First we worked on decorations. Eli wanted the house to look like you were inside a robot. It was a lot of fun to scheme ideas. Each year we leave the Christmas tree up through Eli's birthday. On that day it becomes the birthday tree! This year we covered it in red crepe paper and taped gears to the crepe paper. We also taped gears on the front door to "show people its a robot party and not just a regular birthday party" (quote from Eli).
Birthday parties require balloons, so we blew up 25 balloons and on each we drew a robot, gears, or an electrical circuit.
We also had a silver bowl filled with (silver) hershey's kisses, and even the old computer board from inside the dishwasher (replaced this summer) as a decoration.
I kept the food to a very simple minimum, cake and icecream. We ordered a cake from Walmart with a Transformers theme - gray with black gears. Eli was so excited (and quick to point out that there were actually 7 candles on the cake not 6... but I couldn't have it be asymetrical)!
Every good kids' birthday party needs some games. We did:
pin the antenna on the robot
and robot freeze
Eli was lucky enough to get an awesome robot for Christmas. This one dances on command, so we would start the music and have all the kids dance like robots. When the music stopped they needed to freeze. If they didn't they were out. The winner got a bag of jellybeans, by Eli's request.
I wanted the kids to be able to take a robot home, so we did a robot craft. I found some suggestions online and found all the parts I needed at our local dollar store. Here's what our masterpieces turned out like:
I had so much fun planning this party! I think all the kids had a blast and will remember a fun time with Eli. We're already dreaming up ideas for Anna's party this summer :)