LE FESTE – CELEBRATIONS
Wanna have a rockin’ robot birthday party? Well, I’m here to share how I hosted one for my son’s 5th year on the planet. Inspired by the book, Robo-Sauce (Dial Books, 2015) by Author Adam Rubin and Illustrator Daniel Salmieri, my son insisted on gears, nuts, and bolts to celebrate. I went all in. Here are some fun ways to incorporate the robots theme:
1. Handmade Robot Invites
Lucky for you, I’ve got you covered on this front. I’m selling customized versions of the robot invitations I made for my son’s party in the Italian Mamma Etsy Shop. What I love about this invite – besides its adorableness and metallic paper – is the wording, specifically the use of “nuts,” “bolts,” and “gearing up.” I mean what’s not to love?
2. Customized Robot to Greet Guests
My son invented Enzo-Bot with me ahead of his party. We had the best time using what is essentially garbage – brown boxes, old slinkies, masking tape, and packing bubble wrap and a bit of shiny, new card stock to build a robot to hold balloons and greet guests at the buffet. I had to secretly recycle this robot a month after the party. My son never wanted to throw it away, but it was just too big for our house, especially with the new toys he received as birthday gifts. Still, he will treasure the memory of making the robot with me for years to come. I know it because he keeps talking about it.
4. Adopt a Robot
In the photo above of the robot in front of the sewing machine in the collage, you can see the felt dolls my son and I made for the children in his class. We added each child’s name on the belly using glitter glue. I just used my Cricut machine to create the shape of a robot using shapes. Then, I sewed the two pieces together on all sides except one. I stuffed the doll and added the antenna (We opted for the personalized gifts, in part, because kids are no longer permitted to bring any food or snacks for their classmates to celebrate their birthday. This was a nice alternative, we thought. We also handed out goodie bags with erasers in the shape of gears, matching pencils, and a bendable robot.
5. Robot Cookies
This was tougher than I thought it would be. I could not find a robot cookie cutter, and I didn’t want to spend anymore money. So, I opted instead to use the toy soldier cutters from Christmas. Then, I used food gel to make the red outline, so it looked like a robot. And I found – by accident, really – a snowflake cookie decoration that looked like a gear and used the gel to “glue” it to the robot’s screen belly. Voila, perfection!
6. Pin the Gear on the Robot
My kid and his cousins are big fans of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, so I try to find a themed version of the game every birthday. This time around, I made one myself. Again, I used the Cricut machine to create a robot using shapes and cut a gear, where a “heart” might be. Then, I cut out enough gears for each kid and wrote a number on them. We blindfolded the kids, and they played the game just as they would have if it were a donkey searching for its tail.
7. Build a Robot and Robot Containers
In the collage, you’ll notice a robot I made out of old cans. I collected them for months. I took one smaller can and put its bottom on top of a larger can that was upside down. I actually drilled a hole through the two cans and attached a screw to keep them in place. Then I covered two toilet paper rolls in aluminum foil and attached them to the side of the can as arms with hot glue. I used the Cricut machine to cut out vinyl adhesive shapes for the eyes and mouth. Then, I filled the robot heads with the plastic silverware that sat at the start of the buffet table.
8. Make a Robot Cake
My son helped me make his robot cake, shown in the above photo on the far right. We used toothpicks with pinwheels on the head, candy and marshmallows to make the face, and doughnuts for the arms and legs. The robot’s head is Italian rainbow cookies, which I made all by myself (and you can learn how to make right on this site), and the body is the result of using boxed, dry ingredients for brownies. There are numerous adorable versions of “robot cake” on Pinterest and Google images. Ye who seeks inspiration finds it.
Di Meglio has written the Our Paesani column for ItaliansRus.com since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10. For more handmade crafts and party gear, visit the Italian Mamma store on Etsy.