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real parties: buzz lightyear goes modern

1.11.2011

As you know, I don’t normally feature character parties, but I couldn’t resist this modern take on a Buzz Lightyear party from Jenny of Simply Party.  I’ll leave it to her to fill you in on all the details below, but I think this is great inspiration for a space or rocket themed birthday of any kind... proof that you can incorporate your children’s wishes without compromising the desire for good design.








{images via simply party}

I would love to share with you and your readers my son's recent 4th birthday party.  He is obsessed with Toy Story, mainly Buzz Lightyear, and talked about have a Buzz party for months.  I wasn't too keen on all the commercial products out there, so I decided to go with a modern rocket theme with touches of Buzz throughout to please the birthday boy.  Since I made most of the d├ęcor myself, I ended up with a very custom look.

The inspiration for the color palette was Buzz's costume- the main colors were lime green and aqua with accents of purple, red and silver.  The favor table and gift table were both labeled with die cut banners in the party colors.  The favor bags, I ordered from etsy, were white lunch sacks decorated to look like Buzz's costume and filled with Toy Story goodies (paddle ball, pop rocks candy and character shaped bracelets).  We also had "alien" party hats for all the kids.

The dessert table carried through the colors and graphics with a lime green back drop, coordinating die cut banner and poms in all the party colors.  The desserts also reflected the party colors with aqua marshmallow pops, lime green chocolate drizzled rice krispie treat pops, cupcakes, fondant cookie toppers and assorted candies.  This was definitely the kids' favorite!  We rented kid size tables and chairs to put out in the yard, which were decorated in brightly colored cloths and silver wrapping paper "runners," which was also used on the dessert table.  The centerpieces were made with floral foam, cardboard flower vases and cake toppers.

The kids' activities also used the rocket theme with a craft.  The line drawing of the graphic was adhered to a tongue depressor and I used red curling ribbon to make the "fire" so the kids could decorate their rocket and fly it around the yard.  We also had stomp rockets and a bean bag toss game, in addition to the bounce house and playscape.

In the end, everyone had a great time.  Both birthday boy and mommy were pleased with our spin on Buzz Lightyear!

Sandi (January 12, 2011 at 7:35 AM)  

This is very cute - Its fun to see how people can incorporate character's into a party and still keep it stylish. Every kid I know wants characters! She did a great job.

Evie (January 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM)  

Wow this is fantastic! I just did space theme for my son but he would have LOVED this idea!

Very creative and well designed!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro (January 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM)  

Kudos to Jenny! She showed how it's possible to "customize" a character party...with just the right touches of the commercial character. Thanks for the inspiration!

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