From movie characters to wind-up toys, robots fascinate children of all ages. Whether you’re planning a Transformers party, or a generic robot party, our party guide includes ideas for creating a robots birthday party that will thrill your child! We have suggestions for robot decorations, food ideas, robot games and a lot more.
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Planning & Invitations
What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Robot party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Robot party:
- Transformers Activators action figures
- Wind-up robots
- Robot movies such as Wall-E, Transformers, Short Circuit, Robots, and The Iron Giant
- Large and small cardboard boxes and tin foil to make robot costumes.
- A robot pinata
- LEGO Mindstorms
Creative invitations build excitement and can increase attendance at your child’s robot party. If you have time to make your own robot invitations, be sure to involve your child in choosing the design and filling in the details. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Ask your child to draw a picture of a robot. Then write the invitation details above and below the drawing. Scan the drawing into your computer and print out enough copies for each invitation needed, or take it to a copy store and make color copies.
- Another option is to use standard invitations and deliver them inside a small home-made robot. Save empty containers such as tin cans, chip canisters, or cracker boxes. Remove the labels from the cans and wash them. Cover all the containers in aluminum foil, and glue a Styrofoam ball to the top as the robot’s head. Draw eyes and a smile on the head with a marker, and decorate the front with buttons to resemble a control panel. The open end of the container should be at the bottom. Place the invitation inside the container, gently rolling if needed to fit inside canisters or tin cans. Cover the opening with a small piece of aluminum foil. Use tape to attach the last piece of aluminum foil on boxes, and use a rubber band to hold the foil in place on cans.
- If you’re having a Transformer’s party, ask a male adult to call the party guests. He can speak like Optimus Prime and say the following:
Hello Sam. This is Optimus Prime.
Your attendance is required at a very special event on May 24.
Only you can help Christopher defend the world against the Decepticons.
Get ready for the birthday event of the year and roll out!
- If you’d rather purchase invitations instead of making them, you can still have a personalized touch with our personalized robot party invitations, which will include your child’s name and all of the party details.
Choose from our list of decorating ideas to create a robot atmosphere for your party. Try just a few ideas, or go all out!
Build a Robot Centerpiece using empty cans and string! You will need one large empty tin can (gallon paint can or 5-pound coffee can), one medium can (quart paint can or 2-pound coffee can), 10 smaller tin cans (vegetable or soup cans), string, black electrical tape, a hammer, nails, and spray-paint (optional).
- Remove the labels from all the cans and cover any sharp edges with the black electrical tape. You may spray-paint the cans bright colors; however, leaving them silver is just as robotic looking.
- Using the hammer and nail, punch a hole in the middle of the top of each can.
- Tie three of the small vegetable cans together by threading a string through each of the holes, then tying a knot at the end to hold them together.
- Leave at least 18 inches of extra string at the top of the three cans.
- Repeat this procedure until you have a total of two strings of three cans each (for the legs) and two strings of two cans each (for the arms).
- Using the large can as the body, thread the two strings from the top of the three-can chain (the legs), through the bottom of the can and through the nail hole and tie, creating a pair of movable legs.
- Using the nail and hammer, punch a hole in both sides of the large can where the arms will be attached.
- Attach a two-can string through each hole to make the arms.
- Tie the medium can to the top of the large can to make the head.
- Use a sharpie marker to draw a face on the robot if you wish.
- Place your creation on the main table as the centerpiece!
Here are some other decorating ideas for your robot party.
- Cover your front door in aluminum foil, and glue container lids to the foil to resemble a control panel.
- Use silver fabric as a tablecloth, with silver balloons tied to each chair.
- Create a life-sized robot from cardboard boxes to greet your guests! Stack two large boxes covered in aluminum foil to create the body. Add a shoe box on top for the head and a foil covered clothes hanger as antennae. Cut two pieces of flexible silver dryer vent as arms and attach to both sides. Finish decorating your robot with sink strainers for ears, and a variety of container lids on the front to create a control panel. If you wish, place a glove into each arm opening to complete the look, and put your robot in a prominent spot where guests are sure to see it. This will make a great prop for group photos during the party, too!
- Use any robot toys your child already owns as table decorations, or build robot shapes from lego blocks.
- Set out a supply of LEGO, Hero Factory, or Tinker Toy pieces and let guests build their own robots as you wait for everyone to arrive.
When it comes to food, partygoers are usually perfectly content to eat pizza or hotdogs, which is certainly much easier on the hosts! However, if you have the time and would like to serve up some more interesting treats, consider these ideas:
- Use shiny aluminum foil pans as serving containers for the food.
- Make your own “Nuts and Bolts” snack mix from pretzels, cheese crackers, cereal, and M&M candies.
- Rename kid-friendly food choices with robot theme names, and pepperoni pizza can become Sprocket Pizza, potato chips can become Computer Chips, etc.
- Serve drinks with shaped silly straws.
Robot Cake Idea
A robot birthday cake will delight all the guests! Here is an easy ways to create a 9″ x 13″ robot cake yourself.
- Use our chocolate cake recipe or yellow cake recipeto make the cake batter.
- Make the frosting using our Buttercream frosting recipe.
- Use many small, colorful candy pieces to create a robot shape on top of the cake.
- Fill in the shape with more candy to create shiny buttons, lights, and a friendly face.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with awesome party favors! To find a large variety of robot party favors, visit our Retro Robot party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Robot pencils and notepads
- Robot bubbles
- Robot activity pads
- Rock ’em Sock ’em Robot rings
- Robot stickers
- Robot lollipops and other fun candy
- 3-D glasses
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
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- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
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- Party Budget Estimator: Download this guide to help budget your expenses.
- More Birthday Theme Ideas: Browse our list of over 130 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.
Games and Activities
Here is a great way to keep the children busy while you wait for all your guests to arrive.
Teams race to combine a nut with a bolt in this fast moving relay race!
Your little inventors will love building their own robot from empty boxes!
This is a fun and easy activity that doubles as a party snack!
Your little robots will love running and jumping in this activity!
Let the children create their own robot from empty toilet paper tubes and simple craft supplies!
Everyone begins dancing like robots when the music starts, but who can “freeze” when it stops?
Send the children on a hunt for missing robot parts!
Hot Bot Game
Guests pass a “hot” robot while the music plays in this fast moving version of Hot Potato.
Watch your little inventors create flying robots from paper plates and bowls!
See which operators can command their robot partners to execute a mission the fastest.
Your guests will love decorating our printable Robot coloring page.