Sunday, August 19, 2012

The LEGO Party


Edited to include the cake! As most of you know, we celebrated our son's fourth birthday last weekend. It was a three-day affair with his party and a couple of fun days. I'm still recovering. LOL! You can imagine that this will be a bit of a long post but I'll try to keep it to a minimum while showing all the good stuff. ;) First up is the card I made for him using some new stamps and matching dies from Papertrey Ink. I knew Little Hot Rod would be a must-have when I saw it. Boy Basics: Truckin' It has been a long-time love and this one complements it perfectly. Since the party was LEGO-themed, I tried to make this card look like a LEGO block with loads of vehicles 'cause he's been collecting LEGO for the past 1.5 years so he has a lot of vehicle sets. We are now at the point where we're overwhelmed with the amount of LEGO and I've spent the past few days Googling ways to organize everything. It will be fun!


When we were preparing for the party, my husband did some research into mini LEGO builds and we decided that a parrot would be a great animal that the boys and girls would enjoy building. My husband recreated the parrot at the LEGO Store based on what parts they had available. We purchased the parts for all the loot bags, bought some mini treat bags and started the process of putting the loot bags together.


I kept the containers themselves fairly simple, otherwise they would've taken way too long to make. I taped the bags closed with coordinating washi tape just for fun. ;)


All of the loot bags were customized for the party-goer with their names spelled out in alpha stickers.


My husband and I worked in an assembly line. First he built the parrots so he could disassemble them into the treat bags. I had to take a photo of them after he lined them up because they made me laugh!


Before he built them 100%, he built them in steps so I could take photos and create an instruction sheet for the parents. I tucked them into the books which were going with the loot bags.


The loot bags were attached to the books like this. The method I used is the one shown previously HERE.


The party-goers were given several different books that I found at an overstock book store. Basically, each loot bag, not including the supplies to make the bags themselves, cost around $5 a piece. Not bad, eh? :)


For the 'cake' part of it, I didn't get nearly as fancy as I did last year with CARS cupcakes, the previous year with walrus cupcakes or even the year before that with panda cupcakes. I found a great recipe for making chocolate rice krispy squares and turned it into a giant LEGO block cake. It was a huge hit! Both the white and dark chocolate sections were well-loved by both the kids and their parents.


Our son thought his party was the coolest ever. Heehee. And he gave me the trophy from one of his gifts for being the best Mommy ever. Awww... :D

Sources for card: Gina K Designs pure luxury white & Wild Dandelion cardstock; SU Night of Navy, Real Red, Tangerine Tango & Wild Wasabi; Papertrey Ink Little Hot Rod stamps & dies; SU Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Wild Wasabi & Night of Navy inks; foam tape

Sources for loot bags: SU Real Red cardstock; Gina K Designs Wild Dandelion cardstock; Papertrey Ink Little Hot Rod stamps & dies; SU Brilliant Blue ink; Echo Park Little Boy, Little Girl, A Walk in the Park & Wintertime alpha stickers; Papertrey Ink Favor It Box 6 die; Celebrate It treat bags; LEGO store; The Twinery baker's twine; washi tape; foam tape

42 comments:

Creations by Shirl said...

Wow a 3-day event birthday party... how exciting for him and everyone in the family... Pretty favor bags and books for the kiddies too... I bet everyone had so much fun.. Lego's what child doesn't love playing with legos....
Enjoy your evening ~ Emily!

Michelle said...

Perfect timing! I'm organising my youngest daughter's 5th birthday party next week-end and I hadn't considered party bags yet. Thank-you! Love this idea!

Jay Gee said...

Wow, this all looks fantastic and I am so impressed with your instruction sheet :) You did an awesome job.

Annette said...

aww what a great party and those special treats are so awesome...great party planning i bet all the kids had a blast...

snappy scrappy said...

Super cute loot bag idea and great cards too! Lee-Ann :)

Alice Wertz said...

you ARE the best mom! wow! very cool party favor. really like the lego parrot. can i come to the party next year? =) i adore your ability of using colors and simple graphic designs. fabulous card for your boy! thanks for stopping by my blog. hope you are well and thanks for all the amazing inspiration! =)

Heather said...

Cool cake and I love the loot bags, what a great idea. My kids adore Lego too!

Miriam Prantner said...

This party is awesome! Love the treats and all the thought that went into it! You definitely deserve that trophy! Thanks for sharing all the photos!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow! Let me just say it'll take you 3 days to recover from Legoland too when you get dragged there.

walchowDesign said...

Awesome party, Emily! Your DH and you have done an amazing job on this party and am sure everyone had lots of fun at the mini Legoland!

Kalyn said...

Wow! This party looks awesome, Emily! All the little details are so great! Your son will definitely look back and remember this awesome Lego Birthday Party. And I just adore the card - those bold colors in a grid - awesome!

Bumblebee said...

glad he had a fab party, and I'm really impressed with your lego loot bags inc instructions!!!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

I love the Lego loot bags and the photo instructions. I bet the kids and parents loved these, Emily! :)

onecraftymama said...

Oh my awesomeness, Emily! No kidding he thought it was the best party ever - the other parents are likely to be scared to have you over next time ;) And I mean that in a good way! The instructions, the awesome loot, just, EVERYTHING! So much work, and so much fun - you definitely earned every minute of recovery time!

Karen B. said...

These are adorable Emily, and I'm sure they were a huge hit! My boys liked seeing them online!

Anita Rex said...

Great job! Love his card and what great loot bags!!! And such a great cake! :>

Lynn said...

I need to hire you as my party planner! The treats look absolutely perfect and it is no surprise that you received a trophy! Well deserved Mum!

Glenda J said...

WOW! This is awesome. You two did a fabulous job... a lot of work but a worthwhile result.

Julie Hoffman said...

What a fun theme you picked for your son's 4th birthday! I love the card you made him and the goodie bags and then keeping the theme with the LEGO block cake was perfect! Really it all turned out beautifully. You made his day so special. He knows how very much you love him by all the effort you put into making his day special! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Karin said...

You are totally amazing and it must have been the coolest kid party ever! You are so creative in so many ways...Love that the favors are non candy as well!

Pryn said...

That cake looks fabulous! Love the card and I love the loot bags! No wonder your son gave you that trophy! You certainly earned it :)

Jean said...

What a fabulous party idea - cute, cute!

Rachel W K said...

how awesome!!! the goody bags are so cute and i love each kid got a little lego to put together. this is all so much fun. happy birthday to your lil man!
-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Isha said...

Looks like a superb party Emily. No wonder Damian called you the best...My younger one wants me to make lots of things like that....Hmmm!!!TFS

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

HAPPY birthday to your little one;)

Fabulous birthday card--love the lego theme!!! FUN creations for all:) YOU ROCK!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

ADORABLE!!!! You are the best mommy ever!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

You are just so creative I LOVE it! You are a true inspiration! I just love everything about this party! So cute! I bet he had a blast!
Lisa

yyam said...

Oh wow! I would have loved to be at the party! Love how creative you got with the party favours! Awesome:)

Trinh said...

You have every detail covered, Emily! Love the creative favors and that yummy cake.

Kimmy said...

Happy Birthday to your little man! What an incredible mom you are, Emily!! Those loot bags are the cutest I've ever seen!! Seriously! Have you ever taken him to Legoland? I live one minute away from Legoland FL. It's so awesome!

Jingle said...

SUCH cuteness!!!

Helle said...

Wow, great stuff!! You must be super mom! :)

alexandra s.m. said...

What a party Emily!!
Love the pictures and your projects ;-)

lotte chew said...

this is so CUTE!

Marina said...

Wow, what a cool set of presents you and your hubby made for your son and his friends. And the cake looked yummy. You're truly an inspiration! :-)

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

Wow! What a cool set of gifts! Can I come next year? I bet the kids and your family had a blast and that's why you're still recuperating. Thanks for sharing your how-to for the parrots!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Yup, this really does have the look and feel of lego! Love it! The colors are perfect for these stamps!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Cathy Fongjoyo said...

Adorable project!! you're a super creative mom!

Jen W. said...

I love that aweseom card and I'm waiting for the day when the internet is truly interactive so I can dig in and have a bite of that cake! :)

Lindsey said...

What a perfect card for the little guy, Em! Although he's getting not-so-little, isn't he? ;) The loot bags are absolutely amazing, and what a fun cake!

donna mikasa said...

I knew Damian's party would be spectacular, and you so deserved a trophy! Good luck with planning his 5th! :)

Lisa Arana said...

tooooo cool! What a great theme idea and LOVE D's card.