|The table setting for the Buzz Lightyear Party|
|The Buzz Lightyear Cake|
|Arrival Game: Guess-the-Number-of-Army Men|
|Army Men Guessing Game, Prize Bag, Buzz Lightyear Tattoos|
Next we moved onto three party stations. My husband and older children manned the stations and I divided the children into groups and guided the flow. One of the stations was free play with blocks and Toy Story action figures. Another station was Alien Kerplunk that we purchased at Target. This game was entertaining at the party and is one that we still play today.
|Activity Station: Alien Kerplunk|
The last station was an alien fishing game that we also found at Target. Although it was fun at the party, one of the grabbers and a few aliens broke after just playing a few times. I ended up returning it to Target, but my son still asks about it.
|Activity Station: Alien Fishing Game|
When we had finished the stations, the boys gathered in a circle to play my tried-and-true game "Pass the Present". This activity is always a hit and can be adapted to any theme. Prior to the party, I wrapped Toy Story ring pops (enough for every party guest) in a small shoe box. I then put that box in a slightly larger box and wrapped it. I repeated this process until I had four wrapped boxes inside one another. I placed this large box on the present table. When we were ready to play "Pass the Present", the children sat in a circle with the birthday child holding the large wrapped box. Next my husband played music as the children passed the box. When the music stopped, whichever party guest was holding the box got to open it, only to find another box. We repeated this process until the last box was opened (by the birthday boy, what a coincidence:) to reveal the ring pops which were passed out to every child.
|Pass the Present Game|
Ring pops in hand, the boys proceeded to the party table. For cake, ice cream, drinks, and snacks.
After the food, the boys picked up the gift that they had brought to the party off of the present table and gathered on the floor around my son who was perched in a chair. At the start of the party I had taped a number onto each gift. When my son was ready to open a gift, he reached in a small bowl that I had placed next to his chair and drew out a number. The person who had a that number on his gift gave it to the birthday boy to open. This method helps to minimize the inevitable present time chaos by keeping all of the children involved.
|Presents Labeled with Number Shapes|
|Departure Game: Hit the Aliens|