Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Red Robot Birthday Party with a nod towards steampunk ( on a budget )

My cute as can be nephew has just turned one and when his mother asked if I could help out by making a cake I took the opportunity to put together this fun little inexpensive birthday party.

DJ's mum sent me a picture of a red robot that a friend had created for his birth as inspiration and the cookies, cake and cake pops are all based on that design.

Instead of a regular bright primary background I decided to theme the cake and cookies with a nod towards steampunk. The cake is a shimmery battered looking copper with steel and copper cog accents made from fondant.

Anyhoo you might have noticed that the table is a bit low key and that's because I put it together on a budget. 'Cause it's lots of fun to have a big party with all the trimmings, but sometimes fast and inexpensive is the way to go.

Of course as I made all the treats myself I have a little head start on everyone, but I think you could make this party look just as good with a buttercream frosted cake with a couple of plastic robots on top (plus you can play with them afterwards), your favorite store bought cookies or biscuits and just  regular round cake pops.

Red Robot Party Suppliers and Sources 

The table cloth is actually a roll of red polka dot wrapping paper from the local discount/ dollar store.

The candy jars are MOGDEN Jar from Ikea - they are $6.99 (AUD) from the bathroom section. One of the things I like about them (apart from the price) is that they are not overly large so you don't need to go overboard on the sweets. I only needed to use 1 regular bag per jar, normally I need to open around 3 bags to fill a candy jar.

The red and white 'stands' are once again from Ikea - they are candle holders and I just placed the jar on top. You could adhere the jar securely to the stand, however I find for the younger kids it's a good idea to be able to take them off and put the jar at the front of the table so they can easily reach in.

I picked up the robot stickers that are decorating the stands and pail from the local discount/ dollar store for $2 a packet. You could also pop the stickers onto loot bags to tie in your theme if you like.

The red pail the pops are in is from the local discount/ dollar store for a couple of dollars - this one was actually recycled from my daughter's Wizard of Oz party.

For the background decoration you can find similar hanging paper fans from The Little Big Company I had mine sitting around from another party that I recycled. These fans are good for recycling as they fold down flat easily for storage.

Or if your crafty check out this tutorial on how to make your own paper rosette backdrop.


The blue round mini  'plates' are actually some coasters.....once again from Ikea.

and the little stand up robot's are very inexpensive DIY ones that come in box of 20 from a toy shop.

and remember my book sweets on a stick has lots of fun inexpensive and easy to make ideas for birthday parties for boys and girls. You can pick it up online here:

Or here at fishpond (Aus/NZ)

Sweets on a Stick: More Than 150 Kid-Friendly Recipes for Cakes, Candies, Cookies, and Pies on the Go!


  1. You'd never know it was on a budget; everything looks fantastic! The nuts and bolts are incredible, and I've never seen a cuter robot:)

  2. Ok, this is probably the cutest party theme ever! I'm pregnant with my first boy so this is definitely getting filed away for a future party =)

    - Sarah
    A Girl In Transit

  3. Wow this is a seriously impressive array of treats!!! I love the cake, it looks perfect and the robot is so cute! :-)

  4. I love this! I have some robots I need to share...I wish that I had seen this party first! Amazing!

  5. Oh wow you did the steampunk theme so well and the "copper" looks so real and metallic! :o