Right now James’ most favorite thing is Skylanders, and all he wanted for his birthday was a Skylanders birthday party and the characters he was missing. Sounds pretty simple, right? I thought so too. Then I started looking for party supplies and realized that there are NONE. (I’m not sure what Activision is thinking. They could making a mint off of after-market products for this game.)
I decided to put together a Skylanders birthday party myself, and started searching Pinterest. Plucking Daisies had a lot of great game ideas and there were a couple of others that had photos from their party that allowed me to formulate a plan of attack. (You can see all of the pins for a Skylanders birthday party on my Cool Birthday Parties board on Pinterest.) I’m sharing what I put together for other desperate moms that may be looking for ideas.
The first challenge was the invitations. I searched Etsy and could not find anything that I thought was awesome. A few months ago I purchased Photoshop so I decided to play around and see what I could do myself. I think you might be able to do the same thing, or something similar, with a lot of fooling around in PicMonkey, or if you have a friend good at Photoshop, you can ask them to do it for you. I’m not saying I have mad skills, but I was pleased with the finished product.
I printed these at home on note card paper I purchased at Wal-mart. I prefer those types of paper to card stock because they come with the perfectly sized envelopes, which makes my life easier (and invites that do not fit in the envelop correctly cause me to have OCD type issues).
Next up was the cake. I (very) briefly thought about making a “portal” cake on my own, but quickly decided that was insane. I also thought about hiring someone to make it for me, but then I got smart and asked James if he would rather have a cake or a cookie cake for his party. He chose the cookie cake (sweet!). I ordered it from the mall. They are not allowed to do licensed characters so I had them do the frosting in orange and blue, which are the main Skylanders colors that I had picked for the party.
Because I think all birthday parties need cake, I ordered a dozen cupcakes from Wal-mart with orange and blue frosting. I displayed those on a cupcake stand I bought a few years ago (fantastic party supply investment, just FYI), and I arranged some of James’ Skylander characters around the cupcakes.
We also had pizza, pretzels, cheese puffs, and juice boxes. I used basic party decorations (table covers, balloons, plates, etc) in solid colors that I purchased at Party City and Hobby Lobby (those gift certificates David’s boss gives me every Christmas really paid off!)
I found these “treasure” box goody bags on Amazon that were really inexpensive (there are treasure boxes in the game). I picked up water guns, bouncy balls, and bubbles to fill them with at the dollar store.
I also made or purchased a ton (really like 15 or so) silly hats for the kids to run around in at the party. If you’ve seen the game, then you know that the characters find hats to wear as a power up. I wasn’t sure about this idea at first, but the kids loved them, and mine are still playing in them. Also? I’ll never have to worry about silly hat day at school again.
I purchased hats from the dollar store and Party City (witch hat, fedora, propeller hat, army hat, etc.) and I made a pineapple hat (table decoration attached to a headband), a mother nature hat (flowers hot glued to a wreath), and a flower pot hat (inexpensive plastic flower pot, flower, foam, and ribbon all hot glued). Those supplies were either purchased at the dollar store or Hobby Lobby, or I had them laying around the house.
For games/fun stuff, we had water gun wars, “chompy” bowling (see photo above, I painted a cheap, plastic bowling set from Wal-mart with acrylic paint), and a super, fantastic pinata from Whack Pinateria. You can find them on Facebook. She custom made this for me so if you don’t seem something you want in her shop then send her a message. She’s awesome.
James is sporting his “Skylander” face in that photo.
James loved the party, and I think it came together pretty well. I did most of the planning, purchasing, and putting together in a couple of weeks (after work and on weekends). All of the kids had fun, and I think this will be one of those memories that lasts with James forever. And really, that’s all I could ever hope for.