Lego Birthday Party

Lego Birthday Party

Today, my baby is 5. I don’t know how that happened. No matter how many times we’re told when we first have kids, “It goes so fast”, you just don’t know until suddenly you find yourself having a party for your youngest child who is 5. I know, there are so many more milestones to come, but for now, I’m dealing with all the bittersweetness of his big 0-5 day.

Saturday, we had a party here at our house and I decided on a Lego theme. Over on Pinterest, I pinned a whole bunch of ideas. I love Pinterest for inspiration for things like this but I definitely had to swallow my pride and realize that there are some people who do really huge, really detailed, really perfect parties for their kids and I was just not going to be one of them. I tried to glean from different sites ideas that I could implement without spending a month’s pay or going so over the top that I was paying more attention to making a perfect party than just celebrating my little guy.

I tried to keep it authentic to us, and I think that worked out.

First, a few days ahead of time, I took one of his plain shirts and cut out a 5 and sewed it on. Easy, and he loved it.

The next big thing I worried about all week was the cake. I tried to make a cake that looked like a lego brick. Here is where I tell you that I have never ever done anything other than bake a cake and frost it with frosting out of a can. I don’t decorate cakes, I don’t make fondant. I knew I was attempting something I probably should’ve left to the professionals, but whatever. I baked two cakes and layered them, frosted over the whole thing and then stacked 6 sets of two oreos to make the little lego knobs, then frosted over all of that. It kind of looked like a lego brick, but not really. What I lack in cake making ability, I made up for by having my daughter put lego men on the cake holding little “5″ signs printed on red paper and using the lego font. I am pretty sure I am the only one who cared that the cake was a mess. It still tasted like cake :)

For goodie bags, I got plain colored bags in two colors, red and blue, and my kids helped me cut out 842 circles because we don’t have a fancy circle punch. We glued them to the outside of the bags to make them look like legos, too.

I bought a big bin of legos on ebay from a local seller, so for $10 had enough legos to fill a baggie for each goodie bag and send each of the 10 kids home with a stash to build with. The goodie bags were also used for a lego hunt and all the kids got to take home what they found. Lots of happy boys! :)

Let’s see…for games, we played pin the dot on the lego.

The kids loved that. Such a simple easy game made with foam board and cardstock paper, and each circle had a child’s name written on the back and had a little adhesive tab on it so we could keep track of whom they belonged to. The prize was…a baggie of legos.

I also set out a mason jar full of legos and some pieces of paper for each kid to write their name and their guess of how many legos are in the jar. The winner got to take the jar home.

Last, I printed out Lego coloring sheets and had them set out for the kids to do during the party. But all the kids were too busy playing outside on the tire swing, playing tug-o-war, or chasing our chickens around, so I sent a coloring sheet home in each goodie bag instead.

After the party was all over, my little guy claimed it was “super fun!” and I decided that meant it was a success.

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  1. It does go by WAY TOOOOOOOOOOO FAST. My youngest will be 13 this year and it seems like yesterday he was born. My consolation is this, he still loves legos and playing army outside. Enjoy all that you can. Looks like a great party.

  2. Christi {Jealous Hands} says:

    It turned out very cute! I’d been watching you lego pins wondering when the party would be.

    Happy Birthday, Eli!

  3. It sounds lovely–our parties when I was little consisted of a few games like Pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs and a few other easy things, cake and ice cream and noisemakers. Everyone had a blast. I don’t know why moms feel the need for expensive, splashy theme parties for 2 year olds–they won’t remember it anyway. Starting at 3 or 4 and having a simple theme done easily as you did is the best. Like you said, the cake tasted like cake–kids don’t care what it looks like once they start to eat it. And you can’t overplan the activities–if it is nice out, the kids will take care of most of that themselves. I think you did a beautiful job–very festive and appealing to little boys.

  4. I think you did a great job on the cake! The whole party is adorable. So simple and yet so perfect!

  5. This sounds and looks like a really fun party!! And you managed to do it without spending a lot of money. (Taking notes..)

  6. Wow, even I can’t believe that he’s 5 already! I remember when I first started reading your blog and you always described him as your 3-year-old boy. Time certainly flies! It looks like he had an amazing birthday.

    Also, that cake looks divine!

  7. Awesome! This is my kind of party. I love your cake too. The most important thing is the taste.

  8. I couldn’t agree more! Looking at all those semi professional parties can be downright scary. It’s easy to forget that this is about the kids and not about whos mom can do the fancier cake. The simple things are often the best, and your party looks great! Love the Lego bags and am bookmarking this for the future! My little guy will be turning 3 soon and I started working on a dog party.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Swenja

  9. Oh that looks like so much fun! Good job mama!

  10. Awesome! We just had a Lego party for Tim’s 5th too, that’s funny. And I had exactly the same reaction as you to the research online! OMG some of those parties are insane. Ours was remarkably like yours — we did pin the arm on the Lego man, we had Lego out to play with, we put Lego bricks in the goodie bags, I had coloring pages which got ignored, the cake wasn’t bad but not as good as I’d hoped (I actually tried fondant for the first time, and, well, there was lots of swearing!) …. :-) Tim loved it, which is totally what counts. Glad Eli had a great time too! It’s hard to believe these guys are already FIVE!

  11. Oh, I know just what you mean. If only I could pause time, for just a bit! I saw someone mention the other day how they only had six more summers with their daughter before she went off to college. For some reason, this through me in to a tizzy that I only had 12 more summers with my son and how could 12 ever be enough.

    Was not prepared for this part of motherhood, at all.

    Your party looks wonderful! I’m not a perfect party kind of girl either, we had a Pokemon party for my son in December. He knows nothing about Pokemon except that he likes them. He has no idea of the game or the cartoon or anything else, so it was pretty easy to keep him happy.

    We drew characters ourselves and taped them all over the house, we made a banner, and I attempted a cake as well. Looks like you & I will never be going in to the cake business. But the kids loved it and thats all that matters anyway.

    Happy Birthday to your little man!

  12. Loved these pictures! The party looks fantastic. I have wonderful memories of the fun birthday parties my mom coordinated for me when I was a kiddo. None of these parties were perfect, I guarantee that. But I don’t remember anything going wrong or being imperfect. I remember the fun, the joy and the “happy” part of these happy birthdays. I know your son will too! :)

  13. this is such an adorable idea! lego party! Is your son interested in harry potter yet? if he is maybe you can do this idea for him next time for his birthday! (http://www.eieihome.com/blog/celebrate-harry-potter-7-deathly-hallows-part-2.html) Enjoy!

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