Lego Birthday Party!

12 Oct

So when my oldest child turned 5, I was not surprised he wanted a Lego Birthday Party. He is a Lego fanatic.

I scoured every damn site I could find to get Lego birthday party ideas.  Thanks to all who provided direct and indirect inspiration.  Thanks especially to YouTube, I was able to learn how to do some of the stuff I was failing miserably with in my kitchen!

So, where else to start the party theme but with the invitation. I got inspired from Delia Creates and Living Locurto and from and busted out my camera skills and some fancy schmansy Picasa/Picnic Photo editing and came up with this:

No clone troopers were burned or injured in the making of this invitation

I put the edited file on my thumb drive, went to my local photocenter, and voila… 30 invitations for about 6 bucks.

So after the invites, I went a little nutty.  I ended up making all kinds of fun stuff for Michael’s birthday.  I thought, well shit!  That went well.  I bet I can do more of this crafty stuff!

I was inspired to make a coloring book for treat bags.  I found a number of folks had tried doing the same, I used coloring pages to help me fill the interior pages of the book.  But I really think the piece de resistance was the front and back covers of the coloring book.

Using a Lego Font I downloaded from Urban Fonts, I designed a personalized cover for Mike’s party.  Then, I found a Lego Photo App.  Yes, it will “legoize” your photos and you can change the color schemes.  It’s freakin’ cool!  I took a picture of the little man, and played with the colors until I found one I liked.  It’s a free app available in the iTunes store.

I wish they'd tell me how many of what kind of bricks to buy to make this in 3D

For the back cover, I came as close to a family photo I could get.  Someone’s always running the camera, or we can’t get the lighting right.  So, instead, I used some of Mikey’s Star Wars figures to “simulate” the family members – again, inspired by some images I found while poking around looking for ideas.  Here’s mine:

The Family Photo

For the record, Ahsoka is a right BITCH to get to stand!

Then I decided, so this camera and Publisher work is pretty cool… I’ve got this in the bag!

I decided to take the Lego font and make my own Lego banner.  I printed out the individual letters, took a golden yellow marker and colored just outside the border to simulate the yellow tracing.  I then cut out the letters, glued them onto red craft paper, hole punched the craft paper, and used a thin blue ribbon to make a personalized birthday banner.  I didn’t have a paper trimmer yet, but it looks pretty good in spite of it!

The local parks and recs place won’t let us hang stuff on the wall during parties, so we used it as table decoration.

Also, I tried the spray painted bubble wrap as a table runner.  It looked ok, but I don’t feel it was worth the time or the effort (or the lingering spray paint smell in my garage, IMHO).  I did do the mega blocks in the mason jars as balloon weights.  That was darn cute!  Again, another idea from Delia Creates.  You can see the runner and the balloon weights here:

Taken towards the end of the party, when I realized we hadn't taken a single picture!

So, I made my own cupcake toppers.  Yes, more Microsoft products to the rescue, plus my first visit to Michael’s.  Oh boy.  So I bought craft paper, a variety of paper cutters, and a circle punch.  I am in LOVE with the circle punch.  It makes it SO easy to cut perfect circles.  However, I am dumb, as I didn’t take a single picture of the cupcake set up or the cupcake toppers.  But they were darn cute!

On another note, the gift bags were a hoot.  I used the previously mentioned and loved circle punch to make circles for each bag, mimicking a lego brick.  I used the image from the invitation, did some more editing magic in Picnic, and made name tags for each of our little (and not so little) guests.

Ok. Then I lost my little mind.  I ventured into cake pop land.  Little did I know that this is the latest candy making craze and everyone with two X chromosomes is apparently bound and determined to outdo Starbucks on this craze.  After three bags of marshmellow pops and two hours watching YouTube videos, I figured out how to get the fucking things to stay on the lollipop sticks.  Nowhere on anything I read did it say to dip the stick in candy before you attempted to dip the cake pop or marshmellow in the melted candy.  This, along with adding vegetable oil to candy or chocolate if you need to thin it out a little, were the key elements to not throwing the damn things out the window.  That and it’s almost a mortal sin to throw away chocolate.

Use decorating icing. I spent $25 on decorating pens and they all looked crappy. #LFMF

Lastly, no party is complete without Thank You notes – I just ordered these from WalMart – I got folded cards, and made the inside a form note so we can just plug in the guest’s name, the gift, and Mikey can write his name on the card.  About $45, but worth it to not have to write out every single card. Mom is lazy.  Creative, but lazy. 🙂

That’s it!  Hope you liked it and it gave you some ideas of your own.  Leave me a note if you have any thoughts or questions about this stuff.


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