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Full-Throttle Decorations for a Race Car Party

Most three- to seven-year-olds are flat-out crazy about auto racing. When it’s time to celebrate your son’s or daughter’s birthday, call playparty.net and book the Ultimate Race Car Party.

Then have fun decorating. Bring the excitement of the speedway to your home! Here are a few suggestions.

Pave the way for your guests on race day. Tie black-and-white checkered flags to your mail box. Hang a banner that says,“Welcome, Race Fans!” or “Start Your Engines!” on the porch.

This cars-and-balloons wreath adds a cheery automotive element to the front door.

Cars-and-Balloons Wreath
Image from palomapaperdesigns.com

As guests arrive, give each child a personalized “Driver’s License” or “Pit Pass”.

Or make your own. Start with this free template; add text and images.

Turn a patio or hallway into a race track. Make this floor runner with a black plastic tablecloth, strips of white felt, and white adhesive tape. Accessorize with orange traffic cones, home-made traffic lights, and empty motor oil or engine additive boxes.

Let the kids draw on the wall — yes, really! Oversized coloring pages make easy, inexpensive decorations and a fun party activity. When taped to glass doors, the pages also help to protect unwary guests from accidental collisions.

Coloring Wall
Image from simonemadeit.com

There are so many options for table-top decorations. Create a race track with a black plastic tablecloth, white or yellow window marker, and color coding labels.

For the centerpiece, use shiny gold trophies, die-cast toy cars, DIY (painted bathroom tissue rolls) race cars,

TP Race Cars
Image from kiflieslevendula.blogspot.com

or colorful race flags.

Race Flags Centerpiece
Image from mommysideabook.com

Don’t forget to stake-out the pole position for the birthday child. Tie green, yellow, red, black and white balloons to his or her chair!

 

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.

 

Contact us for more birthday party tips and to book the Best LEGO Party or the Ultimate Race Car Party .

Girl Power! LEGO Party

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For over 50 years, LEGO toys have engaged kids in creative play, encouraging them to imagine, invent and explore.

If your daughter is a LEGO fan, celebrate her birthday with the Best LEGO Party. Infuse the festivities with Girl Power! Feature female mini-figs in the invitations, decorations and party favors.

Take a peek at some of our favorites.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN LEGO LAND

The farmer wakes up every morning with a big grin on her face. She loves the country life, even when she’s mucking out the stable.

Farmer

The zoo keeper tends to the health and well-being of all of the animals in the Primate House.

Zoo Keeper

At the police station, the officer reads the shift reports, then strides purposefully to her car.

Police Officer

The attorney packs up her briefcase and prepares to meet a new client.

Attorney

The justices* pause for a moment on the steps of the courthouse, enjoying the view of the promenade. They return to chambers, ready to consider the merits of the cases before them.

At the medical center, the doctor sees patients in the Urgent Care department,

Doctor

while the surgeon studies X-rays prior to a procedure.

Surgeon

At the Research Institute*, the chemist wears goggles while conducting experiments in the laboratory. Safety first!

Chemist

The paleontologist unlocks the mystery of dinosaurs with a microscope and magnifying glass,

Paleontologist

and the astronomer uses a powerful telescope to explore the universe.

Astronomer

 

The Institute videoconferences with colleagues on Science Adventures*, gathering data out in the field. The geologist wields a rock hammer to uncover intriguing mineral deposits.

New Geologist

Kneeling behind jungle vegetation, the wildlife biologist observes a tiger.

New Biologist

The archaeologist examines bones and artifacts for clues about an ancient civilization.

New Archaeologist

 

Meanwhile, back in LEGO City, the tennis player serves up a sizzling ace.

Tennis Player

The swimming champ displays little emotion while accepting a medal.  (On the inside, she’s dancing with joy.)

Swimming Champ

The bank manager welcomes customers to the branch.

Banker

The librarian selects a book to read during Children’s Story Time. Is the “Shhh!” on her coffee mug a joke or a warning?

Librarian

Outside the library, the skateboarder noisily ollies, flips and grinds across the urban landscape.

Skate Boarder

 

And it’s impossible to shush the construction worker. She’s got a jack hammer and she’s ready to rumble!

Construction Worker

* LEGO IDEAS: RESEARCH INSTITUTE, SCIENCE ADVENTURES & LEGAL JUSTICE TEAM

The Research Institute began as a project submitted by geochemist Ellen Kooijman (also known as Alatariel) to LEGO Ideas, a fan-sourced platform. Alatariel called her project the “Female Minifigure Set” and the LEGO Ideas community embraced it. The prototype is shown here.

Prototype Research Institute

After attracting the required 10,000 supporters, the project was approved for production, released as a limited edition item under the “Research Institute” name,  and quickly sold out.

Alatariel’s new project, Science Adventures, has already garnered 10,000 supporters and is now being considered by the LEGO Review Board. Updated information on the Science Adventures project is available here.

Maia Weinstock created the Legal Justice Team. To support, share or learn more about the Legal Justice Team project, click here.

 

A MESSAGE FOR THE BIRTHDAY GIRL

 

WyldstyleWe close with a quote from Wyldstyle — a message for your very own “Special” —

“The prophecy states that you are the most important, most talented, most interesting and most extraordinary person in the universe. That’s you, right?”

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday and Girl Power! from play party.net

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Happy Decorations for Your Child’s
Best LEGO Birthday Party

1 WallLet’s get the party started!  Decorations set the stage for the birthday celebration and encourage young guests to jump into the festivities.

Start by selecting two or more LEGO brick colors— yellow, orange, red, purple blue, green– and carry that color scheme throughout the party décor.

To create the effect of stacked LEGO bricks, Toni of Coffee and Chocolate attached plastic tablecloths to a wall, then taped matching paper plates to the tablecloths.

 

 

2 Mobile

This graceful LEGO-inspired mobile was designed by Joanne of Week of Menus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Laundry Line

Use wooden clothespins to hang LEGO bricks from a “laundry line”.  Amber of Crazy Little Projects  made this charming, eye-catching streamer.

 

 

 

4 Kirigami

Jessica of Zakka Life shares this kirigami template.  Use it to make a chain of LEGO guys.

Tape the LEGO guys in “hand-holding” mode to a wall or stand them up on a table.

 

 

 

5 Peeking Out

Or cut them into individual LEGO guys as Delia did.  Guests will be delighted to find a LEGO guy peeking out from behind a picture frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Mason Jar Close-Up
Balloons always create a festive touch.  Don’t you agree?

Carolyn of Silly Happy Sweet weighs balloons down by tying them to a Mason jar filled with LEGO toys.

 

 

 

 

 

7 Mason Jar on Table

Expand on this idea by gathering a bunch of LEGO bricks and accessories.  With your child’s help, construct some wild and crazy objects.  Cluster your creations around the Mason jar to make a unique and colorful centerpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

9 Base Plate
Delia spray-paints a length of bubble wrap and uses it as a table runner.  It really does look a LEGO baseplate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Soap
With LEGO bricks floating in the soap dispenser, kids are happy to wash their hands before eating.

 

 

 

Photo from Silly Happy Sweet

 

What’s Next?

Come visit us again.  Next time, we rev up our engines and zoom into the exciting world of Ultimate Race Car Birthday Parties.