Max loves LEGO. He plays with LEGO's, sleeps with LEGO's, draws LEGO's, watches LEGO TV shows, plays LEGO video games... you get the idea. So, that part of his 5th birthday party was a given, but the focus is ever changing. Spiderman, Iron Man, Star Wars, Batman, Pirate. That is the sequential order, I remember it by heart. His love of pirates was a combination of a real pirate- Peg Leg- visiting the kids on our vacation in Canada (wink, wink), and the Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO video game Max rented from the library. Luckily, John's mom and dad saved a lot of his old LEGO's- including the whole pirate ship that goes for big bucks on Ebay. I took some pictures of those pirates (inspired by this invitation), added text and Boom! Invitation. So I forgot to actually put Max's real name on the invitation (he was Capt. Two Hook in Canada), our real address, rsvp or our return address on some of the envelopes. I like to keep everyone on their toes.
Let's talk decorations, shall we? Yards and yards of red and white striped flags- check. I have a thing for buntings, yo. His very own LEGO pirate flag- check. Tiny birthday banner- check. Pirate LEGO's- check.
I just used that fusible fabric stuff to stick the white LEGO skull & crossbones to the black flag. Curtain grommets and rope.
Oh, little pirate ship... I know it doesn't look like much. Wonky, you might say. I took all the LEGO's my mother-in-law had and gave them to John and kindly asked him to put together the pirate ship (we even had the old instructions). He told me the next day that the set is 6200 pieces and he was only able to get 4 pieces together in the half hour he worked on it. So I put the guys together, attached the flags to some tiny dowel rods I had and that was that. If you squint and look at it from far away, it's awesome!
This was a new Pirates of the Caribbean set I found on Amazon, a surprise for Max.
Did I cut out all those LEGO skull & crossbones from black felt? Yes. Did I trace the picture with black marker on black felt? Yes. Because why make things easy for myself?
My 5 year old.
His shirt is from Zara and I used some iron-on transfer sheets to put the LEGO skull & crossbones on it.
This was our office/playroom transformed into LEGO-land. I found a blank LEGO guy image online, printed him out at FedEx for $5 and put some pirate clothes on him- he was our "Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate LEGO Guy" guy.
I used this idea and made a place for the kids to actually play with LEGO's. Max has SO MANY, so I filled the head with extra pieces that the kids could use for their own "masterpiece" to take home.
I checked out virtually every LEGO building book at the library. Sure, they thought I was weird.
The food I can't really take credit for. All ideas found on Pinterest, but I made the signs with the LEGO guys from Max's invitation.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Or pirate ale. Ok, it's apple juice.
Argh! The one and only cutie that wanted to wear my lego stamped pirate head scarf. It's ok. They didn't turn out anything like these.
Reviewing the literature...
He ended up with sunglasses.
I printed out this LEGO bingo game, which turned out super fun. Max was excited because the sheets had Jay from Ninjago. Oh yeah, did I mention by the time of this party Max moved on from LEGO Pirates to LEGO Ninjago? Yeah, that happened.
Lola totally cheated.
We had to play until every child got bingo... I gave each of the kids a tiny bag of gold doubloons (chocolate coins)- leftovers from the party favors.
Then for the last game I used this idea and the kids worked together to build something. Each one adds one piece.
It didn't last long, but they were excited about what they created. Whatever it is.
I'm the worst at cakes. The worst! Max wanted chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. LEGO toppers. That's the best I can do.
These were the gift bags. The LEGO guy I used for the coloring book was from here, just added text to the first card and created a little book with binder rings. Those crayons were just awesome on so many levels. They were easy to make. Max and Lola helped me break each crayon and put them in the molds. We even had a crazy science "liquid vs. solid" moment. The control freak in me really wanted them all solid colors, but the kids had fun combining them, so... The tiny bags are from Michaels, I did not make them. But I did draw the LEGO skull & crossbones on them. I also filled the bags with the chocolate coins. Because no matter how cute gift bags are, the kids throw everything out until they get to that candy. Am I right?
At the end of the night after everyone left I realized we didn't take a family picture so I made John set the camera up really quick. I'm glad I did.
There are so many talented, creative, graphic designery people out there. Much of this party is either blatantly copied from them, or inspired by them. Here are some of my sources, but kudos to all who have thrown a LEGO party (probably 75% of the world thus far).
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