My (Angie’s) eldest turned 5 this year. He is one of those absolutely precious souls who, for the most part, is sweet and kind and giving–just a tender heart who loves and helps and happily shares…who also loves Transformers Rescue Bots and asks to watch it every days after waking from nap. I knew I was taking a risk when I decided to let him choose the theme for his birthday (I was pretty sure he wasn’t going to pick something super cute, like Little Wanderer or Feathers and Arrows), but sometimes real love is letting your kid pick their own birthday party theme. And so we ended up with a Rescue Bots Party.
As I began my research, every Rescue Bots or Transformers themed party I found was just a little too much for me–too much color, too much decor, too much busyness. So I decided to do the opposite and go with more of a modern, minimalist, and slightly industrial feel. Rather than going with the colors of all the Bots, we chose Henry’s favorite Bot (Heatwave) and went with his colors of red, black and gray/silver. I intentionally kept the decor minimal with just a few elements like a tassel banner, some balloons, and a Rescue Bots Logo and signs. I brought in some galvanized elements to give the industrial feel since Rescue Bots are, after all, vehicles, and I tried my best to make the decor boyish, simple, and not over-the top.
The birthday boy wanted pizza, and I was happy to oblige and save myself the work of a lot of food prep. Plus, I love pizza too, so everyone was happy. We also served a food item to represent each Rescue Bot–Heatwave’s Hot Tamales, Blades’ propellers (carrot sticks & Cheetos), Chase’s Lights & Siren’s (berries), Boulder’s Dirt & Rocks (pudding cups with crushed Oreos & rock candy)–as well as some Energon Cubes (that’s bot fuel for those of you who don’t know) and Bumblee’s Tires (cored pineapple). The grown-ups also enjoyed our favorite Spinach Quinoa Salad (recipe here).
Dessert was a to-die-for cake made by a local junior college teacher (contact us if you want to get ahold of her), chocolate cupcakes, and pudding cups.
Our big activity of the day was Rescue Bots Training Camp. Each Bot-in-Training was required to complete 4 different tasks, one for each Rescue Bot. They had EVOC training with Chase, rescued babies from a burning building with Heatwave, built a wall with Boulder, and landed a helicopter on a helipad with Blades. Each trainee was then awarded a Certificate of Completion from the just and honorable leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime (played by Daddy) and his silent second in command, Bumblebee (played by yours truly).
As a thank you for helping Henry “Transform” into a 5 year old, each little guest went home with a survival kit. Kits included a bubble wand, bouncy ball (because who doesn’t love bouncy balls?), Transformers tattoos and stickers, and Transformers fruit snacks.
And that was Henry’s Rescue Bots 5th Birthday party. I just loved watching all those crazy little boys laugh and play and wrestle and laugh some more. Who cares if I liked the theme…seeing how much fun he and his friends had made it all worthwhile. Happy birthday, buddy! xoxo
Styling, Planning, Printables, Cupcake Toppers, t-shirts: Smash Cake SoCal
Photography: Cory Gilbride | Cake: Theresa Frederickson | Invitation: Twisted Sister Shop
Tassel Banner, Honeycomb Balls, Plates: Just Artifacts | Rescue Bots Stickers: Amazon
Transformers Plates, Blowouts, Balloon: Party City