Bug was so excited for his big 7th birthday party. We opted to do a home party and just keep it small. For his 6th birthday we had the party at a local gymnastics club. It was nice, but in order for it to be worth the money we paid, we had to have a ton of kids. I told Bug he could choose 6 friends. He invited 3 from school and 3 family friends. Five kids came, so it was the perfect size!
Things got off to a late start. Bug’s school friends were right on time…everyone else was running late. The 3 ended up playing in Bug’s room for nearly an hour before anyone else arrived. They were having fun playing with all Bug’s Legos and it was a Lego party, so it didn’t ruin anything. I think most of my birthday parties growing up where I invited friends we ended up playing around rather than playing party games, etc.
Since our theme was Legos, I did some searching around and found some great idea sites. The one that had the most great ideas was Homemaking Fun: A Lego Themed Birthday Party. I ended up using the invite idea, which I personalized and had printed out in color and tucked into Lego brick envelopes that I made using primary colored card stock from my scrapbooking stash. I cut circles out of lighter colored paper and hot glued them on to make the Lego pegs. They looked pretty cool.
For the games I used the “Guess the number of Legos in the jar game.” The person with the closest guess won a prize. Darling Hubby had the honor of filling the jar and loaded it with all sorts of different shaped bricks. I would have been lame and just used the rectangle bricks…he used car pieces, wheels, and all sorts of things.
I also used the Lego Toss game. I used primary colored construction paper to make the rings. I just taped them together and printed out the numbers using a Lego font I found for free on the web…I didn’t keep the link, unfortunately, but you can just search and you’ll find something. The kids ended up playing this game quite a bit, even after the prize was awarded. They even went back to it after the cake and ice cream was eaten and the presents opened.
On Pinterest, I found a PDF of a Lego Bingo Game. Darling Hubby was kind enough to run out to his lab the morning of the party to print it with the color printer. All the games were big hits! For the prizes I bought the little Lego creator kits (5.99 at Target) (airplane, construction vehicle and race car). They were big hits, too.
I also made gift bags for all the guests. I picked up some primary colored rectangular gift bags at Target. I got a 1.5 inch diameter circle cutter and cut up the extra bags to make them into Lego bricks. If I used a lighter colored paper for the circles they might have shown up a bit better, but it got the point across. I also printed out the children’s names using the Lego font. I taped them to red construction paper and used a yellow marker to outline the letters like the Lego logo. For the contents, I bought Lego mini figures, some candy Lego Bricks and tucked a pencil into each bag. The mini figures were a big hit. They all opened them before they left so they could see which figure they got. The candy got rave reviews, too. What’s better than candy that you can build with!
We of course had cake, ice cream and fruit and veggie platters. You’ve no doubt seen the cake that I baked. For the table decorations and place settings, I picked up a party table cloth, yellow square plates, blue napkins, red forks, knives and spoons and green plastic cups from the dollar store. Darling Hubby also picked up some birthday balloons from the dollar store, too.
Oh, and I can’t forget to include a picture of Fidget. I think he’s warning me not to mess with his piece of cake! He ate the whole thing, too!
Overall it was a great birthday party and one I’m sure Bug will remember for years. Bug and his friends all had fun, which is the main goal of a party. And seriously, what could be more fun than LEGOS!