Lego Birthday Party

Lego Birthday Party

Today I’d like to share the photos from my friend Nicole’s Lego birthday party.   All boys and girls love Legos as there are endless creations to build.  This is a perfect party theme for a young boy.

For the invite you can make your own with cardstock, order them on Etsy or Tiny prints customized with a photo or you can download a printable invite.  Nicole found this cute printable invite that can be easily customized.  She printed the invite on paper and then mounted it on a green cardstock so that it was thicker than just one sheet of regular paper.    You can find this free invite on Make Your Own Invitations for download.    There are tons of free printable invites out there, search around to find one you like.    Here’s a link to my Lego Party Pinterest board where I’ve pinned some of my favorites. 

 Lego Party Invitation - Free Printable

The kids were given a bag of Legos and a party blower.  Each bag of Legos had a board with a big number “5” since this was the birthday boys 5th.  Having the Legos at the tables was a great way for the kids to have something to do while they sat at the tables. 

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I made a rectangle Lego banner for the birthday boy.  The circles were cut with a small circle punch and then raised up with pop dots to give the illusion of the circles on Legos. 

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The rectangle banner shapes were cut via the Silhouette with two small circles precut making for easy stringing. 

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There were a few rectangles left over so I made this mini banner.  The balloons were colorful on theme decorations and great for all of the tables.

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Nicole punched out circles from cardstock to make these cute favor bags.   They are very simple and look awesome. 

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The cake was a sheet cake from the store that was personalized for the birthday boy.  She used a small Lego beach set and made some blue water from frosting.  The letters are a great way to easily personalize your cake, you can find these at the grocery.  This is the same Nicole who has helped me with my cakes & cupcakes seen here:  Fish Cupcakes, Owl Cupcakes & her son’s train party cupcakes from last year.    What a cute cake, huh?! 

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The kids played pin the head on the Lego body while they were blindfolded.   It was a fun party game and interesting that everyone put the heads in the same location.  The green board is foam core found at the craft store.

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Lego heads that were used to pin onto the board for the game.

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Party favor bags decorated with circles.  There were more Legos and a few sweet treats inside the bags. 

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Lego Birthday Party - Favor Bag

Lego Birthday Party - Favor Bag

Hope you enjoyed seeing the Lego birthday party.  Thank you Nicole for letting me share these photos on my blog!  I’ve already started seeing good traffic to the recent Lego Banner post.  I know my readers will like seeing your party too!

Lego Birthday Party

I am thinking about throwing a Ninjago themed Lego party for my sons next birthday.  He was the green ninja from Ninjago for Halloween and says he’d like a Ninjago party.  His birthday is still 6 months away so we’ll have to wait and see if he’s still interested in Ninjago at that time.    I have some cute photos of him in his costume that I could use on the invite.  It will be hard to decide which design to use!  Handmade or with photos??   Also, I’ve started collecting Ninjago party ideas on this board.  I know I’ll have fun making things for a Ninjago party if this becomes a reality.


Fish Birthday Party

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Today I’d like to share all the photos from the fish birthday party.   This time I didn’t have the desire or time to make all the paper decorations I have in the past for Gavin’s last party.   Instead I decided to create some sweets that were easy to make the day of the party and could be done by my husband.   Below you’ll see all the photos from the party and If you’d like more info about how we made things I’ve linked to the individual posts throughout.

The invitation set the theme of fish that I ended up weaving into everything else.

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Made a large fish welcome sign (12×12) to hang on the front door.  I didn’t have time to add words so I just kept it simple with the big orange fish.  We had bunches of turquoise and orange polka dot balloons.

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I hung orange, turquoise and white paper lanterns from the archways.  I hoped to add eyes and tails to them so that they would be cute fish but ran out of time.  The lanterns still looked great on their own.

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Served Orange Passion Mango Soda (World Market) with the colorful orange & blue drink flags.

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The table was full of sweets from the fish M&M cupcakes, goldfish marshmallow pops, gummy fish skewers (sent home as favors).   Also we had blueberries, carrots, goldfish and then pizza for the kids & adults.

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Thin crust flatbread pizza (from Safeway).  It’s so tasty and easy to eat.  Everyone loved it.

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Goldfish pizzas for the kids made from flatbread with sauce, cheese and an olive for the eye.  Pepperidge Farms makes goldfish sandwich bread but unfortunately it’s not available on the west coast.  Thank you to my girlfriend Pam who has a big goldfish shaped cracker box that doubled as a cutout to make the goldfish shape.  I couldn’t have made these without her help-thank you Pam!   I was so thrilled with how cute these pizzas turned out and they were very yummy!

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M&M fish cupcakes were my inspiration for the entire party.  I love how vibrant the frosting colors are and the bright matching M&Ms.  These cupcakes were really yummy.  The vanilla cake goes really well with chocolate M&M’s in each bite.

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Mini goldfish & bubble sugar cookies from Auntie Bea’s Bakery.   I ordered these adorable sugar cookies from Bea’s Etsy shop.  They were beautiful cookies and were delicious.  I love finding cookies for my parties from Etsy that can add to everything else at the party.  The owl cookies from Gwen’s first birthday were so cute that I’d like to continue this tradition.

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I really enjoyed watching all the kids make their fish hand art.  Each canvas turned out unique.

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Gavin & Gwen in their cute chevron goldfish shirts.  Ordered these from Sweet Threads Clothing (Etsy) and customized the shirts so they’d each have different colors.  I really love these shirts because the material is thick (not too thick), a bit stretchy and soft at the same time.  The chevron circle applique is stitched around the edges and it gets a little worn/frayed around the edge each time it’s washed.  It’s a great look and the kids have been asking to wear them all summer.

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These are the handmade fish favor bags for the kids.  The fish hand art and gummy fish skewer were sent home in the bags.

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Happy Birthday Gavin!!

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Gwen was so excited about the “happy birthday party” cupcakes and couldn’t wait to try one.  I love Gwen’s expression and how Gavin’s even noticed her eye on the cupcakes.

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Here’s a link to all of the fish party posts here if you’d like to see more detail about how I’ve made things.

Goldfish Marshmallow Pops

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I came across these cute goldfish marshmallow on Etsy when searching for ideas for Gavin’s Fish Birthday Party.   I showed them to my husband and he was thrilled to have the opportunity to make them.  He has a super sweet tooth and loves to cook.   I am so glad that that he loves to cook and make all the delicious treats for parties.

The great news is that these are easy treats to make if you are up for a little DIY project.  The best part is that they are so very tasty!  Everyone LOVED eating these pops at the party, they are a great combination of sweet with a little salty.  There’s something that works really well with the combination of the candy melt, marshmallow and graham crackers.

We didn’t use the traditional goldfish flavored crackers because my husband didn’t think cheese flavored crackers would taste good with marshmallows.  He found some vanilla cupcake goldfish crackers that were the perfect flavor.

Here are some tips and photos from the process:

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We experimented with using jumbo marshmallows but they didn’t work.  They are too big to cover with candy and then too large to eat.  Regular size marshmallows are the perfect bite or two size.

Goldfish Marshmallow Pops

When heating up the candy if it’s not the right consistency add some vegetable shortening (Crisco) so that you can dip the marshmallows to get the desired effect.  It shouldn’t be clumpy.   The shortening will make it smooth and will give you the desired appearance.

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These graham crackers are sweet and yummy!

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  • Wilton Blue Candy Melts
  • Graham cracker crust – Honey Maid makes a great box
  • Goldfish-vanilla cupcake grahams flavor
  • Candy Sticks – white
  • Marshmallow – regular size

Didn’t these turn out cute!?  Great job Chris.

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I hope you’ll be inspired to try them too!  If you don’t want to make them yourself you can find them on Etsy.  Thank you Ashley for the great idea, I love all of your sweet creations!

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the posts showing the crafty items I made for the fish party.  I am really happy with how everything came together on the big day.  In my next post I’ll show you the photos from the party!

Gummy Fish Skewers

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Today I am going to show you how we made DIY gummy fish skewers for the fish birthday party.  These were one of the party favors that each kid took home with them. 

I found this super cute gummy candy skewer tutorial from Stephanie at Couture Parties and had to try it.  Gummy fish favors are a perfect idea for our fish birthday party.  As you have seen, I’ve been using fish die-cuts to decorate everything for the party and I have a huge stash of twine in blue, yellow and orange.

Here’s what you need:

    • gummy fish – I used Sharks, turtles and rainbow fish.
    • twine
    • wooden skewers
    • die cut fish- fish from the party invite
    • cellophane bags to wrap the completed skewer
    • scissors

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The Sharks were my favorite gummy because they were the softest to chew.  I got the gummies from Candy Warehouse as Stephanie recommended.  These days the only time I have for shopping is at night after the kids are in bed, online works best for me. 

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Here’s the cute birthday boy.  Both Gavin and daddy were excited to help out with this sweet, gummy project.  I’ll have to think of more crafts that I can enlist their help because it makes things easier when there are three of us working on the project.

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We alternated the fish colors & species to create some visual interest.

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The boys put the fish on the sticks.  I wrapped them and tied on the fish die-cut.  This is the same die-cut you saw on the back of the party invite and the favor bag tag.  I cut a lot of fish for the fish bowls, with many extras left over it’s great to find somewhere else that I can use the leftovers.

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The kids will love these colorful, gummy party favor treats that are a great way to tie together the party theme.  We put them inside the fish favor bags so everyone could enjoy them after the party.

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Thank you Stephanie for the great idea and inspiration!  I love your tutorial & photos documenting your awesome preppy beach party.

Next I’ll share one more sweet treat from the fish party.  After that it will be time to show how the party came together, can’t wait to show all the details!

Fish Hand Art

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Here’s the art project the kids did at the Fish Birthday Party.  I found this project on Pinterest and love that it provides a handmade memory from this special day.

I found acrylic paint in ocean blue, turquoise & orange.  I wasn’t sure how much paint I’d need so I had extra bottles.  Turns out you’ll just need one bottle of each color if you are making 12 canvases.  It doesn’t take much paint and it goes a long way.

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I cut our the names for the fish party favor bags seen here in my last post.  Looking at was left behind from the names, I got the idea to use the negative space to paint the names on the canvas and leverage my scraps.  This is worked well with this font because it’s so thick & full.  I liked being able to add the names in advance of the party so that at the party everything was ready.  

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Gavin and I practiced a few times to figure out the right pressure & amount of paint.    We made his canvas before the party too as I knew I’d be busy during the party. 

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Painting the names on was harder than I thought.  Paint seeped out the edges of the letters so there was some smudging and then the middle pieces the “o’s” and the “a’s” were very hard to keep in place.  Even though they are imperfect I think it adds a nice handmade touch and looks stronger than it would look if we had just written the names on with a sharpie. 

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Once you glue the pebbles be sure to let them dry flat before you move the canvas.  The favor bags above were the perfect size to slide the canvas in when the kids left the party.  Once the paint has dried then add an eye and mouth on the fish for the final touch. 

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This DIY art project is quick, easy and fun.  I love it because now I can remember just how cute my kids little hands were when they were 5 and almost 2. 

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  • canvas – small & medium (most were small because the kids were around age 5 but I did get two medium sized canvases for two children that were 10+, they were the perfect size for the big kids)
  • acrylic paint (ocean blue, turquoise, and orange)
  • clear bubble rocks
  • letters cut via Silhouette – Font: Eras Bold ITC
  • crafters glue
  • sharpie pen for eyes and dates
  • paint brush

Fish Party Favor Bags

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This month has been busy and I have a lot of posts I’d like to write.  We had Gwen’s second birthday party a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to share everything but first I’ve got to finish up Gavin’s birthday posts.    I am looking forward to getting back to my scrapbook layouts.  After one shower and two birthday parties I am ready to catch up on scrapbooking.

Here are the gift bags from the fish birthday party.    After making the invite with the little fish in the bowl I decided to use this great shape on the favor bag.

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I enlarged the fish up to about 4×7 to fill the front of the bag.

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Then I cut out the letters with the Silhouette.  Being able to manipulate the files and cut them in any size you choose is the reason why I love the Silhouette.   It’s so easy!

I love how the fish looks in such large size.

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I used the little fish left over from the invites for the thank you tag.   With the text “THANKS for swimming by!”  Popped up the fish with foam to add some dimension.

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These bags are similar to the owl bags from Gwen’s birthday last year.

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  • Font-Eras Bold ITC 112pt
  • die cut shapes:  three fish and a bowl by Lori Whitlock – Design ID #28038, luggage tag
  • Bag-7-3/4”Wx4-3/4”Dx9-3/4”H.

Fish Birthday Invite


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Today’s the second post in preparation for the fish birthday party for my son’s 5th birthday.   Last time I shared the M&M fish cupcakes and now this is the handmade invitation that kicked off making some decorations for the party.  I used the Silhouette to create an invite with die cut shapes, this is the 3 goldfish and bowl shape.   Gavin’s turning 5 so I added two more fish to the bowl.   It’s so fun designing cards with the Silhouette because you can cut the exact size you desire.  

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On the inside of the card I scraplifted a cute fish party invite design from Etsy, once again thank you for the inspiration!  Luckily I had a “V” in Gavin’s birthday number so that I could recreate the the fishbowl.  “One or Two” both work really well for this invite as the water looks best in a closed letter.  To add a little more color & texture I added the blue twine to the top of the fishbowl.  The twine also looks good when you open up the card to read the details showcasing a nice splash of blue and white twine. 

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I was very glad that I cut so many fish because I was able to use them on the other party decorations.  I’ll show you more of these cute fish on my next few posts. 

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I’m glad it worked to add the orange and white chevron fish to the group.  Since this is a boy party I wanted to keep the color palette simple with yellow, oranges and blues.  I created 5 different sizes/shapes of the little fish so that there would be variety in the fish bowl.   I am glad we are celebrating an odd number because 5 fish fit well in the bowl. 

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One more fish on the backside of the invite…..”made by Laurel.”

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