If you read my previous post on Toddler Birthday Planning, then you know my son Kingston turned three in June, and that this year was different from his first two birthday parties. For his first two birthday parties, I chose themes I thought he’d enjoy (Mr. Onederful-1st birthday and Puppy Dog Pals Adoption theme-2nd birthday).
This year, instead of choosing for him, I asked my son what kind of party he wanted and without hesitation he said, Blaze and the Monster Machines. Not convinced he wouldn't change his mind, I didn't immediately star looking into Blaze birthday ideas. He loves Blaze, but I wanted to be sure, so I asked him the same question over and over.
Currently, he loves many things including all animals, Umi Zoomi and superheroes, and I was afraid to start planning a Blaze and the Monster Machines party only for him to change his mind. It turns out he knew exactly what he wanted. Every time I asked his answer remained the same, “Blaze and the Monster Machines," so I set out to research Blaze birthday ideas and plan a Blaze and the Monster Machines third birthday party.
Now, something you don’t know as yet, but you’ve probably stared to notice is that I'm a bit of a perfectionist and it causes me to go a tad bit overboard with planning and executing things, but this year I wanted to try hard not to do that (well actually my husband wanted me not to, lol).
I started my Blaze birthday ideas research and planning with research on Pinterest, Google and Etsy. It was much easier to locate Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday ideas than it had been with last year’s Puppy Dog Pals theme. There was even a party planning website, from Nickelodeon, with free Blaze and the Monster Machines templates, decorations and games.
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1. Pick a Venue
The venue decision to find a place to bring his Blaze birthday ideas to life, this year, was very different than the past two years. I knew I wasn’t going to use the outdoor park, close to our house, again, since I’d done it for the past two years, but I didn’t know what other options I wanted to try for his Blaze and the Monster Machines party. Here are the places that I eventually researched and considered:
1. Our house.
2. A public party space like Monkey Joes or Pin Strikes (bowling alley).
3. Movie Theater (I didn’t even know this was an option until I checked their website and saw the birthday party package).
4. Organized group birthday trip, in my case to Wild Animal Safari
5. Museum of Arts and Sciences (a local museum that offers a birthday party package).
Honestly, I loved all the options and will probably use them all at some point. However, I thought some may not be the best fit just yet. For example, when I considered the movie theater, option #3, I was concerned about 2, 3 and 4 year olds’ ability to sit for long periods. I knew my son would sit and watch a movie, but I didn’t know how his friends would handle it and I also wasn’t sure how I’d tie a movie into the Blaze and the Monster Machines theme.
Hindsight again, Kingston’s Blaze birthday ideas could've been tied to the concept of Blazing into the Movie Theater, but that’s neither here nor there now, because I decided against the movie theater. I think the movie theater may be better for children who are at least 5 or 6.
Next, I thought about setting up the Blaze birthday ideas I'd come up with at a bowling alley or arcade style public space, like Monkey Joes, Pin Strikes or Chuck E. Cheese. I loved the indoor option, especially since we live in Georgia and the heat had settled in already, but didn’t want parents to have to spend money once we got there for tokens etc, so I scratched option #2 off the list too.
After that, I thought about planning a group birthday trip to the Wild Animal Safari. I knew Kingston and his party guests would love the animals and the experience, but, with option #4, I worried about how long it would take to drive there and back. Also, this year I started Kingston’s party planning later than normal, so I was concerned about the late notice in organizing the trip. A little heavy hearted, I removed the safari as a party venue option for his Blaze and the Monster Machines party.
Next, I considered one of our local museums, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, as the place where I could pull together the Blaze birthday ideas. They offer a birthday party package and have three party formats to choose from: Live Animal Show, Planetarium Show and Muddy Hands or Studio Clay.
When I read about the Live Animal show, I got excited because it was a more feasible way of involving animals in his Blaze and the Monster Machines party again, but then I had a major wrinkle in my party planning. I got the terrible news that the weather on my son’s birthday was not looking good. Actually, projections showed an 85% chance of thunderstorms. Now, I worried about paying for that venue, having bad weather, people being unable to come due to the weather and losing that money.
With all venues considered, I decided to plan to execute my Blaze birthday ideas for his third party at our house. Initially, I tried to be optimistic about the weather and still plan outdoor Blaze birthday activities, but with each passing day, showing no change in weather projections, I became convinced that it needed to be indoors.
2. Decide on Guests, Decor and More
The guest list for Kingston’s Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party didn’t change much from year two to year three. We chose to invite family and close friends again. Next, I started looking into specific Blaze birthday ideas like Blaze and the Monster Machines invitation, Blaze and the Monster Machines decor, Blaze and the Monster Machines activities and Blaze and the Monster Machines goodie bags.
I found an invitation I liked on Etsy and had it personalized for Kingston. While researching, I found that Nickelodeon Parents by Nickelodeon actually has many Blaze birthday ideas including free Blaze and the Monster Machines decorations, games and templates to help with your Blaze and the Monster Machines DIY party. I actually used two of their suggested activities, which I will discuss more later.
Old faithful, Amazon, came to my rescue again this year as I planned. I made 4 major purchases for Kingston's Blaze and the Monster Machines party from Amazon. They included Blaze and the Monster Machines decor/decorations and Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party topper, specifically Deluxe Blaze and the Monster Machine Party Decoration kit for 16 , Blaze and the Monster Machine cake toppers, goodie loot party favor bags, and goodie bag treats. I was very impressed with the Blaze and the Monster Machine Party Decoration kit for 16. It included a Blaze and the Monster Machines banner and Blaze and the Monster Machines balloons.
For Kingston's goodie bags, I used the goodie bag treats and rounded it out with some candy and a Blaze and the Monster Machines thank you card. In addition to my amazing Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party Amazon finds, I created Blaze and the Monster Machines party food labels using Google Slides. This year, they read Transmission Fluid for drinks, Fueling Station for food and Wheel Painting/Coloring for one of the Blaze and the Monster Machines party activities.
I mentioned earlier that the weather for my son’s Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday was supposed to be awful, so I planned indoor activities. I didn’t want to confine 2,3 and 4 year olds to a house, so I set my sights on our garage. Now since Blaze is all about action and creativity in problem solving, I wanted to try to show that in the activities I selected. I found two I liked on Nickelodeon Parents, as I mentioned before, a Blaze and AJ coloring pack and a Blaze and the Monster Machine birthday game called Pin the Wheel on Blaze.
Neither took up a lot of space, but were fun ways to get excited guests ready for a Blazing good party. Then, I tried to find at least 2 more activities that would keep our Blaze and the Monster Machines party guests’ attention and that would be fun as well. After doing additional research on Blaze birthday ideas, I settled on car racing and wheel painting. The former takes some prep, but the latter just requires some supplies.
Blaze and the Monster Machines Car Racing
This Blaze and the Monster Machines activity is a major deal in my world because I am not crafty. I have friends for that and I keep them close, but this year both of my crafty pals were occupied, so I had to suck it up and figure it out on my own.
For the Blaze and the Monster Machines car racing, I decided to make some race tracks. I collected the following supplies: 2 corn hole boards, cardboard, a pool noodle, black plastic tablecloth (any type of black paper or cover will do), glue gun and tape.
1. First, I cut a piece of cardboard to cover the hole in the corn hole board. I placed it underneath the board and taped it in place.
2. Next, I draped the corn hole board with the black plastic tablecloth, cut it to size and then taped it in place to cover the board.
3. After that, I cut the pool noodle in half and then cut it again to the length of the corn hole board.
4. Then, I used a hot glue gun to glue the halved noodle in the middle of the“track” to create two lanes. Now, repeat steps 1-4 for the other corn hole board.
5. After that, you just need miscellaneous cars for the children to race.
If you don't have corn hole boards, or just want a different option, I thought about using this Racetrack Floor Runner with 7 Inch Plastic Cones from Amazon. If you do get these, let me know how they turn out.
Blaze and the Monster Machines Wheel Painting
I think this Blaze birthday idea was the biggest hit at the Blaze and the Monster Machines party, and it was probably the easiest to prepare for. The materials you’ll need are miscellaneous cars and trucks, paint, individual canvas for each child, foil containers and sharpies ( I bought everything except for the glue gun, paint and Sharpies at the Dollar Tree).
To set up the activity:
1. Put one color of paint into each foil container with a car.
2. Give each child a canvas and explain how they’re going to paint (by dipping the wheel in the paint and then using the wheel to apply the paint to the canvas).
3. Allow the children to mix and match colors and cars until they’re satisfied with their picture.
4. Give each child a Sharpie to sign their masterpiece.
Blaze and the Monster Machines Shirt: All Dressed Up
This year, there was even less fuss, than in year two, about my son's Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday boys outfit. My son plays hard and I knew he wouldn’t care for his clothing to restrict him in any way, so I found a Blaze and the Monster Machines t-shirt on Etsy that featured Blaze and could be personalized to include his name and age. I completed his look with a pair of dark grey shorts, Blaze and the Monster Machine socks, which he already had from Amazon, and sneakers.
Blaze and the Monster Machines Party Food Ideas: If you feed them…
Keeping to my more laid back approach with Kingston’s Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party this year, we chose to serve hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, fruit, and miscellaneous juices, soda, water and other beverages. The real star of this show, as always, was the show stopping Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday cake made by my sister in law. She did not disappoint!
In fact, this Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday cake was the best she has made yet, and that’s saying a mouthful, since the cakes for his first and second birthdays were so good. When I talked to her about the cake, I just asked for something based on Blaze, with the number 3, a road and Kingston’s name. She came up with the fabulous cake you see pictured below. Again, Amazon helped me out with the Blaze and the Monster Machines cake toppers.
I’m still not ok with my baby being three, but it gave me a huge sense of fulfillment to see his face as we moved from Blaze and the Monster Machine station to station. It also made me very happy to see the smiles on the other children’s faces. Next year, I will probably try to do an outing of some sort, but we’ll see, because Kingston might have other plans. I have to admit I’m curious to see what new adventure my little one will decide to take us on.
Oh, before I forget, I must add that my husband decided to add some excitement in the form of a grand finale for the Blaze and the Monster Machines party this year and did a small firework display. The children, except for one, seemed to enjoy it. I’m pretty sure our neighbors weren’t amused, but I think they’ll understand that Kingston only gets to Blaze to Three once in his life.
Kingston has finally nodded off to sleep and this tired momma is fast behind him. Let me know if any of these ideas work for you or if you have any questions. While you’re here, check out my other post on Toddler Birthday Planning for your children. Also, check out my other posts to help moms on feeding a toddler , the best toddler gift ideas, books on love and Valentine's Day and mom inspiration . Feel free to requests topics or ideas you'd like for me to cover. Until next time, Blaze on!