Robot Birthday Party!
So, I have a confession to make. I've had this party planned for two years. When my son had his 1st birthday, I had the idea to do a robot party. But it didn't seem age appropriate. So I waited until his 3rd birthday. But the ideas have been churning since then.
Now, before I start, I should mention some things that I have purchased in the past that I used quite a bit for this party. The first being the robots cartridge for my Cricut Machine. I have a 12 inch machine which is important to some of the creations. I also used some adorable robot stamps from Snag 'em stamps and a font stamp called mini robotics from sassafras lass. But there are plenty of other things in this party that did not use all these things. These items just made putting the party together a little easier.
For the invites, I simply folded a 10x6 peice of cardstock in half. The I folded the top, 1/3 of the way back so that the card opened up accordian style. I used a robot on the cricut for the cover along with the 3. And the inside I used the robot stamps and the font stamp to make the "party alert". The inside reads OBJECTIVE: To celebrate Donovan's 3rd Birthday, COORDINATES: (our address), INTERVAL: (the date and time), AFFIRMATIVE: (the RSVP number)
I had a lot of fun with the party table this time. I even did some decorations ala Jaimee style!
The paper robots turned out totally cute. They were cut outs from the Cricut Robots cartridge. This was the first time I've done a 3D cut out using the cricut. You really do need the 12 inch cricut to do them though. Or they would be really tiny.
For the food, I set out signs labelling them with cute robot names. I put out chips which I called "computer chips" and made star shaped jello jigglers which I called "galactic stars." I made the star shape from a star shaped ice mold I found in the dollar section of Target. I also put out some green Hawaiian Punch that I labeled "Machine oil". To make the signs, I printed out the words and used my robot stamps to decorate. The I folded a strip of paper into a triangle which I taped to the back to make it stand.
The cupcakes were quite an adventure. I wasn't happy with the robot cupcakes I found online so I decided to try something on my own.I made a chocolate cupcake and frosted it with cream cheese frosting that I turned green with food coloring. For the head, I used Keebler chocolate covered graham crackers. The side and back pieces were cut into squares. The eyes and bolt are m&ms. The mouth is a pez and the arms are gummy worms cut short. I used the head end so that it resembled the hands. I glued everything together by piping melted chocolate chips and letting them harden in the fridge between steps. So basically the steps went like this:
1. Frost the cupcakes.
2. Cut graham crackers to size - 2 full size and 3 square size
3. glue the face on one of the full sized and a bolt on two of the square sized. Refrigerate
4. assemble the robot head onto the cupcake, gluing the sides together.
5. glue the arms to the sides. Refrigerate
I tried putting nutter butter bites as feet, but they kept tipping over so only a few of them got feet. Those were glued on as well. My son had an idea of putting something in the head as a surprise. I didn't do this, but thought it was a good idea!
I got lucky on the gift bags because Michaels had a whole line of robot stuff in their $1 section. So I loaded up. Each child got a bag containing a 3D robot puzzle, an eraser, a stretchy robot, a wind up robot, and a robot finger puppet. The babies each got a robot ducky.
I made the bags simply by stamping a robot onto a white circle and attaching it to a curvy circle. A simple design but it did the trick! You can see a hole I punched at the top of the circle. I originally wanted to put two holes in the top of the bag and tie it closed with a ribbon. The robot circle acting as a tag. But the 3D puzzle was too tall and the bag wouldn't close. No worries! I opted for the easier route
We started the party off by building robots out of marshmallows and toothpicks. I set out several different sizes of marshmallows and gave them food markers to draw on their robots. I took a picture of the creations and then they got to eat them! Warning: food markers turn everyone's mouths colors!
Then it was time to transform ourselves into robots! Our first task was to design a control panel for our robot costumes. Each child got a piece of sticker craft foam and a large selection of shapes made from the sticker craft foam. I made an example and then cut out several of the shapes I used in different colors. Enough that each child got a lot of choices.
Once they were done with their control panel, they got to put it on their robot costume and try it on. I used regular sized book boxes for the costumes. I used a bucket as a template to cut out the head and arm holes The bucket was one my kids often use as a hat when pretending to be zombies (think plants vs. zombies) so I new it would fit over their head! The dollar store had silver foil tissue paper so I cleaned them out of that. I used it to cover the boxes using clear packaging tape and added a covered strip of cardboard to the side to hold their laser lights which we will talk about later.
Once their control panels were placed, I told them that they looked pretty good, but it seemed like they were missing a few nuts and bolts. In fact, they all had a few screws lose! (totally went over the kids' heads but I got a chuckle from the adults!) Then they got to hunt for the rest of their pieces in a scavenger hunt.
I tossed all the pieces around the yard. Unfortunatley, the wind picked up and blew most of the pieces around. But luckily, we only lost one piece. The kids were each given a color coded scavenger hunt sheet. They were instructed to find the pieces that matched their color. The only item that wasn't color coded was the antennas. The pieces were made of sticker craft foam so the kids could stick them to their costume when they found the pieces. The laser light beam flash light went in their holster and of course the antennas went on their heads. The printables will be at the bottom of this post.
To make the antennas, I found some fourth of July headbands from the $1 section of Target. I ripped all the stuff off them which unfortunately left a bit of glue along the band. I wanted to cover that up, so I cut one inch strips from my foil tissue paper and wrapped it around the headband, hot gluing it along the way. When I reached the end of a strip, I glued the next strip at that point and kept wrapping. Then I stuck styrofoam balls on the antenna tops. I pressed them on, them removed them and put hot glue in the hole. Then I put them back on. I painted the balls with silver metalic paint and they were done!
After everyone had their costumes assembled, I got them together to take a picture of them in their costumes. Some weren't interested in wearing them, and that's okay as long as they were having fun!
Then I announced that they were now honorary robots and had earned their ray guns! I presented them each with a full water gun and told them that their job now was to defeat the evil robot lord! In order to defeat him, they had to shoot the targets until they broke. When all the targets were broken, they won! If I had an older crowd, I would have made them step back a bit, but because they were mostly little guys, I let them stand close.
The robot lord was made of foil covered boxes. I used paper towel tubes for the bolts and fun noodles for the arms. There were four targets all together, each covered in a sheet of tissue paper. If I had more than 6 kids, I would have made more holes but four seemed okay for my crew.
Just to warn you, though, when constructing this robot, there is a good chance you will look like this and people will take pictures of you:
Now that they defeated the robot lord, We needed to collect moon rocks for energy. In order to do that, we needed to go into space and travel to another planet. I made a rocket for my basement door. This is what we were to blast off in. We counted backwards from 10 before opening the door.
On the stairway down to the basement I switched the light out with a black light. Then I made constellations out of glow-in-the-dark stars so that it looked like we were in space. The basement itself was also lit in black light. I hung white balloons with glow sticks in them from the ceiling and placed jars full of glow stick goo and water around the room. We used the skinny glow sticks and it took about 3 before it really started glowing. We just clipped both ends off the stick and let the goo fall into the jar. I highly suggest using a pair of scissors you don't mind throwing away when you do this!
When the kids got into the black lit basement, they were instructed to hunt for moon rocks using their laser light beams (flash lights). The moon rocks were simply bouncy balls that looked marbled. I really wanted to use these rocks but when I found them, it was too late to order them! The ones I had worked fine though! Unfortunately I wasn't able to get pictures of the hunt. It was dark and moving targets in a dark room don't photograph well! Just a note, if you do this set up, plan on putting it together no more than 30 minutes before party time. The cheap glow sticks only last about 1-2 hours and you want to make sure it glowing well.
When all was done, we ate and then the kids went outside to play with their waterguns! It became an attack on grandma! Luckily, grandma was a good sport!
In all, the party was a huge success!
Here are the templates to the pieces along with the scavenger hunt cards for you to print out.