Thursday, July 15

LEGO BIRTHDAY PARTY

Miguel turned 6 this week ... i just cant believe it!  what on earth happened to my baby?  When asked what theme he wanted i knew the answer well before the said it  .. LEGO!!!

So I got busy and ticked of the long wish list  ....  I thought that I would share with you what I made as well as the printable PDFs as I know from the many hours of searching on the net that this is a popular theme with very little info.

The first were  the INVITATIONS :



It consisted of 4 pages and a VIP tag. Page 2 was the actual invite with the party details on it. I had left the date blank, because I used a stamp with glow in the dark ink to add the date. The moms told me later that the kids were closing themselves in their closets to see the date magically appear, as they could not wait for night time!  Page 3 was the RSVP and map details, and the last was the biggest hit of all  ... design your own Lego man! You should see the amazing drawings we got!

Assembly is really easy ... each page is 4 up on a A4 [A4 paper is 6 mm narrower and 18 mm longer than the "Letter" paper size], the tag has 8 on a page. Print them and cut out on light grey lines. Take one of each kind, & stack together in the order shown in the photos above and punch a hole in a corner. Then using 2 inches of ball chain and a connector (the kind to attach a plug to a sink or bath and can be bought from any building/plumbing supply store - or use cord) thread through the pages and use the connector to join the two ends together. Finally I used a corner punch to round the corners, but it is not necessary to do so.

The link to download the INVITATION is  HERE
If you dont see the Green download button just click on a thin grey bar at the bottom of your screen and the menu should appear.


For Miguel's name I used a font called LEGO THICK that can be downloaded for free here (just scroll down).  {
{NOTE : for some reason because the lego font is not a true font it wont work in the PDF>> it just overides the settings and makes it Ariel, i have tried to fugure out how to get around this, but it wont let me  - the only round the backdoor way to get arpound this is if you have photoshop, you need to open the invite page in PS and then use the lego font to write the name. sorry I have really tried to fix this to no avail.}



PARTY PACK COLOURING IN BOOK  - NOTES:




The Colouring-in Booklet PDF is 5 pages. To make the cover, I printed page one on yellow cardstock only page one. The inside of the book consists of the 4 remaining pages which I printed double sided (but its not a train smash if u cant).  Cut the all pages in half on the lines provided.  Then put one of each page together with a cover on top - the order does not matter but just make sure that the maze page is in the middle as it covers 2 booklet pages.

Make sure that when you fold you make a nice solid crease. I then used my sewing machine to stitch the pages together. See sewing isn't just for old ladies making doggy coats! You can do all sorts of cool stuff with them!!  If you don't have machine you can use a stapler just as well.   Now just trim the edges of the booklet so that all the pages finish neatly together.

The link to download the COLOURING IN BOOKLET is HERE




LEGO BUNTING :
Bunting is one of the easiest things to do to make an occasion festive.  I will use any excuse to make and string up a gorgeous bright row of bunting!!  ANY EXCUSE ... Easter, birthdays, Xmas, Friday  .... Sunny weather, cold weather ...

Bunting is a string of flags all sewn together on a fabric line.  I made a awesome string of bunting for the party .. with loads of Lego pics and bright blocks of colours inbetween  .. but in my old age I forgot to take a photo of said wonderful bunting, so you will have to believe me when I tell you it looked amazing flapping in the sea breeze!


I made a really long bunting - about 7 meters, so I printed the pdf out 3 times. The pics are 2 up on a page. Print and cut in half.  I also cut out card stock of the same size in yellow, blue and red. The order that I put them in was, one pic and then a card stock - but any order will do.  You will also need bias tape if you are sewing or just some cord or string if you are not going to sew the bunting.

I am not going to bore you with a tutorial as there are many out there.  Here are two really good ones...  
Scissor Variations - has one showing you how to make paper bunting if you don't have a sewing machine.
Katie from Explanation Required  a brilliant tute on sewing bunting - except instead of using fabric flags you will use your paper ones.

The link to download the BUNTING PICTURES is HERE

{EXTRA NOTE :I have a Bias binding foot for my sewing machine and it is worth every cent i paid for it (though they are not particularly costly).  If you use bias banding a lot you need to go and buy this foot!! the reason why i say that is that you don't have to pin your bias! Yip it just feeds the tape it through the foot, folds it in half and you just need to hold your center in the gap provided on the foot!  I LOVE IT! To sew 6 meters of bunting it only takes me about 15 minutes.}

I do have one little tip for sewing loooooong strips of bias though.  It can get twisted as you sew, so it can cause quite a bit of teeth gnashing and hair pulling to keep having to un twist it so that it feeds though nice and straight.  I buy my bias on rolls that are 25 meters long, all I do is thread the roll onto a stick (or on my case a baking spoon -a very necessary sewing tool) hold between my knees and off i go!! 

                                             

The last but most certainly not the least, the THANK YOU's for the party packs. Print onto A4 adhesive sheets.  Cut them out on the lines. For the pack I used clear packets for the party bags, which after filling with a few tasty treats I simply folded over and closed using the sticker that I had made!!


The link to download the THANK YOU is HERE


The last thing I made for the party were chocolate Lego blocks ... yes i know I'm a HUGE sucker for punishment!  Actually it was really easy to make, i was really surprised and I am sure that I will do it again!


I used a food grade silicone (it will come with instructions so you'll be fine!!)  I glued some Lego pieces right side up in to a disposable foil baking tray. I then poured the mixture over the lot, making sure that it covers the Lego about 1 inch. I let it set overnight, but check your instructions as different products may require different curing methods. The Lego blocks being plastic just slide right out the set mixture, so there is no need to put any lubricant on them before casting.

I then melted milk chocolate on my stove in a glass bowl sent on to a pot of hot water and let it slowly melt (not boiling water as it could burn the choc). When it was melted I used a spoon, scooped some out and poured it into the mould, put it into the fridge and on 40min .... da daaaa yummy Lego blocks !!


Well i hop that some of this was useful to some one out there in desperate mommy party land!  If you have any questions at all just let me know and I'll do my bst to help out ... Have fun!!

{EDIT : 26/7/2010 - I cannot get comments to work - if anyone can figure this out please let me know - I have tried everything  ... thanks ... cleo [at] techgear.co . za  GOT IT TO WORK! WOOOHOOO}

15 comments:

Melopotocon said...

is very, very nice!!!!! i love this idea ♥♥♥

p said...

cool invites.
would love to feature them
make-your-own-invitations.com

Missy said...

Thank you so much for sharing. This is exactly what I was looking for. You are great!

Spotgirl said...

Can you tell me the brand of the silicone you used and/or where to find it? Thanks!

Spotgirl said...

LOVE the mold. Can you please tell me the brand of silicone that you used and/or where to find it? Thanks!

Spotgirl said...

LOVE the mold. Could you please share the brand of silicone that you used and/or where to find it? Thanks!

Spotgirl said...

LOVE the mold. Could you please share the brand of silicone that you used and/or where to find it? Thanks

DACSHOE said...

Fabulous resources! Thanks for being so willing to share! that is rare these days ;)

DACSHOE said...

Fabulous resources! Thanks for being so willing to share! that is rare these days ;)

Heather said...

I'm glad you got your comments working! Your post has been very helpful as I plan my son's party in a few weeks. Thanks!

Lena said...

Your Lego-Party is great!!!!

We also have such a party on Friday.

I like your colouring book very much, but I can´t download it.

Would you send the book in an email to me?

Lena.Marks[@]gmx.de

This would be great!

Thanks!!!

Muna said...

Hi there, I would like to thank you for sharing these tips+ideas on your son's Lego party. My son has great obsession with Lego and I stumbled across your site while scouting for ideas on this Lego themed party. Grateful that you shared the coloring book idea to be downloaded. Its a really cool and practical item apart of the party pack. Thanks again :)

Muna,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Anderson Family said...

I would love the coloring book for my sons party, but can't download it without a subscription or downloading my own document (and I don't have any worth it at the moment.) Is there anyway you can email this to me?

Noblekatt said...

love these ideas! I had no idea food grade silicon was so easy to use! I am planning a lego party for my lil guys 4th!
is there any way to get your files for the invite and the coloring book (amazing work there btw!) somewhere other than on scribd?? hubby doesnt want me to pay to download if at all possible since we are tight on cash.
thanks for the inspiration!
Jenn Post
noblekatt(at)hotmail(dot)com

@**&%$ said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT! *said in a oprah winfrey voice*
totally using all your ideas!