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My son Zander just turned 7 and chose the ever popular Skylanders for the theme. Skylanders has been around a little while now and there have been 3 versions released thus far: Spyro's Adventure, Giants, and Swap Force. He wasn't particular about which version so we just did a general Skylanders theme.

There are lots of resources online for anyone wanting to plan a party with this theme. There is even a guide made by Skylanders. I looked around on several different sites and blogs and took ideas from various ones. Among those that were most helpful were: http://www.skylanders.com/content/dam/atvi/skylanders/giants/funstuff/Skylanders_Party_Guide.pdf , http://prettyperfectpartyideas.com/2013/07/26/skylander-birthday-party-2/ , http://www.skylandsandbeyond.com/Buy-Skylander-Giants-Birthday-Party-Invitations-Personalized.html , and http://pluckingdaisies.com/ultimate-list-of-skylanders-party-ideas/

Now that credit has been given where its due, lets get to the 'ible.
 
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Step 1: The plan

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In skylanders, the characters are broken into groups by elements. There are 8 elements: fire, water, earth, air, undead, magic, tech, and life. So the plan is to have 8 games, one for each element.

I saw several different ways to do this in my research (fancy, make you feel smart word). Some gave prizes after every game, some gave small trinkets after every game and a big prize at the end, and some gave only one prize at the end.  I settled on the following:
Make each child a Passport with all the element symbols on it (thanks to the original thinker of this). They wear it as a necklace throughout the party and upon completion of a game get that element punched out with a hole puncher to mark progress. When all 8 games have been played and all 8 elements have been punched, they collect their prize. The prize idea came from one of the sites I mentioned previously and was an awesome idea so I used it. I wont go into depth in this step but know of its greatness to come!

Now that we have our basic plan in place we need to start planning the details.

First lets start with printed stuff.
JohnC239 days ago

This is so great! Really saving me for my son's b-day party this weekend! Also, another thing I found... Spotify has 3 of the games' soundtracks that can be played as background music for the party! Thanks for sharing all of these ideas and files

ecsaul23 (author)  JohnC238 days ago

thanks!!! I'm glad it was useful for you! Thanks for the info about spotify, wish I'd known for his party. We are doing a Digimon theme this year, this saturday actually, and I made a cd of digivolutions and music to play.

These files are so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. It looks like the date and name info. are not text layers so I can't change them on the invite. However, the passport file is. Do you have an editable file of the invite? Thanks so much!

Allyson

allysonrgardner@gmail.com

ecsaul23 (author)  allyson.p.gardner.32 months ago

Hey, thanks! Here is a file that you can edit the text in, however, you cannot edit the skylanders logo, or the larger words about the child's b-day because those have been rasterized in order to use the gradient tool on them. You would have to recreate the text. I used pincoya black font. You dont have to do a gradient, it can be solid, which makes it easier. Just type, resize, and arrange. If you have problems, let me know.

ktrisler9 months ago

Thanks so much for the psd files! Can you please tell me how to edit the text in psd? I tried, but it won't let me click on the layer and edit the text b/c I guess it has been simplified. My son's party is coming soon, so I would love to be able to use your files. Thanks again! Kelly

ecsaul23 (author)  ktrisler9 months ago

What's your son's name? I'll need to play around to see if I can. I saved them just as they were without flattening them but I tried to edit one not too long ago and I had a hard time with it too.

ecsaul23 (author)  ecsaul239 months ago

you could send me a private email to let me know which ones you need and what info you need on them if you'd like

ktrisler ecsaul239 months ago
Ok, thanks so much. I'll look to see which ones I am wanting to use and will email you the info. :)
lharding610 months ago
Sounds like so much fun, I hoped he enjoyed all your hard work!
ecsaul23 (author)  lharding610 months ago

thank you! I think he did.

kawaiilover10 months ago
Wow, you are so awesome and thoughtful, ditto best mom ever. Hope your son loved it! ;)
ecsaul23 (author)  kawaiilover10 months ago

thank you! He had a lot of fun. The kids who attended were saying it was the best party ever and the parents were asking if I was on pintrest :)

kyluddy10 months ago
My little brother will LOVE this! He is playing Skylanders right now too!
ecsaul23 (author)  kyluddy10 months ago

Cool! Hope he has a blast!

AngryRedhead10 months ago

BEST MOM EVER!!!!

ecsaul23 (author)  AngryRedhead10 months ago

Thank you! Its good to be recognized :p