I have eluded to Brandon's birthday party theme in recent posts. My little guy is obsessed with Toy Story, thus we are having a full blown Toy Story party. I will do a post with specifics on the food recipes, but for now here are a few of the decoration and party ideas.
First, Brandon really wanted Toy Story party hats. I looked in every party store, online retailer, and nada. I only found a alien party hat that was $3.49 each. Sorry Charlie, this mama is on a budget. So I visited our local dollar store and purchased 8 regular party hats for $1.00 and Toy Story stickers for $1.00. Brandon helped me decorate the hats, and they only cost $0.25 each.
Next part of the festivities is the pinata. I found a Toy Story pull string pinata. I liked the pull string one because the party guests who will be partaking in this activity are 4 years old. While I let my 6 year old and his friends swing a bat at a regular one, I thought the younger crowd would have more success with the pull string. I also filled the pinata with goldfish cracker packages, Toy Story fruit snacks, and little plastic army guys (which Brandon calls hut hut guys).
I always like to give party favors to the children who come. I knew Brandon's party theme earlier this year, so when I saw things on sale I bought them and put them in my party box (a plastic storage bin in my basement). I found really cute Toy Story travel coloring pads, Toy Story socks, and plastic cups. I wrapped them together in cellophane with a few other trinkets and voila!!! Party favors, check!
Last but not least, we need a Toy Story cake. Brandon again was very detailed in his request. He wanted a round cake, stacked, chocolate, that looked like sky with all the characters. Oh boy this one was going to be the end of me. I made a 3 tiered cake, the bottom tier vanilla, and the next two chocolate. Then I tinted the icing blue and piped white clouds. I bought little figures from the movie and just arranged them around the cake. Now I am the first to admit, it was not my best frosting job on the cake. I was tired, the frosting was too soft and I couldn't get it as smooth as I would've liked. However, when Brandon saw the cake this morning, his face was priceless. He yelled, "Mama, that's what I wanted!" Okay mission accomplished :)
Now that I gave you a glimpse into some of the party ideas, stayed tuned for the menu. I am serving Beef on Weck, a Buffalo classic. Yes, I found Weck rolls in the Oneonta area :) I will also post after party pictures this weekend. Happy Thursday!