This is a bit of a departure from the more romantic events I often do, but it was a really fun one! And if there is anything I love, it’s whimsy, and this little party had plenty of that. My sweet Noah is a bit of a homebody, and decided for his 6th birthday that he wanted to change plans at the last minute, from celebrating at a LEGO activity place, to celebrating at home. I feel an obligation to post this and help all the other mothers of LEGO-lovers out there, because I had a hard time finding ideas (really, Pinterest?) for LEGO parties.
I refocused all the money I saved in rental fees for the LEGO space into a giant bag of (used, but cleaned and sterilized even!) LEGO pieces that I bought on ebay. I used the LEGO bricks as a table runner of sorts, and the boys spent the first 45 minutes or so building fun cars, planes, rocket ships, monsters, and animals. Not only did this keep everyone busy, but it made the required goody bag super easy because I had them take home their projects as a their gift (along with a lot of candy from the piñata).
Noah’s cake was a simple sheet cake that I cut into two equal pieces about 4″ x 9″. I frosted them in a simple two-layer cake style, and then topped it with six giant campfire marshmallows as the LEGO studs (that’s the official name for those bumps on top of a LEGO!) and put a final coat of frosting on the whole thing. (But please remember…I do flowers, not cakes, so this is not a fondant, molded sugar masterpiece).
We built a piñata out of rectangular box and paper cups that we cut down to be the right height for the LEGO studs. We covered the top with tissue paper and glue…kind of a cheater paper mâché. Then, I glued strips of tissue to the side that Noah had cut halfway through to make fringe. I left a flap on the bottom that I could fill from, and then taped it closed once the candy was inside. (And candy necklaces were a must according to Noah!). I also left some ribbons that we could pull if it never broke open, but that was unnecessary! The lesson we learned is that we should have attached a stronger wire to hang the piñata from. The wire I had attached through the box in a loop at the top came out immediately when the boys attacked the piñata, so please pardon the tacky white rope holding it up in my photo.
So that’s my quick how-to. The boys had a great time, and after planning so many elaborate events, it was fun to have a cozy at-home birthday that was more charming than polished. Just right for my 6-year old Noah!