Jeffrey’s Modern Lego Party – Full Detail Feature
I am so excited to share ALL of the details from my son’s 6th birthday (Lego style)! Jeffrey has loved legos since he was 2. This year his request was a “Lego” themed birthday party. He wanted to have it at the Lego Store. Momma knew that wasn’t going to happen (I had too much decor and activity ideas to bring to the Lego Store!) Once I told Jeffrey some of my ideas for the party, he was game for the Lego Inspired party at our home.
Now that I own Anders Ruff, I am always making an extra effort to think of projects/activities and decor ideas that I can share with my fans and clients. Obviously I wanted the most fabulous Lego Inspired party for Jeffrey, while also being able to offer a full package of ideas and printables to everyone so they can mimic it at home.
There are SO many Lego Party ideas out there on the web so I planned this party without searching the web. I wanted to style it with my own inspirations and ideas because I didn’t want the other parties to skew what “look” I was going for. I am sure some ideas overlap, naturally, but I was aiming to come up with something unique, modern and cool.
Part ONE: The Dessert Table and Lego Candy Bar…
For Jeffrey’s dessert table, I combined 3D elements, printable elements and strung elements.
Giant Lego Motif Backdrop – I used wrapped Capri Sun Boxes to make large scale lego bricks for the backdrop. My local “Just a Dollar” store (which, actually is false advertising because everything is $1.09 there) had these fabulous foam discs which I covered with solid wrapping paper. Those were used to be the “lego pegs”. (Note – Capri Suns were purchased in the months prior to the party for soccer games, school class snacks, etc. My kids never get juice but they have recently! Ha!)
Lego Garland – I found clear tubing in the plumbing section of my local hardware store. After going to the Lego store and filling up a bucket with long straight legos (of different sizes), I filled the tube with the legos and tacked it up on my table as an extra garland decor.
Now, to share some of the fabulous desserts! (Credits and Sources at bottom of the post)
I loved displaying the desserts in solid white unique platters that had geometric interest (like the printable modern building brick inspired collection). They popped great against the runner (made by A to Zebra Celebrations)
I made these Oreo Truffle Lego pops (Left photo) and embellished them with a printable party flag from our Modern Building Brick Printable Collection.
Oh So Yummy Cookies made the Lego Man Head pops (Right photo). These were inspired by the talented Amy of Living Locurto and you can find the tutorial here.
My boys and I….
Don’t you LOVE these place card holders? I printed off the personalized party labels from our collection as well as a “Jeffrey” graphic logo and placed it in a fun acrylic photo holder that I found. I loved the acrylic to keep with the “plastic/Lego feel”.
Becca Bond got the cutest shot of Jeffrey as he was about to blow out the candles.
Now, onto the Lego Inspired Candy Bar….
Candy Bar Decor – I wanted to use some of the modern elements and patterns from the printable collection, so the backdrop holds a big “SIX” graphic (personalized and available in the shop). I also strung our printable banner across the front of my buffet. (I hand cut each letter, but the printable collection also has the option to use the letters within black framed squares).
Inspiration - I wanted the vessels to have consistent colored candies or Legos and shown in clear vessels (and was hoping for acrylic to keep with the “plastic/Lego feel”). I knew I wanted to stack the vessels so that it represented built Legos.
Display method - I am always open minded when it comes to displaying desserts and candies. I was in Ikea and saw a clear acrylic bathroom set. It had the typical tissue box cover, toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, etc. It was clear acrylic. It was $5. Sold. 5 piece set for $5. (It was a “last chance item”). I bought 4 sets and for $20, I almost had my vessels covered for the candy bar. The center vessel was also found at Ikea and was about $15.
I displayed solid colored Legos on the bottom acrylic boxes. The top boxes held the solid colored candies.
Don’t you LOVE the place card holder (again)….
One of my favorite elements from the Lego Inspired Candy Bar was the pegged homemade candy Lego (inspired) dots.
Homemade Candy Lego Buttons – I am obsessed with making my own fun candies and desserts (when I have time). I decided to use our printable bag topper and peg up some sort of candy on the backdrop. I immediately thought of candy buttons because of their resemblance to the tops of legos. I will do a post and DIY on these later! The kids loved them and they made a huge impact!
I found these perfect gummy candies that looked like Bricks with the white geometric dots. I bought a lot.
I loved how the banner popped against my black buffet.
I also displayed mini chocolate bars with our printable chocolate bar wrappers. These were a hit at the party. They even tasted better because of the cute packaging
I filled the middle clear vessel with red jelly beans and packaged up some cute cookies from Sweeties by Kim and some from Allyson Jane. I added the printable favor hangtag from our collection and tied it with raffia (from Nashville Wraps)
Overall, the sweets and treats were displayed in the most Lego-tastic way that I found possible.
Part TWO of Jeffrey’s Modern Lego Inspired Birthday Party - The Favors and Decor!
You saw the Dessert table (above) and Lego Candy Bar yesterday… I just couldn’t fit all the details in one post, so here are the details from the 3rd main table – the favor table.
Hanging Decor - I hung fabulous paper plate polyhedrons (remember, we made these for the first time in our “I Heart Valentine’s Day” photoshoot?) in red, blue and yellow to add a pop of color to the area. My dining room walls are red, so it was a pretty BRIGHT area, but perfect for “Lego”. We will do a “Ruff Draft” (DIY tutorial) on how to make the paper plate polyhedrons later this month.
Background – My printer messed up the scale of my printable coloring wall poster, so he gave me the “mess up” and I decided to just use part of it as a backdrop for the favor table. My bright red walls needed a break from the color
Oreo “Lego” Truffle Pops – I made Oreo Truffles in the shape of square legos. (These were so easy and fun to make!) and embellished the stick with a printable party flag from our collection. I stuck them into a 3D giant lego that I made with the capri sun box and styro discs. (As seen on the dessert table backdrop)
Lego Inspired Coloring Book and Crayons – My kids love to color, so I decided to design a printable Lego Inspired coloring book (in the shop!) to give as part of the favors at the party. I made the lego man crayons as well. (Super easy! Another DIY project that I will show later this month).
Popcorn Favors – We filled cute clear plastic containers (From Nashville Wraps) with colored popcorn (from Sugar Bunch Creations) and sealed the container shut with strips of our printable patterned papers (included in the printable collection) that we printed on glossy label paper from Onlinelabels.com.
Notice the Lego set favors? Notice the logo? I used our printable name tags and put the “Jeffrey” logo on all of the Lego sets for the kids. Just a little touch that many may not have noticed right away until they looked closer. I like to leave a last touch like that
Cookies - Allyson Jane Designer Desserts made these FABULOUS cookies – I love the modern look!
A better look at the fabulous popcorn favors and the printable coloring book. The coloring book has several pages inside where the kiddies can color their own “lego style man” as well as pages of the patterned blocks to color in their own design.
Table Decor - My tables NEEDED some centerpiece love, so I decided to continue the use of the stacked giant 3D wrapped blocks as centerpieces. (Capri sun box + wrapping paper = easy) Instead of the styrofoam discs for the “pegs”, I added an edible element! The pegs are actually JELLO in glass candle holders that I found at Ikea. Fabulous, right?
A better look at the jello “pegs”.
Place Setting – Each of the children had modern plastic totes at their place setting. I added a printable luggage tag with each child’s name (available here). The children would carry these totes around with them at the party to all of the activity stations.
Chairs – I made slip covers for my folding chairs so that they looked like the modern lego inspired look from our printable collection. Super easy! Basically, it is like a pillowcase with one opening and I ironed on white circle fabric with the iron-on adhesive.
Place Settings (Cont.) - The personalized totes held their utensils that were embellished with legos (hot glue, thank you!) as well as their “Build a Magnet” kit, some treats (embellished with printables of course), and their straw with the printable party flag.
The boys had the traditional “Lego Logo” style name tag. The girls had a pink and yellow version.
Name Tag – We also had printed nametags (on sticker paper from onlinelabels) in front of their place settings so that they could put their name on the backs of their shirts. (Just a fun touch)
Place Setting, Continued…. – The kids had water bottles with our fun printable drink wrap embellishment and also a fun bright colored drink bottle for them to take home. (Couldn’t pass those up at Michaels for $1)
You can also see above the centerpiece on one of the other tables.. stacked legos with the jello pegs!
Jeffrey’s buddy, Max (above), was sporting his cool Lego inspired t shirt and nametag on the back….
Fashion - My boys (and I!) were lucky enough to wear super fashionable Lego bracelets from Reware Style. These bracelets are SO well made and my boys loved them!
Fashion (cont.) – The cool silhouette t-shirts are from Morgan of Made By Morgan. All of the children received these shirts and wore them at the party. They looked so cute and coordinated really well with the decor (which I loved, of course! haha!) I still hear stories about how they LOVE these shirts and they are super soft!
Thanks to Adria (left) for her help the week of the party. I had a TON of decor to setup and she was fun (as always) to work late nights with.
PS. Adria – Thanks for bringing dirty martinis for my dad to chill him out during the setup! (Grandpa needed it haha!)
Part THREE of Jeffrey’s Modern Lego Inspired Birthday Party - The Games and Activities!
The top priority at the Lego Party was to have fun and unique activities for the kids. It would be expected to have a bunch of Legos for the kids to build with, but I had to think of something new, fresh and unexpected!
Game 1: Lego Race:
The kids had a BLAST with this game.
I found the clear tubing (as shown on the lego garland on the dessert table) at Lowes Home Improvement and thought it would be the PERFECT vessel for a Lego race.
Each kid teamed up with their buddy and they got a cup of small legos. The goal was to get their cup of legos to their partner as fast as possible through the clear tubing. Then their partner had to catch the legos in their cup and send them back through the tube to their partner. The team to do this the fastest won! (The prize – a little green envelope embellished with “winner” printable logo and enclosed with a dollar! (At this age, our kids LOVE getting dollar bills). We did 3 rounds of 3 teams. It was perfect!
The kids LOVED this game!
Game 2: Lego Memory Game:
Jeffrey is a master at the “Memory/Matching game”, so I decided to create a “Lego Memoriy Game” for the children to play at the party. I found these perfectly “lego board green” tins on clearance at Micheals and wiped them out On our table, I put down a large piece of green wrapping paper ($1 at Target after Christmas clearance) and then evenly spread the green tins to create the “matching game board”. It looked like the classic green lego baseplate/building board, which made for really cool decor.
Under each “peg”/tin we stuck a printable party logo from our “printable memory game” set. 4 kids played at a time. Each child would pick 2 “pegs” and see if the lego stickers matched. If so, they took the pegs, and if not, it was the next child’s turn. The player with the most pegs won! The kids loved this game and got really competitive with eachother (and used their minds, too!)
Doesn’t it look like a giant lego baseplate / board?!
The winners received a “Winner” envelope with cash money inside (They were already getting legos and other goodies, so there wasn’t anything left but dollar bills! $1 for each winner. Big time money.)
Game 3: Pin the 6 on the Lego Man:
I love to include classic party games that remind me of my childhood parties. Pin the tail on the donkey – nope. Pin the “6” on the Lego Style Man, yes!
Each child got a sticker that had a 6 and their name on it. They were blindfolded and had to try and get their 6 on the “6” on the lego man’s chest. An oldie but a goodie. (Available in the shop!)
(I think the kids all cheated because they almost all got it right!)
The kids really enjoyed playing this game!
Activity 1: Build Your Own Magnet:
In each child’s Lego Tote, they received a cello bag packaged with all of the items needed to build a Lego Magnet. We packaged it up all cute with a printable party favor tag.
I had gotten a few cups of Legos at my local Lego Store (You can fill your own cup with any legos you want from their lego wall). I made sure to get equal amounts of each of the styles of legos and also included the mini green “baseplates/boards”. I glued magnet strips to the backsides of the mini lego baseplates and the kids could build anything they wanted on these bases and use them on their fridge when they got home!
This kept the kids busy for awhile! They all loved creating fun magnets and showing them off to their friends.
Activity 2: Giant Lego Scene Coloring wall;
We created a printable graphic scene for the wall - a 120” by 36” tall poster that we had printed at a local printer (blue print paper) and attached to the wall. The kids could color on the bricks or little lego man inspired figures with the lego man shaped crayons.
Coloring wall fun with my homemade Lego Minifigure crayons…
Activity 3: Lego Table
Jeffrey has a Lego Table in his room so we brought that down for the party. I found the cutest step stools for $10 each at TJ Maxx – and it all fell into place because the tops of the stools had the same modern dot pattern as our printable collection and were black and red and white! They were the perfect height for the kids to sit at around the table which had a huge bowl of legos for building any creation that they dreamed up. This was a great “filler activity” table for the younger kids who lost interest in my “planned games”.
Some of Jeffrey’s sweet friends…
Activity 4: Lego Photobooth
Sign Guy printed our pattern (photobooth backdrop file available in our shop for instant download here) onto a backdrop and we used it as a photobooth for the kids to show off their awesome shirts (from Made by Morgan) and Lego creations.
My cute little peanut and Jeffrey (above) and Caryn’s sweet daughter (Elyse) below.
More of the photobooth fun….
Each child received an adorable Lego Minifigure inspired screenprinted shirt (from Made by Morgan). Morgan even made girlie versions where the minifigure had a hair bow! They also got a printable sticker name tag at their place setting and we placed it on their backs. The kids wore these at the party.
Jeffrey and his brother, Pierson, and I got to wear awesome Lego bracelets that are from Reware Style. These are the most precious bracelets and the kids all loved them! I have actually been wearing mine lately and love it.
Wow. What a blast this was! I will always remember Jeffrey’s 6th Birthday Party! I hope he will, too!
I hope these posts have given you ideas and inspiration for your own children’s parties!
All of the printable designs shown are available in the shop!
Stay tuned this Friday for a FABULOUS giveaway related to this party!
Complete Event Styling, Graphic Design and Printables - Anders Ruff Custom Designs
Cupcake Wrappers – Bella Cupcake Couture
Custom Table Runner – A to Zebra Celebrations
Clear Candy Packaging and Cello Bags – Nashville Wraps
All Printed Label Materials – OnlineLabels.com
Sign Printing – Sign Guy
Custom Cake – Got What It Cakes
Custom Marshmallow Pops – Oh! So Yummy Cookies and Confections
Chocolate Covered Oreos - Sweeties by Kim
Candy – Candy Warehouse
Fondant Cupcake Toppers – Two Sugar Babies
Sugar Cookies – Allyson Jane Designer Desserts
Colored Popcorn – Sugar Bunch Creations