Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Toy Story Party

I am getting ready to celebrate my youngest... my last baby's 5th birthday in a couple of weeks. So while I plan and prep for his big birthday party I thought I'd share some of our past parties.

I decided to start with lil man's fourth birthday. Last year he wanted a TOY STORY party, mainly about Buzz Lightyear.

We were limited on budget {being college students} but I did manage to make a cute rocket ship pinata and some fun games to play!

A friend used my camera and well, while I was thankful I don't really have too many pics to work with... she took too many of her boyfriend and his son. lol :P

Ok, so I did not make the cake... I bought it {requested the packaged decor stay OFF the cake} and I bought a package of Toy Story toys to put on it... it worked!

We just put up a bunch of primary color decorations inside. Outside was for our bounce house {its ours, so its smaller}...

For the centerpieces I put various toys in the middle. First I started with the TS toys we had, but then I went ahead and did a Barbie table for the girls, a dino table, etc...  It was cute and the kids could play at the tables too.

One game we played was pin the tail on Bullseye! :D

 For more wall decor, I bought the reusable wall stickers of TS... they now reside in lil man's room and some even glow in the dark! {win win}

 Another game we played was a potato head match up... kinda like a race.

I used to be part of a mom's group and won a lot of potato heads and other toys... so we had a LOT of taters to play with! lol

And now to our ROCKET PINATA!!!

Flour  -1 part
Water - 5 parts
Stove top
Hand beater
I used a cooking recipe for my glue...
4 parts water in saucepan, on the stove and bring to a boil
1 part flour to 1 part warm water , beat till lumps are gone
Once pot is boiling stir mixture into the pot and mix well
Boil for 2-3 minutes
It should be smooth and have a constancy of glue
If needed, add more water or flour in small amounts until you get the constancy you want

Balloons {one rounded, two long shaped}
Poster Board
Painters Tape
Newspaper Strips
Crepe paper or Tissue Paper {I used crepe for this one; in red, white, and blue}
Glue Gun & Hot Glue
Print out {I made a window sign}
5-50 cord {or a heavy duty cord/ rope}

Ok, first I blew up the balloons...
Then I attached the two long ones end to end- tape helped
Then I blew up a med sized round balloon for the top and taped it with the other balloons
Then I took my strips of newspaper and dipped into the glue, used my fingers to take of extra... and then began wrapping the balloons
{I did this outside on a junk/ craft table so that the sun would aid in drying it and to keep the mess outdoors}
Do this until it is covered, 2-3 layers, drying in between
{remember you WANT the kids to be able to crack it open- haha}
Once hard, pop the balloons and remove them
I then took my poster board and rolled it around my long balloons to get an idea of what to cut off
I cut my poster board {you will use the extra pieces} and wrapped it around my long balloons and taped it into place
Make a cone top and tape on to the top
I then took my crepe paper and snipped the sides to make fringe {a bunch at a time}
Using my glue gun I worked from the bottom up {but not underneath yet}
Then I cut out wings from left over poster board and taped then on
I used more crepe paper to cover up the pinata
After I decorated it with crepe I fluffed it out
Then I stuck the goods in from underneath and taped the bottom back into place and covered it with red crepe and ribbons
I punched two holes through the rocket top to hang {not the cone}
and there you go!

It was fun to make and didn't take long... though it was not my first. :)

Well, I am off to dream of how I will be doing my son's pinata this year and all the other goodies I really want to do up this time around.


  1. I just awarded you with The Versatile Blogger Award because your blog is so great. Love reading all your posts!

  2. Awe, thank you!

    I have been crazy again... son just had another surgery yesterday and then with classes wrapping up and my summer job- I SOOO need to catch up! ;)


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