Assemble the Minions!!

Last Saturday we finally celebrated our daughter’s 6th birthday with a Despicable Me Minion theme.  It was a whirlwind day of fun, food and games with 13 little Minion friends!

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I only had about 2 weeks to plan and execute, so almost all of the decorations were easy DIY projects thanks to all of the super talented people who have hosted Despicable Me parties before me and who provided their files for {free}.  All I needed was a computer, a printer, a Sharpie, glue and some 110# cardstock!  I’ve included links to all of the sources below.

 

Invitations

We hand-delivered her invitations since we had attached a rainbow lolipop to each one (to represent the rainbow party blowers that the Minions used in the movie preview).  I ordered the invitation from Amber at Sprinkles of Sugar on Etsy.  Amber is super nice and she delivered the invites quickly, so I’d highly recommend her and would happily use her again in the future!

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Costumes {Adults & Kids}

When the kids arrived, they were greeted at the Minion-wrapped door by Lucy Wilde of the AVL {the Anti-Villan League} and Gru. Admittedly, orange hair is decidedly not my color and this wig makes me look more like Daphne from Scooby Doo rather than Lucy, but the kids thought it was funny anyway.

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The story was that Lucy had received reports on an authorized party in the backyard and needed to enlist the help of the guests!  Each child was given a DIY Minion hat in order to transform them into Special Agent Minions!

The Minion hats were made from yellow plastic construction hats purchased at Party City.  I added black pipe cleaners to the top {in three different hair styles}, black ribbon for the band of the goggles, a pint-sized Mason jar lid for the rim of the goggle, and I created an eye in Photoshop.  {You can download the eyeball file here.}

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Games

1. Minion Egg Hunt

Once in the backyard, the kids were given empty goodie bags made from plain yellow bags with Minion faces glued on.  The bags would hold their prizes from all of the games for them to take home!

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The first game was an egg hunt.  Each child had to find 4 plastic Minion eggs numbered 1-4, with each numbered egg containing a different prize.  Once collected, the eggs and prizes went into their goodie bags and they were given a Special Agent Minion tattoo.  The scavenger hunt was a great way to give the kids something to do while we waited for everyone to arrive.

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{Prizes included a ring, glitter putty, a bouncy ball, and a wall walker.}

 

2. Pin the Goggles on the Minion

I made a simple poster using PhotoShop to play Pin the Goggles on the Minion.  Each child was given a pair of goggles with their name on it and we used double-sided tape to attach the goggles to the poster. Here’s a look at the small version of the poster but you can download the full size version here.

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3. Space Killer

Just like in the movie, the kids could play a carnival game of Space Killer!  Plucky Momo created awesome replica images of the spaceships from the movie, so we printed and taped them to the inside of the glass door and then let the kids blast dart guns at them.  {Dart guns, not….}  :)

 

4. Freeze Ray Dance

This was a good ol’ fashioned game of freeze dance using music from the movie soundtrack, but whenever we stopped the music, we pretended to blast them with the Freeze Ray.

 

5. Minion Pinata

We purchased a Minion pinata from Party City.

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I had every intention of taking a picture of it; unfortunately, by the time I found my camera, this was all that was left!  All of the candy that the kids collected was added to their goodie bag.

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Food

I layed out all of the food buffet-style for the kids to help themselves.  They feasted on:

  • Miniondogs (mini corndogs)
  • Agnes’s Caterpillars (Cheetos)
  • Pineapple and Blueberries
  • Minion Bananas
  • Cookie Robots
  • Coconutties
  • Merry Minions (Twinkies)
  • Cake
  • PX-41 Antidote (Yellow Lemonade)
  • Anti-Gravity Serum (Purple Grape Juice)

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Place Settings

We did simple blue tablecloths with the Despicable Me theme paper plates from Party City.  I also printed and cut out an eye to wrap around the napkins and added a face to the cups.

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Special Guest Appearance

Sadly, just like in Despicable Me 2, the fairy princess couldn’t make it to our party. Thankfully, Gruzinkerbell was able to step in to read a story to all of the kids and sing Happy Birthday during cake time.  My husband was willing to dress up as Gruzinkerbell for the kids since he knew they would think it was funny, but he made me promise not to post any pictures here.  :)  For those of you that don’t know who Gruziinkerbell is, here’s a photo from the movie.

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Before leaving, I also added some Minion goggles to their goodie bags, as well as their very own Freeze Ray {a squirt gun}.  I think all of the kids had fun and as soon as the last guest left, I changed into my PJ’s and went to bed….and it was only 2:00 PM!

Happy Birthday, my little Minion!  Until next year!!!

 

 

Sources & Files

 

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98 Comments

  1. Martine mcmahon says:

    Hi

    How did you get the pipe cleaners to stick?

  2. Love everything you have created!

    Can you help me out a bit please?

    What glue did you apply to the metal rings on the hat?

    I haven’t found one to hold.

    Thanks!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Patricia – I used a combination of hot glue and glue dots. Good luck!

    2. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Patricia – I used a combination of hot glue and glue dots. Good luck!

  3. Great party.love your ideas…I have a party for my 1 and 3 year old boys ..and the guests include children of all ages ranging from 1-15 years. Do you think this will work for them too? Do you have any suggestions?

  4. Jessica Smith says:

    On the minion hats, how did you get the pipe cleaner hair to stay in place? Did you poke holes in the hat or use hot glue? Thanks!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Jessica – If I recall, I used hot glue for the pipe cleaners. I definitely didn’t poke holes, although, that’s a great idea!

  5. I can’t get the eyes for the mason jar hats to print/ save on my computer. It will not allow me to save it as a jpeg, either. Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Sarah :)
    PS Adorable!! Thank you for all of the help!!

    1. Disregard… I was able to do it using my phone ironically enough!

  6. I love all of your ideas here and thank you so much for sharing your work for free!!! I am off to Staples now to print out the pin the goggles on the minion poster. What size should I print it?

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Melanie – If I saved it out correctly for you (fingers crossed), you should be able to print it as a 24×36 which is a standard poster size. Good luck!

  7. I am planning a minion party for my daughters’ birthdays. I would love to use the pin the goggles on the minion game. It is adorable. Can I get a copy of the large file? Thank you.

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Kaitlynn – I added a free download of the full-size version to the post.

  8. Would it be possible for me to get a copy of the large pin the goggles on the minion? It’s SO cute!!! Thank you for sharing your adorable ideas!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      I’ve now included a link for download on the post!

  9. I love all these ideas! Thank you so much for posting. My daughter is turning 6 and wants a minion party. If you have any time, could you please email me the link for the pin the goggles on the minion please! My daughter really wants to play that game. Thanks so much. I can’t wait to get started.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing all of these fantastic ideas!! I am going to attempt the hats this weekend and was wondering what the width was on your black ribbon and if you found a good deal on it somewhere. Do you think a thicker black electrical tape would work instead?
    Thank you!!!

    1. Christina says:

      I used electrical tape, I figured it had to be easier than working with ribbon. Came out great!

      1. Tidbits&Twine says:

        Thanks, Christina! So glad you found a solution that worked well for you! :) Kim

    2. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Abigail – I think electrical tape would work just fine and you’d save yourself the trouble of gluing. :) As for the ribbon, I picked it up on sale and I seem to recall that I only put ribbon on the front side of the hats, partly to save money and partly because it’s difficult to make a straight line around a curved hat. Good luck!

  11. Hi Kim! Love your party and ideas! So cool! Thank you so much for posting! Would it be possible to get the link to the poster and goggles you used for the game? Thanks!

  12. Hi! I love your ideas! I have my son’s party in 2 weeks and your ideas are exactly what I was looking for! I was wondering how you made the cookie robots?

    Thanks

    Carrie

  13. Hello!
    I am doing the exact same thing that you did! I wanted to ask how the pinata went as I am nervous it won’t work out!!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Nancy,

      It went just fine. If I recall, I think I told the kids they could collect 10 pieces of candy when it broke open so that I could ensure everyone got candy. At this age, they’re still young and will cry if someone ends up with all the candy and they have none and I wanted a tear-free party! Good luck! :)

  14. Do you have the file for Pin the googles on the minion?

  15. Thank you for your ideas! I used the cut outs for my Minion favor bags and they look AWESOME!!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      I’m so glad the cut outs worked out for you! :)

  16. Hi There. I’m trying to print your Eye for the Yellow hats, but the pdf is showing printing is not allowed. Can you send it to me another way. Thanks!

      1. Thank you! Yeah the eyes are on a much smaller scale…

      2. Nevermind I saved the file from your new link to my hard drive and was able to print them in the correct scale! Thanks so much!

  17. Hi there! I’m throwing a minion birthday party for my almost 5 year old in a few days and I would really to like to play pin the goggles on the minion. I’m having trouble finding a place to print a poster that size for as little cost as you did. Not even kinkos. Any ideas on how I can get that done? Also, when I talked to kinkos about it the said they wouldn’t print a copyrighted image. I would have to alert it somehow. Did you run into that problem? I’m not an artist at all, so free handing a picture is our of the question lol. Thanks so much! I look foresaid to hearing back from you!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi – I really don’t have a suggestion other than the one provided in the post. So sorry! I do know that print companies have different rules about what they will print and I’ve found Kinkos to be one of the strictest, so you might get a different answer from another company. Good luck with the party!

  18. Hi there! I left a comment about a week ago and never got a response. I’m throwing a minion birthday party for my almost 5 year old in a few days and I would really to like to play pin the goggles on the minion. I’m having trouble finding a place to print a poster that size for as little cost as you did. Not even kinkos. Any ideas on how I can get that done? Also, when I talked to kinkos about it the said they wouldn’t print a copyrighted image. I would have to alert it somehow. Did you run into that problem? I’m not an artist at all, so free handing a picture is our of the question lol. Thanks so much! I look foresaid to hearing back from you!

  19. Hi I am two weeks away from throwing my godsons 1st birthday party, we are also doing the minion theme. I was wondering how you made the cookie robot, its adorable!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Lauren – If memory serves, I took a toilet paper roll and cut it lengthwise so that I could roll it tighter into a smaller tube. I cut the small tube into two sections for the body and stacked one inside of the other, wrapping both in duct tape. The top of the head is just a ball of black duct tape stuffed into the top of the tube. I then cut a red eye our of construction paper and taped it on. The legs are black pipe cleaners that have been cut to size and bent into shape and then stuck into the cookie.

      I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating his 1st!!

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