Toy Story Birthday Party

Outdoor Decorations
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?!)
Indoor Decorations

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!
Dinner Table
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!
Party hats
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!
Wow, I'm glad birthdays only come once a year.
That was a lot of fun!
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  1. Elizabeth LeConey says

    You have given me SO many cute ideas for my son's Toy Story party in a month! Very cute!

  2. Amy @ Positively Splendid says

    Amazing, Alison! Just amazing!

  3. UtahMillers says

    Wonderful job Alison! I am super impressed. His party looks like so much fun! I'm loving all of your ideas!

  4. You must have put hours of work into this party, it looked amazing!

    Hope everyone had a great time 🙂

    Bee happy x

  5. So excited for all of the ideas!! I love it! I hope mine turns out this cute! I will find out this Saturday!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the ideas, and how fun that all the guests were different characters from the movie. Great job on everything!

  7. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch says

    So precious! Every detail is spectacular! I especially love the repelling army men! So clever!

  8. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch says

    BTW I stumbled this! 🙂

  9. You had some awesome ideas! Very creative!

  10. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    Absolutely AMAZING! You came up with SO MANY fun ideas!! I love that not only Little Man was entertained, but ALL of the guests were, too. How very special!

  11. Alison @ says

    Wow! You thought of it all! I bet your little guy had a great time.

  12. Holy cow, what an awesome party! I loved every bit of it! The etch a sketch is awesome!

  13. Tony and Whitney says

    Oh my holy cow!!!! That was A LOT of work! I can see why you wanted a break!. Love this!

  14. Wow! What a fantastic party! So many great ideas. The Mr. Potato Head relay would be a fun activity for family boys would love that!

  15. wwowwww wowwww owwwwww!!! just amazing work!! you have so many creative and clever party ideas! your little man is so lucky to have you for his momma.

  16. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says

    This is so darn cute! You did a fabulous job! I now know what you were doing all those late nights! lol Love your costumes and the Army men on the ceiling!

  17. Jen-CraftOManiac says

    SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE! but my fav. was when my cute 2 year old came in and pointed his chubby finger at the monitor and said BUZZ! he just started saying Buzz yesterday when he saw a buzz doll at Walmart. Love all your darling touches, well well done. Super darling! JEN

  18. Way to go Momma!

  19. M* {Daydream Believers} says

    What a great party! 🙂 Your decorations were adorable and I am LOVIN the "snake in my boot" game – so clever! Great job! 🙂

  20. Wow! You went alllll out! It looks like it was amazing and everyone had fun! =)

  21. The Keylors says

    Too cute!!! Great job!

  22. Super cute!! I'm going to save this idea for my son's second birthday. Thanks for sharing your precious moments with us.

  23. These pictures are so adorable! I'm so impressed with how you've really brought the movie and theme to life, and clearly made it a special day for your little man.

  24. Wow you have given me a ton of ideas for my sons fifth birthday party! The digital papers from Sweet Shoppe designs made my day!

  25. Kara @ Tizzi Lish says

    I'm your newest follower from Blue Cricket Show and Tell Wednesday! We just did our sons 2nd birthdya party too! I hope you will stop over and check it out!

  26. Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever says

    This is amazing! I love how you show that you don't have to spend lots and lots of money to have a great party!

  27. Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever says

    This is amazing! I love how you show that you don't have to spend lots and lots of money to have a great party!

  28. Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever says

    This is amazing! I love how you show that you don't have to spend lots and lots of money to have a great party!

  29. Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever says

    This is amazing! I love how you show that you don't have to spend lots and lots of money to have a great party!

  30. Amazing! You really made that a birthday to remember!

  31. Kim @ KimsKandyKreations says

    Wow! You did an amazing job on this party. I was hard pressed to figure out which detail I liked the best.

    Love the cupcakes served in the toy dumptrucks! I haven't seen that idea before and think it's so clever. And what a great idea to use them as the party favor.

    Love how you made it look so much like Andy's room without overdoing the Toy Story theme with store bought products. The blue with the theme accents was just enough without making it too much.

    What a great job! I'm totally going to keep following along as you share so many great ideas. Thanks.

  32. Jenn Erickson says

    Alison, WOW! I love all your creative touches with this birthday. Looks like it was an incredible success! I absolutely love the "Snake in the Boot" game, the Etch-a-Sketch sign, and the fabulous alien hats (just to name a few)! Thank you so much for the link and I was so flattered to see the way you incorporated some of my ideas with all of the fabulous ones of your own. Too bad we're not neighbors, eh? We'd throw outrageous parties together! Warmest wishes, Jenn/Rook No. 17

  33. You did an amazing job!! I'm sure your son loved it! What a lucky little man! Love the attention to detail. So fun!

  34. Beverly @ says

    Wow!! You are amazing Alison!! That party is so sweet – I can't believe all the touches you did!
    I love the army men hanging from the ceiling and the fact that you dressed up!!! What a special birthday for your little man!

  35. Woozers!! What a fantastic party!! You're little man sure is lucky to have such a crafty Momma! All your decorations look fantastic!!

  36. Secret Mom Thoughts says

    So many great ideas. Fabulous party.

  37. You are serioulsy A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! It is all So incredibly fabulous. Love love love it all. For the decorations to the food to the dressing up….FABULOUS. Alison you really outdid yourself. So fun.

  38. Holy Cow! Amazing! Maybe if I start now I will be ready in 3 months for my son's Star Wars Lego themed party. (he'll be 7) I'm sooo impressed with all that you did!

  39. So wonderful! You thought of everything! I was so impressed I shared this post on my Friday Favorites! Great job!

  40. Toy story 3 party favors says

    Kids will surely like toy story costumes and toys like this one.

  41. Can you come and do my kid's birthday? LOL That party was awesome!

  42. Lisa Anderson says

    Looks like a fun party!! My son just turned two last month and we also had a Toy Story party. If you are interested, take a look at my blog I posted some pictures. Good job on the party!

  43. I love reading all about your Toy Story party. I threw one last year for my youngest child and last week we had a Sonic the Hedgehog party for him. Lots of work, but lots of memories!

  44. junnipergirl says

    Wow! Lots of ideas for my sons combined party in May. Well done!

  45. What a fun party. You have some amazing ideas.

  46. Laurel {Make and Takes} says

    Awesome party ideas! My son would LOVE this. I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

  47. WOW…amazing job! Love all of it…thanks for sharing!

    (visiting from Tatertots & Jello)

  48. Vanessa Washburn says

    Wonderful party, it looks great!

  49. Elle Belles Bows says


    I saw your party over at Tip Junkie first (she is further up on my reader and I am behind in blog reading).

    I love every detail!! Happy Birthday to your little man!! Kerri

  50. PartyMom says

    What a fantastic party! I'm actually posting about a Toy Story party tomorrow, and it's so much fun seeing all the different takes on this theme!

  51. monkeyDluffy says

    Great article! Toy Story parties seem like they’re really popular because there are so many different games, decorations and treats that you can make, and of course kids love Toy Story (who am I kidding, I love Toy Story more than most kids I know). We have a our own party guide, with some similarities and some differences, and it would be awesome if you could leave comment with a link to your post. Here is a link to our Toy Story Party Supplies

  52. Anonymous says

    Hi! I jsut wanted to ask how you did the invitation! PARTY WAS GREAT!!!!

  53. ANGELA OR PAUL says

    I am tryin to find ideas to throw my what will be 3 yr old a party in April. He has been talking about a Toy Story B-day since the beginning of the year. I was wondering if I can offer you some money for a copy of your pin the badge on Woody game??

  54. Toy Story Party Supplies says

    Wow, you're amazing mom! Everything was done so perfectly… I love the creativity of all the lovely details of this such a wonderful and fun Toy Story Party. You had a lot of creative and adorable Toy Story Party Supplies… I wish i could throw a party like yours…

  55. Anonymous says

    Great party!! Where did you get the invitations? I love them!

  56. JennyNiemann says

    Awesome party! You did great! I was wondering where you got the BINGO? I cant find any that will work for me.

  57. Anonymous says

    I love your party, what great idea's! I was wondering how you made your Mr.& Mrs. Potato Head costumes? Thanks for sharing!

  58. That looked like a great party! You have such cute ideas. Loved all the personalized goodies.

  59. We’re doing a toy story party in september – thanks for some great inspiration ideas!

  60. I love this party!!!! So adorable… I think I found my birthday party theme! 🙂

  61. Wow, Alison, you’ve sure raised the bar with all of the details in this party. Love it! I think my favorite is the cupcake on the dump truck. But there are too many things I like to say for sure.

  62. This party is awesome. You have the greatest ideas and the party turned out great everyone looked like they had a great time.

  63. Jennifer says

    Hi! You had such amazing ideas for the Toy Story themed birthday! I am throwing my son a 2nd birthday party with the Toy Story theme as well. I would love to use your idea for the Pin the Badge on Woody game. I am a photographer so I am familiar with photoshop, but I can’t figure out how to locate a high resolution image to use for Woody. If you have time, I would greatly appreciate some help in this area! Thank you!

  64. Betsy Derr says

    My friend always says, “The essence is in the details”. You certainly put a lot of thought into the details and it shows! The etsy banner is made by my friend and she is flattered that you copied it for your party!

  65. Hi- This is so cool! Do you mind sharing how you made the invitations?

  66. Where did you find the invitation? I’ve been looking every where for cute invites…

  67. The invitation is so perfect & It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’d love to know where you found this.

  68. I LOVE your Toy Story party and am having one for my twins in October. They will be two and are obsessed with Toy Story. Is there anyway that you could send me the woody picture photoshop file you made of the pin the badge on woody? I’m not that great with photoshop or I would make one myself.

  69. How did u make the invitations?

  70. Thank you Alison! You threw such a great party! I had my oldest a toy story party last year. Now my youngest wants one also so I’m having to come up w ideas that r diff from the one I had last year. And I don’t like the toy story birthday kits you can buy online. Thanks!!

  71. Thank-you so much for sharing!!! I used many of these ideas in my little boy’s party this weekend!

  72. I love love this idea!!! How were you able to get the Army men to parachute down? What was used? I am trying to plan for my son’s party and his theme is Toy Story as well.

  73. So, so cute. I am so excited to start putting this party together for my little boy! Thank you for all these cute ideas.

  74. I LOVE this blog! Thanks so much for giving me all kinds of great ideas!

    Any chance you could send me the poster file? I would love to do that and the party is only a few days away so won’t have time to recreate it!

    Thanks a bunch for amazing ideas and all your time invested that you were willing to share!

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  76. Love your party! I am having a “Toy Story” party for my triplets and wanted to print the Pin the Badge on Woody poster. Would you be able to email me your file?


  77. Thank you for posting! Such cute ideas! Would you happen to have a link to the toy story sign sheet that maybe you could email to me?? I would love to use that for my sons birthday party!

  78. Was just checking out ur toy story themed party and was wondering if u remember where u got the little dump trucks that u gave as favors? Can’t find any little ones anywhere

  79. Where did you get the invitations for your baby’s party?

  80. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas!!! I did my Son’s 1st birthday and it was a great success thanks to you! 😉
    My son’s name is Andre and we call him Andy, so it was the perfect theme 😉


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