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1.12.2016

Lego Movie-Themed Birthday Party


Both our boys are really into The Lego Movie (remember our Halloween costumes?), and I'll be honest, I don't mind.  It's actually a really clever movie, and if they are going to binge-watch something, thank goodness this is one that the hubs and I actually enjoy too. 

I also didn't mind in the least when G decided on The Lego Movie as a theme for his 6th birthday party this year.  Lego is a super fun party theme to work with, and inspiration seems endless (you can check-out my Lego Movie Birthday Party Inspiration Board on Pinterest to see the pins that inspired me).

Lots of fun (though not overly difficult) DIY projects were involved in the preparations for this party.  In addition to including the characters from the movie, I was able to incorporate Lego bricks into the theme, and kept it all in a standard Lego color palette of green, red, blue, and yellow.

Here is how it all turned out!  Details and links can be found in the photo captions.
 
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Lego Movie Party Favors:

I got paper favor bags (red, blue, and green) from Amazon, and used a circle punch to make them look like Lego bricks.

Contents of the favor bags included Lego crayons (see more details on this DIY project below), brick-shaped bubbles, brick bracelets, brick candy, Lego Movie stickers, candy wrapped with Lego Movie character art (see a close-up in the Food section below), and loose bricks (see a close up below).

I got a bunch of loose bricks from our local Lego Store and bagged them up in plastic treat bags with a label that said "You are the Special! Master-build your own special creation."  It was so cute to see the kids' creativity with these!

I made Lego brick and minifigure crayons with silicone molds following the same instructions I used for the DIY dinosaur party crayons here.  This is much easier than you'd think, and DIYing them using silicone molds and bulk crayons is a lot cheaper than buying custom-shaped crayons.  You can do these for almost any theme, and the silicone molds can be reused for other party projects (candy, Jello, etc.).

Since I also had brick-shaped candy in the favor bags, I found it important to make sure each was labeled so that the kids knew which were candy and which were crayons!

These free printable Lego Movie character masks were a big hit!  I just needed to print them, cut them out, and attach ribbons to tie them.

Another favor came as part of one of the activities where the kids got to build (and keep) their own minifigure (see Activities section below).

Lego Movie Party Food:

I was inspired by The Mauve Dinosaur's Lego brick sandwich idea, and made turkey and cheese sandwiches as a party snack.  Instructions can be found here.


Guess what?  Pepperoni pizza can also look like Lego bricks, and are a kid-friendly party snack!

I had to balance out the pizza with something a bit healthier, so had a "Master-Build Your Own Fruit Salad" station as well.  In addition to chopped and bite-sized fruits, I had vanilla and strawberry yogurt for the kids to make a sweet, creamy fruit salad.

Like I did for the previous year's Minions party, I designed Lego Movie character candy wrappers to wrap Hershey's Mini candy bars.  I included these in the favor bags for the kids, as well as in a bowl in the dessert station.


These didn't turn out as cutely as I'd hoped, but I made red bricks out of strawberry Jello as "Pieces of Resistance."

Another inspiration from Pinterest (from One Artsy Mama) were these rectangular sugar cookies decorated as Lego bricks in the party color scheme.  I used cake frosting and M&Ms for decoration, and my all-time-favorite Classic Sugar Cookies recipe from Betty Crocker.  Seriously, I have been making these fool-proof cookies since first finding the recipe in my mom's Betty Crocker Cookbook as a child.

The Lego brick silicone molds I used for the DIY crayon favors came in handy for the cupcakes as well.  Using colorful candy melts, I used the brick molds to make candy cupcake toppers.  I was also able to find these building bricks candles on Amazon to top the birthday boy's cupcake.


Another party supply that gave me a lot of mileage was Lego wrapping paper (found on eBay).  I used it to wrap the water bottles instead of purchasing custom party bottle labels.  The wrapping paper was thick and strong, and withheld better than a printable wrapper on standard paper.

The other beverage at the party was lemonade (the yellow color matched the theme), or as G called it, "Legonade."

Lego Movie Party Décor:

I made this sign using clip-art and Legothick font (which you can download for free here), along with a quote by Princess Unikitty from the movie.  For those of you who don't have the movie memorized like we do, these are the rules at her home, Cloud Cuckoo Land.  They seemed to be appropriate rules for an awesome Lego Movie kid's birthday party too, don't you think?

The centerpiece for the food display was this 6 made out of some of G's Lego bricks. While he appreciated the gesture, I don't think he liked that I used up so many of his bricks on décor...

Also using the Legothick font, I was able to make a few other party signs, such as this "Everything is Awesome" sign, and the "Happy Birthday" banner seen below.  The frame for the above was a reasonably priced find from Ikea.


I used more of G's bricks to make a crayon holder for one of the party activities (see more on the activity below).  I also used more real Lego bricks for sign holders.  Thankfully for G, I purchased these at the Lego Store and didn't raid his stash, since I hot glued them onto green, red, and blue Ikea Tolsby frames.

This napkin holder was another DIY using my son's bricks, and the beverage napkins came from Oriental Trading (they carry a few cute products for brick-themed parties).

I ordered utensils in the party color scheme and large napkins from Party City.  I wrapped the utensil/napkin bundles with a small strip of the Lego wrapping paper I found on eBay.

Other party décor included bundles of helium balloons in the party colors (red, green, blue, and yellow), which you may be able to see in the background of some of the photos in this post.

Lego Movie Party Activities:


This DIY "Pin the Pants on the Guy" game was fun for the kids!  Honey... where are my paaaaannnnttss?

Another inspiration from Pinterest was this brick bean bag toss game (original idea from Stamp with Heather).  Though I cut corners and used pre-made bean bags with felt dots (instead of DIYing the whole bean bag).

As a party activity that doubled as an additional party favor, we had a Build Your Own Minifigure station.  I got the inspiration from an in-store activity at our local Lego Store, however, made it more cost-effective by purchasing the parts in bulk from eBay.



I purchased assortments of heads/faces (both male and female), hats and hair (both male and female), torsos, legs, and accessories from eBay (various sellers).  Kids were to choose one of each to create a custom minifigure of their own to keep.  The kids absolutely loved this activity, and it was great to see their creativity come out!

Coloring pages (using free online printables) and crayons are always a cheap way to keep the kiddos entertained!

 What's a Lego party without a station for building?  We brought out a few of G's buckets of loose Legos for kids to become Master Builders and just sit and build to their hearts' content.

Finally, we had the Lego Movie playing on the TV in the background.



That pretty much sums up the party details.  As always, if you are inspired please pin and share! 

Edited to add: All printables for the party are available in this post here.  These printables are free, but I would appreciate a follow for @fabeverydayblog on social media (you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat with that username) in return.  If you post pictures of your parties, tag @fabeverydayblog in them so we can see what you do!  Finally, if you blog about your party, please link back to www.fabeveryday.com in your blog posts to credit the printables and inspiration.

Next up is S's birthday in April.  As of now he wants a Halloween-themed birthday, which should be fun! 

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