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Lego Party!

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I know I’ve been a bad little blogger 😦

Does, “it’s been just plain crazy busy around here!” suffice as a good excuse?

I haven’t quite reached the novice blogger status yet, so whipping up a new post is not always a quickie for me, I just haven’t had the time sit down and put one together.

OK — enough excuses!

I felt it was about time I shared some birthday pictures with you. Xander had a Lego party in, like September (I say sheepishly) I know – I know, I did get a draft started right after the party, but I just never got around to finishing it up. Besides I wasn’t really crazy about the quality of the photos I took. It was in late afternoon and the sun was glaring in our window so I had to shut the blinds and then use the flash and . . . blah, blah, blah.

Anyway, both of my sons are big Lego fans, so a Lego party was definitely a theme we could not pass up. My first son was lucky enough to have his party at the Lego store, but I have been told they don’t do that anymore, so that left me to my own devices for son #2.

There are a couple of ways to do this: Make your own invitations, etc, pay to have them printed for you (pay for printable downloads to print yourself), or buy a party pack from the Lego store (if they are still selling them, I bet you can find someone selling one online.) My intention was to do it all myself, because I find the creative outlet fun, but I happened to be in the Lego store one day and saw that they had their Birthday Party Kit for $20. I love making my own invitations but this time I opted for Lego brand and convenience, all at a great price of $20. The kit includes a set of 10 each postcard invitations, Thank you’s, name tags, and a special birthday mini figure with building tips included. There is also a special birthday card and magnetic brick for the one celebrating their birthday.

Now I did find a ton of awesome ideas to use for everything else birthday party related: decorations, games, food, cake, snacks, goody bags . . . you name it, it’s out there. So go check out my Lego Birthday Party board on Pinterest.

For activities, as part of his birthday presents, Xander got the “Life of George” game. They split into groups and half of the played “Creationary” (older brother’s game) while the others played “Life of George.” (That is a pretty fun game by the way.) And then they switched.

(Click on the pictures to take you to the website on Lego.com)
life of george

creationary

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Now for the party pictures (again remember my less than perfect setting for picture taking,) And, as always, I just plain ran out of time for everything I wanted to do, but I think I had a couple of great things that made the party more festive. Again, check out my pinterest board for a ton of other ideas I just couldn’t get to.

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I captured the minifigure picture above from the Lego website using Grab Alias and made stickers to put on the balloon ribbons.

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I really like these poster board bricks. It’s so easy and simple and looks great! I also found the Lego font free online, and with a yellow marker around the letters and then glued them to the read card stock. I punched holes on the top to thread the string through for the banner.

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Went to Lego Land several years ago, and I saved the bags we got from there and  made a nice picture with the tickets, etc behind glass for oldest son’s room. I decided to used the leftover side to make a colorful picture for the gift table.

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The name plate was a gift to my oldest son a couple of years ago, so I thought it would be cool to use on the table. We went to the store and got some pick a bricks, and my oldest son put together this plastic ware container on wheels. We taped a string on either end so that the boys could pull it to them and get their forks and spoons

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I printed out some minifigure heads and glued them to the cups. The link has several different faces on them. We also printed out the Lego napkin strip (inside the napkin is a straw with a lego minifigure head taped to it.)



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He wanted pie instead of a cake so I had him build platforms of different heights out of duplos to use for the pies. I found the Lego candles at Target (I believe.)

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I had a huge store bag and decided to cut it to make a banner for the front door.

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I was about to put these big blocks in storage for potential grand children, but decided to have Xander build some things to put outside with the banner to greet his friends.

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WHAT I USED AND WHERE I FOUND IT:

Lego font: I honestly don’t remember where I downloaded the font from, but there are lots of sites out there. I looked at this sight and it seemed like it was a good place to download it, plus it’s free.   http://fontmeme.com/lego-font/

Lego Minifigure head printables: This is where I found the straw toppers. There are many other great things to print from this link. The toppers are the last page so just keep scrolling until you get to them.  http://blog.aussiepumpkinpatch.com/2011/03/lego-party-printables.html

This is where I found the minifugure faces for the cups, and the Lego napkin strips: http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2011/02/lego-themed-birthday-party.html

**I didn’t come across these until now, but these could be used as napkin ring papers or something. Very cute. http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=30761

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Airplane/Pilot Birthday Party

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This past Saturday, I ventured into to “stress mode” (an all too familiar place for me, I have set up residence) as we threw my son’s 8th birthday party. He’s a “planes, trains and automobiles” kind of kid. We have done 3 train parties and 2 car parties, so this year he chose an airplane theme.

Lucky for me, there’s a plethora of plane party ideas out there in cyber land. All with really cute ideas which I have stolen gleaned from and tweaked my way.

Finding the perfect place was fairly easy. We had eaten last summer at the “Runway Grill” located at small local airport near us. It is decorated with models airplanes hanging from the ceiling and glued on the glass partitions. And it sits right by the runway, so any activity can be seen from the restaurant. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures from the party at all, as I under my stress of not forgetting anything, forgot my camera 😦

A couple of years ago, I had purchased a couple of prints from an artist in Georgetown, CO who does trains and old war planes to hang in my son’s room. So I decided to make use of what I already had and scanned them for the invitations, food picks, and Thank You notes (which aren’t actually printed yet.) I have been working on this for weeks now, and even had mom and dad working hard while they were here visiting. Thanks Mom and Dad! Couldn’t have done it without you!


I decided to forgo the ever cute boarding pass, but did use the baggage check and claim signs. I decided I would have the kids test to earn their pilot license (which I found a image of a real license online with all pertinent information blurred, so they could sign their own names) by playing a paper airplane game. They received a “Pilot” sticker, a lanyard with some really cool looking stunt plane posters I found online, they each got a different plane poster and was told they was their personal plane to fly to their destinations.



They then received their pilot’s folio with their passports and flight plans (which we drew colorful circles and lines on maps to make it look official.) And a “Flyboy” or “Flygirl” button to wear. I also found a really cool wreath made out of maps at Haverford House and made one myself, it was really fun.



I came across some vintage travel/airline posters that I thought were really neat, so I had my son pick 3 different posters he liked and made them the destinations for our flight plans. They went to 3 different tables with that had a poster to match the flight plans they had in their folios. They did a little activity, like throw bean bags in a old airplane made of cardboard boxes (I had made it for my son as a Halloween costume years ago.) They also made candy airplanes, and propeller pops. And then they got their passports stamped at each station.



The party table had a runway (my dad so graciously made) and they ordered off the “Junior Pilot Menu.” I had made food picks for the staff to stick in the food before they brought it out to the children.
I wanted to make an extremely cute cake myself, but soon found I had overtaxed not only myself, but my mom and dad . . . and it just wasn’t going to be done by any of us! So I went to the grocery store picked up a couple of $5 cakes and suspended a couple of airplanes he had in his room on wood skewers stuck in the cakes and added “Flyboy turns 8.”

After all the insanity fun was had, we gave each child a box we had decorated to look like suitcases and sent them on their way.

Whew!! Another party tackled. We only had 10 minutes to set up as we were late due to major construction backup on the way. The birthday boy was late to his own party due to the construction, and I forgot my camera, and other things pertinent for the activities. But we made it work.

I commented in irritation, “I don’t know why we do this to ourselves! No matter how much we plan – something always gets forgotten, or goes wrong and you seem to spend the whole time stressed out trying to stay on time, forgetting important things that you carefully planned out, and in the end feeling like it was a failure.” And it was pointed out (by my wise parents and mother-in-law), the kids don’t know the difference, they actually have a great time, and that’s what really counts. So yes, I will do this again and again for the enjoyment of my kids and their friends. 😉 At the cost of a few more gray hairs and stress lines! Ahhh, the things we do for our kids. 🙂