Every year for TJ’s party, we like to have a theme. Last year it was Superheros, the year before was Diggers (with a guest appearance from Bob The Builder) and this year, we went for a Lego party. We try to make as much as we can ourselves and are often up until the early hours in the nights leading up to the party painting backdrops, baking cakes or cutting out templates.
After searching the internet and Pinterest for ideas, we set about creating invitations, chocolate wrappers, food picks and thank you stickers. We found the Legothick font and a block background online and spent hours on Microsoft Publisher putting everything together.
The most difficult and time consuming element to make were the Legoman crayons. We found some silicon moulds on Ebay and then bought 6 packets of wax crayons from Poundland. We peeled the paper off all 288 crayons (!) and then organised them in colours before cutting them up and melting them gently in the oven. Using some clear plastic bags that we had obtained from the Scrap Store, we then made a little packet of crayons for the children to take away in their party bags.
We also bought some plain yellow paper plates, party bags and cups and decorated them with a Sharpie to look like Legoheads
As a rule, we like to keep the children super busy at the party so , as well as hiring a bouncy castle, we set up activity stations around the room for the children to enjoy. We had a colouring table where we had found lots of Lego colouring sheets online. We also printed a Legoman template onto coloured paper so that the children could build their own Legoman (or woman) and decorate it with sequins, stickers or glitter glue.
We bought TJ an Extra Large Classic box of Lego for his birthday which we took to the party safe in the knowledge that if a few bits got lost, it wouldn’t mean that any of his sets couldn’t be reconstructed in the future. This proved a real hit with the children and gave them the opportunity for some quiet time after bouncing like crazy things on the bouncy castle! We knew we had a few younger siblings coming to the party so we also set out some Duplo on a very handy drawstring playmat. This actually proved really popular with the older children too so we were really glad we decided to take it.
We try to make sure the theme we choose also extends to the food table. This year, we used a Lego storage head for cheese puffs, and decorated a drinks dispenser to again resemble a Lego head. We also made some food picks and cut the sandwiches into Lego shapes.
This year, we decided to make TJ a birthday cake rather than buying one. We hired a number 5 cake tin from our local cookshop and decorated it with fondant blocks and Lego figures. It wasn’t our best effort but it went down very well with the children (and their parents!)
All the children had a fantastic time and lots of parents commented on the effort we had put into making and organising everything. It was really hard work, but the look on TJ’s face when he saw it all set up was priceless.
We’ve said that this will be the last party that we do like this but no doubt we will be tempted again next year. I wonder what the theme will be?
Thanks to Kirsty at My Two Mums for being our official photographer for the day and providing some of the photos for this post.