Robot Birthday Party

by Wendy Copley on October 5, 2009

My big boy turned five last Friday and we threw him a robot-themed birthday party to celebrate on Saturday. This was his first birthday party where we invited guests outside of our family. We had hoped to throw him a party last year, but we were so overwhelmed with a newborn in the house that we never managed to pull it together and Wyatt’s birthday turned out to be kind of lame, so this year I did my very best to make up for it.

After bouncing between Batman, Transformers, Lego and other themes for a few weeks, he finally decided that he wanted to have a robot birthday party. We held the party at a local YMCA so all the activities were taken care of, but I still managed to apply the theme to the invitations, cake, goody bags and favors. After looking around on the internet for some general inspiration this is what I came up with:

Invitations

Birthday invitation

I did a lot of searching for robot invitations online, but I couldn’t find anything that quite fit what I was envisioning, so I bought some robot art from iStockPhoto and designed my own.  I tried to think of a good robot-y word to use for “When”, but I came up blank. Can you think of something?

Cake

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The robot cake was made using this design on the Betty Crocker website. I followed their instructions pretty closely and I was thrilled with how the cake came out. Wyatt picked a yellow cake and cream cheese frosting and I decorated it with M&M’s, some nasty sour patch candy thing (which the kids were crazy for), Twizzlers and chocolate wafer cookies. The cake went over pretty well.

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Favors and Goody Bags

Ahhhhh, goody bags.

Is there a parent out there who doesn’t dread bringing home the goody bag from a birthday party? They always seem to be filled with candy and plastic toys that break before we’re even back to our house. But the kids all expect them and the birthday boy wanted to give something to his friends so I needed to come up with something. (Actually, Wyatt has received many lovely party favors through the years. I’m just grumpy about goody bags.)

This is what I ended up with:

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I looked high and low for robot themed stuff, but after visiting several party stores, dollar stores and toy stores, I came up empty handed. I finally realized that I’d need to get creative. I decided the big treat in the goody bags would be a bag of “nuts and bolts” (basically, just Chex party mix). If you look around on the web a bit, you’ll find that this is a robot party staple.  I used Cheerios for the “nuts” and straight pretzels for the “bolts” and then I threw in some M&M’s so I wouldn’t be like that mean mom who sends kids home from a birthday party with tofu and broccoli. I put the mix into 4×6 clear bags and then I used my robot art to make toppers that were stapled on to the bags. I also put a glow stick into each bag and a cheap plastic toy — one of those things you blow into that makes a whirrrr noise. Those both seemed kind of robot-y to me. I completely lucked out and found robot place mats in the Dollar Spot at Target a few days before the party. I set the table with those and also put out metallic party horns and let the kids take those home after the party was over. (Though, I forgot to tell people to take them until about half of the kids were already out the door.)

Here’s a photo of a goody bag all put together:

Goodie Bags

Download Printables

After all the time I took to make the invitations and the bag toppers, I thought I’d share them as a downloadable treat.

Invitations

I stripped the information for our party out and then created invitations for birthdays up to age seven. The dimensions for these invitations are 5.5×4.25 inches. This is a standard card size so you should be able to easily find envelopes to fit. The JPG’s below have two invitations on them. If you’re handy in a graphic editing program, you might be able to futz around with them and get four on a letter sized sheet of paper, but I had better luck just printing two to a page. I also recommend printing these on photo paper if possible because the image looks much sharper and is easier to read.

Invitation for 1st Birthday
Invitation for 2nd Birthday
Invitation for 3rd Birthday
Invitation for 4th Birthday
Invitation for 5th Birthday
Invitation for 6th Birthday
Invitation for 7th Birthday

Toppers

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The “Nuts & Bolts” treat bag topper is 4×3 inches. The front has the text on it and the back has four little robots. This download has four toppers on it and it will easily fit onto a letter sized sheet of paper. I recommend you print these on cardstock which you can find in the scrapbook section of any craft store. After you print them and cut them out, you will need to fold each topper in half length-wise. Then you can staple them onto the top of the treat bag.

Nuts and Bolts Treat Bag Topper

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The goody bag topper is 5×4 inches with four toppers in the graphic. This will fit perfectly on a letter sized sheet of paper. Like the nuts and bolts topper, you fold these in half and staple them onto the goody bags to close them.

Goodie Bag Topper

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  • I think either of those ideas would well and be really fun for the kids!

  • “Synchronize”?

  • partysupply

    I really love this blog . !

  • triciascan

    Thank you! What great ideas! Thanks for sharing your work.

  • magsNzack

    Super cute, thanks for sharing.

  • birthdaypartythemes

    Yea . Its adorable . I like this one !

  • Melissa

    What a great job! Thanks for sharing! It was just what I was looking for.

  • These are some excellent ideas! The robot birthday party for my 2-year-old daughter next month will definitely have some of these elements.

    As for a robot term for when: “temporal data”. 😉

  • TAKE ME TO THE COMPUTER…. Thanks for the downloads and a peek a this adorable kids robot party! I'll be linking to your site next week & hooking up with you on Twitter.

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  • jenniferkefer

    I'd love to use your invite template – perhaps changing when to “temporal coordinates” and typing in the relevant information. Can you tell me how to do this? Is there a way to edit a jpg file? Do you have it as a word document? (so sorry to be so greedy!)

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  • Meredith

    Hello Wendy

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!!! My son is turning 3 in August and he is just in love with robots! Thanks for all the great ideas! I love the invitations and all the other great goodies you have here! Thanks!!!!!

    Meredith

  • Evanyperen

    My little guy wants a robot party this year and I am loving your ideas! Thanks so much for the printables!

  • That is soooo adorable! I haven't seen a lot of premade robot birthday party decorations available and it's really great that you decided to make your own. The invitation is absolutely adorable and I love the cake too!

    Kelly

  • Reynolds_robert1978

    thank you soooo much, very kind to share your creative ideas

  • That cake is truly awesome…

  • Sandy

    Hi Wendy,
    I wish I had the time you have to create such adorable snacks and meals! Thanks for the robot invites! I am using them for my son's 2nd birthday! For anyone interested, Target has robot wind up toys I am using as party favors. They are only $1 a piece and they are located in the kid's party isle. Sold in packs of 4.

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  • Janekim310

    Hi! Thank you so much for sharing the images! I am planning my son’s first birthday and am on a tight budget! You have saved me a ton of money! Thank you!

  • Thanks a bunch. I used your graphics and linked to your site.

  • Floydsmom

    Thank you so much for sharing your hard work! My son is turning one in a couple weeks and we are doing a robot theme. This saves me soooooo much work, I want to give you a big hug and kiss!!!

  • FlipFlop

    Thanks for the brainwaves and inspiration! A robot-y word suggestion for “When” – perhaps “Programmed to Launch” or simply “Launch”?

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  • Sara Seipert

    These ideas are {out of this world}! Thank you for sharing all of this. These ideas will be perfect for my little guy’s 4th birthday party!!!

  • Hi,

    I really liked Robot Birthday Party….with the help of it…this will increase our birthday happiness.

  • Elle

    I am loving this!

  • I like your blog,Totally interesting also extraordinary blog.Give more pictures related to this topic.Thanks for sharing this wonderful detail.

  • Jknight

    Just made the cake for my second graders for “Robot Day’….we’re sharing recycled robots we made……..cake came out great and was easy enough for a tired teacher to make on a school night.
    Thanks!

  • Jimmomma

    Thank you for this post, and for sharing your printables! I had a really hard time finding robot themed items for my son’s 2nd birthday, and then I ran across your site! Just a little hint for gift bags, Target has wind up robots in the party isle 4 for $4.

  • Janice

    Thank you so much for sharing the work that you have done!

  • hi,

    those are so good, and i liked your theme, it’s really so nice of Robot Birthday Party.

    Thanks for sharing about the Robot Birthday Party.

  • Gretchen Stephan

    Hi Wendy – Thank you so much for sharing all of this great stuff – I can’t wait to use these things for my son’s 5th!!

  • Viviana Vejar

    You can change the photo with “Paint”, and then edit with Picasa to write the text… the Word is not good for these issues…
    If you are a designer, can use Photoshop CS3 or similar…

  • Wendy

    Dear Wendy,
    Thank you so much for posting this and sharing your invitations and toppers. I don’t normally comment on websites or do reviews or anything, but seeing all the information you share – your ideas, your creativity, everything!!! My 5yr old really wants a robot party and all this stuff is great!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    You are a kind person!
    ~another Wendy

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  • Thank you, wonderful job! This was the information I needed to get.

  • Buddydionmaxx@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much…. I have been searching for robot parties for my son’t 5th birthday. Your party has given me some great ideas.

  • Jamie Smith

    I read your blogs and it is very informative! Thanks for your effort to share the experiences you had! Cheers to that!

  • Thank you so much! I am so thrilled to have these downloads for my son’s 4th birthday party.

  • Lacroixbaby

    I found your page looking for robot party ideas. Kudos to your invitations and ideas. I will be adopting some of your ideas.

  • Amanda

    Thank you sooooooo much for taking the time to put this together and share it!!! You get nothing in return and we get to reap the benefits of all your hard work! I’m so greatful for people like you in the world who help moms like me out (moms who otherwise wouldn’t have a clue what to do for a robot birthday). Thanks again, my son will love his robot party for his 4th birthday… and I have you to thank!!!

    Amanda

  • Amanda

    Thank you sooooooo much for taking the time to put this together and share it!!! You get nothing in return and we get to reap the benefits of all your hard work! I’m so greatful for people like you in the world who help moms like me out (moms who otherwise wouldn’t have a clue what to do for a robot birthday). Thanks again, my son will love his robot party for his 4th birthday… and I have you to thank!!!

    Amanda

  • Moldeen

    Such cute ideas! Thanks for the toppers they are great. I used the word “Schedule” in place of “When” for the invitation.

  • Faytdavid

    Hi Wendy –

    You’ve saved my life! I am last minute planning my 3 year old sons birthday party and was in need of robot invitations. These are brilliant!! Thanks for the ideas. I’ll definitely be checking out your blog.

    Fay

    PS
    For “when” I used ‘Blast Off’

  • KHart

    THis is great! I think you are SO awesome for sharing!!! 🙂

  • Laura

    You rock! Thanks so much for the downloadables 🙂 My boy turned 7 today and his “battle robot” birthday party tomorrow has some very cool robots (with no guns) thanks to you. We’re doing a version of the cake too except mine isn’t allowed to smile and has to be light blue. Thank you again

  • Livinitupinor

    THANK YOU!!! I just printed these out for my son’s 3rd birthday party, which is coming up way too quickly. AWESOME invites in under 15 minutes thanks to you! I did add our info before printing and am so happy with how they look- thanks a ton! I usually spend HOURS on the invites so this was a nice change of pace- and my son loves them. He calls them his “robot tations”.

  • Kym

    Wendy, how very kind and generous of you to not only share your ideas but supply us with downloads. I know how much time these must have taken you to do and I am so thankfulto you for sharing. You have made this mum very happy (not to mention a certain soon to be 7 year old boy!!) Your invites and Nuts and Bolts Treat Bags go great with the robot cake pops we were planning on making. Thank you so much.
    Kym

  • Kym

    Wendy, I wanted to use some of the robot images you used on the toppers on signs for the food, drinks etc at my son’s party but can’t access the link you gave. Is there any other way I can do this?
    Kym

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