Invader Zim – Gir Party

I am going to take some time off for Spring Break this will be my last post for a little over a week.

My youngest daughter decided she wanted a Invader Zim, more specifically a Gir themed birthday party this year. Because Invader Zim is an older cartoon, we had to make our own party decorations. Including a giant Gir centerpiece, signs, and 4ft tall storyboards. We topped store-bought cupcakes with gummy versions of some of Gir’s favorite foods, and bought basic party supplies from the dollar store in green and purple. Our balloons were lime green and grey. We had plans to draw Gir faces on the balloons (dog and robot) but never got around to it.  We also made favor bags (not shown) from green fabric bags and giant google eyes purchased from the dollar store. We drew facial features with markers. The party was a huge success. :0) Play the Smilebox below to see our scrapbook layouts of the party and some of the items we made.

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Invader Zim was first broadcast on March 30, 2001. The show was targeted at children in their early teens, and met with critical acclaim. Still, before the second season was completed, Nickelodeon canceled the series. Because of its continued fan base and above average DVD sales since cancellation, Invader Zim has been called a cult hit.

The series revolves around an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk and his ongoing mission to conquer Earth. His various attempts to subjugate and destroy the human race are invariably undermined by some combination of his own ineptitude, his malfunctioning robot servant GIR, and his arch-nemesis Dib, one of very few humans attentive enough to be aware of Zim’s identity. (Descriptive quotes from Wikipedia)

Credits: Invader zim was  created by Jhonen Vasquez.  This cube craft inspired our giant GIR centerpiece. All elements used in the Waffles and Bacon signs are from Sunny Side Up.  All other signs and storyboard picnic foods are our own paper pieced originals. The storyboards are made from recycled materials. A friend had made a scene for her son’s birthday using the backside of signs (the kind you see in Target, basically giant foam core board). The sun and hills were already painted on the storyboards when I got them.  The  Girs are coloring book images downloaded the net, then printed on green poster board. (We could not get precolored images to match party decor).  We cute them out, glued white circles for the eyes and attached them to the storyboads. The pig is actually based on the Toy Story Pig from this kit. The flowers were made with a paper punch. Quotes used on scrapbook pages from here and here.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angel
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 23:01:17

    This is brilliant! Absolutely adorable 🙂
    I stumbled on this page Google-ing Zim party ideas for my sons’ upcoming May and June birthdays. We just discovered Zim in Jan. and it left me wondering how I missed this cartoon as a High School senior in 2001 LOL, now I have two little boys who think it’s the best thing since Blue’s Clues.
    Huge jump yes, from Thomas the Tank Engine to Invader Zim – but this party is alot more fun for Mom to plan 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and inspirations with us all!


  2. Tallest Nat
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 00:44:00

    Awesome! I LOVE Zim! Great post and awesome creativity for the party! Love it! I’m actually making an Invader Zim website right now! if you want to check it out!


  3. Taylor Tuttle
    May 31, 2012 @ 02:36:18

    cool i’ve been wanting my own birthday party but there is no place that has gir birthday supplies. if only you could make the supplies for me and i could pay you.


  4. creativelyobsessed
    May 31, 2012 @ 21:35:54

    I would be willing to consider making supplies for your. I would have to check and be sure the supplies I need are still available, then have the time to make and ship the items to you. What state are you in and when would you need the supplies by?


  5. Taylor Tuttle
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 02:51:16

    sorry to bother u about the birthday thing but my mother making me share my birthday party with her, my sisters graduation party, and my brothers birthday party thanks anyways.


  6. creatively Obsessed
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 03:14:58

    Sorry you don’t get to pick the theme of your birthday party. On the bright side, combining so many events ensures you all will have a big celebration, with lots of people and fun. Enjoy your day!


  7. Heather
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 01:18:00

    Can you tell me how you made the GIR center piece? I have been trying to peice together this GIR party for my son and cant seem to find any decorations and all i need is a center peice, if you could tell me I would be so thankful!!!!!


  8. creativelyobsessed
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 01:48:58

    I sent you an email but for others who might be interested…

    This cube craft inspired our giant GIR centerpiece.

    To make large Centerpiece:
    Shoe box, with similar size top and bottom, for head and body, green wrapping paper, extra large & extra puffy black chanel stems for ears, arms and tail, a smaller black box for the feet (Olay wipes), paper plate middles (or paper cut into circles) for eyes, zipper, few paper scraps for nose, tongue, and pupils. Clear tape and hot glue. Optional supplies, small piece of cardboard to reinforce behind tail, white glue for facial features.

    *Instead of one shoebox for head and body, two smallish rectangular shaped boxes may work better to secure the back and tail. I just used what I had on hand.

    To assemble
    1) Wrap top and bottom of shoe box separately, with box opening facing GIRs back. Do not seal the paper in back yet, you need to reach in to pull the Chanel stems through and lock in place.

    2) Determine where you want ears, arms and tail, carefully make holes, so as not to ruin wrapping paper.

    3) Pull the chanel stems through holes and lock in place with hot glue. The tail is the hardest part since there is no box to secure it to in the back. I reinforced with a small piece of cardboard.

    4) Tape wrapping paper closed

    5) Stack the 3 boxes on top of each other, for head, body and feet, secure with hot glue.

    6) Hot glue zipper into place.

    7) Add eyes, tongue, and nose. Secure with glue.


  9. melissa
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 08:46:26

    Cant find any ideas of gir but only ideaas of the cake please can you give me some ideas


    • creativelyobsessed
      Aug 09, 2012 @ 15:47:33

      Read through this post, if you don’t like these ideas, you will have to look else where. That is all I have, good luck.


    • creativelyobsessed
      Aug 09, 2012 @ 18:31:13

      Ok I guess I have a few more ideas:

      You could print coloring pages for the party guests to color. Take it is step further and cut the pictures out to make puppets. You could also print them on shrinky dink paper and make key chains or jewelry.

      Make buttons (pins) with image downloaded from the net

      Make character paper dolls

      If you can sew, you can make stuffed animals, hoodies, hats, etc.

      Get a green tote bag and decorate it to look like Gir’s face. (we did this with our small favor bags using goggle eyes and fabric paint)

      Visit Deviantart for more craft ideas.

      If money is no object, Hot topic still sells some Invader Zim products.


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