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Party Obsession: Building a Lego Party

Being the mom to three boys, I know it can sometimes be hard finding a good theme for a boys party. I think having a Lego party is a great theme to choose, and really has no age limit.

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The first glimpse into any party is the invitations.  The invitation sets the tone for the party, and lets your guests know just what to expect.

There are so many creative lego invitations out there.  Like these Lego Man invitations created by Crafty Party Ideas, or the way Belle Isla made the invites look like an actual lego brick.

You could take it one step further like Party Designs in Bloom did, and create the invitation out of actual legos, and deliver it in its own homemade lego bucket.

Or, you could step out of the box, and create something like this playful invitation by Allison Waken.

Any way you choose to go, your guests are sure to know they’re in for a great time.  And of course once you’ve set the tone with the invitations, you’ll want to keep it going throughout the decorations. How fun is it to make the legos into decorations! I love the table centerpiece idea from Hotcakes, and creating an utensil holder and the birthday child’s name out of legos like Soak It All In did is beyond creative. You don’t have to use actual legos to create a fabulous look though.  Anders Ruff made legos out of boxes, wrapped in plain colored paper, and topped with coordinating colored jello in round petri style dishes, as pegs.  They turned out wonderful, and are just as good as any real lego decorations.

Another area you can get creative with is your birthday banner. You can create a classic banner resembling the lego logo font like this one from Homemaking Fun, or you could purchase the lego brick printed banner from Anders Ruff. For a little added fun, making a banner in the shape of lego men like the ones from Taylor Made Baking and Winks and Daisies, or lego bricks like the banner made by A Little Grace and Mercy would be cool. You could combine both lego bricks and letters like Craft O Maniac as well.

Your tablescape is another area you can really showcase your creativity. Anders Ruff shows off their homemade version of the lego cube again on this gorgeous dessert table, and then the paper plate polyhedrons they created over the favor table are just downright amazing!  However, simple balloons also make a statement as seen on the table by Party Designs in Bloom. Party favor bags do double duty as place settings on the table designed by Homemaking Fun, and that lego man backdrop created by Janelle of Cake Ink is perfect for a lego party.

If you’re going to have a great tablescape, then you need something equally great to put on it. Whether it’s the lego blocks cakes by Elite Cake Designs, the lego man head cake made by Got What it Cakes and seen on Anders Ruff, or a combination of the two as seen in this cake by Krazy Kake Bakers, these cakes would all make a great show stopping centerpiece.  And Anders Ruff shows us how to make a table special with lego head marshmallow pops, decorated sugar cookies, lego themed cupcakes, and amazingly cool lego dots candy. For an impressive food layout, complete with lego pizza, just look at the table by Table for 6.  It’s sure to make your mouth water! Of course, the lego party thrown by Living Locurto not only has an out-of-the-box color scheme, but also has some great cupcakes, and cool lego food ideas.

Part of throwing a great kids party is making sure the guests are entertained.  These fun games are sure to be a hit.  Homemaking Fun’s build your own race car station, classic guess how many legos are in the jar, and a lego toss game will allow your guests to be creative and have a great time.  Anders Ruff’s memory game set up to resemble a lego brick will add to the fun. After having such a good time the kids will love going home with a great party favor.  Whether you choose a build your own lego magnet kit like Anders Ruff, or this cute lego man box filled with legos and other snacks from Hotcakes, your guests will be talking about your party for a long time.

Hopefully, you’ve got enough ideas to go build your own fabulous lego party now.    Be sure to check out all the great sites mentioned for even more wonderful party ideas. Enjoy!

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Inspiration: Father’s Day – Super Dad

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Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 19th, and it’s the perfect time to let your dad know how SUPER he is.  Piggy Bank Parties has even created this amazing set of Super Dad printables, and you can download them for free.  All they ask in return is that you “like” them on Facebook.

Of course you’re going to need some goodies for dad on his special day, and these cakes, cake pops, cookies, and cupcakes would surely be a hit.

Don’t have time to make anything for dad, but still want to give him a sweet treat?  These free candy bar wrappers from Lauren McKinsey Designs are perfect.  Just wrap them around a candy bar, secure with tape, and you’re done.

If your dad isn’t a sweets lover, then how about this free soda pop tag printable from Whipperberry?  Just attach with ribbon or twine to your dad’s favorite soda pop.

Hopefully you’ve got enough inspiration now to create a super day for the Super Dad in your life.  For more great Father’s Day ideas and printables, be sure to visit some of these great blogs – Tip Junkie, Eighteen25, Living Locurto, How Does She, Shindig Parties To Go, Tatertots and Jello, and Catch My Party.  Enjoy!

An Eventful Party: Monster Truck 5th Birthday

As promised, I am finally getting around to posting about my sons Monster Truck 5th birthday party.  There were so many elements and pictures of this party that I had a hard time choosing which ones to showcase, so bear with me if this post gets long.

When Jace originally chose monster trucks as the theme for his party, I knew immediately that I didn’t want to go with the standard Grave Digger, black, green, and purple color scheme.  I wanted something different, and so I chose black and white checkered with pops of red, orange, and yellow.

One of the issues I immediately ran into was finding party decorations that fit my chosen color palette.  I quickly realized that I was going to need to make most of the decor myself.  So, I set to work making a custom birthday banner, station banners, pennant banners, drink labels, dessert and candy labels, welcome signs, pathway markers, invitations and pit passes, and anything else I could think to make.

Everyone was given their VIP pit passes once they arrived, and were instructed to proceed to the “Body Shop” where they could get tattooed and have their face painted.

I had four different stations set up around the party area.  There was a Refueling Station (for drinks), the Monster Feast Station (for food), the Dessert Bar, and the Candy Buffet.

Of course the kids loved the candy buffet, and the parents loved the toothbrush and toothpaste favors.  I got the idea from a party thrown by Crazy for Design posted on Amy Atlas.  My favorite feature was the monster truck tire lollipop displays.  They were super easy and inexpensive to make.

The dessert bar featured a little bit of everything.  I made the cake to look like a monster truck tire on the bottom, and then wanted it to look as if the monster truck was bursting out of the top of the cake.

I made monster truck drink labels for the IBC Rootbeer and Gatorade bottles, but I thought the orange Crush bottles fit the “Keep on Crushin” theme perfectly, so I left them as is.

For the party activity I chose a monster truck obstacle course.  Kids were invited into the “Friesen Arena” and had to complete an obstacle course full of different activities that were similar to what a real monster truck might do during a show.

To help space out the kids, we started off with a tire toss, in which they had to get a frisbee or wiffle ball into three different tires.  Once they completed that, they moved on to a tire obstacle, where they had to weave or jump through several tires.  From there, they had to walk a balance beam over a fire pit.  My husband lit several smoke bombs to make it seem like they were really crossing through fire. Then they went on to the can crushing area, where we had soda cans set up for them to stomp and crush. To finish it off, they had to do donuts around another tire, and then climb onto a wooden platform, and jump off.  After they had completed the entire course they were given checkered flags, and rubber bracelet bands with a tire tread design.  The kids had fun, and continued to go through the course several times.  They even put the blowup tires around them, and did the course that way at one point.

I created a Winner’s Circle area for the birthday boy to open his presents.

Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the birthday boy was happy, so that means the party was a success.

I had fun planning this party, and creating all the decorations.  I got so much inspiration from all the wonderful party blogs, and I’m amazed at all the great talent those women have.  Enjoy!

**Many thanks to my sister-in-law Chrystal, and my dad’s wife Sherri, for taking all the great party pictures.  To my wonderful friend Denise for helping me make all the fabulous desserts.  To my mother-in-law Ely, and everyone else who helped on the big day.  To my sweet niece Katie for her wonderful face painting skills. To my mother, who encouraged me every step of the way, and to my husband for putting up with all my crazy requests.  I love you all!

Inspiration: Summer BBQ – Dessert

The last post in our Summer BBQ series (see our earlier posts here and here) is all about my favorite part of any meal – DESSERT!  I chose this 4th of July Pinwheel party styled by Anders Ruff, and featured on Hostess with the Mostess, because I fell in love with the strung lanterns hanging above the backdrop. Isn’t that a great idea!?  Even though it’s a 4th of July party, the desserts and color scheme would fit in just as well with a red, white, and blue BBQ any time.

The cake pretty much speaks for itself {gorgeous}, and everyone loves a great cake!

Cookies are a pretty easy dessert to offer, and displaying them on a stick, surrounded by red hot candies helps raise the fun meter – especially when they’re shaped like pinwheels. You could also put them in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon, and give them as favors to all your guests.

Think of all the fun you could have with these dipped desserts – yummy strawberries, fluffy marshmallows, salty pretzels, and delicious apples.  You could easily make them yourself with some melted and colored chocolate, and the fruit, or sweet of your choosing.

These cupcakes tucked inside a festive wrapper and topped with a colorful pinwheel are a perfect two-in-one dessert. First you get to eat the yummy cupcake, then you get to have fun playing with the pinwheel.

And when your BBQ is winding down, you can pass out these S’mores kits to each of your guests.  They can roast their marshmallows over a fire pit, or a BBQ grill, or even in the microwave.  Since they are individually packaged, if they don’t feel like making their s’mores now, they can take them home and make them another time.

I realize these sparklers aren’t dessert, but seriously, how cute is this idea!? Decorative matchbox covers and a couple of sparklers with a party circle attached is a great party favor.  And I personally think sparklers are fun on 4th of July, or any time of the year.

Be sure to take a look at the rest of this party, and all the vendors involved, on Hostess with the Mostess, and stop by the Anders Ruff shop to purchase the printables at a great price.  Enjoy!