This might just be my favorite party we’ve ever thrown for a birthday. What do you do when you kid is beyond obsessed with Legos AND dancing? You throw a Lego Dance Party. It was SO much fun. And turning part of your backyard in to a kid’s dance club is pretty awesome. Everyone should do that at least one time in their lives! A Lego Dance Party was fun for both kids and adults. Sometimes it’s hard to bridge that gap but music is a great way to get people involved. I knew that I wanted some of these dance diagram posters for the “club” as decorations. Had I had more time, I would have updated the dances to “the running man” etc., but I just used images I already found on line. I mean, aside from Dancing with the Stars who really does the rhumba? I also knew I wanted some of these posters to be Lego themed. So I reached out to Steph and told her my idea. She got it exactly! How fun are these! And lucky for you, she is offering them as a download on her site! They would make great art for a kid’s room! Here is the birthday boy on the dance floor. Nevermind the overgrown rosemary bush that also wanted to attend the party…To make the club, I bought $3 sheets from Ikea and ironed on large Lego brick images to some of the panels. I stapled them to the patio pillars and the club was complete. So easy and made a huge impact on the kids!
I found the striped fabric also at Ikea and I think the colors were super fun, a bit 80’s but still totally modern and used it throughout the entire party. At this table, we invited the kids to build a Lego building to enter in to our contest.I don’t love to have a bunch of games at kid’s parties but I do like to have activities that they can do on their time to keep them busy. And of course, kids want to play with Legos.
There were a few smaller kids at the party also so I wanted to make sure they had something to keep them entertained also. I found these awesome dancing page from Anorak Magazine a few years ago and modified them to include Legos also so it fit the theme perfectly. Inside was the food table. At the very top of the photo, you can see some garlands that we strung across the dining room to add some fun. They are made from rubber bands that I had found at Wal-Mart and also where the color inspiration for the party came from. Lauren helped me create the wall decorations. This was the last in a long line of parties and I was severely lacking creativity. I am so lucky to have friends who don’t mind helping! The tubes were filled with large silver glitter and spray painted Legos to match the party colors. I really didn’t want to do one of those parties where every single thing had Legos in it. Instead, I had my dad make some Lego inspired wooden flowers, I made a few Lego containers to hold suckers and my mother in law bought a few Minifigures that were also dance related.I like to do my parties in the afternoon and while I feel like I need to serve a whole meal, I like to serve a heavy snack. I decided to do a make your own pasta bar so that people could eat as much or as little as they wanted. I made sure to provide sweet and savory options and these could be made as healthy or as delicious as guests wanted them.
In addition to the pasta bar, we had allergen free dark chocolate Lego bricks, gummy Lego bricks and Minifigures and cereal necklaces. How rad is that wood stand my dad made for me! I can’t wait to use it again! Want to know what we served for drinks? Check out this post here!
And it isn’t a party unless there are cupcakes from Meringue Bake Shop. My son loves her allergen friendly cupcakes! And we had multiple kids at the party with food allergies so I was so glad that they could all eat them!
We can’t get enough of Kristin’s whacky cakes so of course we had to have that too. The day was sooooo hot and the allergen friendly chocolate didn’t hold up the same way as previous cakes. Lesson learned.
This is our 4th whacky cake. It was quite obvious that most of the kids knew what to expect. They attacked that cake like I have never seen. And of course all the parents who had no idea what was going on were mortified. It was pure cake chaos. And I loved every minute of it.
And then things started to get going on the dance floor. I decided that if the kids had some Flutter Fetti they might get in to the dance club spirit. I was right. It was also a pretty easy way to add color to an otherwise plain space. And clean up was not as bad as you might expect.
How amazing are these photos by Dez and Tam!!
We had a dance contest. The birthday boy and two fun-loving adults got to be the judges. We played three songs (which looking back could have probably only been 1 but these kids love to dance) and then declared a winner. The winner got a CD of some of my son’s favorite dance music.
And then it was present opening time. Isn’t this always the best part of any party? Since it was a Lego themed party, rest assured he got about a trillion Lego sets and somehow we only got 1 duplicate. But we had a BIG surprise for him. He has been talking about the Lego Death Star set for a while now and one of our friends suggested that everyone coming to the party pitch in for it, you know, if they wanted to. We didn’t force people to turn over their wallets to us as they entered the house. So after all of the other presents had been opened, his dad brought out a very large box. I’m pretty sure he knew immediately what it was. He’s smart like that.
Look at that pure joy!!! I loved watching this unfold! He declared it the best day of his life. He stood on a chair and thanked everyone profusely and then asked to open it. Thank goodness the party was starting to wind down. (P.S. his awesome shirt is by Mini and Maximus, one of our fave brands. He almost wouldn’t wear it because he said he is the President, not Vice President, of fun).
These Lego heart necklaces were the favor that I gave the little girls who came to the party. My mother in law helped me put all of these together. Thank you, Marie! The little boys were sent home with a Lego brick crayon and Minifigure and some Lego coloring pages.
There was a lot of fun had in this dance club. Check out those big round awesome lights we had! My husband’s friend owns a staging and lighting company and he let us borrow them for the party. They changed color and totally made it seem more club like.
The third photo from the top and the last 3 in the post were my photos. All the rest were taken by Dez and Tam. They just seriously continue to blow my mind in every way. These are photos me and my family will cherish forever. If you’ve never thought about having a photographer at your kid’s parties, you really should. Your photos don’t have to only be focused on party decor and details. A lot of what you don’t end up seeing are the amazing guest photos that are taken. Most parties have tons of family so it is a great way to get really good, recent photos of everyone. And to see the kids interact is amazing. You should definitely contact Dez and Tam before your next party!!
I’m hoping we get to have another Lego Dance Party kid’s birthday in the future. I feel like our backyard needs to be turned in to a club again.
Huge thank you to all my vendors:
Hearts and Laserbeams : Lego and Dance posters
Meringue Bake Shop : Cupcakes and Whacky Cake
Dez and Tam: World’s Best Photographers
*It’s about to get real, folks
I was working on this post when I found out that my grandmother passed. I was very upset and when I pulled myself together and came back in to the room, I noticed my son sitting at the computer typing away. I freaked out because I had been uploading all these photos for what seemed like hours. And they appeared to be all gone. Later, when I was a little more in control of my feelings, I decided to log back in to see how much work I would have to redo and this is what I found…
I love you to the moon and bak
Written by my sweet little 6 year old who knew I was hurting and wanted me to know that I was loved. So of course I had to leave it because it was the sweetest thing ever.