Are you searching for inspirational Toy Story birthday party ideas? As each new movie is released, whole generations of little kids are learning to fall in love with these awesome characters, so a themed birthday party is going to be a real winner!
We’ll take a look at some of the best Toy Story party ideas for your kids, moving on to some easy DIY costumes that you can put together in no time at all.
Who created Toy Story?
The original draft of Toy Story was written by John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, and Joe Ranft, whilst the actual screenplay was written by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow. The first movie was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995.
Toy Story is a computer-animated comedy movie that’s set in a world where toys come to life when humans are not present. The main plot focuses on the toys competing for their master’s affection, mostly between the cowboy Woody and the astronaut Buzz Lightyear. There are four Toy Story movies:
- Toy Story, released in 1995
- Toy Story 2, released in 1999
- Toy Story 3, released in 2010
- Toy Story 4, released in 2019
So if anyone asks you ”who created Toy Story?”, you can now give them all the facts!
5 Toy Story Birthday Party Ideas
Now you know a little more about the background of this awesome movie franchise, let’s take a look at five of the easiest and best party ideas for Toy Story fans.
- Toy Story invitations: Every party needs to start with themed invitations and a Toy Story party is a good excuse to use your creative skills! There are so many different characters in Toy Story, but one of the easiest to use as an invitation is Woody’s hat because you can create a cowboy hat template from brown cardboard. On one side, use a thick felt tip pen, paint or even a piece of felt (attached using a glue gun) to create the hatband, and then write your invitation on the other side.
- Photo booths: The kids love taking home a birthday memento of their favourite Toy Story characters, so why not set up a photo booth? Just locate some free Toy Story graphics online, print them and glue them onto thick cardboard. Toss a few cowboy hats around and some figurines of the Toy Story characters and you have an awesome backdrop for some memorable photos.
- Toy Story piñata: Why not use your paper mache skills to create a piñata filled with sweets? Mr Potato Head makes an easy model for your piñata, so does the green alien with three eyes. Another option is to create a pinata in the form of a number (based on their age) and cover it with Toy Story graphics.
- Pin the badge on Woody: Kids love to play these types of games and they are easy to put together for a party. You need a large graphic of Woody, which you can glue onto a thick cardboard background, cutting around the figure to make it look more professional. Then you need to make lots of cardboard badges for the kids to pin onto Woody’s chest. Oh – and don’t forget the blindfolds!
- Monster cupcakes: What kid wouldn’t love to eat a green monster cupcake? All you need is some green food colouring, white icing and chocolate drops for the eyes, and you are good to go.
If you combine all five of these Toy Story ideas, your child will have the best party ever!
Now let’s take a look at some easy costumes you can create for your child to make the day even more fun and exciting.
Cowgirl Jessie is an easy costume to create because you only need a few essentials. You can either use a short denim skirt or jeans as the base for this costume, but you also need a white blouse. Next, you need to buy enough black and white cow patterned material to go around the bottom of the skirt or cover the front of the jeans.
If the clothes you are using are old, you can simply attach this material with a glue gun (check your local charity shops for old denim for a couple of dollars). You will also need some yellow satin material that needs to be glued from one shoulder to the other, and across the upper chest, and you can even use a thick red felt-tip pen to draw scrolls across this material (like a cowgirl’s shirt). Top it off with a red cowboy hat and you have your very own Jessie Toy Story costume!
This is another very easy DIY costume to make for your child because the base is a pair of jeans and a yellow and red checked shirt. If you can’t find a checked shirt, just opt for a plain yellow, but you also need enough black and white cow patterned material to create an open waistcoat. It’s a good idea to search through your local charity shop for any type of waistcoat and simply glue the material on top. A cowboy hat is essential, but if you don’t have cowboy boots, it’s not a deal-breaker. In no time at all, you will have the perfect Woody costume for your birthday boy or girl!
This costume is going to take a little more imagination and work, but it can be done. First of all, you need white trousers or a skirt and a white long-sleeved shirt or polo. Next, you need a black bandanna for around the waist, and if you are really creative, you can glue a lime green piece of material to this bandana so that the green hangs a few inches below the black material to make a green stripe. Then you need lime green armour over the shoulders, which can be achieved by cutting down a lime green singlet and wearing it over the shirt or polo and using a felt tip pen to mark out the controls. The fishbowl helmet might be a step too far, but a purple skull cap will work just as well. In short order, your child has their very own Buzz Lightyear costume!