A few months ago my son turned 6, and as so many kids do at that age, he chose a Lego birthday party. I am one of those moms, and I tend to go a little overboard in the birthday party department. He is my only child and his birthday is in the middle of winter when there really isn’t much else going on, so I really get into it. (Though my dear friend totally showed me up recently with her son’s glow-in-the-dark Star Wars theme party. It’s okay, I still like her though. J) Anyhow, with so many fun projects going on around here, it took me awhile, but I finally have time to show you the party. Just ignore the snow outside the windows!
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I was pretty excited when he chose Lego. It’s such a common theme that I figured I would find tons of awesome decorations, but honestly, I didn’t love most of what I found. And of course, with Lego licensing, some of it was pretty darn expensive for an essentially disposable decoration. The great thing however, is that with just a few specific touches, you can get away with tons of decoration simply on the color scheme. Buy anything red, blue, yellow, green, orange, white or black and it can easily become a Lego decoration.
So I started with tons of balloons and my absolute favorite party trick. With this secret for an Everlasting Balloon Bouquet, we kept his balloons up for 3 or 4 weeks, just for fun.
The snack table got an awesome tablecloth.
and I made this fun banner. I used a circle punch to cut out a ton of dots, then laid them out across the floor and glued the string along the back. Super quick and easy!
Obviously a Lego party has to include actual Lego’s too, so we built a straw holder
and a silverware holder.
I also created cake plates by filling clear jars with Legos,
applying a bit of hot glue,
and securing a plate to the top. (Just be very careful when dismantling. You don’t want to break the glass!)
There is definitely more but the rest crosses into food and games, so let’s move on. J
The plan was to have pizza later on when the kids were ready, but we started with a snack table.
I stuck with the color blocking theme and offered healthy snacks. I was really impressed with how quickly all the fruits and veggies disappeared!
The only Lego specific décor I purchased was these water bottle wrappers from Etsy. There are a ton to choose from but most come with additional décor that I didn’t particularly want. Most birthday parties I have been to offer pop etc, but I have found that giving the kids their own little decorated water bottle means they get excited about drinking water. We always end up having to refill them over and over.
Instead of a standard cake, we went with cakepops. I am not much of an artist, but I attempted to make Lego man heads. They were far from perfect but they got the point across and the kids loved them. **Side note: I have tried a ton of different food writer markers but they have never actually worked for me. I don’t mean like they didn’t work well enough, I mean they truly didn’t write anything…at all! Then I found this one from AmeriColor. Save yourself the headaches and just get this brand!
I also made some chocolate cakepops and covered them with sprinkles. Simple but fun. **Another side note (sorry, I am all over the place today J): I started making cakepops years ago because I was inspired by the work of Bakerella. She has the most incredible ideas! If you ever want to try it, be sure to check out her site. Or even better, get her book for detailed instructions and fabulous ideas.
The cake pops went on the Lego jar displays.
And when they were nearly gone I replaced them with a super simple cake for the family party. Mini M&M’s and a fun candle, done and done.
Lego Scavenger Hunt: We started the party with this game. It was a big hit and probably the easiest game ever. Basically, while setting up for the party I wandered the house and set Lego’s down in various places. I hid 12 pieces per player, so the hardest part was finding places to put them. When the kids were ready I set the timer for 3 minutes and set the kids loose with cups to hold their Legos. When the timer went off we counted them up and the winner got a prize.
Pin the Pants on the Lego Man: If you haven’t seen the Lego movie, you probably think I am crazy. In the movie the main character’s favorite TV show is a guy that can’t find his pants. It’s quite ridiculous and kids think it’s hysterical. I found an image of guy from that show and had staples print it up.
Then I gathered a collection of random pattern scrapbook paper and cut out something vaguely resembling pants in the right size.
Each child had a pair of pants at their seat and the took turns being blindfolded and “pinning”.
Build a Lego Racecar: This game was the highlight of the party! Each child was tasked with building a car that we would later race. We pulled out the pieces for each kid to have a set of wheels but other than that, the Legos were just dumped into a huge tray and it was a free for all. The actual racing was done bracket style so it was always one kid against another.
Patrick built a ramp to start the cars rolling and the kids kept testing out their cars. The cars started pretty simple,
but once the test runs began, they got pretty creative. We eventually put a time limit on it because it was starting to look like they might just build forever. They seriously loved this game!
I discovered these fun takeout style boxes at the dollar store. I went to party city and picked out some candy in the Lego color scheme, and a couple of other random things.
I also included these Lego block bracelets,
So there you have it, one fantastic Lego Birthday, and one very happy birthday boy!
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