This year Rascal choose a "Lego-Theme" for his 9th Birthday. I am not sure if he or I enjoyed it more... It was so much fun! It was just our family since we only have birthday parties with friends every 3-4 years, but we all had a great time and Rascal just loved his party.
In addition to the Lego Mini-Figures we made, I also created a "Happy Birthday" banner using a Lego font. I printed out the letters (here is my document) and then outlined them with yellow marker before cutting them out and gluing them onto 6x6 squares of red cardstock, which I then mounted onto a piece of 6.5x6.5" white cardstock. I punched a small hole into each corner and ran some red yarn through each card. It's the first time that I have made a "Happy Birthday Banner" and I loved how it turned out. :)
I also printed out each of the children's names (and Daddy & Momma, since they insisted!) to make little treat bags. Originally I wasn't planning on making these, but after seeing these cute bags on a whole bunch of different blogs I decided I had to try them out! I happened to have a package of multicolored bags from Michael's already in my craft closet, as well as matching ribbon, and I used my Cricut to quickly cut out 6 - 2" circles for each bag from matching cardstock. (A 2"circle punch would work great too.)
Captain really wanted to help, so he glued each circle to a piece of foam before gluing them to the bags so they would stick out a little bit. They turned out so cute!
While Captain was making the bags, I printed out the Lego logo (here's my document) to make "napkin rings" and made another document with a variety of lego faces to cut out and attach to the straws. My children all loved choosing which face they would have on their straw!
.: Marshmallow Lego Pops :.
I had a whole bunch of food ideas that I wanted to make, but since we spent most of the day at the bowling alley, we only had time to make chocolate covered marshmallow lego pops. These actually tasted surprisingly good!
.: Games :.
While I started dinner, I gave each of the four older kids a Lego Race Car kit to put together for a race. This was the first time that the girls had ever put together lego with their brothers and they enjoyed it just as much as the boys!
Snuggles and Rose had fun playing with blocks too!
The next game was Lego Creationary. It is a Lego game where the kids take turns trying to get the other players to guess what they are building out of Lego's. For prizes I had made a few "Lego Candy Bars." I had planned to attach paper circles to the Hershey Bars, like we did with the bags, but when I found a half bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups leftover from Christmas I decided to use them instead.
The last game we played was a guessing game. I filled a jar full of Candy Blox and had everyone write their name on a slip of paper and guess how many LEGO were in the jar. The answer was 97 and Twinkle Toes was by far the closest with her guess of 99.
.: Birthday Cake :.
The next time I even consider making a "Building Blocks Cake" topped with "24 Marshmallow Halves" (I stopped at 20) frosted with buttercream icing, somebody please stop me! This had to have been one of the hardest, most annoying, cakes I have decorated. :) I ended up with frosting everywhere and it was impossible for me to make it look smooth. Betty Crocker must be incredibly fast at frosting cakes, if this was only suppose to take "35 Min" of Prep time. (???) I gave up after finishing the 3rd of the 4 blocks and went to bed.
Rascal loved the cake though, despite my lack of talent, and that made it worth all the frustration!
.: Birthday Gifts :.
I wrapped all of Rascal's gifts in red and yellow paper. He was also given a couple other gifts from a friend and his Godparents earlier in the day and I thought it was so perfect that they were wrapped in blue and green! ;)
Thank you all for your suggestions on LEGO! I ended up not being able to find the City Corner set that I originally considered, and ended up choosing the LEGO® Kingdoms Prison Tower Rescue and the LEGO® Kingdoms Prison Carriage Rescue (which I knew he would love), in addition to the LEGO Creator Log Cabin (which is so neat!).
I'm thinking that in the future I probably need to simplify birthdays a little bit. I was laying in bed the other night doing the math and figured that if each of my children had a "themed" birthday each year until they were 12, that would be a total of 72 BIRTHDAY PARTIES! And that is only if God doesn't bless us with any more children. . . Yikes! I think I will save the banner and other extra's from this party to do again when Snuggles is older. . . He'll just have to decorate his own cake! ;)