This year, we had the ultimate gaming party for my son’s birthday party! We had done a Super Mario party and a Skylanders party but we had not yet done a gaming party to represent all of his favorite games. So we hired Game Truck to come and give 16 boys ninety minutes of uninterrupted gaming. Game Truck even provided a gaming coach to be with our gamers the entire time! Our game coach Jim was awesome! He made sure the boys were playing the games they wanted to and were safe on the truck throughout the entire party.
Because we wanted to incorporate all of my son’s favorite video games, we decided to not theme the party specific to one game. When searching for inspirations, I really didn’t find much that was tailored to all video games. So I selected some of the most clever ideas from some of my favorites and came up with a few of my own! Hope you like what we created and can get inspired for your own gaming party aboard a Game Truck!
Here are a few details to help you create your own Game Truck party!
We started with these printable invitations that I created. I wanted to incorporate the look and feel of our Game Truck so I based all of my designs on green & black. I printed the invites out and put each one in a black & white striped party bag and added a sticker that said “You’re Invited”. We hand delivered most of the invites, but for those that were further away, we put the whole invite into an envelope and mailed them off.
I love to personalize items for our guests at every party, and a fun touch for this Game Truck party was to create VIP All Access badges for each child. I picked up some badge holders at my local office supply store and created the printable badges to put inside each one. We lined them all up on a table outside where the Game Truck would be. As each guest arrived, they found their badge and wore them to board the Game Truck.
Who doesn’t love a photo booth these days? The kids really love them! So I hung some fabric on a pvc pole and used two of my light stands to create the backdrop. There is a great tutorial here on how to make a backdrop really quickly and easily! Or you can just tape fabric or bulletin board paper to a wall and that works just as well. Then I created some printable photo booth props for the kids to hold. We had Pacman & the ghosts, power up stars, mustaches, Donkey Kong & speech bubbles. And we dug through the costume box and pulled out a Super Mario hat & an alien mask to add to the fun. I’m sure you have some old costumes from Halloweens past that would make the perfect props, so look around and see what you discover to add to your photo booth.
While the kids were on the Game Truck, the parents enjoyed some snacks. Video game themed snacks of course! We had Pacman brie cheese & crackers, Power-up Star fruit, Hothead Hummus & Fire Flower Veggies. I found this brilliant idea on Pinterest. I am so thankful the original creator of these veggies assembled into the Fire Flower posted their idea. BRILLIANT! And so yummy! I love when healthy food can be themed as well. We also enjoyed a “Hydration Station”. I served water with fresh limes in it. I wrapped a black & white striped ribbon around my drink dispenser to tie in my colors. And I wrapped my glass bottles with printable water bottle labels and party straws with cute party flags. And I personalized my art hanging above the table with green wrapping paper and pennants from my personalized banner. My son asked if we could leave this up for a while, so we will. (smile!)
After the gaming was finished, we had all the boys come inside to sing happy birthday and enjoy the treats! We had delicious cupcakes from Gigi’s Cupcakes. They were called Tropical Spritzer and they were baked with Sprite in the batter. And my friend Lauren from LIV Creativity made our fabulous Pacman fondant cupcake toppers. They were the hit of the party! We also had Mario Mustaches made from this mustache candy mold. I used ice cream cups turned upside down to hold them up. I just drilled a small hole in the center and cut out circles of glitter paper to cover the bottoms (which were now the tops) of the cups for a finishing touch. Space invaders cake pops were made using this space invaders ice cube tray. Did you know you could use those silcone ice cube trays to mold melted candy too? It works like a charm! My cake was lined with chocolate Wii remotes made from this candy mold and topped with fondant Pacman and his ghost friends.
I have been wanting to make these piranha plant candy holders ever since I came across this tutorial years ago and wished I had them for my son’s Super Mario party. So I finally got to make some and they were the perfect touch! They held atomic fireball candy and the kids loved them! I also baked some Kirby cookies. I got this cookie cutter in the shape of Kirby and just tinted my cookie dough to the right shade of pink. As much as I love the decorated sugar cookies from the amazing bakers out there, I do not possess those skills, so this idea worked like a charm for me. And a nod to the old school gamers out there (including myself), when I saw these Atari Controllers I had to have them for our party! They are tin containers filled with gum. Some of the kids knew what they were but all the parents knew in an instant! A little nostalgia is always good for the soul.
I created the backdrop for my dessert table by using a vinyl backdrop that looked like white washed wood planks. I used my Silhouette to cut out my son’s name and to create space invaders from black glitter paper, and then used washi tape to create lines to look like them shooting. I just love how it all turned out. A personalized banner from Minted that said “LEVEL 9” hung on the front of my table and printable table tent labels were added to let our guests know what they were being treated to. Each gamer received a black striped party bag with their names printed on them to fill up with treats from our table. It also made it a lot easier to keep up with which one belonged to them.
After sweet treats & birthday wishes, each guest was given a Game Truck water bottle with their name on a striped tag (again a good way to keep track of their belongings). I ordered these from my local Game Truck franchise. The kids loved them and they are really well made and durable! We also were gifted with a Skylanders character & Alien Attack Appgear game. So I wrapped a ribbon around both and tied a printable favor tag to them. These made a great gift! For an added favor, we made gumball tubes with stickers that said “GAME OVER”. So easy and fun to do! These would be perfect for any video game party.
So this is the first year I wasn’t the entertainment for all of my son’s party guests. And honestly, it was so nice to let our game coach take over and I could sit back and enjoy the company of my friends while the boys were busy gaming on the Game Truck. We will definitely be doing this again! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your GAME ON!
SOURCES: STYLING, DESIGN, & PHOTOGRAPHY: AMY OF AMY’S PARTY IDEAS | INVITES & PRINTABLES: LULU COLE | PACMAN FONDANT TOPPERS: LIV CREATIVITY | CUPCAKES: GIGI’S CUPCAKES | PARTY BANNER: MINTED | PERSONALIZED TABLE RUNNER: MINTED | TABLECLOTHS: TABLEVOGUE | ATARI CONTROLLERS: COST PLUS WORLD MARKET | GUMBALL TUBES & FAVOR TAGS: LULU COLE | KIRBY COOKIE CUTTER: WARPZONE | GAMER T-SHIRT: TRULY SANCTUARY | ICE CREAM CUPS, CUPCAKE CUPS, & PARTY STRAWS: PINK LEMONADE PARTY
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