The first thing I do when styling a party is I "shop" through my house to see what I can reuse or re-purpose, kid parties are no different. So I started with the toys from my sons' rooms. With 3 boys we've accumulated quite the collection through the years starting with my eldest son's beloved Woody. He's been with us for a very long time and has taken quite the beating over the years. He and Buzz were handed down to Gavin several years ago and now live happily with Liam.
The Dessert Table and Decor:
For the backdrop, I used the iconic clouds from Andy's room and added Liam's name in a crayon font inspired by Andy's name on Woody's boot. Using my Silhouette, I made red monkeys, cloud boxes, Pizza Planet pizza boxes and Sid's shirt. I made cow print table runners and also made a coordinating rag garland out of bandannas for a whole $4! For the "College", "Sunnyside" and "Attic" moving boxes, I didn't have any tiny cardboard boxes, so I improvised and used kraft gable boxes from Pick your Plum that I had in my stash. I just cut off the handles, and viola, miniature moving boxes to hold toy topped cupcakes! I also found the cutest Buzz Lightyear favor boxes and gliders on Amazon.com. Not sure if you can tell, but Woody is sitting on an alphabet block tissue box I found at Target on clearance, love when that happens!
Inspired by these Pig Cupcakes on Parenting.com I baked "Hamm" inspired strawberry cupcakes. I admit it, I have limited cake/cookie decorating skills, so instead of commissioning pizza cookies for my "Pizza Planet" pizza boxes, I decided to bake my own cookies. I wrapped them in plastic wrap and topped them with a pizza sticker. I figured the kids wouldn't mind. I made alien marshmallow pops by dipping them in lime green chocolate and added pre-made candy eyes from Wilton. Using Twizzlers and marshmallows I made Sunnyside Daycare rainbows but my personal favorite dessert was the "There's a snake in my boot!" chocolate pudding boot cups. I also decorated large lime green ice cream cups with alien faces and added a heap of popcorn for my little popcorn lovers. I filled candy jars with "Buttercup" Unicorn horns, "Green Army Men" gumballs, "Sunnyside Daycare" rainbow Skittles and Twizzlers, Red "Sid" gumballs, "Big Baby's" Bottles, "Monkeys in a Barrel" banana runts and yellow "Woody" gumballs wrapped with a bandana and lasso.
In addition to the backdrop, I made Jessie and Woody hat stickers for the candy containers, Pizza Planet stickers, pizza stickers, toy character cupcake toppers, a Welcome door sign, tent cards, "Sunnyside Snack" favor bag toppers, favor tags and Buzz Lightyear inspired candy bar wrappers. I also made a photo booth backdrop and props for play time along with the "Put the Eye on the Alien" game.
I set up a little table with all the party favors. I found bubble gum blasters, army men, kaleidoscope rockets. A while back I found a set of 6 silver piggy banks on clearance at Micheal's for $2 that I painted pink for "Hamm".
We had the most fun decorating Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head cereal treats. I found some silicone ice trays on Amazon.com that I used to make candy hats, mustaches, lips and bows. We used pink marshmallows for ears, sour cherry balls for noses and non edible googly eyes. We frosted potato shaped cereal treats with caramel apple frosting and stood them up on plastic potato head shoes I found in the boys' toy box. The boys played Cowboy dress up, "Put the eye on the Alien" and posed in the photo booth with fun photo props.
"There's a snake in my boot!" Ok, not really. It's just a gummy worm!
These alien faces are actually party hats I made, but decided the cups needed a little something extra.
Alert! Pizza Impostures!
"Oh no! It's Sid!"
Can you believe this only cost me $4 to make?
We made Mr. Potato Head cereal treats!
Look Mom! I did it!!!!
Someone's proud of himself! lol!
The boys and I had a blast. I hope you find lots of inspiration for your next Toy Story party!
Thanks for visiting and God bless!
Styling, Party Stationery and Photography: Michelle's Party Plan-It
Plastic boot cups, Bandanas and Sherrif Badges: Oriental Trading Company
Kraft Favor Boxes: Pick Your Plum