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.