Legos, Legos, Legos.
If you follow me on instagram you might be scratching your head. Didn’t Reid just turn five yesterday? Yes. I didn’t mis-type. I just haven’t shared his four year old birthday party from last year yet and thought now was a good time to go back down memory lane…paved with little plastic bricks. ;)
FAVORS, FOOD, & DECORATIONS
The Lego brick favor boxes free printable – found HERE.
Oh and I cut the Lego base runner from the last party into square Lego base placemnats. (It’s just bubble wrap spray painted green).
We used the blue mold to make little candy melt Lego men first and then made some crayon versions afterward.
My kids loved helping with the process. We simply soaked the crayons, took the paper off, broke the crayons into bits and baked them at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes. We found that the cheaper RoseArt crayons were much easier to peel the paper off of, but those crayons also didn’t melt as evenly as the Crayola brand.
If you want single colored molded crayons, I recommend using brand new crayons to ensure you get a nice clean look. Used ones often have flecks of other colors on them (as you can see).
Keep in mind that the crayons also will stain the molds. After a good hot wash (or two!) in the dishwasher they are good to go and still good for many more uses, but will probably still be stained, mostly from any reddish crayons. Whether you want to use them for candy again…I will leave up to you.
For our favors, we boxed up our Lego crayons and then covered little mini composition notebooks with some Lego bump photo paper.
I took a picture of a Lego base, got it printed on glossy, regular weight paper, cut it into strips the same width as the books, and then wrapped and glue them to the outer cover of the books.
The books didn’t fit into the favor boxes like I had hoped, so we stacked them together.
For the food, it was a mid-afternoon party with just three of his friends, so we kept it to juice boxes and cupcakes.
The decor was likewise simple since we played all the games outside in the nice weather. ( Have I told you I love late summer birthdays.)
I printed up my Lego bumps printable in a bunch of different colors (found HERE), cut down the cardstock sheets into bricks, and built his name out of paper Legos.
For the invitations, I photographed some of his Lego guys, added text, and then printed these up on on glossy card stock cut down to 4×6 inches. Really simple.
psst. I am sharing this and other printables at the very end of this post. :)
Don’t Eat Pete is a classic kids party game and a favorite of my kids, so I had to include a Lego version.
If you don’t know how to play, you take a game board of images, cover them up with candy or some kind of small treat. Have one person be “it”and leave the room. The rest of the group still in the room decides which image is Pete. The person who is “it” returns and eats the treats one by one until he gets to “Pete.” When he does, everyone shouts (or screams maniacally :)) “Don’t eat Pete!!!” The person who is “it” has to stop eating the treats. Reload the game board, choose a new person to be “it” and then repeat the process.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of flying spit and hearty laughter. :)
We played I Spy the Lego Guy (as we did at the first party), but with these little Lego guy heads I photographed.
We also used these Lego heads for pin the head on the Lego guy.
To the end the party we of course had to have a pinata!
I made one similar to the one from the first party, but with four bumps instead of six, since he was turning four. I also made it a hit pinata rather than the pull kind, since the weather was nice.
I took a square priority mail box, covered it in crepe paper, and added bumps using circles and strips of red cardstock instead of cans. The cans were fine for the pull pinata but presented a safety hazard for the hit pinata. I also mostly hot glued everything together rather than mod podging it. It made things go faster and created a cleaner look on the outside.
I used a binder clip to stick through the top to hang it from, and then crepe-papered the opening shut where I added the candy.
After the pinata rush, and the sugar rush, the kids played with of course…Legos, until parent pick up.
It was a perfectly simple, fourth birthday party. Not too much work for me, but plenty of never bored fun for the kids.
Alright, and now for the good stuff!
Simply right click on the images and save them to your computer. All files are sized to close to 11×16 inches, except for the invitation and thank you card images which are sized to 4×6 inches.
For personal use ONLY.
+You can print them at home, but I highly recommend printing them at a local print shop like Kinkos.
+The images that are sized 11×16 will print best on 11×17 paper or 13×20 paper and will have a white (likely an almost non-visible) border. I recommend glossy cardstock. Always ask to see a digital proof from your printer to ensure it looks how you want it.
+You can print the 4×6 inch images as photos. Add text to the images using the photo machines at the store or using a free program like Picasa.
+Printing any of the images larger than they are sized for, will produce blurry and or pixelated images.
Happy Party Planning!