Our man Ren is seven years old!
Although several different party themes were bandied about, he finally settled on a lego theme. That made the most sense anyway: he is totally obsessed with lego these days!
Once again, I relied on Pinterest heavily – okay, completely – for ideas. There was certainly no lack of inspiration online. I took the best (read: easiest) of the ideas on Pinterest and incorporated them into the party. Please see the bottom of this post for a complete source list.
I started putting up decorations or doing little projects a few days before the party. Ren was so excited after school each day to see the progress. I regularly heard exclamations of “I can’t wait for my party” from him. It definitely made the effort worthwhile!
The most impactful decorations were the simplest: these “lego bricks” made out of bristol board and dollar store plates.
As in past years, I enlarged letters in Photoshop, had them printed at Staples (I don’t have a colour printer), cut them out and then used poster tape to create a birthday message on the wall.
I had explored various links to sites purporting to have a free lego font but due to copyright, the actual font wasn’t actually available. Or maybe I just didn’t look hard enough! I really wanted to keep everything DIY for the party, but I ended up buying some clipart on etsy for this purpose. Individual letters weren’t available but I was able to use the letters that were available in words provided.
One of the décor items / party supplies I enjoyed preparing the most were the cups …
These are just yellow dollar store cups that I drew on freehand with a black sharpie. I made the little white catch-light in the eyes with the back end of a small paintbrush dipped in white paint. Ren chose the funny angry face in the bottom right-corner of the collage. The lovely face to the left is the one Claire chose.
Party food was pretty simple too, but one part of it was pretty time-consuming:
… homemade lego figure gummies! I used a silicone lego figure mold that we already had but I really could have used one more to speed up the process. They were pretty yummy!
Other treats included chips, building block candies from the Bulk Barn and funny little dot candies on paper (also from the Bulk Barn) that we cut from larger sheets into brick formation.
Oh, and we also had “lego pizza” – square pizza from Little Caeser’s.
With a bunch of boys coming over to our small house, I was worried about total mayhem. Thankfully the activities kept them fairly calm! Upon arrival, each kid worked on a lego mini-figure colouring sheet. Once everyone was there, I asked the kids to guess how many legos were in a small jar that we handed around. The kid with the closest to the actual number won a prize:
The kids’ guesses were hilarious. We had guesses of one million and even a gazillion! The boy who guessed 100 was closest to the actual number of 86. He was thrilled.
Next up was Lego Bingo, which was a huge hit. The game was a free printable online (see source list below) and I had them printed at Staples (yet again) on cardstock. We had duplicates of Lego books from past Scholastic book orders so those were offered as prizes to the winners. We played several rounds. I think the game was so popular because it was fun to see the different types of figures and learn their names.
The next activity was to make your own Lego figure. I had purchased a bunch of “parts” at the Lego store ahead of time and separated them into bowls of heads, hair / hat, torso, legs and weapon. We passed them around and they created their dudes (and “Friends” in the case of the girls who were given the option of traditional Lego figure or the “Friends” version marketed to girls). Of course the kids loved that – I mean, it was a giveaway … who doesn’t love that?
A quick pause for a group pic …
And we were on to our next activity: Punch-a-brick!
The “brick” is actually foam board (yes, from the dollar store!) covered in red paper with holes cut out for red party cups. Red tissue paper covers the cup openings and hides a prize inside. Once everyone had their prize – a small Lego set – they had free time to put it together and play.
While they did that, I passed out the official party favours: Lego travel boxes.
They are just wooden boxes from the dollar store, painted, with a Lego platform super-glued on top. Did you know you can cut those platforms with just regular kitchen scissors?! I cut the platform we had leftover into chips for our bingo game (see above).
This wasn’t an activity per se, but was just some added silliness: Lego face masks!
And finally, it was cake time!
The cake was a bit of a bust in my opinion but no one seemed to mind!
After much fun and laughter, the party was over and it was time to relax. We kicked back and watched Return of the Jedi that night. It was the perfect end to a wonderful day!
By the way, I was really proud of Ren for agreeing to have a “toonie party” instead of all of his guests bringing presents. A toonie party (a toonie is a two-dollar coin here in Canada) is when each guest brings two toonies: one for the charity of Ren’s choice and one for Ren himself to put towards a purchase. Ren chose the local Humane Society as his charity because he loves animals so much. As for how to spend his own money, he has his eyes on some cute Ewok lego figures on ebay 🙂
Source / inspiration list:
Lego mini-figure colouring page here.
Lego faces on cups here.
Homemade lego gummies here.
Clipart from Etsy here.
Lego travel box here.
Lego masks here.
Lego head cake here.
Lego bingo here.