There must be something about turning six that amplifies the love for LEGO bricks. My son has been interested in these little building blocks since just before he turned four, but building and creating has always been his thing. This year he decided that LEGO would be the theme of his six year old birthday party. Typically, I steer away from licensed type of themes (mainly so I can create something of my own!), but this year I let my "rule" slide. I still did most of the decorations myself, and had a blast doing it.
This year's snack spread was made mostly of finger foods. Some sandwiches and chips, a vegetable tray, and a return of the chocolate fountain by request of the birthday boy. My bestie Jen cut out tons of little Lego heads on her Silhouette that Nathan decorated with faces, I used them where the crape paper attached to the countertop. We were able to find Lego Happy Birthday streamers, which made someone VERY happy. We also bought a Lego man mold to make chocolates and crayons for the treat bags.
I made the lego head cake out of 3 stacked cakes, though I wish I had done four to make the face area more accurate, but Nathan loved it anyway! Together we built a holder out of blocks for the utensils.
We also had a few game stations to keep the kids entertained. I used a graphic LEGO person from a font I found online to make a sign at each station as well as a welcome poster for the front door.
We had a build station (of course), and two jars of "Guess How Many LEGO Bricks," as well as "Pin the Head on the LEGO Man" game. I made a head mask out of felt and glued on giant eyeballs. The kids first decorated their own LEGO head using stickers and crayons, then used it for this game. They got a kick out of watching each other spin in circles!
Prizes for the games were mini builder sets I was able to find on clearance at Target for just over $1. (Yeah!)
Everyone went home with a handmade brick treat bag with name plate. Inside were home-made t-shirts for everyone, LEGO City stickers and notepads, the crayons we made, a silly straw and a ring. Each family got a card for a free LEGO Builders Magazine subscription as well.
As he says every year, "This was the best birthday party EVER!" And this Momma couldn't agree more. We all had a great time!
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Last October, my family hosted one of the most fun (and simple) parties - a pumpkin carving party! We invited a few of our local friends with kiddos to join us for an evening of snacks and carving together.
Typically, we spend a short 30 minutes on a couple of pumpkins and move them out to the front porch without much thought, but after spending time carving with a huge group of friends and kids, I can't imagine ever carving alone again! My husband staked out a large tarp in the back yard to allow everyone a place to sit (and a way to keep pumpkin guts from ending up in the grass). We served a few simple snacks and drinks, and most everyone brought something to share. Each family was responsible for bringing their own pumpkin(s), but we had tons of carving tools to go around.
We started the party just before dusk, do give everyone time to carve, but also gave us time to light up all the jack-o-lanterns and enjoy our creations after the sun went down.
This year, I've created some fun fill-in invitations, perfect for a fall pumpkin gathering. You can find these right here in the Etsy Shop
for only $10! You'll get enough invitations to invite 12 families, and I've included a set of 4 pumpkin awards for FREE (incase you want to add a little competition to your event!) You'll also find lots of great recipes, carving ideas, and decorating ideas on our Halloween Party Pinterest Board
! Happy Carving!