For two weeks, I'm writing about one of my family's favorites (yours, too?): Lego! See the other posts in the series.
Once you become a Lego House, you'll probably end up having a Lego Birthday Party at some point. With all the variations of Lego and kids' preferences, you can even do it more than once! Consider focusing on a small subset like Star Wars Lego, do a toddler Duplo party, or plan for tweens who love Bionicle. Last year, we had a regular Lego party for my son's 6th birthday. That's the easiest to do, and it can actually be a very frugal party as well.
Use what you have! I used a yard sale bowl filled with Lego on top of a Lego game board (also from a yard sale). You can also make paper banners by punching circles for the “bumps,” as Jennie from Craftomaniac did with scrapbook paper (check out the rest of her Lego party posts). She wrapped gifts the same way.
Make your own Lego brick cake by putting cupcake “bumps” on top of a 9×12 pan cake. Or, place marshmallows on top of mini loaf pan cakes so each child gets their own cake, as my friend Shelly did. Some kids prefer to put their own creations on top of a plain sheet cake, and this concept works well if you've used a smaller theme like Star Wars. You can also do cupcakes with picks. Melissa at Polka Dot Chair used the FREE Lego Creator program to make these Cupcake Picks. There are also these free printables from Skip to My Lou.
This really depends on the age of the kids. I knew from past birthday parties that my son and his friends just wanted to play, so while we did do a game or two, the main activity was dumping a bunch of Lego on the rug and letting them play. Stephmodo made this Pin the Bump on the Lego game. Lego.com does have coloring sheets you can download, but ours were never used! Amy at Living Locurto did a Lego Relay Race using spoons and a Lego Hunt to keep the kids outdoors.
This is where you really get to have fun! Using Lego molds, you can make soap, playdough, or chocolates, like Rebecca from Roots & Wings Co. I went the simple route and bagged up the Lego-shaped candy from a by-the-pound candy store at the mall. One of my favorite Lego themed favors I saw right after my son's party, that he would have loved, are handmade Lego necklaces from Kristin at WeAreThatFamily. You can even dress your Goody Bags to look like Lego.
Have you had a Lego Birthday Party? Seen one that you love? There are so many fantastic ones out there in blog land. Please add your link in the comments so we can all enjoy them!