Last month my boys turned 2 and 3 respectively, and we threw a birthday bash for them at the park with an all MINIONS theme! It was pretty perfect timing since the new Minions movie had just made its debut and my boys of course love the little yellow critters. I found a great FREE template online to create the party invitation and asked my graphic designer sister to tweak it for the personalization and set out to do the rest of the party planning.
The one thing that was nice about picking a theme that coincided with not only popular characters, but also a new theatrical release is that finding party supplies and favors that were inline with it, were pretty easy to find! Not to mention stuffing yellow paper bags with minion themed party favors too – goggles, bubbles, straws and snacks!
We had the Minion bounce house. Actually, this was a standard basketball and slide combo bounce house I rented from Bay Area Jump, and they added a Minions panel to match our party theme! We also got one of those giant air walker balloons…it was certainly a hit when the kids saw this giant Minion coming their direction…just kind of a challenge to keep it grounded since we were outdoors. We purchased that at Party City and they fill it up for free with helium.
My sister’s friend created these beyond cute minion cupcakes and I found lots of minion-themed snacks to help accessorize the dessert table, including minion graham crackers, cheese nips and fruit snacks. I also got lots of “cookie robots” …if you watched Despicable Me, then you know what I’m referring to.
Bubbles were a big hit at the party. Thinking of toddler appropriate toys, activities and games can be a challenge, so I decided to create a bubble station where we had a bubble machine going, along with an assortment of bubble wands and a bubble solution dispenser, for the kids to play around with…they LOVED it!
I lucked out and came up on this life size – well, my boys size…purple “bad minion” pinata! It held lots of candy (my sister stuffed it with ring pops, skittles and dum dums), and was a hit…literally! LOL! I sort of feel funny when we are encouraging them to beat this paper mache character with a stick…but it’s all in fun and having a pinata at birthdays was an annual thing for me growing up, so happy to do the same with mine.
**Note – It’s always nice to have a bigger kid around to break the pinata cuz with the little tots, it could take a loooong time!!!
And — last but not least, we all sported Minion tee’s as a family. It was a great celebration and we loved having our friends and family join in the minion fun!