This post was written by party guru Stephanie Keeping of Spaceships and Laser Beams.
Want a party mascot that is quirky and cute and will do whatever you want? Invite a robot! Retro, modern, industrial…colorful or subdued, a robot themed party leaves lots of room for imaginative fun.
Robots are everywhere these days. Partner yours with spaceships (a personal favorite!) or send them on an underwater explore. Robots go with everything and they are so much fun to build! In fact, the entire party theme can be centered on building robots. Depending on the ages of party guests, there are ready-made robot kits that yield working robots to keep kids busy, or craft stations can be set up to offer creative fun. Consider this list of parts to include on your material list: nuts, bolts, shimmery cardstock, pop bottle caps, buttons, glittery chenille stems, google eyes, rick rack, Slinky pieces, tin cans, boxes, hardware store/junk drawer doo-dads, and aluminum pie pans. Include coloring sheets with pictures of robots to keep youngest guests busy. If guests decorate their own robot box heads, they can wear them as they robot move through a relay race later in the party. Be sure to take lots of pictures!
Even the dessert table can feature build-your-own robot treats. Use squares of Rice Krispy treats for robot bodies and offer a variety of candies for personalizing features. Kids love to build and eat their own creations!
What else might be on that dessert table? Any food favorites of the birthday celebrant can be given fun names. Include descriptive words on food labels like power cells, microchips, ball bearings, gears, circuits, hydraulic fuel, high voltage—you get the idea!
Square juice boxes are a natural for a robot head decoration. Wrap the juice boxes in silver paper; give them eyes and you’re good to go. Tin can robots will hold silverware. Notch out sections of disposable cardboard cake plates to look like gears and cover them with aluminum foil for extra shine. Use colorful dishes to hold menu items or simple disposable aluminum serving pieces work great when they’re lined with party theme-colored napkins. Even new paint pails from the hardware store can be useful for serving.
Of course you’ll want to populate the table with several robot figures, too, and don’t forget to create a focal point over the table. An enlarged picture of robots looks terrific! Life-sized robots are easy to build from boxes and they look awesome “guarding” the table or greeting guests at the front door. Flashing lights and a soundtrack of squeaking, grinding gears is optional!
An easy birthday cake idea is to bake or buy a plain, round cake whose only decoration is a simple layer of frosting. Make a pattern on the cake by sticking candies on the sides and top it with fondant or plastic robots: adorable! A more intricate cake design would entail using platforms to hold layers of a fondant covered robot.
When it’s time for guests to go home, small metal favor boxes filled with robot stickers, robot pens, toy robot figures or a book about robots will help kids remember your space age fun.
Whether you opt to include retro robots or futuristic robotic figures, their flexible quirkiness will add tons of personality to a birthday celebration!
What was the theme of your child’s last party?