Buzz Lightyear's Astroblasters

If you know our son, then you know he absolutely LOVES Buzz Lightyear. Aside from Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear was one of the very first characters Rhyle recognized and since then, he's been obsessed! Given his affinity for all things Buzz, his favorite ride at Disneyland is of course, none other than Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters. We know it well, because he makes us go on it repeatedly (luckily for the us, the line is usually short).
When planning for his 4th birthday, he asked for a Buzz Lightyear theme. Great! We'll do Toy Story and call it a day. All the fun ideas started rolling into my brainstorming session, and then he clarified, "No, Mom. Not Toy Story. Buzz only. I don't want the other characters at my party." Deflated, I was back at square one, until it hit me: use his favorite Disneyland ride as inspiration and attempt making it come to life on a budget. It seemed almost impossible, but I was game!

Taking ideas from here and there and really stretching my creative muscle resulted in what was probably one of the more craft intensive parties I've assembled, but the elements came together quite nicely.
| The Invitation |
DIY | Designed by yours truly, inspired by the Toy Story logo and Buzz's space suit.

| Welcome sign |
DIY | The Buzz Lightyear above was part of wall decal set mounted onto cardstock to welcome the guests as they arrived.

| Food station with DIY flair |
Knowing we would be serving pizza, I had to recreate the Pizza Planet signage from Toy Story. After all, it is where Buzz Lightyear met and saved the lives of the indebted Little Green Men, a.k.a. Aliens.

By the way, the pizza you see above measures at a whopping 36" and was one of two we ordered. They were so big the second pizza had to be relocated to a table outside.

| Family room décor |
DIY | The fireplace was dressed with a table cover, circles and stars cut from cardstock, and DIY paper-pieced Happy Birthday banner. The Buzz Lightyear figure was also from a wall decal set mounted on cardstock. 

I added The Claw station (another element from Toy Story) using a Toysmith Robot claw we already owned and a bucket of 25 Little Green Men figurines purchased from a recent trip to Disneyland. 

| Outdoor seating |
DIY | These centerpieces were created using free online clipart of Buzz and the alien, tall wooden sticks, tissue paper, floral foam (for stick stability), and a party cup. Easy peasey with a whole lot of pizzazz!

| Dessert Table |
I love how this table turned out!
DIY | The background was created with a black plastic table cover with stars, 3 white poster boards decorated with various color cardstock to emulate Star Command's control panels and system operations, and a colored poster board with pieces removed made to look like a window.  
DIY | Rhyle's name is made of purchased cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby, decorated with lime green cardstock to match the color theme.
DIY | Homemade cake pops -- moist yellow cake covered in vibrant green chocolate with various sprinkles.
DIY | Homemade chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting, topped with stars, Astro Blasters, or Astro Blaster "4" targets.
Skittles in 1oz plastic shot glasses
DIY | Homemade double-layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, decorated with a store-bought Buzz Lightyear/Alien candle set and a DIY "To Infinity and Beyond" cake topper.
DIY | Little Green Men party favor bags
Favor bags were filled with a Buzz Lightyear paint by numbers kit, glow sticks in lime green or purple, and several pieces of candy.

| Piñata |
DIY | I didn't have the heart to spend $$$ on a Buzz Lightyear piñata only to bash our beloved hero to pieces, so I made one of Emperor Zurg using a large cardboard box, tissue paper, glue, string, and construction paper. No one bats an eye when you're beating defeating the Sworn Enemy of the Galactic Alliance with a baseball bat.  

| Activities for the kiddos |
DIY | signs for the different play stations

| Photo Booth |
DIY | Photo props are one of my must-haves for any party. It adds a little character to the party and gives people something to do. This spaceship above was a huge labor of love. It took a long time to create and put together, but I loved it and more importantly, Rhyle loved it! 

| Other creative touches and miscellaneous décor |
DIY | Countless Astro Blaster targets were scattered throughout the walls of the house. Using the real Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Ride target as a model, I created these targets from scratch after failing to find a usable clipart or graphic online. Getting that zig zag lighting bolt onto the bottom of the "Z" was a huge pain, but hours later, I finally made it work.  
DIY | Chalkboard art with 3 character pieces from a wall decal set
DIY | The left is an image I photographed from the actual Astro Blaster's ride while waiting in line. I printed it out and placed it on the restroom door. On the right is a sign I created to block guests out from private areas of the house.  
This was such fun birthday party to put together! Styling it. DIY-ing it. Slowly watching it all come together. Seeing the uncontainable excitement on my son's face. It was most definitely worth every minute spent!

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