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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A Look at the Cast of Toy Story 3: Sheriff Woody

May 27, 2010

Toy Story 3 comes out in a couple of weeks, so we’re going to look at the characters that have made this movie series so memorable. First up,  Sheriff Woody. Woody has been the Toy Story protagonist since the first Toy Stoy movie was released in 1995. Woody’s costume has become iconic due to the success of the movies, but his voice has always been what fans recognized the most. Tom Hanks provides the voice of Woody, and he agreed to do the part after a short clip was put together featuring Woody with a voice-over from one of Hanks earlier movies. This was Tom Hanks first appearance in an animated film.

Woody has always been a do-gooder, and he was the fearless leader of the toys before Buzz’s arival. He continued to be the voice of reason as the other toys were wowed by Buzz’s laser and impressive wing-span. What makes Woody a great character, and a character that you can base multiple movies around, are his flaws. Woody has a prideful streak, and along with that a jealous streak, that continually gets him into trouble. The audience knows that Woody has a good heart, and his struggle to overcome his pride creates the conflict that makes Toy Story such a great movie. Enough with the philisophical analysis though, check out all of the different iterations of the Woody costume.

Infant Woody Costume

 

Kids Woody Costume

Child Woody Costume

Adult Woody Costume

 There are lots of great Woody Costumes available, and you can make your own without too much trouble. Toy Story costumes are great for groups or couples because the characters are so memorable. Check out Costume City for more great Toy Story costumes for the release of Toy Story 3.