Best Kids Parties: Retro Robots

Best Kids Parties: Retro Robots

Dabney Frake
Mar 14, 2013

Name: Isaac
Location: San Diego, CA

Isaac was barely two years old when he became completely captivated by Transformers, Iron Man and Buzz Lightyear, I know the later two are not “technically” robots, but their special armor. with all the bells and whistles, has some robotic attributes…I think that counts, right? So rather than having just a Transformers party or an Iron Man party or a Buzz Lightyear party, we decided to lump all his favorite characters into one retro robot-themed party.

As usual, with my crazy painting schedule and finishing up all my wedding season projects, suddenly the deadline for creating and mailing out Isaac’s invitations crept up on me out of nowhere. I was already less than four weeks out from the party date and had not even thought about the invites (I know, bad considering that I’m a stationery designer). I literally designed and produced these invites in two days.  It took one day to get the metal cd cases ordered and delivered from Paper Mart. While I was waiting for those to arrive, I designed, printed and cut/prepped the paper portions.  

I found retro/vintage robot images to use and made an accordion-fold card that would “spill” out of the robot’s chest like sheets of old school computer printer paper. The panels of the accordion fold had all the birthday party information, along with pictures of Isaac. Circle sticker labels were used to print an assortment of retro robot stickers for the inside of the metal cd lid (these stickers were also printed for the goodie bags and decorations),…as well as the address labels for mailing (yes, they were mailed out as is in these cd tins).  

Using the graphics from the invitations, I created signs and banners to put up throughout the house. Besides streamers and color coordinated balloons and plastic table cloths, I printed assorted robot images from Isaac’s invitations and had Robots and Iron Giant playing on both televisions in separate rooms.

Kids love crafts and I always try to have a few creative activities to keep the kids busy when they first arrive, before we start the games. I didn’t realize that the “Build Your Own Robot” assembly line would be such a hit!  It was a lot of work to prep for, but the kids and parents really enjoyed it...and the robots turned out so cute!

The cake, by the always amazing Jeff Arcio of Rhino Cake Co., needs no introduction or description. The pictures say it all.  This cake was phenomenal!  Not only did it taste fantastic, but it was as big as Isaac!

Thanks, Katie

(Images: Lot116 Photography)


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