My eldest son turned 6 last week. To celebrate, we held a robot birthday party for him and his friends.
I am not a good party planner or decorator, so please be kind when looking at the photos! I did want to share our party with you, however.
On the savory side of the table, we had Cheezels, rice crackers, ham and cheese sandwiches and sausage rolls, plus the traditional fairy bread. We also had juice boxes dressed up as robots.
I don’t have a photo of the juice boxes and our little wind-up robots from the day of the party, so this Instagram photo will have to do. My 7-year-old daughter decorated the juice boxes. We got the wind-up robots from Party Kit ‘n Kaboodle.
On the sweet side of the table, we had strawberries, blue jelly/Jell-O shots, rainbow fruit straps and robot cake pops (which were nearly entirely made by my 7-year-old daughter). The robot cake pop inspiration comes from Bakerella, of course.
We decided our RoboFish would also make a nice addition to the party table!
In the middle of the table we had our homemade robot cupcake stand, which was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest. There weren’t any instructions or tutorials on how to make it, but it looked quite straightforward.
To sum it up, the stand is made with an aluminum-covered mailing box for the head, which pieces of black construction paper were glued on to make a face. Silver pipe cleaners were taped on the head with tape to make ears and an antenna. The cans were simply empty and cleaned soup/spaghetti tins, and these were held in place with glue and pieces of sticky tack here and there. The shoulders were made with aluminum-covered toilet paper rolls, and the arms were made from aluminum-covered paper towel rolls, which had a little hole in the bottom to stick in silver pipe cleaners for hands. The top “shelf” was an upside down cake tin, and the bottom “shelf” was a pizza tin. I used sticky tack to hold these in place so the tins wouldn’t be ruined with the glue. The feet were made from aluminum-covered empty juice boxes, and glued to the legs. The kids had fun helping me make it a few days before the party!
The cupcakes are simply vanilla cupcakes from a Betty Crocker box mix. Yes, I am normally strongly opposed to using box mixes, but I just wanted a simpler and quicker method for baking a batch of cupcakes for a group of 5- and 6-year-old boys!
The boys loved the cake pops the best and it wasn’t long before they all closed in on the aluminum-covered stand and devoured the lot!
One of my son’s favorite party decorations was this vintage tin robot that I found on eBay (seller, 9amfree, has heaps more vintage wind-up toys). I bought it as soon as I found it, even though the shipping estimate said it would arrive about a week after the party, but luckily it arrived the day before and we sat him right in the middle of the party table!
Okay, so I also had planned a few robot-style games, but the boys were not in the least bit interested! We let them do their own thing instead! I am a 100% girly-girl and have no idea what boys like – my son seemed to think that my party game ideas were okay, so I thought the other boys would like them, but I guess not. I only got a few of the boys to do two of the games (robot races, where they had to race, while walking like robots, to the finish line, and racing the wind-up robots), but they didn’t seem to have a lot of fun doing them! They didn’t want to do robot freeze dance at all.
They all wanted to do the robot craft, though, which unfortunately I have no pictures of, but was inspired by this Pinterest pin.
Being the terrible party planner that I am, it didn’t turn out half bad, but I was so relieved when it was finally over with!
Stay tuned for my daughter’s Japanese-themed birthday party, which takes place this weekend; better yet, follow me on Instgram for sneak peeks as the party draws closer!