Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Lego-Themed Birthday Party

All three of my boys have birthdays within a two week period. Can you imagine how crazy it would be to have a big party for each of them? So, we have always celebrated each boy's birthday on their special day as a family and we have one big combined party for all three. This was the first year that all three boys invited friends from school to the party. I had to come up with a theme that would work for many different ages and we decided that Legos would be a good one.

The first thing I do when planning a party is to do research online to help me come up with ideas. Planning a party doesn't have to be expensive. I knew I wanted to make our own invitations this year and I was able to do so using items we already had at home. I found a website, Lego Digital Designer, that my husband used to make a border out of legos. We uploaded the border to Adobe Photoshop and added our party information. Here is the back of the invitation:



I then used card stock and a nifty hole puncher from Michael's and made Legos for the front:



One site that I like to use for party ideas is Birthday Party Ideas. I decided that buying solid colors for napkins, plates, cups, and silverware would work out really well. My oldest made a Lego centerpiece for the table and this is what it looked like for the party:



We decorated the outside and inside with blue, green, red, and yellow streamers.



The boys all ready for their big day:



And of course - it wouldn't be a birthday party without a cake! I basically followed this idea at Family Fun Magazine for their Lego cake. I liked the idea of making two 9 X 9 cakes instead of one 9 X 13 because it allowed me to do a chocolate and a vanilla. It was pretty easy to make and a big hit. Again, making your own cake instead of buying one can save a lot of money. And they're not difficult to make. Trust me - if I can do it - anybody can!



When the kids arrived they got to decorate their goodie bag with markers and stickers. I also had them guess how many Legos were in a jar. Some children played with the Legos on the table for a while and others moved to the living room where I had many more Legos out for play, including many different sizes (Mega Blocks). The older kids got to participate in a scavenger hunt, while the younger ones played a game where they had to put a Lego under their chin and try to drop it in a milk jug (the top had been cut off). Lastly, there was a ring toss game where they had to try to toss a ring (a plate with the middle cut out) onto a tower of Legos.

Everyone had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing what next year's birthdays will bring.

4 comments:

  1. The boys birthday party sounded like a hit, and the cakes look yummy too!
    I always wanted to ask if you and Chuck had planned for the boy's birthdays to be so close together? How do you like your new town so far?

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  2. LOL No - wasn't really planned. ;-) After the boys each turned 12 - 15 months I felt ready to try again for another. Owen took a few months to conceive and Connor was right away. Just worked out that way.

    Loving VA Beach! I think we'll be very happy here. How are you guys doing? How much longer do you have in Japan?

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  3. I loved the cake! But, alas, I like bought ones better, especially when I have 3 separate birthdays!

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  4. The party looks so much fun :)

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