I asked Spencer what kind of birthday party he wanted this year and he said he wanted a “Team UmiZoomi bounce party.” I figured I might as well give it a shot. I went with a bounce place rental because we can’t fit a rented bounce house in our yard. This made for a pretty easy party (and no house cleaning!); just needed to bring food, cake and decorations. The only problem? Team UmiZoomi is a very specific theme (it’s a show on Nick Jr for those without toddlers or cable) and one that is really hard to purchase. Nothing to be found at Target, OTC or party supply. The closest thing was Yo Gabba Gabba or Dora and that just wouldn’t do. I was determined to give Spencer a Team UmiZoomi birthday party.
Enter NickJr.com and their wonderful selection of printables and two different Team UmiZoomi party options: a Milli party or decorations with the whole Umi gang. I thought I would show some what I selected and how I used them. The place had some limits on what could be brought (nothing stuck to walls/ceiling/hanging anything), but I made do.
I tried to use shapes where ever I could, so the invites went out with a printed UmiZoomi “sticker” (I just glued them on) and some circle stickers.
The goodie bags were just a plain paper lunch bag with a few things inside and then a thank you “sticker” with circle and star stickers. The stuff inside was not on theme. The kids are three, they didn’t notice.
For non hanging decorations, I went with the Milli paper chain, pinwheels and the table topper. I didn’t have card stock for the table topper so I just glued them on either side of a small box. (The staff setting up the party would not get out of the way for me to get pictures of the food table and then Spencer thrashed the decorations when we got home, so use your imagination. It was cute!)
To turn the pinwheels in to table top decorations, I made them fake pinwheels. I used circle stickers to hold the folds in and then also used the stickers (3 per back side) to attach the pinwheel to a bamboo skewer. Then I poked the skewer threw the cup. I placed some of the extra (untoothpicked) cupcake topper cut outs on the tables.
I used this same method for the other umicar table top decorations. (Those are actually the practice prints for the iron on transfer. Waste not, want not!)
My cupcakes had super shape power! I used star, triangle and oval sprinkles. The triangle and ovals are actually Wilton animal parts for cake pops, I think to make beaks and puppy/kitty faces. Whatever. Score! Triangles. Spencer was excited.
Mini cupcakes for the adults.
Iron on transfer for the shirt. Loved the dark fabric iron on transfer, no reverse image (although nickjr helpfully provides both versions), plus no post iron peeling. It washed up great, I just used the target brand transfer sheets. We already washed this (to get some cake off). It washed up fantastic. We skipped the dryer and had no cracking so far.
Make a wish!
A few bounce pictures, but most had other kids in them. Trust me, fun was had by all.
Spencer was such a well behaved birthday boy. He shared his crown, scepter and throne and let all the kids help him open his presents. We decided to let them work it out organically and it went pretty well. No tears!
This post was not sponsored by or affiliated with Nick Jr or Team UmiZoomi in any way. I wanted to get some ideas out there in case someone else goes looking for ideas on the internet. Luckily, I already knew about the printables from printing off coloring pages in the past.