My little guy is ONE! And I had a blast planning his first birthday party – Robot Style. I started planning way in advance, because I’m crazy like that, but also because I’m pregnant and I knew that my free time levels were joining my waistline in the “outta here” portion of my life!
Of course, I got some ideas from Pinterest and other ideas just came out of the blue. I had my sweet husband join in the crafting and help out too – because as much I as I want to pretend I’m the creative one, let’s face it, he’s pretty artsty. He designed the invitation, and then we had them printed at FedEx Office (which was pricey, but they did them quick!)
The first thing I started working on was the banner. I hand cut out several gears from cardstock (bought at WalMart). Here is the final product:
I also made one with a photo from each month of his first year:
For centerpieces, I printed out some vintage robot pictures and put them in frames that cost 99 cents from IKEA. I also used tissue boxes as balloon weights. I covered them in gray wrapping paper (also from IKEA) and used toilet paper rolls to give them some dimension. I wish there was more of a “tutorial” but I really just made it up as I went!
For favors, we made the kids robot party snacks. Each snack was made from a box of juice, a container of apple sauce, two boxes of raisins, two Twix bars and some googly eyes. We used regular hot glue to keep them all together. We printed a Thank You Note on an Avery lable (22817 2″ round).
I also made some robot pops. These were made from a marshmallow, dipped in Candy Melts (blue). I bought candy eyes in the baking section of WalMart, used LifeSavers as the antenna and Skittles as the ears. I used a fondant icing for the mouths. This was… hard. The candy didn’t harden as quickly as I’d have liked it to, so the candy slipped a lot and it was sort of a mess. But they were so cute I had to make a bunch and every one loved them! Scott made the holder for me, which was just a 2×4 with some holes drilled in it. I painted it black so that I can reuse it for other parties.
I also made some white chocolate dipped Oreos – I used some pre-dyed fondant to cut out the #1 and then some sprinkles for fun!
I didn’t serve a meal at the party, just snacks and cupcakes. I planned it at 2:30 in the afternoon for that reason. I served chips (computer chips), apple slices with peanut butter (apple vs PB -we happen to be PC users so we thought it was funny…), carrots with ranch ( ), Goldfish crackers (Phish – you know, like the scam…) and Cheerios (Gearios). I used the Avery lables again to make display cards and glued them to clothes pins. (I bough the vinyl containers at Dollar Tree)
I also served cupcakes. I made Funfetti, red velvet and strawberry cupcakes. I made a big one for the birthday boy. I struggled with what to use for the cupcake stand, I really wanted to make a cool computer-y looking stand but it was just not working out. At that point, it was either spend $5 for a generic one at WalMart or lose my freakin’ mind, so I went with the $5 option. I just added some ribbons because I cannot do anything simple.
The cupcake papers and toppers were a gift from a friend, and the cute vintage robot toy was decoration in Matthew’s bedroom.
I made Matthew a birthday shirt – a Robot tie – and a #1 bib. I also made him a hat, which promptly was thrown on the ground. I am going to have his portraits done this weekend so hopefully she can get a few shots of him actually wearing it! This is the best photo I have of it!
Overall, the party was as simple as I get, and was pretty stress free. I managed to do so much of it in advance that the week before his party was mostly just food prep and some last minute things. It was really great! I can’t wait for Charlotte’s!! he he
Now, for the exciting part. I put so much time and energy into cutting out those gosh darn gears, I’d love to pass them on. If you, or someone you know, is throwing a Robot Party any time soon, enter here!!
(Give away is closed) Here is what you can win:
* Gear banners – (3 – One says “Happy 1st Birthday” one says “Matthew” and one has photos). Each one has a piece of yarn about 12 feet long. I will remove the lettering on Matthew and give you the link to download that font (unless your kid happens to be named Matthew!) and I will also remove the pictures, because that’s just weird.
* Some left over Robot fabric – enough to cut out your own tie and #1 (or whatever you want!)
* 4 vinyl sqaure bowls
* template for the Avery lables including gear and font download
* 6 IKEA frames with robot photos in them
* some robot hanging things from Oriental Trading that they no longer carry (I didn’t use them, because I forgot, but they were left over from my robot baby shower)
I would really, really love to send you this stuff so please enter and pass it along if you know any one who wants it!
How to enter:
* Comment here (here, not on the FB link) This is the mandatory entry.
* Pin a photo from this birthday blog
* Share this link on your Facebook page
* Comment on another one of the blog posts
If you do one of those, comment here again and tell me you did it. I will randomly choose a winner on May 1st. I will contact you via email (and announce it here!) and send you your loot!