Planning the Toy Story party activities was our most favourite part of the process. We brought out the toys. We soaked in the vibrant, bold colours. We jumped in the inflatable houses. We had an all around great time! I mean, isn’t this what being a kid is all about?
I’m sure Little Mama‘s bliss had a tiny bit to do with how darn proud she was of the blue tutu she made (with very minimal help from mommy). Don’t be too shocked, it’s really easy – yes, a 5 year old can do it… check out how she did it here.
Apparently, her mom was no different. With my Jessie-inspired Graphic Tee (because where can I actually find an affordable shirt with all the western trimmings within 4 days? I’ve been so tied up with the party planning, I completely forgot about Big Mama’s outfit!), a little denim, and my go to Woody-inspo bandana, I was all ready to get this party started!
But who wouldn’t be excited? We decided that since all the focus is on the planning, decor, and food, I wanted to keep the venue and Toy Story party activities as simple as possible. As a 5 year old, Little Mama is still at an age where a kindergym at the local Recreation Centre is by far, the greatest place ever.
Between the mobile toys readily available for races…
To a plethora of climbing and sliding equipment…
The kids were kept nice and active right up until it was time to cut the cake!
And let’s just take a moment to reflect on this insanity. Thanks to our buddies at Belle’s Confections, we were able to breathe life into Jessie, in cake form. Like I said in our Toy Story Party Food post, some of us aren’t equipped with natural cake sculpting or any baking skills for that matter. So we go to those who are.
As you can see, this was probably Little Mama‘s most favourite activity of the day – Blowing out the candles.
After the tiny sheriffs’ tummies were nice and full, Big Daddy opened up the tattoo parlour. Because, how can you possibly host Toy Story party activities without a tattoo parlour? We just grabbed a Toy Story tattoo pack, put out a bowl of water and a sponge… and the line ups were reminiscent of one of the hottest nightclubs in my 20s. Only in this case, the bouncer was a 5 year old Jessie lookalike who did more hovering than gatekeeping.
Finally – the activity of the day that left the kids in pure astonishment…
Our dear friend from Princess Parties, successfully got 25+ kids tuned in and settled down within seconds of arriving. Yay, Jessie! Leave it to her to be every parent’s dream.
No different from Jessie, Little Mama‘s most cherished doll, the real life Jessie was such a special treat. She sang to the kids and kept them and their Toy-Story-loving parents entertained with Jessie-isms, a big warm smile, and a unique version of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Little Mama‘s favourite), and an incredibly touching rendition of “When Somebody Loved Me” (Big Mama’s favourite). Naturally, I was reduced to tears as this song is all about your little one growing up too fast and outgrowing their toys. Ugh… Pass the tissues.
Jessie didn’t stop there. She graciously led the kids into our Etch-A-Sketch photobooth (see how we made our booth here), for an amazing photo op session with all the kids. We supplied the kids with fun printed quotes and props to pose with, and a copy of their very own photo (given to them as a Thank You for coming to our party).
With all of the wonderful chaos that surrounded Little Mama on her very special day, we were pleasantly surprised that our Toy Story inspired nails came out chip free and every bit as bold and bright as it was 2 hours prior. Apparently, miracles do happen.
Days after the Toy Story party activities came to an end, we celebrated our Tiny Cowgirl on her actual birthday. With Jessie hat fondant toppers over some yummy cupcakes, our Jessie-loving 5 year old proudly donned her Jessie tee while serving western treats to her little preschool friends. As her shirt suggested, and I’m certain all her little friends agreed, cowgirls indeed, rock…
Be sure to click back to see the rest of our Toy Story party series on preparation, food, and decor. Nope, it wasn’t easy, but it was worth every joyful tear shed by our Tiny Jessie, and yodel of pain by Big Daddy as he suffered though the clean up. As much time as it took, it was fun taking all the ideas and seeing them come together, and it was especially fun to spend next to nothing for party supplies (Yay, Dollar Tree!) But when party planning gets a little overwhelming, always remember…
Jessie never gives up! Jessie finds a way!
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