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.
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.
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.
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.
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.