Hey friends! What seems like a lifetime ago, the boys celebrated their birthday together in the summer sunshine, with a Toy Story 4 theme, at the Carnival, which suited me down to the ground. Luckily we had just been to ShopDisneyUK’s Toy Story party in London where they took part in the sweetest video of the day, and came home with SO MANY TOY STORY TOYS. I was given a huge voucher too [thank you, Disney!] and the boys were entirely spoiled that day, they didn’t want to leave the store and go home.
How to Host a Toy Story Party
In this post you can find all of the details of our party – I hope you can find inspiration from it!
Dressing Up Parties
Over the years, every party we’ve had, the boys have dressed up for. Dressing up is the reason they love their parties and Hallowe’en too. Why? Because it’s fun – even as a grown up, I love those Murder Mystery or costume parties where you get let your hair down, make believe, have some fun and pretend to be someone else for the evening. Dressing up is always optional for other guests, but the majority come dressed up in some way and it’s so adorable to see. So again this year, I let them all pick who they’d like to be – Hero was Buzz Lightyear, Lyoto was Woody and Jensen wanted to be one of the dummies from Toy Story 4, who looked like a character from Goosebumps called Slappy. He was over the moon with his costume, haha.
Keeping to the Theme of the Toy Story Party
I think theming a party is my favourite part. I try and let my imagination run wild and then see how many bits I can make come true. I get out my notepad and start scribbling. The first thing I think about is how to make the party – how to keep the kids entertained or busy for a few hours.
Every year, we hire a few inflatables for the party because it wears the children out, keeps them busy…and I get to have a go before and after the guests have come and gone. There’s a photo of me at the foot of this article, post inflatable bouncing. Haha. So anyhow, I scoured the internet for a red and white helter skelter the boys had enjoyed at Kidtropolis a year earlier because it would be perfect for the Toy Story 4 theme. I finally found one and the party felt complete already! I hired a few other inflatables to go with it, and thought that would be fine. Then, three days before the party, the company we were renting *apparently* couldn’t get it to us because it had a tear in it. I’d ordered it about 8 months in advance and specified that helter skelter was the reason I was using them. Anyhow, there was no time to find another, and we ended up with generic bouncy assault courses instead. Afterwards the people who actually had the helter skelter we were due to use actually tagged the company on our party day. Oooops. Needless to say, we won’t be using them again. So imagine the theme as if there is a large red and white helter skelter that I painstakingly located. Gah.
Toy Story Themed Party Tables
There’s so much you can do with a Disney theme. I love them. We hired the local scout field which is HUGE and brilliant for a carnival party. I hung bunting and little paper lanterns in all of the bushes, and set up tables as carnival stalls.
I like the party food to be buffet. That was there’s no stress for the children that don’t enjoy sitting down to eat or find it too much – there’s space on the field for everyone to sit along and quiet if they want to, too. So I set out tables with the food on, spread apart from each other to prevent a crush, and they wander to and from as they want to – and I run in and out of the kitchen at the scout hut refilling everything.
Rex the Dinosaur Party Table
There were three main food tables set out on the field. The first one contained all different kinds of mini doughnuts – sugar sprinkled, chocolate topped, cinnamon and sugar glazed. Then there were mini muffins, brownie bites, mini party ring biscuits, Toy Story Solder Cupcakes that I designed and little bags of Pepperidge Farm Fish Crackers on fishing rods with little plastic goldfish attached, so the guests could “win” a goldfish in a bag to take home. Rex was overseeing the table for me with his rainbow napkins, and the little “Welcome to the Carnival” stands were too cute and so easy to assemble.
Buzz Lightyear Party Table
Table two was empty before I got to it on the right hand side! We had mini hot dogs in buns, pretzels, popcorn and salt and vinegar crisps on display – I think I refilled this table about 4 times before the party was over. Buzz Lightyear, Ducky and Bunny were the table hosts here – Ducky and Bunny must have been hugged over a hundred times, they were so fluffy!
Woody and Forky Party Table
Table three was seriously cute. I raided the house for a wooden crate and my mom had just bought the boys the Forky mugs from Primark. I got out my carousel cupcake display and made over a hundred Forky Cupcakes. They were so adorable to make and so easy that I had a little production line with the boys to make the Forky figures! We also got Ducky cake pops made and added even more goldfish cracker bags on sticks. Woody decided to stay close to this table to make sure things were as rootin’ and tootin’ as they could be.
Hamm’s Sweets and Candy Table
Hamm’s table featured sweets and treats that were easy to make or buy. A chocolate chip cookie jar, rainbow jelly cups, marshmallow and chocolate pops, Rice Krispie and chocolate treats, Flying Saucers [Grandad likes these as much as the Toy Story Aliens do] and Cupcakes with Lollipops in – as well as Hamm’s gold piggybank chocolate coins.
Toy Story Aliens Party Table
Table four was the gift bag table that I set out near the end of the party. Lucky for us, Kinder were featuring Toy Story eggs at the time too and so every guest got one in their party bag, along with a bouncy ball, slap wristband, tattoos, sweeties and bubbles. The green aliens were out in force, OOooooohing on the table and watching the kids have fun with the knock down tin can game.
Toy Story Party Cake
Usually we hire a talented cake artist to make something special for the occasion, but this time there were so many children coming and the sun was going to be so hot that we got a couple of big, flat white iced cakes from Costco. I have no idea how that make the frosting but it’s my favourite in the whole world. Hero had been given all of the Toy Story 4 Pop Funkos for his birthday and so they were handy to decorate the cake with – and having a Pop Vinyl figure on your cake is a family tradition for us too. We used fountain sparklers [which Hero is not fond of] and candles, and the cakes disappeared very swiftly, haha.
Toy Story Themed Drinks
I think these were my favourite part of the party theme. Originally I was going to get refillable, reusable bags that could stand up with liquid in them and add a plastic goldfish, but the goldfish kept floating to the top as if they were dead…not a good look. haha. So the fish became fish cracker bags on food table and the floating little hook a ducky drinks were born.
Hook A Duck Drinks
As it was so, so hot, I had a table ready loaded with drinks and sat it under a big tree in the shade. It took me forever to fill them with mineral water! There was also squash for everyone if they wanted to pour it into their little dome covered plastic cup with a rubber ducky floating in it. The kids were so excited to get their own, especially as they squeaked!
Toy Story Party Lunchboxes
Along the big wooden benches that we set out for the party guests were little silver lunchboxes with police badges and whistles on them, like Officer Giggles McDimples from Toy Story 4. Every guest filled up their lunch box from the tables and then had the choice of sitting at the table or on a picnic blanket. It made the clean up really easy because most guests didn’t manage to eat everything they’d chosen from the tables, and could take it home without smooshing the cupcakes or cake pops on the way! Do you know how many post-party cupcakes have smooshed into the back seat of our car? TOO many. However, read this next part very carefully…
What not to do at a Toy Story Themed Party
Let this serve as a cautionary tale. Whistles. DO NOT GIVE THEM OUT AT YOUR PARTY. Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Wee Donkey are begging you. It was deafening. Tooooooot, toooooooot, toot toot toot! The kids had a blast but my head…. ouch. My only consolation was that I gave them out half way through, when it was food time, and not at the beginning. And at least we were outside in the middle of nowhere. Haha.
Enjoy throwing your own Toy Story party – here’s a picture of me, exhausted, after the guests have gone and I’ve spent half and hour bouncing on the inflatables 😉
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