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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Operation Shower – A Recap. Finally.

Photo by Dez an Tam

I am so grateful and lucky to have been apart of the Operation Shower that took place back in January during the PGA tour stop at Torrey Pines.  I have been wanting to work with Operation Shower for a while and when this opportunity came up I jumped at the chance.  The cool part about this particular event was that each table was to be designed by a different party designer or blogger.  How fun is that!?!  The other extra special exciting part was that Pottery Barn Kids had just released a new line of decor and we got to see it before it got released to the public and use it in our table decor!

Photo by Dez and Tam

 

Set up day was absolutely miserable.  It was super windy and rainy and as you can tell from our table placement, we were pretty much getting soaked and had to keep setting up the table after the wind continually blew it over.  We finally had to store it all under the table and reset it the morning of the event.  It was super fun to have Dez and Tam there taking pictures of all the set up and getting acquainted of new and old friends. So in carting all of this stuff down to San Diego from Orange County, I forgot to bring my camera along!  I used my iphone and borrowed Tori’s camera to get detail pics of our table.  Thanks, Tori!!!  We were all given the theme for the shower and given custom party printables created by Paper and Cake for the event.  From there it was up to us to decide what the table looked like.  Lauren and I set out to keep the table pretty neutral with pops of fun colors.  I love how our table turned out.  There were tons of diy elements to it but I think the overall look was still really classy.

We used tons of painted safari animals throughout our design.  We knew it had been done elsewhere but gosh dang is it SO fun to do!  Lauren made this insanely ridiculous cake cake-type stands with them.  I would have drilled a hole through my hand if I had tried.

We used a pattern that Abigail had created for the event and made it in to a placemat that my pal, Ryan printed on foam core for me.

Here are some of the other fun ways we used the Paper and Cake safari set.  The set is now available for purchase in her shop!

A favor was not mandatory, but we wanted to do one.  We decided a First Birthday Party kit would be super cute.  The wooden spindle held a cute tiny little triangle flag banner that would be just enough to fit around a high chair.  I am really fond of how they turned out.

I am sparing you tons of pictures of myself with all the fantastic ladies that were there.  I’m not sure why I don’t just take a picture of them and always end up in it!  Amy, from Operation Shower, is with me in the picture on the left.  This whole event goes off without a hitch because of her amazing planning and people skills.  She never shows stress, has a fantastic sense of humor and handled an event with major sponsors and a ton of scatter brained (mostly me) designers with absolute ease.  On the right I am with Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess.  I finally got to meet her in person and am even more fond of her than previously.  She is a true talent and an all around good person.  I think I want her to run for president.

This is the adorable and talented Jackie Culmer of Jackie Culmer Photography.  She, along with Nicole Benitez, photographed the day of the event.  You simply HAVE to see all her amazing photos!

Here are just a few of hers of things I forgot to take photos of. :)  That giraffe in the bell jar delighted me all day and was styled by Tori of Thoughtfully Simple.  My pal, Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop supplied her delicious Push Cakes which were displayed on the dessert buffet by Sweets Indeed.  Marie not only styles and designs in such a fun way, but she also sources the most delicious, unique treats to serve.  I found out about Firefly Confections from her once I tasted their Salted Caramels.  Mind blowingly good.  And it is always fun to see the amazing designs of The Marshmallow Studio!!!  And I have a total couple crush on Marie and her husband.  I want them to be my neighbors.

Please go check out all the recaps!

My post on CBS LA about Operation Shower in general and how you can get involved.

Like Operation Shower on Facebook and check out all the galleries!

Wrap ups by:

Sweets Indeed

A Blissful Nest

Thoughtfully Simple

Tom Kat