My son asked for a Lego birthday party this year, and like every other party he has had I went all out on decorations. I know that kids parties can get quite pricey and if I am just going to throw the stuff away I find it to be a waste of money so I try my best to save money by being crafty. However, there IS a trade-off with deciding to be crafty. While I was able to save the pocket book a little, my time was consumed. This is one very important thing you must remember when you decide to have a "Pinterest" party (meaning complete DIY). Here are a few images from the party. This first image (I removed the content for privacy) was the front of my son's invite. This is where I spend my money because I always put a nice picture of him on the backside and it is then frameable for family and friends to display in their homes.
We made Lego head cake pops which were a huge hit. I found the recipe here and then I just shaped them into a Lego head shape rather than a ball. My son cut baby marshmallows in half for the top. These cost about $25, BUT I accidentally overcooked my 1st bags of candy melts and I also bought edible pens for the face ($5) that does not work on candy melts. I then bought the black glitter gel for the face (which did not dry and smeared when I packed them) so if I had not made those mistakes this project would be closer to $15.
This cake I made as well, the Legos I created with pre-made fondant that I found at Walmart (cost $9) and here is a great tutorial on how to make the Lego pieces, unfortunately I didn't find this tutorial until I was researching Lego cake ideas after I made all the Legos so your welcome.
These little guys were on the table for the kids to play with. Just something a little fun to keep them occupied while they ate.
The backdrop was created with construction paper (cost $5 for a big pack) and I taped the circles on. I chose to tape them because I wanted it to have some dimension and if I were to glue the dots on they would stick flat (this project took me DAYS!!!). I kept all of the excess construction paper and created confetti to glue to the letters (which I also made with construction paper). For the balloons, I opted out on helium. I bought four packs (1 of each color), this cost me just over $4. I then grabbed some yarn I had lying around and strung them together and taped them to the ceiling to give the illusion of helium balloons.
I decided that the decor needed some pom poms over the table and so instead of buying them we made them out of tissue paper. This project cost me about $5 and some bonding time with my lovely niece which of course is priceless.
Lego plate faces, yet again another Pinterest find. I was a little concerned that I might not be able to find square yellow plates, but they are of course in the last place you look, for me it was the dollar store. So the price here really depends on how many you are going to need. For me, it was $3 and change for 3 packs of 16. I then used a dry-erase marker to draw the faces on. The great thing about the dry-erase is that they are non-toxic so if it were to come off when the food was put on it was not harmful BUT, fortunately, the marker did not smudge.
We did have a variety of games and activities for the kids to do. My Sister-in-law made this awesome pin the head on the Lego man game. So price for me was FREE and I am sure it was for her too because she is an art teacher and it was just made from construction paper and, of course, a lot of LOVE and time. The other games we played were, guess how many Lego pieces in the jar, Lego scavenger hunt, and we had crayons and Lego color sheets out as well as some salt dough for the kids to play with.
And Last we have these really cool candles that I found at Michaels for $1.75 on the clarence rack. The flame burns whatever color the candle is. VERY COOL!!! So that's that, I hope you find this helpful and informative. Until next time.