I made an invitation in Photoshop that was meant to look like the packaging for a lego base, complete with Alec’s name written in a LEGO font. I included a little lego figure Alec, with a “6” on his shirt and all the details where written where the product information usually is. We sent the invitations by email.
We actually had Alec’s party on a Saturday morning between 10-12. Mostly because mid-December can be really really busy for lots of families, with glögg-gatherings and concerts and other obligations, so we thought a morning party would be a good way to ensure that most of Alec’s friends could attend. And almost everybody came!
Decorations were easy. Sumit drew lego faces on yellow balloons (opening up) that we hung as a garland by through our dining area. We also hung a couple of balloons up by our mailbox so guests would know which house to come to. Out front we used Duplos to make a big “6” sign to put by the door. I used another Duplo-base as a centrepiece on the table and built a standing “A” with animals and other figures around.
We used regular plates but Sumit drew unique lego faces on yellow paper cups for each child. And Alec wrote his friends’s names on place cards cut out of coloured paper. We had yellow plastic spoons and green, red and blue napkins. And yellow and white striped paper drinking straws of course.
Sumit had set up three lego-challenges for the children to do in groups/teams. They had to build a land/water/air vehicle, a high tower, and a creative build. One team won each challenge (I think he also gave a teamwork prize) and the children actually were kept busy with these activities for a pretty long time.
After the lego challenges, Alec opened his presents, and then the children all sat down at the big table and played lego bingo (we downloaded and printed this one), using lego bricks to mark their trays. As each child called bingo, they were given a cake pop to munch on as a prize, giving us a few moments to set up the cake and other treats.
After eating, the children were free to play as they wished. All the boys except Louis headed into the playroom to build something, and all the girls stayed at the table and coloured lego faces on print-outs that we had prepared and did some lego-themed letter challenges.
We served popcorn, cake, rice krispie treats made to look like lego blocks, lego-head cake pops, saffron buns and strawberry drink. In hindsight I would have included some fruit.
The cake was ordered. It was a rectangular Swedish “princess cake” that I asked to have covered in deep red marsipan, instead of the traditional lime green. They kindly provided a little loaf of additional red marsipan that I sliced into six slices and attached to the top of the cake with leftover candy melts. Super easy. You could also order a regular fondant or sugar paste-covered cake and cover oreo cookies with fondant to place on top. I was planning to have little lego-figures hold the cake candles, but I hadn’t prepared it in advance so I just stuck a candle in each of the six marsipan discs on top.
Rice krispie treats make great legos. And they’re easy to make and everyone loves them. If you’re lazy, make one big pan of rice krispie treats and when it’s hardened enough, spread melted chocolate all over the top and line up brown M&M’s or smarties or similar on top. Then take the whole slab out of the dish, cut off the uneven edges, and cut out squares with four or six M&M’s on top. They will totally look like legos. If you are feeling ambitious, use several smaller square or rectangular dishes (lunch boxes work great for this) and top each one with a different lego colour (red, blue, yellow, green) melted candy melts, and use a matching colour of M&M’s or smarties to make the little lego bumps.
I also made cake pops using my easy no-bake recipe. I shaped them like marshmallows, dipped them in yellow candy melts, put a yellow smartie on top, and then used a food marker to draw simple faces on them once they had hardened. They were SUCH a hit! You can also make simple pops by just spearing marshmallows on lollipop sticks instead of making cake pops from scratch.
I made simple lego favour bags by using glue dots to attach card stock round discs to paper bags of the same colour. So easy! We filled the goodie bags with a small lego-set, some lego stickers, and a bit of candy, and we handed the bags out as the children left, leaving it up to each parent to decided when to allow the candy to be eaten.
All in all a really easy theme to pull together!