To Infinity and Beyond! A Toy Story Party with The Disney Store

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Max’s birthday was back in April and I thought I’d escaped throwing him a party. The thought of a bunch of 3 year olds running riot when I was 6 months pregnant just wasn’t appealing, and as Max didn’t seem to be bothered, we decided that we’d make his party next year really special instead. But just a month after his birthday he started asking us to have a party – and suddenly he seemed to have cottoned on to everything that happens at a party, despite only having been to one in his life. “Max have party… my friends come… have cake… play games?” I was starting to feel all the guilt!

So when The Disney Store got in touch to ask if we’d like to team up with them to throw a little get together using their Party Planning Service, it seemed like fate was smiling on us. How could I refuse?

Planning your Party

The Disney Store make planning your party so simple. It’s a free online service and it gives you access to a dashboard where you can plan all the aspects of your party – invitations, guest list, theme ideas, products, games, itineraries, and thank you cards.

Screenshot of Disney Store Party Planning Dashboard, showing Invitiations, Guest List, To Do List

There are a great range of themes to choose from – Frozen, Cars, Moana, The Little Mermaid, Spiderman, Star Wars, Disney Princess or you could go for the ever popular Mickey Mouse. Max is a huge Toy Story fan, I must have watched all three films about 50 times with him while I was pregnant, so a Toy Story party was an easy choice for us. Once you’ve chosen your theme, you can view all the products available that fit with that theme – tableware, decorations, party bag ideas, and activities. The fact that it’s all grouped together makes it so easy to put together your party, rather than scouring the shops for products.

It’s easy to draft your invitations online, or print and send if you prefer. We chose the online version, and I loved that we could chose from two Toy Story designs and then just send out by email. It was a lovely activity to do with Max – he chose the design and understood that we were sending the invitations to his friends. We invited Max’s cousins, and my two blogger friends Dear Bear and Beany and Life Is Knutts and their children. It was obviously very easy to RSVP, as we had our 4 guests all RSVP within an hour! No chasing up required.

Max's Toy Story Party Invitation, with Buzz Lightyear and Woody running together and party details below

I loved the Inspiring Ideas section. It was like a mini Pinterest board of Toy Story party ideas for food, games, cakes, and you could see what other real life people had done. Great if you’re like me and somewhat lacking on the creative ideas front.

My only complaint about the dashboard and the planning aspect was the lack of choice in the Thank You cards. There was only a limited selection – Cars, The Little Mermaid, Mickey Mouse – and no Toy Story one, which was a bit disappointing.

Styling our Toy Story Party

When our box of goodies arrived, Max couldn’t have been more excited. He felt so special – he’d chosen the theme himself and as we unpacked the box his eyes lit up. “I got deccy-ayshuns!” he announced to his Daddy when he got home!

We got Toy Story plates and cups, straws, tablecloth, and alien green cutlery to match everything. For activities we went for a Pin the Badge on the Sheriff game, and the classic Pass the Parcel – thankfully we had enough stickers, keyrings, and badges to make sure that everyone got a prize.

Toy Story table setting - Toy Story tablecloth, plates and cups

Toy Story party gifts - keyrings, stickers, badges

The cake is always a big part of the party for me – and for Max too! I’d invited my lovely friend Gemma and her little boy, and Gemma is an amazingly talented baker and runs her own company, Little Gem Bakes. She sent me an ideas board and we decided on a set of alien cupcakes.

I couldn’t resist adding extra balloons and dressing the room a bit with all of Max’s Toy Story toys, and a last minute Etsy purchased tassel garland from Paper Street Dolls. You could easily make something like this yourself, but hey, I’m lazy and it was short notice!

Living room with Toy Story decorations - fireplace with red, blue and yellow tassel garland and red, blue and yellow balloons surrounding it

Toy Story sphere balloon with Woody and Jessie running

Buzz Lightyear toy stood on mantlepiece next to red and yellow balloons

Toy Story alien toy next to lightbox sign reading "Let's Party!"

Fireplace decorated with tassel garland, balloons and Woody the Cowboy

I put all the decorations together the day before the party, while Max was at nursery, and I think his little face when he got home says it all – he demanded I take a photo!

Max stood in front of fireplace in front of red, yellow and blue tassel garland, beaming

To Infinity, and Beyond!

The day of our Toy Story party rolled around and Max couldn’t have been more excited. He was so busy jumping around the house that he turned to me at 9.15 and announced, “Mummy, I’m tired” – a first for Max! But once his friends arrived for the party he got a second wind and he was away (aside from a few expected meltdowns!)

We played Pin the Badge on the Sheriff which went down a lot better than I’d expected. The kit from The Disney Store contained everything we needed for it apart from blu tack to pin it to the window – the poster, badge stickers, and even a blindfold. I was doubtful that Max would wear the blindfold, but once he’d seen his friends do it, there was no way he was going to miss out.

Max wearing blindfold for Pin the Badge on the Sheriff at Toy Story Party

Little girl playing Pin the Badge on the Sheriff at Toy Story Party

Pass the Parcel went down a treat too – our group of 3 year olds embraced the concept far better than I’d expected and were perfectly happy to pass the parcel on – although my 6 month old niece was less happy to lose her brightly coloured new toy! I have to confess that Max was adamant that he wanted one of the Buzz Lightyear keyrings as his prize, so we had strategically wrapped each layer containing a Buzz keyring in a particular wrapping paper – it was my husband’s job to stop the music at the right time 🙂

Thankfully he managed it and we avoided the epic tantrum we had been worrying would rear it’s head!

Boy and girl playing pass the parcel with boy opening present

Girl opening present in pass the parcel with big smile looking at present

Max holding his Pass the Parcel prize - Toy Story Stickers

We set up the table for the party food and the silence that descended as they started to eat was amazing. For a table full of fussy eaters, I was amazed that I had to head back out to the kitchen to make another round of sandwiches. Apparently all food tastes better on a Toy Story plate. And no-one was going to be left out when I asked who wanted cake!

Close up of little boy holding a Toy Story cup and drinking from a Toy Story straw

Children sat around table at Toy Story party with hands up in the air

The cakes were absolutely amazing. Check out these little alien guys – every time I saw them I wanted to utter “The Claw!”

Toy Story alien cupcake

Toy Story alien cupcakes

There’s nothing better than a cake that turns your whole mouth blue!

Max with mouth wide open showing blue teeth and tongue

Little boy with blue tongue poking out of his mouth

I have to admit that, although our party left me absolutely exhausted, I loved every minute of it. It was worth it all to see the massive smile on Max’s face – he felt so special, and he loved choosing the theme and being involved in planning everything. He’s been talking about his Toy Story party for days now and I hope it’s a memory that will stay with him forever.

Disney really is the stuff that kid’s dreams are made of – thank you so much to The Disney Store for allowing me to throw Max a party he’ll remember, and a huge thank you to all of Max’s little friends for coming along to celebrate with him.

Disclosure: We were kindly sent the Disney Store items for the party in exchange for this post. All words and opinions are my own

12 Comments
  • Gemma Nuttall
    September 26, 2017

    Thank you so much for having us Katie and your photos, as always, are STUNNING!
    Thanks also for tagging my cake business, loved making the little green aliens.
    Well done on hosting a fantastic party xxx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 1, 2017

      Thank YOU for making them – they went down so well! Thank you for coming too – Max loved meeting Ben, and I loved meeting you 🙂

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    September 26, 2017

    We had a great time, thank you for inviting us. Holly still talks about Max’s party and now wants her own party. Of which I have all the mummy guilt, as i didn’t throw her one!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 1, 2017

      Thank you so much for coming – Max loved meeting Holly again, and he was so chuffed with his little party! We should have made it a joint party for them both and got rid of all our mummy guilt!

  • BavarianSojourn
    September 30, 2017

    That sounds like a really great way to plan and put together a party… I am not the most organised of people! Looks like Max had an amazing time, and I love his little alien cakes!! 🙂

  • Laura Dove
    October 1, 2017

    Ahh I heard all about this from Laura, especially the blue icing! Looks like such a fab party, so jealous I don’t live closer as I’d totally gave gatecrashed!!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 1, 2017

      Haha, the blue icing did have some interesting after effects! Fascinating for Max! 🙂 Ah, I’m gutted you live so far away, I’d have invited you in a shot, no need to gatecrash!

  • Emma - Our Fairytale Adventure
    October 2, 2017

    This looks so fun! Bear loves Toy Story at the moment, so he would love this! Those cakes are so adorable!

  • KHogg
    October 5, 2017

    I love the sound of being able to get the rsvps online – I think people are far more likely to actually reply that way aren’t they? The Toy Story theme is super cute, my nephews are big fans and would go wild for it. I’ll have to point my sister in that direction for their birthday party!

  • Nicola Hughes
    October 5, 2017

    The decorations look incredible and the kids look like they had an amazing time at the party. Isn’t it funny how Toy Story came out when we were kids but it’s just as popular today! To infinity and beyond!!!

  • MudpieFridays
    October 5, 2017

    I will have to check this out as I am terribly bad at organising parties and it keeps me up at night because Im worried I had forgotten something! Love the idea of wrapping the pass the parcel in different colours that such a clever idea. Sounds like a lovely part and those Alien cakes are amazing! x

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