Lego Dance Party Kid’s Birthday

Finally!  I’m sharing my son’s 6th birthday party which was a Lego Dance Party.  My son is beyond obsessed with Legos and dancing, individually.  So why not put them together for a super fun party!  We turned our patio in to Club Lego and turned up the music.

I knew that I wanted some of these dance diagram posters for the “club” but I also wanted something Lego themed to match.

I reached out to Steph and told her my idea.  She got it exactly!  I was so happy with these posters!  And lucky for you, she is offering them as a download on her site!

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 those $3 sheets from Ikea and ironed on large Lego brick images to some of the panels.

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.

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.

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 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.  Thank you, Anthony!!

After all the guests left, we decided to have a simple dinner on the dance floor.  It was a really nice way to end the day.

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!!

Huge thank you to all my vendors:

Direct Edge Media :  Invitation printing (not shown – they still need to be photographed)

Hearts and Laserbeams : Lego and Dance posters

Meringue Bake Shop : Cupcakes and Whacky Cake

DPS : Dance Club Lights and Speakers

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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{Real Party} 3rd Birthday “Old School” Party

I wasn’t going to have a birthday party for my 3 year old this year.  You know, just save the parties for the milestone birthdays.  That lasted a few months but as my son’s birthday started getting closer ideas just kept popping in to my head.  I knew it wasn’t going to have a theme.  It was just going to be an old school birthday party.  I just wanted it to be a birthday party, with balloons, cake and confetti.  I loved the printables Jenny created for The Sweetest Occasion so I had Lauren help me whip up an invitation inspired by them.  At the beginning planning stages, I only wanted the party to be black and white.  That didn’t last long.  Apparently I love color.  P.S. These amazing photos, unless otherwise noted, were taken by Dez and Tam.  They are super awesome and I love them.  P.S.S. this post is crazy long.  You better get started.

photo by Cupcakes and Cutlery

I kept the decor pretty simple.  I hung balloons and party blowers from black and white twine.  And hung party hats and garlands around the backyard to keep it festive.

photo by Cupcakes and Cutlery

I kind of have a thing for yarn.  There are so many kinds and colors to choose from and you get a lot of it for (sometimes) very cheap.  For this party I had seen a post about finger knitting and became obsessed with it over the holidays.  I finger knitted all the garlands for the party while watching TV (I watch a lot of TV).  I loved that they seemed sweater-like which made them the perfect winter garland.  And I wanted to add lots of colors so I made all kinds of poms for the hats.

I really love how this banner worked out.  Totally simple and not perfect.  I like my parties to be a bit unfinished, not too perfect.  I mentioned to my sister-in-law that maybe she could try to write my son’s name in yarn and she totally did it!  She is a crafty crafterson (she started this blog with me WAY back).  And it looks awesome.  I’m a big snacks person at parties.  Yes, most of the time they are of the sweet variety.  But if you look carefully to the far left of the photo there are grapes and carrots.  So there.  Vegetables, represent! [Read more…]