Cheap & Easy Lego Birthday Party

Cheap and Easy Lego Birthday Party Plans and ResourcesI recently hosted a Lego Playdate Birthday Party for my just-turned-five-year-old son, and thought I'd share the party plans and resources for anyone who may be interested in a similar party. 

INVITATIONS

I asked my son and daughter to create a Lego scene from their minifigures and toys.  This is what they came up with:

Lego Party Invitation Ideas

With a little bit of Photoshop magic, I put together this 5" x 7" invitation and printed them on white cardstock (they would have looked better professionally printed on photo paper, but I was short on time!) and sent them to school with my son.

Lego Birthday Party Invitation

Invitation Resources: Lego texture image, LegoThick Font

ACTIVITIES

I planned several games and activities that would work inside or outside.  We lucked out with good weather, so we held the party in our driveway and set the games and tables up into "stations".

Free Play with Blocks: I borrowed two giant buckets full of Duplo blocks from my sister-in-law and the boys had a great time just making their own creations and playing with the blocks.  I was surprised at how such a simple thing entertained them for so long!

Lego Birthday Party Activities

Coloring Sheets:  I downloaded several Lego Movie coloring sheets as an emergency quiet activity, and was surprised when several of the boys migrated to that table completely unprompted!

Lego Movie Coloring Sheets

Lego Movie Coloring Sheets: Download at Lego.com

Lego Toss: I used the top of a 4 ft plastic table, 6 blue paper plates (taped to the table to look like a Lego brick), and labeled the plates with points.  Then the kids each took turns tossing a Duplo blocks (bean bags would have worked better -- less bounce) trying to get the most points. The boys each did about 3 rounds of this, trying to perfect their toss.  I didn't give prizes...but you could. :)

Lego Toss Party Game

Pin the Head on the Lego Man:

I used cardstock to made a paper-pieced version of this LegoMan coloring sheet from HappilyUprooted.com and glued it to a piece of cardboard. 

Printable Lego Minifigure Coloring Sheet

To make the heads, I started with this Lego Faces Printable image from blueflombingo.com, and adjusted the colors, sizes and layout in Photoshop to create this printable that would work better directly onto yellow cardstock and cut them out.

Each boy picked the face he liked best (they skipped over the girl faces), I blindfolded them with a scarf and turned them around 5 times each.  We ended up with a pretty silly looking Lego guy and the boys thought it was pretty entertaining.

Pin the Head on the Lego Man

Lego in a Spoon Relay:

Somehow, this particular group of 5-year-old boys didn't know much about how relay races work, so this game kind of fell apart.  But..we attempted it anyhow. 

What you need: Two wooden spoons, two duplo blocks, two teams and two chairs.

How to play: Each team tries to get all of their players around the chair and back without dropping the Duplo block, balancing it on the wooden spoon.

Build Your Own Race Car:

This was the big "finale" activity, and also served as the boys' party favors, since they got to take home their Lego Race Car creations and extra pieces. 

I ordered 8 race car "kits" made from used Legos on Ebay.  The seller, robertpack, worked with me to create a perfect kit for 8 kids, but essentially, it was one each of these three listings:

Before the party, my husband and kids helped me divide the pieces out into "kits" which we put into ziplock bags for each boy (4 wheels, a bottom, a windshield, a driver, a seat, a steering wheel, lights, fins, etc.).  Then I put a bowl of all the extra pieces in the center of the table for "flair" and they got to work.

Lego Race Car Kits for Birthday Party

Lego Race Car Kits for Birthday Party Game

Building Lego Race Cars with Birthday Party Kits

Lego Race Car Kit Birthday Party Favor

The boys had a blast building (with a little bit of help from the adults) their own completely unique cars that they then raced down an 8ft table set up as a ramp:

Lego Race Car Track

Lego Race Car Track - Birthday Party Games

When we were finished, we put their cars and exta pieces back into the ziplock bags, labeled them with their names, and added a few pieces of candy to them to take home as favor bags.

FOOD

Five year old boys don't require much of anything fancy!  I could have themed all the food out, but frankly, you end up throwing a lot of it away and it takes so much time and energy to make all those cute Pinterest-y recipes and decorative foods.  I did feed them all lunch, but we kept it VERY simple:

  • 1 Family Sized Papa Murphy's Take & Bake pizza
  • 1 bag of Cheetos
  • Lemonade & Apple Juice Boxes
  • sliced strawberries

Cake:

I don't bake (at least not for presentation).  So, I went to the Target bakery the day before the party and picked out a pre-made and decorated sheet cake (it had some red, blue and yellow balloons on it). 

To personalize the top of the cake, I printed a simple banner onto yellow cardstock and taped it to two straws.  Then my son designed 5 of his Lego minifigures to run across the cake.  SOOO simple.

Lego Themed Birthday Cake

DECORATIONS

Eh...he was turning 5 and the party was outside, so I skipped the decorations almost entirely.  I did buy blue & red plates and yellow napkins from the Dollar Tree, as well as a single green star balloon for the mailbox.  But that was it.  So freeing.  So easy.  And decorations weren't missed AT ALL.

 

I estimate that in-all, I spent less than $120 on the whole party.  He and his friends had a fantastic time, and I wasn't stressed about planning it at all.  Not too shabby.


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Tuesday: A Bowl Full of Lemons, A Diamand in the Stuff, Adventures of a DIY mom, New Nostalgia, Bella Before and After, The Blackberry Vine, Carolyn's Homework, Cherished Bliss, Creating a House of Grace, Debbie Does Creations, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, House on the Way, I'm Topsy Turvy, KraftyKat, Ladybug Blessings, Coastal Charm, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Shwin and Shwin, Trendy Treehouse, The Winthrop Chronicles, Tip Junkie, Today's Creative Blog, A Little Tipsy, At Home with K, Crafty Confessions, Crayon Freckles, Homemaker on a Dime, Home Stories A to Z, Kammy's Korner, Not JUST A Housewife, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts, Sweet Little Gals, The Little Giggler, Uncommon Designs Online, Vintage Wanna Bee

Wednesday: DIY Show Off, Lil' Luna, Organize & Decorate Everything, Printabelle, Rae Gun Ramblings, Someday Crafts, Sue Loves Cherries, The DIY Dreamer, Trendy Treehouse, Tales of a Trophy Wife, seven thirty three, Blue Cricket Design, Creations by Kara, Crystal & Co., Domestically Speaking, Free Pretty Things For You, Ginger Snap Crafts, Jaqs Studio, Lady Behind the Curtain, Pincushion Creations, Primp Junktion, Sew Much Ado, Southern Lovely, Sugar and Dots, The Sasse Life, Twin Dragonfly Designs

Thursday: AKA Design, Beyond the Picket Fence, Delightful Order, Scrapbooking EZ, Thrifty 101, Two Yellow Birds Decor, 733 Blog, A Glimpse Inside, Fireflies and Jellybeans, House of Hepworths, Katie's Nesting Spot, Live Laugh Rowe, Mine for the Making, Momnivore's Dilemma, Saved By Love Creations, Somewhat Simple, The Shabby Creek Cottage

Friday: Home is Where My Story Begins, Keeping it Simple, Creation Corner, Days of Chalk and Chocolate, Fun to Craft, Here Comes the Sun, Hodge Podge Life, Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons, Living Life Intentionally, Lovely Crafty Home, Raising Oranges, My Romantic Home, Simply Designing, Tidy Mom, Whipperberry, 504 Main, At The Picket Fence, Blissful & Domestic, Craftionary, Finding Fabulous, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Five Days…5 Ways, Happy Hour Projects, Simle Home Life, One Artsy Mama, Serenity Now, The Shabby Nest, tatertots & jello, The Grant Life, Truly Lovely, Two Sasters

Saturday: Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo, Bowdabra Blog, Love Notes by Lauryn, Craft Envy, Too Much Time on my Hands, Tutus & Tea Parties, Be Different, Act Normal, Country Momma Cooks, Funky Junk Interiors, Homemaker in Heels, I Heart Nap Time, Ladybird Ln., Positively Splendid, Raising Memories, The Gingerbread Blog, To Sew With Love, While He was Napping, Young and Crafty

Sunday: DIY Showoff, Its So Very Cheri, Natural Mothers Network, Petite Hermine, Sew Chatty, Thrifty Decor Chick, Under the Table and Dreaming, Flamingo Toes, Heatherly Loves, Homemaker on a Dime, Nifty Thrifty Things

 

7 comments so far:

Kate said:

I love the idea of the faces printing directly onto yellow paper - but I don't have photoshop. Do you happen to have a PNG of the file you posted here so the background is transparent? Thanks :)

Shera said:

Thank you so much! I'm known for extravagant birthday parties...I told myself not this year! And as I'm gathering ideas on Pinterest I feel myself going down the slippery slope of another extravagant party. Your party is perfect for active 5 year old boys! So relieved!

Kerry Feeney said:

Thank you!!!! You just saved me hours of planning and preparing for my little guys birthday! I was starting to panic.

Brittani Morrow said:

Was wondering what size you made the pin the head on the lego?

Andrea said:

I can't remember for sure what size it was, but it was on poster-board, so it would have been fairly large.

Laurie said:

I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week. {thanks girl!}

Tiffany McKeown said:

I LOVE it!!!
And the photo of P's face racing his car... Priceless!!!!

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