For simple invitations, send guests an Action Paratrooper toy (Oriental Trading- $5.99/dozen) with party information written with a permanent marker on the plastic parachute.
Go with primary colors for your Toy Story party! It will be easier to find primary-colored party supplies at discount and dollar stores.
- Red tablecover
- Blue plates, cups, silverware
- Yellow napkins
- Bandana serving bowl ($2.99)
- Red bandanas ($0.99 each)
- Yellow bandanas ($0.99 each)
- Raffia ribbon ($1.99)
Make some giant toys to make guests feel like they are toy-sized! Paint and decorate cardboard boxes as a dollhouse, car, train, or bus. Build huge Legos with shoe boxes turned upside down (without the lid) and bottle caps (spray paint them after attaching the bottle caps with hot glue). Create big puzzle pieces out of poster board. (For some cool cardboard crafts, check out Parents.com)
- "Claw" (you can also use kitchen tongs)
- Small prizes
Free time station
Put out toys from the movie such as Mr. Potato Head, a slinky dog, Woody, Buzz, and Jessie, a Barbie, etc. for children to play with freely. These can also double as gifts for your birthday child.
Army Toy Hunt
- Army action figures
Toy Story 3
Borrow from your library or rent one of the Toy Story movies for guests to watch as part of the party entertainment.
Space Shooter Target Practice
- Water balloons
Poor Mr. Potato Head!
- Poster board
- Card stock
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
This is a variation of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey." Draw the shape of Mr. Potato head (without detachable parts) on a sheet of poster board. Draw holes where hat, mustache, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, arms, and legs go. Draw all detachable parts on card stock, then cut them out and put a piece of double-sided tape on the back. Blindfold each child, then instruct him or her to place the part they have been given where it belongs on the potato. Whoever gets closest to the place where their piece is supposed to go wins!
- Woody's Cowboy Cookies (allrecipes.com)
- Jessie's Bullseyes (cooks.com)
- Buzz's Galactic Goo (green jello)
- Hamm's Cream Cheese Roll-ups (cream cheese and ham rolled up in a tortilla and secured with a toothpick)
- Mr. Potato Head's Chips and Dip (potato chips and french onion dip)
- Rex's Dinosaur Dirt (cups filled with Oreo cookie crumbs, chocolate pudding, and gummi dinosaur "fossils"
- Slinky's Dachshund Dogs (hot dogs) OR puppy chow snack mix
- Army Guys' Mess Hall Chow (this could be just about anything- burgers, mac 'n' cheese- whatever is convenient!)
- Barbie's Dreamy Pink Punch (allrecipes.com)
Make these fun alien cupcakes for dessert! (family.go.com)
Send guests home with these fun bandana party pails (Hobby Lobby- $1.49 each) Fill with:
Since movie-themed party favors are usually a little pricey, get creative and choose generic favors that relate to the theme instead.
- OK, so there may be one exception to my theory: Toy Story fruit snacks (available online if not in stores)
- Sheriff badges (Amazon.com- $2.99/12)
- "Space blasters" (mini water guns) (Amazon.com- $2.81/12)
- Dinosaur tattoos (Amazon.com- $1.40/72)
- Army guy action figures (Available at Dollar Tree)