Having just had a Lego birthday party for an 8 year old Birthday party I thought to create a thread for people for inspiration.
There were a couple of old topics about the favours, Party favours for a 5 year old
and someone looking for figures
talked about the train building Lego birthday party here
He's promissed to add to the thread other things he thought about, but this is already what he told me before I started on mine.
- LEGO brick crayons, get loads of old broken crayons, lay pieces
in a silicone brick shaped ice cube tray and stick in the microwave for a
bit, wax melts and makes crayon bricks (does leave a waxy film on the
tray afterwards so might not be able to use it afterwards)
- Sainsburys Create the World cards made nice party bag fillers
using more create the world cards and a badge making machine. Cut out minifigure faces and press
into the badges.
- Table confetti. More create the world cards,
funny shaped hole punches or just cut out shapes and scatter on the
table, we also used old LEGO CMF leaflets too.
- Brick juice boxes. http://www.deliacreates.com/lego-juice-box-bricks/
- Place mats. Print out minifigure faces onto yellow paper and laminate. Makes fun place mats.
out some LEGO colouring sheets for the party bags. There are dozens of
free ones out there, we found a LEGO word search that we printed on the
other side of the sheets. Couple in a party bag bulks it out a bit!
We had our party on Sunday for six 8 year olds (one cancelled at the last minute). You can see more pictures in the Flickr album
if interested. I'm not showing any kids though, so you'll have to take my word for the happy faces.
- Preperations, a week in advance I
made my own jelly gum sweets in Lego shapes. They had great succes. You
could make them in chocolate as well. I had one big chocolate one that I
silver sprayed, just to bring some ‘bling’.
- Decoration: I have used a lot of
stickers from the DK sticker books. It was great, I used a banner that
we've had out a couple of times and decorated them with some big
minifigure stickers. On the two tables I used a simple paper tablecloth and
also used lots of big and little stickers.
- When the time came to eat cake,
they had fun pointing out the ones they liked and looking for 'easter
eggs'. My son had made some jokes, like a batman head on a Robin body, or
giving the stormtrooper some money to go and buy presents, etc.
- The welcome sign at the door got the
sticker treatment too. Then I just used big Lego storage containers (like
the head) to give a bit more atmosphere.
- I tried to draw Lego faces on the
balloons, but the balloons being, well balloon shaped, this kind of
- Each kid got a baseplate, a couple
of animals (well, 2 or more of the same kind), 2 brickseperators and a
selection of minifigs (men/women/kids/friends). Then we all sat round the
big bag of Lego and started building a piece of the zoo. To have a good
enough selection I added painfully sorted MOC pieces, I’ll have fun
getting those out again (hm hm). But it was nice for the kids to have a good
- I had previoulsy build the entrance
and had put some tiles on the sides so they would connect at the end. One
mistake I made was that the baseplates slided together nicely but you
couldn't connect them. I should have left 1 row of studs open on each side
and then put 2x2 over when they were together. Also, men standing on
baseplates fall over a bit, so I actually ended up removing some of the
2x2 tiles so the figs could stand. I think this would have been better with
jumper plates maybe, but it worked, nobody is perfect :)
- The middle baseplate I had
forseen to be the ‘playground’ and I suggested that everyone could ad to
that, which was duly done. This gave the kids who build their pen quicker
something else to do as well. The really motivated onces decided to make a car
park and an extra shed for animals on some extra plates too.
- This kept us busy for an hour and a
half no problem. It was amazing to see how the kids
helped each other out ('this is how you make a river') and they had lots
of fun looking for pieces and when they found a special one (like a bone
or a fish) they always asked if someone could use it.
- Then it was cake time. We also had
the sweeties and some Lego head shaped biscuits.
my son and I had baked biscuits in the
shape of Lego men. Here I made my second mistake, I usually make
shapes in gingerbread dough, but opted for a butter biscuit. They
bit of a rise so were a bit less lego-y when they came out the ove,
but the biggest problem was that they are
softer so break easier. This was an issue because the idea was to
kids ice the biscuits. I bought a pack of 5 colours icing from
instead of making my own mixtures and having to stand there and
kids were waiting. It worked really well and gave something totally
different to do while staying in the Lego theme. They could take these
with them after.
- Some kids went back to fiddling with
the zoo, and then some wanted to build with instructions. I’ve got a
box with ziplock bags with (mostly) creator 3 in 1 sets for when
over and some kids got seated at small tables and started doing
those. A couple of the kids played upstairs for the last 20 minutes, but
I was suprised at how long they kept building in one go.
- I had also put some Lego games ready
and printed out some colouring sheets but these were not needed.
party favours: I made a small
Lego present for each kid modelled on one of the presents the
build-up from 2016, this together with some (wrapped) sweeties in a
zip-lock foodsafe bag and on the outside, more DK sticker book
stickers. Their own Lego biscuits were taken on plates;
Other ideas I had
or saw but didn’t do:
- Make a Lego-themed photo booth, with the
dressing up stuff we got (Batarang, Ninjago suit, Knexo-shield) but here
in Belgium we don’t do those kind of things too often so decided against
- Get coloured papers A4 and cut out circles
on each other one, then paste them on top of the first sheet and you’ve
got kind of Lego bricks to hang up in the house.
There we are, you can find some more pictures in my flickr album
, I do hope this long read might be of
interest to someone and feel free to add ideas for other people too.