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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Leggo My Legos!

I saw a friend's post about her son's birthday party and realized I never posted about the Boy's party! Oops!

Since the Boy is mildly obsessed with Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, and Lego Batman games on the Wii, it was pretty easy to get him excited about having a Lego party. And they have some really cute shirts out right now so he got one to wear for his party. He asked me every day if he could wear, maybe thinking he'd catch me off-guard. He didn't.

This party, I was ready. The treat bags were filled and ready to go. The table was covered. My floor was even vacuum well before the guests arrived. I was dressed and wearing makeup; the kids were dressed and didn't have peanut butter smeared all over their faces. I was in rare form! And I have to brag a little bit...most of my plans for the party came from sites online, except for this little piece of genius:

It's a plastic table cover with matching plates from Wal-mart. I wish I had more plates so I could have made all the doors into Legos!

When the guests arrived, they got a seat at the table (now big enough that kids didn't have to share chairs!), a Lego coloring page, and lots of crayons.

I knew this would be tricky because some kids use lots of colors, take their time, and really enjoy coloring. Others stab at the paper with a crayon once or twice and call it good. So for the fast ones, I had them try to write their name or draw a picture on the back. That held their interest long enough for everyone to arrive and get a chance to color.

Next, the kids got a bag of Lego bricks (I got the big 650-piece set and used less than half for the party). They could build whatever they wanted using as many or as few of their Legos. Originally, I intended to give everyone an award for their creation, like "Most Colorful," "Tallest," "Most Deadly If It Were Real," etc. But at the last minute, I couldn't find my award ribbons, so we just skipped over that portion.

After building, it was time for the pinata!

I got this one from the local party store and thought that if we used our imaginations, squinted our eyes, and had recently suffered a head trauma of some sort, then it would look like the 5 was made from Legos instead of whatever stuff was leftover from making those Mexican llama pinatas.

And why is it that store-bought pinatas are impossible to break? We were heading into our fourth round of taking swings -- and I didn't even blindfold the kids or make them dizzy! -- before the Man used a box cutter to weaken the integrity a little. These ought to be recycled for a new maximum security prison facility. Inside, I had filled the pinata with Starbursts, Tootsie Rolls, and more Legos. 'Cuz it's not a real party unless I've worked the theme into every nook and cranny.

After using all their energy to break the pinata-that-wouldn't-die, it was time to refuel with some cake and ice cream!

For better pictures of the cake, check it out on my cake blog. And once again, there's diversity amongst eating styles but I was prepared! Each kid got a handful of candy building bricks (sold in bulk at my local grocery store). These went over so big that we spent more time at the table so they could build with them/suck on them until their tongues turned colors.

And I have to show you the lemonade:

I made these using the ice cube trays from the Lego stores.

After cake comes presents!

What a surprise...he mostly got Lego sets.

With almost perfect timing, the parents started to collect their little ones. Each guest was sent home with a balloon and a goody bag. This is what was inside the bags:

Homemade soap (which was surprisingly easy), molded crayons (which were agonizingly tedious), with more building brick candy and their Lego creations. Oh, and there was a kazoo, too. I'd like to apologize to all the parents...the Boy insisted.

While I didn't feel like the party was chaotic and out of control, I was still exhausted at the end. I really ought to consider changing these to every other year...


Popcorn House said...

This is so CUTE! I love it. Happy Birthday "boy".

Janell said...

So cute!

Why not have "friend" parties every-other-year and "family" parties in the year between? ("Family" defined as "you get to choose what we eat for dinner and we'll purchase a few helium balloons for decoration.")

Kristina P. said...

What a fun idea! I was waiting to see a picture of the cake. It looks fabulous!

Jessica said...

You are so creative and fun! We only do friend parties on the EVEN b-days since those are the eventful ones anyway and the other years we have a family party and the kids get to pick something special to do-bowling, movie, out to eat, etc.

Busty LaRue said...

OMG what a great party idea! and it looks like everyone had a good time, too

See Mom Smile said...

Okay that was lego fantastic. Legos are out all time favorite toy. Awesome party.

Pedersen Family said...

Ali had a great time. You did a great job with everything. You are a great party hostess. Ali did come home and play the kazoo non stop for 3 days before I threw it away while she slept. She loved it though.;)

Amber said...

Okay you are awesome. I LOVE that there are other moms out there who use creativity and have fun parties at home rather than taking 12 kids to Chuck E Cheese. Of course- that's why we're twins. ;)

Jillybean said...

I love how you follow the theme! Lego ice cubes.....awesome!
We're planning Max's "space" birthday party right now. You inspire me :0)

Kristie said...

What an awesome party!! Want to come and plan my next one?!!! :) I love it all. I had better not show this one to my kids. Otherwise I will have to be having this same party at my house. Tons of great ideas! I love it! What an super mom you are!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

WOW! I'm SO impressed!!!!! LOVE it!

Tipi said...

have I told you lately how amazing you are?

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