19 Jul

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

Do you remember the ridiculously cool Vintage Pop Art Superhero Party we featured earlier this year that Maureen of Anders Ruff Custom Designs threw for her youngest son? Well, the little superhero-of-honor from that party happens to have an older brother…so lucky for us {and him!}… we get to enjoy a second dose of clever, out-side-the-box birthday party inspiration that’s loaded with equally creative details and the same wonderfully bold & modern ARstyle!

The eye candy factor of this Lego Inspired Birthday Party is obvious at a glance, but some of my favorite elements are actually explained in the creative details (as outlined below by Maureen). They thought of  SO MANY creative, Lego-themed activities for the kids… from homemade Lego Race and Lego Memory Match games to “Pin the 6 on the Lego Man“, Lego magnet making, and more… this celebration is exactly what a kids birthday party should be: F-U-N!

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more vibrant images + all the creative party details…

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

A Modern LEGO Inspired Birthday Party

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Maureen

“My son, Jeffrey, has loved Legos since he was literally 18 months old.  Every year he has asked for a Lego Party, and this year was his lucky year.

At first, I thought that every Lego Party idea was already ‘out there’, so I didn’t even research on the web for inspiration ideas because I was worried my ideas would start skewing towards all the cute things people have already done.   I really wanted to come up with some fresh ideas for activities, decor and favors.  This was a challenge, but I am excited with how things turned out.

For our printable collection, I decided on creating a fresh printable Modern Lego Inspired Collection that used shapes, patterns and colors that remind everyone of the longtime favorite building block.  This really allowed me to have flexibility in decor and partyware and is perfect for any age.

THE INVITATION
To get his friends excited about the party that was in store, we delivered an invitation that was designed to be a bag topper.  We filled a cello bag with 6 Legos and topped it with the folded Lego Inspired invitation which had party details on the back.

DESSERT TABLE
The dessert table had a modern and bright yellow backdrop with white evenly spaced dots.  This was my inspiration for the graphics on the printables.

DIY LEGO PROPS
The prop that takes center stage on the dessert table was the wall of giant legos.  I reused Capri Sun Boxes (that I had collected over the whole soccer season for my son’s team) and wrapped them in solid wrapping paper (most of which was found at Dollar Tree!).  For the Lego ‘Pegs’, I wrapped small foam discs (found at my dollar store!) with the same paper.  This was a cheap, easy and really effective way to add impact to the dessert table.

On the backdrop, I framed a giant print of Jeffrey’s name that is representative of the Lego Logo. We offer these as printables in our shop now for any child’s name.  This frame now hangs in Jeffrey’s room. (I love to reuse my props after the parties)  Printing of my design was done by Sign Guy.

Another easy DIY Decoration was the strung lego garland.  I found clear tubing in the plumbing section of Lowes and go the ¾” size so that I could fill it with long skinny lego pieces in the same colors as the decor.  I used a thumbtack (clear) to attach it to my dessert table.  Worked like a charm!  This tubing will be seen again at the party in the ‘games/activities’…

To display the cupcakes on the table, I found white square platters that had round divets and completely reminded me of the shapes/patterns from my lego collection. Cupcakes were placed in each divet and I embellished the cupcakes with a topper from Two Sugar Babies and used Bella Cupcake Couture paper cupcake wrappers.

The centerpiece (the cake) was made by Mandie of Got What It Cakes and was displayed on an upside down round melamine serving tray (from Target) that I placed on top of a white plain cake platter.  The blue was the perfect shade and I thought it helped tie in the blue from the Lego backdrop. (An easy way to spruce up a cake platter!)

I used a custom runner from A to Zebra Celebrations across the table in the same pattern as the backdrop.

I designed printable “Jeffrey” logos and put them inside acrylic photo holder stands to use as food label place card holders.  These would hold the printable food labels describing what each dessert was.

Lego block cookies from Allyson Jane were served on solid white platters.  We also displayed modern dot embellished chocolate covered oreos from Sweeties by Kim.

We embellished Lego Head Marshmallow pops with printable party flags.  The marshmallows were made by Oh! So Yummy Cookies and Confections and were placed in clear vessels filled with green and red candies.  (Take a look at the green candies – they are Haribo gummies that look exactly like building blocks and the pattern from our collection)
I made Lego Oreo Truffle Pops (myself!) and embellished those with printable flags as well.  The kids LOVED these!

I had so many treats display, I decided to have a Lego CANDY bar as well!

LEGO CANDY BAR
I designed a modern “SIX” graphic for over the Lego Candy Bar.  It was printed by Sign Guy and I nailed it to my backdrop, and repeated the same backdrop pattern from the dessert table.

DIY Lego Old Fashioned Candy Buttons/Dots: I love candy buttons and so do my children.  I made my own candy dots and colored them to perfectly match the red/blue/green and yellow from my scheme.  I piped them onto the same color cardstock and trimmed them into lego shapes. (Some had 3 pegs, some had 6).  I then stuck them onto a sheet in a pattern that looked like lego building blocks put together and packaged them in a cello bag with a printable bag topper from our collection.  I then pegged these to the backdrop to create a “candy store” feel to the table.

The Lego Candy Bar NEEDED Legos, so I found a way to display both legos and candies on the table.  I randomly found clear acrylic bathroom organizers at Ikea and decided to use them as my vessels for treats.  They were all squares and rectangles, which fit with my theme and modern scheme.

I displayed consistent colors of legos in the bottom acrylic boxes and then the top acrylic boxes held various reds/blues/yellows and greens candies.  We stacked our vessels in a way that reminds you of stacked Legos.
I love the building block gummies (Haribo) that have white dots (perfectly matching our pattern).

I displayed another vessel filled with solid candies toward the back of the table that held packaged cookies from Allyson Jane and Sweeties by Kim.  We added raffia and a printable favor tag to the packages.

The black buffet table also had a modern printable ‘Happy Birthday’ banner strung from the knobs.

FAVOR TABLE
My antique red table held a variety of treats as well with some more DIY Giant Legos used as height display pieces.  Red, blue, yellow and green colored caramel popcorn was packaged in small cylindrical clear containers from Nashville Wraps.  These containers reminded me of Lego Pegs, again tying in with the theme.

We stuck some of the Lego shaped Oreo Truffles with party flags in the lego pegs on the backdrop.

On either side of the table we had stacked giant legos with a green round tin filled with another take home favor.  We created Printable Coloring Books for each of the children and made Lego Man shaped crayons (EASY DIY using the Lego Ice Cube tray!) to include in the cello bag.  The kids were amazed by the crayons and the cool coloring book with several pages of activities.

The backdrop was a black and white print from our printable coloring wall poster.  This was actually a ‘mess up’ print, and I wanted to use it so it didn’t go to waste.  It actually worked perfectly to break up all the color in my ‘red room’.

The kids each got a box of Legos (which I embellished w/ a ‘Jeffrey’ logo over the standard ‘Lego’ logo on the box) to take home.  We displayed these in blue tubs under the red table.

I also worked in some of my favorite paper plate polyhedrons (remember those from our I Heart Valentine’s Day shoot?)  I found red/blue and yellow small paper plates and made one of each to hang above this table for a fun hanging decoration.  I loved how they looked ‘plastic’ because of the coating on the paper plates.

CHILDREN’S TABLES
I created more Giant Legos for the centerpieces.  This time I ran out of Capri Sun boxes, so I used my children’s ‘Melissa and Doug’ building cardboard bricks and wrapped them.  (DIY Edible Centerpieces) For the Lego Pegs on top, I found the most perfect glass rounds that I made solid bright red/yellow/blue and green jello in.  They looked just like lego pegs and were edible centerpieces for the kids!  They got a kick out of eating legos!

DIY ‘Lego style’ Chair Covers – The chairs needed some love, so I made slip covers for the backs out of solid blue or green fabric.  I then ironed on round white fabric circles using iron on adhesive) – 6 per chair back to represent a ‘lego’ and coordinate perfectly with our printable patterns from our collection.

Each child’s place setting had a plastic tote for the party.  They would carry this through the party and it was really useful to carry their prizes, favors and treats.

The tote was embellished with a printable name tag that we turned into a luggage tag (great for school bags later!)
In the Lego tote, it was filled with a few things:
– ‘Build your own magnet’ kit (will explain in ‘activities’)
– Fork (for cake later) – that we hot glued a little lego on the handle
– Straw (with a printable party flag) for their drinks
– Yellow packaged Pack of Gum (Jeffrey’s favorite – Chiclets!)
– M&M container (loved the round shape) with a printable logo on the front

The children also received cute solid colored sports bottles that we wrapped with our printable drink wrap.

GAMES & 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 and fun 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’ printbale 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!

Game 2: Lego Memory Game:
Jeffrey is a master at the ‘Memory/Matching game’, so I decided to create a ‘Lego Memory Game’ for the children to play at the party.  I found these perfectly ‘lego board green’ tins on clearance at Micheal’s and wiped them out! *wink*  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!)

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 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.
(I think the kids all cheated because they almost all got it right!)

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.  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!

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.

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’.

Activity 4: Lego Photobooth
Sign Guy printed our pattern onto a backdrop and we used it as a photobooth for the kids to show off their awesome shirts and Lego creations.

FASHION:
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.

All of the Modern Lego inspired printable graphics are available at our website!

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VENDOR CREDITS:

– Complete Event Styling, Graphic Design & Printables:Anders Ruff Custom Designs
– Photography: Becca Bond Photography

Packaging & Decor:
– Cupcake Wrappers: Bella Cupcake Couture
– Custom Table Runner: A to Zebra Celebrations
– Clear Candy Packaging & Cello Bags: Nashville Wraps
– Label Material: OnlineLabels.com
– Sign Printing: Sign Guy

Desserts:
– 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

Fashion:
– Shirts: Made By Morgan
– Lego Bracelets: Reware Style

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29Comments

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mypartydesign SAYS:

OMG I absolutely love this party!
Lego used to love one of my favourite toys when I was a child.

I’m sure those games and activities kept the kids entertained for hours. Very good job!

Reply July 20, 2011 at 12:44 am

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mypartydesign SAYS:

OMG I absolutely love this party! Lego used to be one of my favourite toys when I was a child.I’m sure those games and activities kept the kids entertained for hours! Very good job!

Reply July 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

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Thamara SAYS:

WOW!! ni se me habría ocurrido, toda una inspiración, me encanta que me sorprendan tanto. good job!

Reply July 20, 2011 at 2:55 am

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Leslie SAYS:

To no surprise, Maureen out does herself again. SO cute! Way to go girl!

Reply July 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

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Julie SAYS:

OMGoodness! Awesome party! I just threw a Lego party in June and it really is a fun theme to do.

Reply July 20, 2011 at 6:45 am

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MonogrammedEverything.com! SAYS:

My kids would LOVE this, they are soooo into Legos and all of the Lego characters! Cute party!

Reply July 20, 2011 at 6:46 am

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Candace SAYS:

Wow! Just wow! Now THAT’S a party!! Amazing job!!!!!

Reply July 20, 2011 at 6:48 am

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Tif SAYS:

Can anyone say “BRILLIANT!”

Reply July 20, 2011 at 6:55 am

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Mary I SAYS:

Love-love-love this party!! great ideas, inspiration…. love it!!! where did you get the huge lego man head?

Reply July 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

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Julia SAYS:

I love it, what a fabulous party! :-O

Reply July 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

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Lisa - HR Creative Design Studio SAYS:

Another fabulous party, great job!

Reply July 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

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Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff SAYS:

Thanks for the feature, Jenn and the HWTM team! ;-)
XO
Maureen

Reply July 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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Becca Bond SAYS:

What a fantastic party! You guys are amazing!

Reply July 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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candace SAYS:

Could we have a DIY tutorial for the big balls made out of what look like colored paper plates? They are so cute but I can’t find a tutorial on making them!

Reply July 21, 2011 at 6:38 am

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Patty SAYS:

I love it! Of course I’m not surprised and I’m a customer of her Etsy shop! These girls rock!!

Reply July 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

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