex’s Herbivore Veggies (celery and carrots), Ken’s Fruit Salad and Jessie Hats. My hats did not come out perfect but people still enjoyed them and gobbled them up.
I made tent cards with my cameo and then printed the food labels with each character’s image onto adhesive paper. For Buzz Lightyear’s Refueling Fluid, I put together a design using Photoshop and printed them onto adhesive-backed waterproof labels. Both materials used were from Online Labels (review samples received).
The cupcake cake from Shoprite was amazing.
Fun and Games:
Pin the tail on Bullseye – (free printable)
Moon Bounce – this Little Tikes Shaded Bounce is a hit at every backyard party.
Toy Story Photo Props – (free printable)
I really wanted to hand out Toy Story pez dispensers, but I couldn’t find them in stores and didn’t have enough time to order online. Instead, I decided to make the kids bottle cap necklaces. Full tutorial here.
Ryan flew a kite for the first time on his big day. At least the wind was good for something!
He enjoyed this party much more than last year’s Very Hungry Caterpillar Party. I think he’s coming out of his shell.The difference a year makes!
Barbara Hoyer says
So creative! I pinned this to my Birthday Parties board.
My boys are looking over my shoulder as I read this and they want to go to this party!! I’d call that a success!
That’s so funny my kids do that too! :)
how fun?! I love all the little details!
Sarah Hughes says
Love it!! I want to make those necklaces for my sons power ranger party!
reesa lewandowski says
We did a Toy Story part for my son’s 2nd birthday too – almost 4 years ago. What a classic movie it is, always popular among the kids. What a fun party! I love the invite!
Thanks! I make myself crazy with these parties. I always say we’re ordering pizza for the next party but I never follow through lol.
Making Our Life Matter says
I love that Toy Story is so popular yet! Looks like a fun time!
Ryan is obsessed – I love it too :)
What a fun party! Love the bottlecap necklace idea – so cute! My 1 1/2 year old is obsessed with Buzz (and necklaces) so I know this would be a hit in our house!
It’s so cute – the bottle cap jewelry was really easy!
Gina B says
Are those the moonpies in the photo? They look AWESOME! I love the age 2 party, it’s so much fun, so little fuss :) Looks like you had a great time.
We actually did have moon pies! The Jessie hats are decorated sugar cookies :)
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
It looks like a fun party!!! Happy Birthday, Ryan!