Throw A Toy Story Party

August 6, 2010
Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

In case you’ve been  stuck in a toy chest, Toy Story 3 is one of the biggest hits of the year. To celebrate the movie’s success and to pay tribute to one of America’s favorite franchises, why not throw a Toy Story Party? It’s easier than you think.

Decorations
Decorating is simple, just make the party room look as much like a kid’s room as possible. If you have kids, or if you rent or borrow some, have them draw pictures with crayons. Hang the pictures on the wall but make sure that they’re hanging at funny angles. You can also put up Space Ranger and Cowboy posters like the ones Andy has in the movie. Streamers are a colorful decoration that you can put up to add a little bit of playfulness to a room.

Food
Toys don’t eat, but your guest certainly will want to. Start with toy themed foods like these awesome Play Dough Cookies. Other good snacks to set out include colorful candies like Skittles and M&Ms, and general party food like chips and salsa (not everything you serve has to be toy themed).

If you want to serve pizza, you can make your own box or at least just tell everyone that it is delivered from Pizza Planet, Andy’s favorite pizza place in the movie. You can also serve burgers, hot dogs or french fries with alien (green) ketchup from Heinz.

If you’re feeling up to it, or if there aren’t too many guests, you can have each person make their own Mr. Potato Head. This involves buying several potatoes, luckily they are cheap, and baking them before hand. Using different toppings you can make pieces to add to the potatoes. Olives can be used for eyes, sour cream can make a toothy smile, and a nose can be made out of a piece of green onion. These are just a few examples and you can probably think of more. This also makes a great activity if you need something for the guests to do for a few minutes.

Activities
There are lots of activities that you can plan for a Toy Story Party, and most of them are inexpensive as well as fun.

Pin the Badge on Woody
Print up a blown-up picture of Woody. You can do this at a print shop, or you can enlarge the image on your computer and print it out onto several sheets of paper. Hang the image on the wall. In order to protect your paint or wall paper, consider mounting the image on a piece of wood or cardboard. Give each of the participants a paper badge, have them write their name on it, and then blindfold them and see if they can stick the badge in the right spot with a piece of tape. Be sure to place Woody at an appropriate height for your guests.

Toy Story Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch Competition

Etch A Sketch Competition
This activity may cost a little more than the others, but you can do it with only one Etch A Sketch if you want to save money. Have an image, an easily recognizable character like Woody or Buzz works well, that everyone can try to duplicate. You can set-up the Etch A Sketch at a table and have guests come and try their hand at making a copy throughout the party. The goal is to Etch the best recreation of the image. You can leave a camera at the table so that people can record their work. Having a prize for the best drawing is a great way to get people to participate.

Army Men Hunt
Remember those little Green Army Men from when you were a kid? If you’ve still got them, now is a great chance to use them for a fun game. If you don’t have any, they are readily available at toy stores and online. Designate an area, either a room, an enclosed yard, or the whole house, as the area for the game. Before the party guests arrive, hide as many army men as you want in the area. The more army men you hide the longer the game will take. Have each person collect as many army men as they can, with the winner getting a prize. You can also have the contestants keep the army men, meaning that the most successful hunter will get the most army men.

Toy Story Costumes
No Toy Story party would be complete without a visit from the Buzz or Woody. These Buzz Lightyear Costumes and Woody Costumes are perfect for a guest appearance, and there are also plenty of other Toy Story costumes available if everyone wants to dress up.

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Summer Party Ideas: Greek Party

June 21, 2010

Today is June 21, the first day of summer. While the weather isn’t all sun and fun here in Seattle, there are still plenty of opportunities to have a great time. As the days get longer and the weather warms up (hopefully) parties move from inside to out, and jackets and long pants turn into t-shirts and shorts. In honor of the glorious summer months ahead of us, the next few posts will cover some great summer parties themes that include costumes.

Costumes
Greek and Roman parties, which don’t differentiate much other than in name, make great costume parties because the traditional costume, the toga, is cheap and easy to make. There are several different variations on the toga costume for men and women. Women’s costumes include a Greek Goddess costume and a Roman Empress costume, either of which would be appropriate for a party. Men have slightly more choices, although women are welcome to indulge in these as well, with men’s costumes including Roman Warrior costumes, toga costumes and Spartan costumes if you’re feeling like feeding your alpha male.

Food
Another great thing about throwing a Greek party is the endless amount of delicious Greek cuisine available. Gyros (pronounced yuro) are a popular Greek dish that combines lamb vegetables, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce wrapped in a pita. You can lay all of the ingredients out taco bar style and have everyone make their own.

Greek pizzas are also popular and are usually topped with olives, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, chick or lamb, feta cheese, onions, peppers and spinach.

If you are feeling adventurous and enjoy cooking, you can also try to make some traditional Mediterranean dishes like cous cous, roasted lamb or Greek salads. If there is a local Greek restaurant they should be able to make suggestions or help you plan a menu.

Tie up those togas and enjoy an evening of eating, laughing and great costumes at a Greek party.