How to Throw a Robot Birthday Party
Lots of kids are fascinated with robots. Especially since R2D2 and C3PO of Star Wars fame helped their masters, robots are often viewed as winsome helpers that can do things and go places that humans can’t. Those abilities make robots seem a little bit heroic and a lot like a special friend. It also makes a robot themed birthday party very popular! What does it take to host a robot party? My blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, specializes in parties for boys (and non-frilly girls!), so I have lots of ideas to help you plan an awesome robot party. This theme is easier and less expensive than you might think!
There’s a lot of room for creativity in depicting robots. Although they are most frequently depicted as silvery grey, yours don’t have to be! If you do opt for the popular metallic look, be sure to include some color too. Brights pair exceptionally well with the metallic shine, but lighter hues soften the high-tech look which might be appropriate for a party for younger kids.
Once you’ve decided on theme colors you’ll be able to decide on party invites. I know a lot of invitations are extended in a casual phone conversation, but receiving a paper invite through the mail is so much fun for kids—extra points if you incorporate a robot image in your invitation!
Welcome guests with a friendly, life-sized robot at the door; if you build your robot out of cardboard boxes, he can be sturdy enough to hold a tray of birthday hats or a bouquet of balloons. Or, instead of party hats, pre-make robot “heads” for each guest with smaller cardboard boxes; kids have a blast pretending and they look terrific arranged about the room as well. They will also make great props if you have a photo booth.
Decorations can include colorful pennant banners, a wall of giant polka dots, a backdrop of corrugated metal or oversized chevron. Science, spaceships and robots are frequent partners; if you opt for that theme direction, include rocket ships and stars. Gears are often associated with robots; make yours from colored cardstock, metal pie pans or old CDs. A trip to the hardware or local home improvement store will yield lots of pieces for making robot parts!
Of course you’ll want to include all manner of robots on your food and dessert table. Raid your child’s room and use their collection of robot figures or make your own with tin cans or paper cut-outs. Use metal cans, pails and disposable tin pans with serving pieces in your chosen colors to hold silverware, napkins and food. Chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners) can be bent into zigzags or spirals for colorful table fillers. Juice boxes look great wrapped in silver paper; add eyes and use the straw as an “antenna”.
Have fun naming party food! Anti-freeze Jello, memory cell candy, lubricating juice, nuts and bolts popcorn mix, fuel pack sandwiches, and micro bot chips are just a few suggestions.
Of course the age range of your party guests will inform your activity choices, but here are a few suggestions:
- build your own robot; this can be by coloring, with stickers or foam pieces, small boxes, tin cans, plastic cups, etc. or for older kids, purchase build-your-own robot kits
- pin the parts on the robot; this is a take-off on the classic pin-the-tail on the donkey
- photo booth fun
- robot relays; provide mini wind-up robots for each guest and let them “race”
- play “machines”; the group must work together with each child making a repetitive sound and motion as they “build” and become an imaginary machine
When you send those little party guests home, you’ll want to send them off with a fun favor; make it something connected with robots! Once you start looking for ideas you’ll find stickers, lollipops, erasers, spinning tops, mini toy robots, pens and many other possibilities. A bag you embellish by stamping with a robot image or a small, silvery take-out box, are just a couple options for the packaging. Add a tag that says “thanks a bot” for coming!
Creating a robot themed birthday party is gratifying because there is so much room for creativity in building your robot world as you build happy memories for that special birthday boy or girl.
What will you do at your robot themed birthday party?
Stephanie Keeping is mom to a boy named Sam, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. You can connect with her on Facebook, Google+,
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