My eldest son is a Lego fanatic so when it came time for his eighth birthday, I wasn’t at all surprised when he declared he really, really, really wanted a Lego party!
Lego these days has all sorts of dimensions – Ninjago, City – that easily lend themselves to party themes but Jack and I decided on tried-and-true Lego colours as the basis for his celebration.
You know that old saying, like kids in a candy shop? That’s exactly how the boys reacted when they saw the sweets table. I was absolutely thrilled to see their excitement.
So what caught their eyes? How about jellies in Lego colours of green, blue, red and yellow. The soft drinks were the same bright primary colours, with blue paper straws. Vanilla cupcakes and chocolate puddings were dressed with cute Lego fondant toppers that I found online, And they woofed down the chocolate Lego minifigures and sour Lego gummies that I made using silicone moulds found on eBay.
I even tried my hand at Lego head cake pops – something I will never, ever, ever try again after just about losing my mind! Take a close look, you’ll see all the dodgy ones I hid at the back!
The birthday cake was a white chocolate mud number, layered with lemon curd and white chocolate ganache, all made into the shape of Lego head. I coated it with Swiss meringue buttercream and cut out the eyes, brows and mouth details from licorice. It disappeared faster than you can say “happy birthday”!
I figured eight-year-old were too old for party hats, but I still wanted something that said “party”. So I was thrilled to find these free printable Lego masks online. I had them printed at my local Officeworks, then cut them out. The boys – and my daughter – loved them.
Now on to the decorations. I spent ages and ages making paper bunting in Lego shades of blue, green, red and yellow to festoon around the backyard marquee, but it was so shockingly windy on the party day that we pulled it all down shortly into the festivities and moved the party to the verandah and indoors instead. Isn’t that always the way? As guests arrived, we had them design their own minifigures, then used those drawings as decorations as well. I used this Lego minifigure printable found online.
We also had a guess-how-many-Legos-in-the-jar game, a Lego block tossing game and a build-your-own invention game, which kept them nicely occupied while I set up the sweets table. If you look in the top corner of one of my photos, you’ll see two giant bags full of yellow balloons – eighty-five balloons, to be precise. Twenty balloons contained a little Lego minifigure head, and one a little Lego man hat. The guests had to pop the balloons by sitting on them and those who collected the most minifigure heads won a prize, with a special prize for the cap finder. It was a riot!
Here’s the low-down on the other small details. My mum made the Lego-yellow tablecloths and bright spotted table runners used to such perfect effect on both the sweets table and the kids’ table, while I made the happy birthday banner and the Lego-like name tags. It’s amazing what you can do with a free Lego font and a husband who knows his way around Photoshop!
The red square plastic plates came from The Reject Shop (a last resort when the square paper plates I really wanted proved impossible to find, but here’s the thing – the boys didn’t care a hoot about the plates!) and the red and yellow serving bowls from a local party shop. The birthday boy made the serving dishes used to hold the cake pops and lollipops from Megabloks and Duplo bricks we already had at home.
When all the fun was over, the guests took home a mini Lego container found at Bloomsbury that we filled with Skittles, m&m’s and other small treats. They also scored a giant lollipop (pictured with individual name tags on the sweets table) and various prizes, including Lego minifigures, Lego pens, Lego sharpeners, water bottles, notebooks and other Lego licensed items found in the stationery aisles at Big W and Target. My son’s giant Lego head sorter came in very handy for holding all the prizes.