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Wanna LEGO for Lunch?

Throwing a Best LEGO Birthday Party for your child? Looking for ideas about what to serve for lunch? Playparty.net has a few suggestions for LEGO party lunch ideas.

LEGO Super City
Best LEGO Birthday Party by playparty.net

Cover juice boxes so they look like LEGO bricks. First set the straws aside. Then cut card stock into a strip long enough to wrap around the box. Tape ends closed. Cut out matching circles. Use glue or glue dots to attach circles to the front of the box.

LEGO Juice Boxes
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Make it easy for guests to help themselves. Wrap utensils in a napkin and use a band of LEGO wrapping paper to hold everything together.

LEGO Utensils
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What kid doesn’t like fruit? Especially when it’s displayed this way?

LEGO Fruit Salad
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Offer veggies and dip in convenient, healthful individual servings. Put dollops of a kid-friendly dip — like hummus, ranch dressing, bean dip, pesto or salsa — in a cup. Then place finger-food sized vegetables inside the cup. Popular alternatives include julienned carrots, celery and bell peppers; cherry or grape tomatoes; blanched snow peas, snap beans or broccoli; a crisp leaf of romaine lettuce or radicchio.

Veggie Dip Cups
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Up the LEGO-awesomeness. Use yellow cups and draw a mini-fig face on each with a black marker. Try your hand with a variety of faces — for example, smiling, winking or wearing sunglasses. The expressions below may inspire you.

Mini Fig Faces
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Make LEGO brick sandwiches with your child’s favorite filling — peanut butter and jelly, cheese, bologna, ham or turkey. Cut off the crusts and cut the sandwiches in half. Use a small cookie cutter, apple corer or water bottle cap to cut circles out from a slice of bread. Then press the circles onto the sandwiches with a bit of peanut butter or cream cheese.

LEGO Brick Sandwiches
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Pepperoni pizza can also look like LEGO bricks.

LEGO Pizza
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Of course, every birthday party calls for a birthday cake

LEGO Blue Cake
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or cupcakes.

LEGO Cupcakes
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And the best part of all? You get to have the leftovers for breakfast the next day!

LEGO Breakfast
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How to make LEGO Gummy Candy

We loved this one so much, we just had to share this video from The King of Random with you!  You can make these LEGO gummies ahead of time and serve them at your child’s birthday party, or put them in the goody bags for the guests to take home, enjoy and remind them of the great time they had playing on Playparty.net’s LEGO stations.

HOW TO MAKE LEGO GUMMY CANDY

1. Start with 1/2 cup of very cold water
2. Pour in 1/4 cup of corn syrup
3. Stir until fully dissolved
4. Pour into a pot, but do NOT turn on heat yet.
5. Add 2 packets of gelatin and one packet of Jell-O
6. Stir slowly into gelatin is mixed in.
7. Heat over medium low for 5-10 minutes, stirring slowly regularly
8. Find mold, such as LEGO ice cube trays, or make your own* from silicon with LEGO toys.
9. When ingredients are completely liquified, pour into mold.
TIP: Pour syrup into condiment container for easy dispensing into mold.
10. Let cool for about 5 hours.

*White molds shown in the video are made from silicone found at special effects supply stores; used actual LEGO bricks, with a LEGO base plate brushed with oil to make them interlocking and stackable.

More Tips:

1. If you are seeing bubbles and lumps, pour the liquid into a tall drinking glass and let stand for about 10 minutes; the “impurities” will float to the top and you can just scrape them off with a spatula. Remelt the syrup and you’re good to go.
2. Powderize chewable vitamin C tablets and mix into heated syrup to add a yummy tartness and a bit of nutrition.

Store them in an airtight container and you can keep them for up to a month.

Happiness Isn’t Measured in Dollars: Fun and Frugal Birthday Parties

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The U.S. economy is steadily expanding but for many workers, paychecks barely keep ahead of inflation. During these financially challenging times, smart moms and dads carefully monitor household spending.

A birthday party needn’t be an extravagant affair.  You can create a fun and fabulous event for your child at a reasonable cost.  Here are a few tips from playparty.net.

1. Sharpen your pencil; be realistic. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on the party. Then, stick to your budget.

2. Use your home or another low-cost location as the party venue. For example, the neighborhood park is free and offers plenty of space for the kids to play.

3. Consider scheduling the party on a week day. Ask prospective vendors if they offer discounts for events held between Monday and Friday. (Hint: playparty.net’s Mid-Week Discount saves you $50.)

4. Before selecting a time for the party, think about the type of refreshments you’ll serve. Does your budget permit you to provide a meal? Or are snacks a better fit? Meals are appropriate for parties held between 11 AM and 1 PM or between 4 PM and 6 PM. If the party is scheduled for mid-morning or mid-afternoon, snacks may be sufficient and acceptable.

5. Send invitations electronically if you have email addresses for all of your guests or their parents. (Hint: Check out paperlesspost.com, evite.com and punchbowl.com.) Not only will you save on postage and stationery, but on-line services make it easy to track RSVP’s and send reminders.

6. Try to prepare most of the refreshments yourself. (Hint: Don’t be afraid to ask family members for help. Your child’s favorite auntie would probably be thrilled to make the birthday cupcakes.)

7. Purchase food, such as crackers, pretzels or fresh fruit and vegetables, in bulk.

8. Serve beverages, such as juice or soda, from large bottles instead of purchasing individual-sized containers.

9. If possible, use items that you already have at home as part of the decorations.

10. Buy decorations and other party supplies from a discount store.

11. Prizes and party favors are optional. If you choose to provide them, keep in mind that they needn’t be elaborate or expensive.

12. Use paper bags to hold party favors. During the party, have guests decorate the bags.

13. If your child wants to celebrate his/her birthday at an amusement park, allow him/her to invite just one special friend.

14. Remember what’s most important about marking your child’s birthday — honoring his special place in the family, and reminding her how much she is loved.  Savor the sweetness of the day.

 

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Kids on the Move: Planes, Trains and Cars

Kids love being on the move —  racing down the street, rolling along train tracks, soaring above the clouds.  It’s no wonder that “Transportation” is a popular birthday party theme.

If “Planes, Trains and Cars” are what you have in mind for your child’s celebration, call on us for the entertainment.  We’ll bring the Ultimate Race Car Party to you. Then set your imagination free as you playfully decorate your home.  Here are some suggestions to kick-start the fun.

Welcome SignWelcome guests with a humorous greeting at the front door.

 

 

 

 

BannerHang a banner in the entrance way.  Let photos of the birthday child trail behind an airplane.

 

 

CloudsMobiles create a cheerful party atmosphere.  Fluffy clouds will make the kids smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Air Balloons DIYColorful hot air balloons add a touch of whimsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrange classic wooden toys or hand-crafted items into a centerpiece.

Wooden Train Orange Car Red Plane

 

Shelf DisplayTo decorate a smaller space like a shelf or mantel, display an assortment of printable traffic signs.

 

 

 

 

Use PrintablesAnd individually, the signs are perfect as cupcake toppers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Flight Meal

Serve “In-Flight Meals” for lunch.  Guests will say the sandwich, chips and fruit are extra-yummy.

 

 

 

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In the end, when your birthday kiddo is whistling’ with joy, you’ll know the party was a success —  and that all of the planning was worth it!

Contact us for more help and suggestions.

 

 

 

 

Party in a Flashback to the Past!

What a fun idea that both the kids and the parents can enjoy!  Throw a 50’s themed party with LEGO stations as the entertainment.

Start with the invitation using a fun retro font like Veer-HappyHourJF and invite your son or daughter’s friends to celebrate his/her birthday at “Johnny’s” Soda Shop (using your child’s name).

Be sure to make a big banner for the  soda shop at the front door, living room or backyard.

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Serve up a cheeseburgers, hot dogs and fries in red and white checkered paper trays, along with coca cola in vintage bottles.  Serve condiments in retro plastic squeeze bottles and  use fold-out napkins in old-time dispensers.

Have a gumball machine for some self-serve treats.

Instead of a birthday cake, serve up ice cream sundaes, complete with whipped cream and cherries on top in sundae fountainware.

What could be more fun?  LEGOs!!!  Perfect retro entertainment that’s STILL POPULAR!

Playparty.net  would love to set up and help out with LEGO stations.

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And send the kids home with a LEGO mini-figure or mini gumball machine party favor to keep the fun going.

Love the idea, but don’t know where to start? No problem, here are some links* for your birthday party 50’s themes shopping:

 

Coming soon: Planes, Trains and Automobiles Birthday Party!

*Playparty.net provides these links as a convenience for its readers and does not guarantee products or service of any third parties shared here.

 

Vroom Vroom… Refueling (Feeding) Kids at the Ultimate Race Car Birthday Party

There’s a lot going on at the Ultimate Race Car Birthday Party.  Toy cars speed down the Drag Strip, fly through the Roller Coaster and zip around the Giant Oval Track.

Amidst all the excitement, you might want to simplify the menu for your child’s birthday party.  Do what a lot of other busy parents do– order pizza to be delivered.

OR… you might want to put the pedal to the metal and offer refreshments with a race car theme.  Hot Rod Mama, we’re here to help!

Sign

Birthday in a Box  suggests serving hot dogs, nachos, soft pretzels and popcorn from a “concession stand”.

Cover a rectangular table with a red tablecloth.  Add a few race car decorations like black-and-white checkered flags, trophies or orange traffic cones.  Then post a cute home-made sign like this one from Scholastic.

 

Stand

If you’re an avid DIY’er and want a more substantial structure– something you could use on other occasions– see how Amy Lynn of Permanent Kisses and her “ever supportive” husband used PVC pipes and red nylon fabric to build this fabulous concession stand.

Hot Dog

Let’s talk about creative food presentations.  Kraft turns a hot dog into a “hot rod” with pickle wheels and ketchup-and-mustard racing stripes.

 

 

 

Veg DipSticksDusty of All Things G&D cut carrot and celery “dip sticks” and put them into individual plastic cups.  She filled the bottom of each cup with either ranch dressing or hummus.  The cups are a great idea– neat and easy for kids to handle.

 

 

 

 

 

Anti Freeze
Indy CarsRenee Roberts of Renee’s Soirees  served sports drink “Anti-Freeze” and “Indy Cars” made of apple slices and halved grapes.

Choc Treats

Renee also prepared several race car-theme treats including chocolate-covered pretzel “dip sticks”, “spare tire” doughnuts and brownies topped with red, green and yellow M&M “stop lights”.

 

 

We’ll close with two suggestions about birthday cakes.

1) If  you live near the Los Angeles South Bay area, consider ordering a custom cake from King’s Hawaiian Restaurant  in Torrance.  King’s makes yellow, chocolate, vanilla chiffon, chocolate chiffon and orange chiffon cakes in a variety of sizes.  The bakers are wizards at creating custom decorations based upon a photograph, a character or a theme— including race cars.

 

Cake2) We love how Arlee of My Small Potatoes took a store-bought cake and decorated it with toy cars from her son’s collection.  She propped up the cars on white chocolate “ramps”.

The birthday boy was thrilled to see his red truck “backed up” into the side of the cake.  He told Arlee, “That’s epic!”

Wouldn’t every mom’s heart melt to hear such praise from her child?