Monkey is all about being unique. He has never wanted to copy anyone else's (including his brother's) party ideas. However, my party planning mojo was lacking this year, and he wanted too many guests to really pull off the mad scientist theme we'd been talking about for a while.
Finally he agreed that a Lego party would be awesome - especially for his group of friends. But it wouldn't be exactly like his brother's party back in the day. It really suits Monkey so well, as he is a SuperFan and aspires to be a Lego designer one day!
Doesn't hurt that we've done this theme before so I knew it would be easy!
He helped me stage the invite photo op. There was a moment of worry when 'his hair' piece (the one that looks kinda like his mop) couldn't be found immediately. But it surfaced.
We made minifigure buntings using cardstock and stickers (stickers from this book we already had).
And some cardstock bricks with my circle punch. Hard to see in this photo.
We made builder badges, and used more minifig stickers on the goody bags.
We displayed some duplo creations that my boys put together.
Cupcakes again, but this time we topped them with chocolate minifigures we made!
As guests arrived, they were pretty occupied with the train setup.
See how Monkey set up the 'bad guy' so he will get knocked into the bridge? That was replayed over and over. Boys.
We had separated all the wheels we could find from our lego stash and everyone grabbed a pair and started building. This was the extent of my activity planning. :)
A sheet was spread on the floor instead of using the lego table this time - figured it would work better with more guests.
We setup the 'ramp' again and the boys did test runs and races.
Very casual and open-ended. It fit the boys different personality types. Some wanted to build fast and race, some wanted to work forever on their designs and didn't care about racing so much. Some wanted to just run the races, and some made mars rovers and stuff instead of cars. Several boys mixed lego with duplo pieces to see how that would go, too.
We had the Lego Movie soundtrack playing (heard 'Everything is Awesome' about a million times, but I kind of love it), Legoland photos on slideshow mode, and Lots of lego books out to peruse.*
Oh yeah, on the mantel was a photo of (little!) Monkey with a mascot at Legoland, and a selection of his mixels, MBA sets, and other things he felt like displaying.
About halfway through, we paused for cake and snacks (chips, grapes, water - pretty low key) and presents. Then back to building, this time with the Lego Movie on.
Here are just SOME Of the boys' awesome creations:
They had tons of fun, but eventually I kicked them out. :)
We sent them home with goody bags including m&m's (chosen for their color mostly!) with a little Benny tag I made for top.
Also little souvenir photos! We printed out wallet size photos from our trips to Legoland, and everyone got a few.
I whipped up this cute Lego Movie quote.
(I think this is the first time we've done photos/prints in goody bags - I hope they go over well!)
Oh, and we made plenty of chocolate minifigs, so some were packaged up for the bags, too. Some are cookies and creme (thanks, half-price Easter chocolate!).
Some glo bracelets and ring pops rounded out the goody bags.
The boys had fun! That is the biggest party we've thrown, but I think it went well.
Two things about 'boy' parties, though:
You will have to vacuum at least twice.
There will be a distinct 'boy' smell.
*After we were setup, my husband looked around and said "Lego should be paying us."