I was pleased to learn that Skylanders seems like a pretty cute and creative game - yes there is fighting and battle and stuff, but it's pretty mild. The game boasts lots of bright colors and tons of characters and details to pick from and incorporate into a party. On the inspiration front, while there are no Skylanders mass market party pieces yet, there are a few great blogs featuring real parties with really creative ideas. I've used them for inspiration. Please check them out - they are amazing:
Great creative game ideas and tutorials
Wine and Glue
Clever ideas for a sweet table / candy buffet / candy party favors
Amy's Party Ideas
Beautiful design elements and creative use of printables
It's still early days for me, but I am deep in the planning process. My kids and I worked together and came up with some great activities - some from the blogs above and some we made up ourselves, each one based on a different element. Here's our plan...
ELEMENT CRYSTAL CHALLENGE
Collect crystals from each element by completing the challenges at each station. We may make collection of crystals the key to "unlock" a treasure hunt. The treasure would be the favor bags. Still not sure about this.
Jet-Vac’s Air Lift: Keep the balloons in the air by blowing. No hands.
Zook’s Bamboo Rocket Launch: Launch foam rockets. Try to surpass a minimum distance. Since Zook likes to speak in Haiku, try to write the game sign blurb in Haiku.
Wrecking Ball’s Tongue Grabber: Snag crystals with sticky hands.
Slam Bam’s Ice Crystal Smash: Freeze crystals in ice balloons. Remove balloons before party. Have guests smash ice orbs to release the crystals.
Trigger Happy’s Target Practice: Toss coins into a gold bin.
UNDEAD (Do they have to call it "Undead"? Wouldn't "Ghost" or "Spirit" be better?)
Chop Chop's Shield Fling: Try to toss shield (Frisbees) through a wall (crepe paper streamer curtain - will serve as a backdrop for the food table later.
Flameslinger’s Fire Arrows: Try to hit a suspended target (large round disc) with flame arrows.
Dino-rang’s Boomerang Toss: Try to get boomerang to come back to you
With these details in place, I have started buying supplies when I see them and let me tell you - I hit the jackpot at the Dollar Trees. And I say "Trees" plural because I have gone to several different ones in my area and each one had something different / awesome / perfect for this party. Details below...
Pink sticky hands to look like tongues!
Frisbees to use for a shield toss - will mod-podge on an image or Skylanders logo...
And lastly - this was found at Target - they are catching on to the paper straws and pennants party trends. I love the color assortment here, although I will swap out the pink for lime green.