I was a last-minute planner this year, but I pulled it together. Here’s what I did for the Lego party—also my makeshift way of saying thank you to everyone without writing notes. Hayden tears into the gifts when nobody is looking and leaves me with the big problem: How do you thank people for gifts when you don’t know who bought what?
Hayden picked his theme, Legos! Great, easy (so I thought). We went to the party store to get decorations. Apparently that theme is passé and they no longer carry it. Oh, great! I picked up plates, cutlery, and napkins in the Lego colors there at least.
Next the cake. Apparently because summer is wedding season, most small cake shops book waaaaay out. One woman laughed at me saying they book out at least two months in advance. It was grim. So I ordered plain white cupcakes from Safeway (which happened to be on sale). Found the circles to cut out online for free :), and attached the Lego-font circles with toothpicks to the cupcakes. Some said his name. Others had the number five and some had Lego heads. It was more work, but I liked having Hayden help with his party. I felt like it was a good opportunity to show him these parties don’t just happen; they require a ton of work.
Hayden also helped me build containers to put the cutlery in out of Legos. It was darling but took a lot of time building them! We also made a sign out of Legos saying “H is 5.” I ordered party favors and candy Legos online through Amazon, which worked great! As an activity, I got tons of sidewalk chalk for the kids to play with and made a “Happy birthday, Hayden” sign on the driveway to greet the guests.
It was a hot day, so our main activity was playing on the jumpy house water slide. I had a kids’ table set up with towels rolled into a bin. A container with different kinds of sunscreen. I had a big glass drink dispenser with water and brightly colored Lego men ice cubes. This was sort of a fail because the men melted right away, so it just ended up looking and tasting like juice. I had stacks of the tossable sippy cups in Lego colors.
For food, I just did Chipotle catering. It worked out beautifully. Everyone loved it, and it was soooooo easy. I also threw a bunch of Legos in a vase and had a paper for people to guess how many were inside. I also set up a kiddie table with Legos on it for kids to build. It was a beautiful day, and I think everyone just liked getting to be together to play and catch up. There wasn’t much structure to this party, but it worked out great and was tons of fun. For the thank-you note debacle, I created a slideshow on Smilebox with all the pics I had of the guests, party, and presents and did a “thank you” video. Sometimes you gotta get creative. 😉
|Free picture slideshow made with Smilebox|