DIY robot birthday cake

When I posted my son’s 7th robot birthday party I shared my tale of woe… my cake fell off the table as the guests were arriving. I was too upset back then to remake the cake so I could share the idea with all of you. Well I’ve finally gotten over it… sort of. {wink}

At any rate, tah-dah! Here it is. The second cake I ever decorated with party printables (my youngest son’s pirate cake was the first and yes, I still need to post it!).

With printables everywhere, I’ve never seen anyone else do this, so it makes me pretty giddy to share how super easy it is. Did you see my DIY nautical party cake? Love that one. And my DIY Easter bunny cake? The Easter printables are FREE!

So here’s how you make this one! Start with a flat iced two-layer cake. This one came from Kroger and only ran me $15 with buttercream icing. Yep. No baking required unless you just want to. {grin}

I cut off the edge of the cardboard bottom with a straight edge and then filled in my cake plate with bright red sixlets.

You’ll need my printable robot cake kit (available in the shoppe Wednesday), which includes the rounds (robot faces and personalized gears with your child’s name or initial) and a set of three large gears, plus lollipop sticks and hot glue.

Punch out the rounds with a 2.5″ punch (found at any craft store or online at Amazon.com).

Cut a lollipop stick in half and hot glue the round to flat end of your stick. Repeat.

Insert the rounds in the side of the cake, at equal distances.

Next, make the gear topper.

Cut out the gears.

For a 3-D effect, use foam adhesive dots to separate the gears before attaching them to the lollipop stick.

Insert the topper in the cake and you have a very easy and creative robot birthday cake for under $25! Stop in the shoppe to see the entire Robot Birthday Party Collection.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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marshmallow robot treats

These are just adorable and perfect for a robot party! Dawn of Not Just A Mommy picked up our Build Your Own Robot activity cards for her Robot Valentine’s Party so I just had to see what she had going on over there. And when I saw these I immediately asked if I could share her creation with all of you!

Here are the candies Dawn collected to bring her marshmallow creation to life. Just assemble with dots of icing, allow them to dry and you have a fun treat and/or activity for your robot party. Hop over to see what else Dawn created for the fun filled day!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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I LOVE robot… cookies!

Hey y’all! It’s Callye, from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle! Kim asked me to share a fun Valentine cookie idea that would go well with one of her FREE Valentine printable cello toppers and I chose ROBOTS! {Her oldest is in LOVE with them as you can see from his robot birthday party this past year!}

Do you have a little one that just LOVES robots? Then you’re going to love this cute little cookie idea. The best part is, they are made with a cookie cutter you probably own, a HEART!

To make these you’ll need:

Begin by outlining and flooding the cookie in sections. For help with outlining and flooding, come see me!

After outlining the cookie, flood alternating sections being sure to wait about 20-30 minutes between touching areas to give the cookie a dimensional look. Continue filling this way until the cookie is completely flooded. Let the cookies dry overnight.

The next day, add rivets to each section of the cookie and let dry. Then use Wilton pearl spray or lustre dust to make the robot metallic. Want tips on making your cookies shine, come see me!

After the spray has had a few minutes to dry, fill the face section of the cookies with black flood icing and quickly drop in the pre-made eyes.

Let the cookies dry once again, for a few hours. To finish up, use a small icing tip such as a PME #1.5 to add a mouth and heart detail.

When the cookies are dry, you will have adorable little robot treats, perfect for your little Valentine!

If you LOVE making cookies, please swing by and visit my blog, The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle. I’m always neck deep in new cookie adventures, and I LOVE sharing them with new friends!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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real parties: Alex turns 7!

This post is a really long time coming. {smirk} And in a few minutes you’ll know why it took me so long to write.

My oldest turned 7 with a robot themed birthday party in September (and my youngest turned 5 in June and I still need to share his wonderful day too!). I had it all planned. He was so excited. I was excited. I even had everything crafted early and all the details were taken care of. It was going to be wonderful. But then… there was a slight chance of rain reported on the morning news… and we had invited 19 kids for an outdoor party! I know… I said I would never do that and now I promise I’ll never do it again.

Long story short, the backyard was all decorated. The sky was blue and everything was lovely. The dessert table centerpiece was a fabulous DIY cake I made just for him, complete with robots around the edges and adorning the top… and then it hit. I walked inside to grab my camera and the wind picked up. It toppled the background for the dessert table and my pretty cake tumbled to the deck. I got there just in time to see it fall. As you can imagine, I was slightly stunned. I just stood there staring at it. I think my husband thought I was going to faint… or scream. I thought about it, but the first guests had just arrived and I had to pull it together so we scooped up the cake and replaced it with cupcakes. Thank goodness I made cupcakes!

But that wasn’t the end of it… the slight chance of rain started and the kids were running around the yard giggling. Then giggles turned into screams. See, my youngest slipped on the wet grass and fell into his brother with such force that there was an actual “crack!” sound. He had a raised goose egg an inch off his forehead while my oldest, the birthday boy, had a black eye. (If my girlfriend who happens to be a nurse wasn’t present I would have politely asked everyone to leave while I ran him to the emergency room. It looked that bad.)

Then… oh yes, there is more… the drizzle turned into a monsoon. My lovely guests grabbed all that they could and we took it indoors. My house isn’t tiny, but it certainly isn’t large enough for 19 children and 12 or so parents. Needless to say, it was crowded. The kids didn’t seem to mind, but it was very loud.

In the end, the wounds healed, I have very few pictures (and none of his cake that took a nosedive off the table… it still makes me sad), and my son and his friends had a blast. One child even told his mom it was the best party ever. I’m confident that was because the kids outnumbered the adults and I do believe they took over for a few minutes just before the cupcakes were served. {wink}

All this said, there were still some wonderful party features I want to share with you! As the kiddos entered the party they all geared up with their lab badges (which could also be great as placecards) with their names and the robot profession Alex picked out for each of them (he was so cute; he actually thought about each of their personalities and made up a few titles).

For decor, I raided my hubby’s workshop stash of nuts, bolts, washers, wire, etc. I used the items I found in various ways. One super simple idea was to use large nuts as placecard and dessert tag holders on the dessert table.

And Alex was thrilled because he loves to build and take electronic things apart. We sat on the floor for an entire afternoon making tin can robots to adorn his dessert table. The big one in the back is actually a small trash can I found at Home Goods for $5. I originally wanted the kids to be able to make these as their crafts, but I couldn’t find a way for them to adhere the metal pieces that wasn’t a bit dangerous (I used hot glue) so we settled for them being decoration.

The dessert table was full of fun treats all with robot related names

or embellished with robot designs.

And we still had fun activities for the kiddos using candies. Needless to say I didn’t get any complaints. {wink}

We made these fun “Build Your Own Robot” mats and provided the kiddos with goodies and Rice Krispie rectangles on lollipop sticks. I outlined all the candy and how to details in my robot Rice Krispies activity post.

And there were favors including these personalized cello toppers (available in the shoppe along with all the other decor),

and bags filled with candies, cookies and these awesome hand tatoos from Perpetual Kid.

And then of course there were the photo props. The gear glasses were my favorite.

Although I didn’t get great pics of all of his friends, we did get a few of my boys in their robot shirts before the party started. (Both shirts monogrammed by Sew Jewell and available in her shoppe.)

And a few of him and his friends (the storm left it dark in my house on top of everything else) playing BeyBlades, the hottest gift of the day.

It was by no means the perfect party, but sometimes perfect isn’t always important. Happy kiddos running amuck and my son hugging me to say thank you more than made up for all the missed photographs and little feet all over the house. {smile}

My robot collection (including more items than what’s seen here) is now available in the shoppe. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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robot party favor ideas

I’m editing pictures from my son Alex’s robot birthday party today. I’m hoping to have them all ready to share tomorrow. Until then, here are a few favors we shared with his little friends.

Cello bags of red cherry chews {love those things!}, and

favor bags filled with candies, cookies embellished with gear rounds (cupcake picks) and the coolest robot hand tattoos ever from Perpetual Kid. They were a huge hit!  And all embellished with our “Thanks A Bot!” robot favor tags!

I’m hoping to share much more tomorrow and to have the entire printable collection in the shoppe by the end of the week. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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robot Rice Krispies Treats

For my son’s seventh birthday robot party we wanted the kids to make actual robots. We thought of tons of ways to make them, but at the end of many days of testing ideas (tin can robots, juice box robots), we ended up going with the Rice Krispies Treat. The primary reason was that every other idea required hot glue (for instant attachment) and I just wasn’t comfortable that a bunch of seven year olds, even when being helped by their moms, wouldn’t get burned.

But it turned out to be great fun anyway because this robot is edible!

Grab a box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (already the perfect rectangle shape) and gather up some coordinating candies. I chose Life Savers (radar), Razzles (eyes), Chicklets (nose), a candy necklace and Smarties (ears and mouths).

Give each child an activity card (part of our robot birthday party collection) with candies under fun step-by-step instructions, like “insert radar,” “attach x-ray eyes,” “input nose sensor,” “affix mouth module,” and “adhere audio buttons.” Set tubes of icing in the center of table along with Rice Krispies Treats already inserted with lollipop sticks and watch each guest create their very own robot.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! And stop over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more of my Rice Krispies Treats ideas.

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robot birthday party ideas

I shared our new robot invitation and printable partyware design (invitation and thank yous in the shoppe) a few weeks ago and mentioned that this is the theme my oldest has chosen for this year’s big bash. So this morning I thought I would share a few of the things that have inspired me during the planning process.

The party is only a few weekends away so much more robot birthday party inspiration coming soon!

 

Oh, and if you want more ideas right now because you just can’t wait {wink}, check out my board on Pinterest.com. There’s more there now and I’m sure I’ll be adding!

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beep. boop. bot. robot party!

My oldest is turning seven next month… seven! I can’t believe it. He’s the little guy that is in love with science, as you can see from last year’s birthday party. {proud momma smile}

Well he also LOVES robots. He’s attempted to build them. He draws them. He’s completely fascinated by them. So when we started the design on this collection’s invitation I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just a robot, it had to be like a schematic for building your own robot with gears and nuts and bolts.

I’m so thrilled with how it turned out and he is too. He even named a few of the callouts: extendable arms and magnetic feet! 

And so for his birthday this year we’re going to build robots. He’s learning about electricity with the Snap Circuits series for kids, but we’re going to keep these a bit less complicated since there will be tons of other kids present, but fun nonetheless. 

This invitation and thank you are in the shoppe with tons of decor soon to follow.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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