I created this Etch-a-Sketch image in Photoshop and mod-podged it onto wood. (I photoshopped Little Man's name off of everything. It really does have his name on it!)
This sign was hanging on our front door as guests arrived. It was meant to look like the sign that hangs from Andy's bedroom in the movie. (Can you tell that I have watched Toy Story about a million times?!)
Cardboard birthday banner. (You can see the tutorial here.)
Toy Story character pennant banner using felt and fabric transfers. (You can see the tutorial here.)
The army men were parachuting and repelling from upstairs to downstairs.
Toy Story themed birthday subway art. (You can see more about this here.)
I downloaded these Toy Story replica drawings from Pixar Planet forum here. They look just like the originals!
We started out the party with dinner for family. I didn't want to use the commercialized Toy Story paper products, and I wanted to keep things simple. Instead, I made this bandana tablecloth and used blue paper products.
Each guest had a personalized "Happy Birthday" candy bar by their place setting.
Instead of having name cards, each guest (who was dressed up as a Toy Story character) had to find their own famous character quote. This was Little Man's place setting because he was Buzz Lightyear for the evening.
For dinner, we served:
Buzz Lightyear's UFO Burgers, Slinky's Wiener dogs, Bo Peep's berries, Bullseye's baked beans, Mr. Potato Head's french fries, alien juice (lemon lime juice), and Barbie & Ken's crisper (veggies & dip).
Our guests were asked to dress up as a Toy Story character. Of course Little Man dressed up as his favorite character--Buzz Lightyear.
Our family was kind enough to dress up as other Toy Story characters. I made Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head costumes for my husband and me.
Army man estimation.
As guests arrived, we asked them to estimate how many army men were in the jar. Each guest wrote down their guess.
Toss the snake in the boot.
I cut out the cowboy boot from a cardboard box. Each guest had 5 chances to throw the plastic snake in the boot.
Toy Story Bingo.
Instead of marking a free space, each guest marked the spot for their own character.
Pin the star on Woody.
Just like "Pin the tail on the Donkey", we blindfolded everyone and they tried to pin their metal star badge (from Hobby Lobby) onto Woody. I made this poster in Photoshop and just had it printed at Costco.
Pass the space rock.
Played just the same as "Hot Potato", we passed a tinfoil ball while listening to the Toy Story soundtrack.
Buzz's Laser Gun Show.
My hubby got the best Nerf gun he could find, and we took turns shooting darts at the Toy Story villains--Sid, Lotso, Al, Zurg, and Prospector.
Mr. Potato Head relay.
We divided the guests into 2 teams: Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Each member had to run to their potato head, create the potato head according to the picture with all of the correct accessories, have it checked off, and then take it apart for the next team member. The first team done, won!
I made each party guest an alien hat. The aliens have the Pizza Planet logo on them.
Instead of making a cake, we made s'mores cupcakes. If you remember, in Toy Story 3, Lotso rides around in a dump truck. I found dump trucks in the dollar section at Target, and we used these to serve cupcakes. Of course they were well guarded by army men.
Enjoying our cupcakes and ice cream!
Opening up LOTS of Toy Story toys!
The winner of each game won a prize--a Toy Story character Pez machine!
I washed the dump trucks after we ate the cupcakes, and they made perfect favors!
* I used this digital kit from Sweet Shoppe Designs for most of my designing. It was perfect!
* I found TONS of amazing Toy Story birthday ideas (including the cupcakes in dump trucks) from Rook No. 17. Jenn shares tons of printables and ideas here. Thanks, Jenn!
I'm glad birthdays only come once a year.
That was a lot of fun!