Monday, January 28, 2013

A Lego Themed Birthday Party

To celebrate my son's 9th birthday,
we hosted a Lego Themed Party..
at our house...
with 15 boys.

Yes, 15 boys.
Inside.
I can't believe I agreed to it.
But somehow we managed to survive the crazy day!

Lego Themed Birthday Party
The door sign set the tone for the party.
(Although, I drove myself insane
 trying to find the right colors to make a pattern.
I finally gave up and decided it didn't have to look perfect.)

I had a whole schedule of activities to fill up the 2 1/2 hour event.
The party began at 4:00 p.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m.
Of course, things don't always go as scheduled,
especially with 15 boys!

As the kids were dropped off,
each parent would wish me "good luck"!
That got me a little worried!

But like I said, I had a plan...
First, I had each boy fill out a card to guess how many Legos were in the jar.
Guess the Legos Game
For the guesses, I covered a tissue box in Lego wrapping paper left over from another birthday.  Most of the kids actually guessed pretty well.  The total number was 268 and my son guessed 265!  I don't think he cheated because I had the jar hidden until the party started.  He gave the prize to the two boys who were tied for second place anyway.

Once everyone had arrived, they headed down to the basement playroom to horse around for a few minutes.  The second my husband and I walked down there, we knew we would have to start some games soon or else there would be a head injury to deal with!  The crazy boys were jumping all over, wrestling, throwing footballs.  Total mayhem!  My son wanted to play the first game in the family room...so they could be near the snacks in the kitchen.  We ushered the crowd back upstairs, munched on some veggies and pretzels for a few minutes and then set up the game.  

Lego Toss Game
The Lego Toss Game

We set up three of these Lego Toss Games in a row and lined up the kids in 3 lines of 5.  We gave each team a cup filled with 20 Legos and instructed them to aim for their target without stepping over the line.  My husband coaches many of these boys in football and baseball so all he has to do is make an announcement, and they all listen.  I, on the other hand would be like, "Ok guys, now we are going to..." and no one would even pay any attention.  It was quite funny.  So I let my husband take charge of the game while I stood at the end, cheering for each team and announcing what number their piece would land in.  The kids were really into the game and were jumping up and down yelling and cheering for each other.  We went through about 3 or 4 rounds and they all had a great time.  

My next plan was to play the Ninjago Wrap Contest.  That game never happened because the boys all wanted to just run around and play and my son informed me that he's "not really into the Ninjago guys anyway".  Just great.
Lego Party Games
The plan was to have three teams.  Each team would designate one person to wear the mask and the rest of the team would wrap him up to look like the character, Zane, (pictured in the upper right).  Now, I know nothing about these Lego characters but I discovered that Zane looks like he is wrapped in toilet paper anyway, so it made sense to use him for this game.  I would set a timer for 3 minutes and the boys would have to wrap their teammate and at the end, we would judge the best Zane.  Now, I happen to know from experience at a school Halloween event, that boys love wrapping someone up in toilet paper.  I just knew this game would be a hit...but like I said, we never got around to doing it!  Oh well.

We had also planned on a Pass the Lego Game (like Hot Potato) but that never happened either.

And the Build the Highest Lego Tower game... never happened.

But what did happen was lots of running, wrestling, jumping, football playing, a tiny bit of Lego building and some Wii.  And you know what...they all had a great time!  Every now and then, my husband would head down to the basement and throw the football to them and I would hear all this cheering and laughing.  

When the pizza arrived, the sweaty boys emerged from the basement just long enough to stuff their faces and  then they were back to the basement again until it was time for cake.

Lego Table Setting

I am sure they barely noticed the Lego table settings...or even cared.  Originally, I bought actual Lego tablecloths with the "City" theme of helicopters and police cars on them.  Of course when I opened them up I discovered that the scene was only on the edge of the tablecloth and the middle was just white.  I wasn't happy with how the table looked so I took out some white tablecloths and cut the Lego wrapping paper I had into table runners to put down the middle.  Then I just enlarged a Lego logo and pasted it onto a piece of card stock for the center.

Lego Place Setting
Luckily,the silver plates (square for Legos) I bought to go with the original table cloth matched the new "runner".  I just switched the navy napkins to red and I was all set.  I used the dining room table and the kitchen table instead of attempting to fit all the boys in one room.  

The table settings ended up fitting in well
with the Happy Birthday banner I made for the fireplace.
Lego Party Decor


Lego Party Banner

The banner ended up being a bit of a challenge because when I tried to download some Lego fonts, I picked up a computer virus (which I am still trying to completely get rid of).  I ended up finding some very small fonts that I could not enlarge on the computer so I made copies and blew them up on the printer.  The copies didn't enlarge well and were very light so I had to fill them in with a Sharpie.  Then I just outlined them in yellow, cut them out and glued them onto red card stock.  I punched holes in the top and strung them up with long shoelaces.  They took a bit too long but I was happy with how they turned out.

The party finally came to a close as the parents arrived between 6:00 and 6:30.  Most of the kids were not ready to leave, which I guess was a good sign.  The basement felt like a sauna from all the sweaty boys running around.

As everyone departed,
my son handed out the goodie bags he helped me make.
(There was one extra due to a last minute cancellation).
Lego Goodie BagsTo make the bags, we just cut out circles and attached them with puffy double sided stickers onto plain colored gift bags.  We filled them with a Lego 3 in 1 car kit, a Whoopie cushion and some candy...because the kids weren't quite sugared up enough!  As expected, they were very excited about the Whoopie cushions!  Boys!!!

My son was thrilled with his party.  His friends had a blast and my husband and I survived the 15 boys...or should I say - our house survived 15 boys!  (The 15 included my 2 sons).   Everything ended up working out...my niece even came and picked up Rosie for the evening so she got to play with her doggie friends.  A fun night for everyone!

27 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! Looks like a fun party!

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  2. Adorable! So nicely put together...I love the bags!

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  3. Such a great party -- what a cute theme. I had to laugh when you told about the activities you didn't do. That's the way with kids, isn't it?

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  4. What a wonderful party theme! You are one brave woman with all those boys! lol! We've had home parties and they are so much work, so I applaud you! It sounds as though it was a great success! Love the door sign, party games, and table setting!

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  5. Would you totally dislike me if I copy this party in March? M would love a "lego" party this year and all of your ideas are spot on!!!!

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    1. Don't be ridiculous! Of course I wouldn't dislike you if you copied the party!!! I got most of my ideas off the internet! I hope you have better luck getting all your kids to play all the games!

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  6. Brilliant ideas and decor, Mom! I sometimes think we do this for ourselves, really, because all they want to do is "rough-house" and eat! But, you've sure made a memorable party - your bags are so clever.

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  7. Great party! Yes, I've had parties at my house for many boys and always need a stuff drink after!! Love the bags! Ah, boys... All they want to do is run around! :)

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  8. Your bags and banner are ADORABLE!!! As the Mom of boys, I think the best parties are where they run and scream! And here is something sad for you . . . just last week, I packed up the legos to put away in storage. My heart broke, but they are now 13 and 16 and claim they don't want them anymore!!! I'll save them for grandchildren someday. Enjoy it now. Boys are awesome!

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  9. I love legos and still have mine from when I was a kid. This theme is awesome! Great job mom!

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  10. this is super cute and cool! I just did my son's Dr. Seuss Party, check it out if you have the time. Sure this was a blast!

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  11. What a precious party! To say this takes me back to my son's birthday parties is a HUGE understatement! What fun! I almost wish I had all of those sweaty boys in my house right now! there's just something special about that sweet, sweaty stage! My youngest son just turned 2 weeks ago. It was his first birthday that I didn't have his friends over…it was just family. It was really special and I think he liked it as well! I miss those days though! So glad you are in the midst of it and enjoying it! You are a wonderful mom! I would hire you for a party planner any day!

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  12. You put so much time and effort into planning this party and it shows. Love the table runner, the bags, and the Happy Birthday banner (it doesn't look too long to me)! Love that you were planned out yet flexible.

    I have two sons but they are still young (3 and about to turn 1). I'm planning my younger son's first birthday party right now! We've had parties for my three year old here with LOTS of boys (all of our family has boys and about 13 little ones were here) but lucky for us it was nice last year for the party so we rented a bouncy!

    ...found you at Stone Gable...

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  13. This is adorable! I just did my daughter's first birthday party but my son's is coming up. Such a good idea!! I'm a new follower ;)

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  14. What a cute party and I love the gift bags! I'm sure your son and friends had a blast :)

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  15. Great ideas. I LOVE the goodie bags...ingenious!

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    1. Thanks Ron! I really can't take the credit for those. I got the idea from similar ones on Pinterest!

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  16. Love the Lego party!...My son and daughter in law did a Lego themed party for our granddaughter too..she loves legos!...My hubby built a "Lego raceway ramp" that was a huge hit....I will be sharing this with my son..so many cute ideas...

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  17. What a great idea for a party, loved those lego bags, what a super idea.... so cute. I love themed parties and yes, I have had indoor boy parties many many times. they just don't appreciate all that cuteness like the girls do, for sure.
    My son adored legos, and he and my nephew used to spend hours upon hours
    building things, he is 35 now, but we saved all his big lego sets for his kids, they are about to have their first baby, but it is a girl, but I am sure dad will persuade her to like legos!! lol
    He drags them out and plays them with his friends children at times.
    Best spent money we ever paid out!! lol

    Too bad you didn't get to play those neat games you came up with, they sounded pretty cool to me. Well, don't give up maybe you can play them as a family game with he and his brother.

    Thanks for sharing your cute and creative ideas............gonna be a lot of lego parties now in blogland I bet..........

    Blessings, Nellie

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    1. Thanks Nellie! Gotta love those Legos! And yes, my younger son is already saying he wants to use some of those ideas for his birthday this summer...ugh - I guess that means another party at our house instead of some easy place like a bowling alley! Oh well, at least we can be outside for his!
      -Shelley

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  18. What a lovely theme ! Lego theme party sounds interesting and it is one of the favorite theme of kids.I really like decorations.I would love to have this kind of theme party for my son.

    Darth Vader party characters

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  19. I am really glad I stumbled upon your blog, and this post! My son is turning 8 soon, and we are hosting the party at our house. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I am really looking forward to it, and the more research I do, the more I realize by reading blogs and talking to people that kids love going to parties, no matter where they are held. I feel like it will be one big, huge playdate for the boys and that as long as there are a few structured ideas and things to do, the rest can be free-play and pizza/cake time. Your Lego theme was very cool! Great inspiration!

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  20. We did one a few years back it was so fun! I wish I would have done some fun games like that!

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  21. Oh how darn cute! I love this. I wish I had a little one around to throw a party for. And, the idea of guessing how many legos is adorable. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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