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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
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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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Taking the Party Outside, OC-Style

Taking the Party Outside, OC-Style Three million people can’t be wrong. Orange County offers a near-perfect climate and a variety of recreational areas for family outdoor activities. Listed below in alphabetical order are some of playparty.net’s favorite Orange County parks — great venues for the Best LEGO Party or Ultimate Race Car Party for your kid’s birthday celebration.

Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea

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Voted the “Best Picnic Spot in Orange County”, Carbon Canyon Regional Park boasts 124 acres and is located upstream of the Carbon Canyon Dam.

Sixty acres are developed and include large, grassy areas for picnicking, sports facilities, and a lake with two piers for fishing. Trees are everywhere — sycamores, eucalyptus, Canary Island pines and pepper trees provide plenty of shade.

The undeveloped area features a trail that leads to a majestic sight — the only grove of Coastal Redwoods in Orange County.

Ralph B Clark Regional Park, Buena Park

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Nestled at the foot of the Coyote Hills, 105-acre Ralph B. Clark Regional Park features large shaded picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and children’s playgrounds. For sports enthusiasts, there are tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, softball fields and a baseball diamond.

Children of all ages are welcome to fish in the stocked three-acre lake. The award-winning Interpretive Center displays a glimpse into Orange County’s prehistoric past.

Ted Craig Regional Park, Fullerton

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Image from ocparks.com

Ted Craig Regional Park offers 124 acres of beauty and serenity, with rolling hills, a variety of mature trees, open space, year-round creeks and a rose garden. Walkways, picnic tables and park benches are scattered throughout the park.

A small lake is visited by annual migratory waterfowl. Fishing for catfish and bluegill is allowed with a California Fish and Game License.

In addition to bicycle and hiking trails, the park has softball fields, a baseball field and a sports complex with basketball, volleyball, and racquetball / handball courts and horseshoe pits.

Irvine Regional Park, Orange

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The rolling foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains surround 475-acre Irvine Regional Park. Heritage oak and sycamore trees create relaxing, shaded spaces. Santiago Creek bisects the park, and a lake with a stonework waterfall and footbridge is located at the center.

Picnic tables and barbecues are scattered throughout the park with convenient parking and restroom facilities nearby. A paved bicycle / walking trail meanders through the park, providing easy access to playgrounds, softball fields and horseshoe pits. A three-mile equestrian trail on the perimeter provides scenic views of the park.

With fishing, paddle boats, a train and the OC Zoo, Irvine Regional Park has something for everyone.

William R Mason Regional Park, Irvine

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Image from Matt M on yelp.com

Voted the “Best Park for Kids” by OC Weekly, Mason Regional Park has three tot lots with jungle gyms. Situated on 345 acres, the park has plenty of green grass so kids can cut loose; rows of trees offer shade and a place for them to catch their breath.

The park features picnic areas, a physical fitness course, a softball back stop, sand volleyball courts, bicycle paths and a wilderness hiking area. Visitors can sail model boats on the nine-acre lake.

Mile Square Regional Park, Fountain Valley

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Image from ocparks.com

Mile Square Regional Park, a former practice landing field for the military, encompasses 607 acres.

Its expanse includes fields for soccer, softball and baseball; courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball; three golf courses; two lakes for fishing; and an archery range. And of course, there are many grassy areas for picnicking. It’s the perfect park for you and your family.

Tri-City Regional Park, Placentia

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The 40-acre Tri-City Park is located in the City of Placentia, borders the City of Fullerton and is less than a quarter-mile from the City of Brea.

Barbecues, picnic tables and benches are scattered throughout the park. Recreational opportunities include playgrounds, bicycling, walking, model sailboating and fishing.

The park is also a wildlife sanctuary and a popular birdwatching destination. Flocks of migratory waterfowl visit the park’s eight-acre lake every year.

Yorba Regional Park, Anaheim

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Image from ocparks.com

Located at the mouth of Santa Ana Canyon, Yorba Regional Park is over one mile long and offers 140 acres of family relaxation. Four lakes and connecting streams provide opportunities for fishing and model boat sailing. Bicycle trails wander through the park and meet up with the Santa Ana River Trail, leading some 20 miles to the Pacific Ocean.

Playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecue stations and restrooms can be found throughout the park. Volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, two ball diamonds and a physical fitness course are also available.

Hike. Fly a kite. Throw a Frisbee. Walk around with a camera or sketchpad. Or take a nap under the shade of a tree. However you define “down time”, you’ll find it at Yorba Regional Park.

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And in the evening, when your child murmurs, “Thanks, Mom. Thanks, Dad. My birthday was awesome!”, before dropping off  to sleep, you’ll feel like this — serene, grateful and oh so happy.

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Happy Halloween, Birthday Ghouls and Boys!

Happy Halloween!
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Was your child born on October 31? Throw a Halloween birthday party mash-up for your little ghoul or boy!

Add our secret ingredients, entertainment by playparty.net and DIY race car driver and LEGO brick costumes. Celebrate with a few tricks and lots of treats. Here’s how…

 

Race Car Driver Halloween Costume

Book the Ultimate Race Car Party.  Then, go from 0 to 50 in a jiffy with this easy homemade costume from Real Simple.

Materials

  • Track suit or matching sweatshirt and sweatpants
  • Baseball cap or painter’s hat
  • Black and white checkered duct tape
  • Black masking tape
  • Race car iron-on patch
  • Race car stickers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White ribbon (about 2 yards)
  • Black ribbon (about 2 yards)
  • Dowel

Jacket

Affix a length of the checkered duct tape down the middle of each sleeve. Use the black masking tape to make a horizontal stripe across the middle of the jacket. Glue the iron-on patch to the front of the jacket on the top left side.

Pants

Affix a length of the checkered duct tape along the side seams of each pant leg. Start from the waist and work your way down to the hem.

Cap

Decorate the front of the cap with the checkered duct tape, black masking tape and race car stickers.

Flag

Cut strips of black and white ribbon to the desired length of the flag. Weave the ribbons together and glue at each end. Cut off excess. Cut and sand the dowel. Glue ribbon flag to the dowel.

MetroWest-Mamas added a few special touches of their own.

More ideas for kid's race car driver costume
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Shoes

Sneakers or slip-ons go great with this costume. Checkered duct tape and race car stickers are optional embellishments. Even better if your kid already has a pair of Lightning McQueen sneakers or slippers!

Trick or Treat Bag

As a birthday present for your little speedster, get the Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels ZipBin Wheelie Car Case. The perfect accessory, it completes the race car driver costume and holds plenty of Halloween goodies. When Trick or Treat is over, it’s a storage case and two-lane race track.

 

LEGO Brick Halloween Costume

LEGO Brick Costume
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Book the Best LEGO Birthday Party.  Then, check out Country Living‘s directions for turning an ordinary cardboard box into a fun costume for the LEGO brick lover in your house.

Materials

Cardboard box, about 16” W X 29” H X 11” D
Utility knife
Packing tape
8 round craft boxes, 2” H X 4” diameter
Wood glue
Spray paint

Instructions

1. Cut off the bottom flaps of the box with a utility knife. Tape down the top flaps.

2. To create openings for your child’s head and arms, trace a dinner plate on the top of the box and saucers on each side of the box. Cut out the holes with the utility knife.

3. Place the box on a flat, hard surface. Use wood glue to affix the round craft boxes — without lids— in a 2 X 4 arrangement, as shown. Make sure the bottoms of the craft boxes face out.

4. Allow the glue to set. Then, spray-paint the entire box a bright, glossy color. Let dry and apply multiple coats as necessary.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Visit us again soon for more kid’s birthday ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

The Story of LEGO

We discovered this fun video that shares the history of LEGOs. We hope you enjoy it. We did! If you and your kids love LEGOs, we’re sure you’ll find it entertaining, informative and well-done.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

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Did you know a skilled Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Kristiansen started the company in 1932? Times were hard and he had to dismiss his employees, so he started to make quality wooden toys. Ole used only the finest quality, hand-picked wood.

After school his son Godtfred would help.

At first, it was a struggle. A large wholesale order was cancelled because the buyer filed for bankruptcy. Ole packed his car with the toys he had made, and sold them himself.  But Ole was not a good salesman. Sometimes he traded the toys for food. The Kristiansens got by.

In 1934, the toys were not selling as quickly as Ole wished. He thought the company needed a name. The name needed to indicate “playing well”. In Danish, LEG GODT means to “play well.” Ole decided on “LEGO.” What he didn’t know is that in Latin, “lego” means “to put together.” How prophetic.

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One day Godtfred excitedly reported to his father that he had saved their company money. But when he explained how he had done this – applying only two layers of lacquer to the  toy ducks instead of three –  his father made him unpack the ducks, apply the third layer of lacquer, repack the ducks and take them to the station to be shipped. Godtfred learned an important lesson: To create a good brand, every detail matters and only the best is good enough.

By the late 1930s, LEGO was making a profit.

But on a 1942 stormy night, the workshop burned down. And with it, all the drawings and models.  The little company was nearly destroyed as well. But Ole was responsible for his children and workers, so he started again and rebuilt.

In 1946, LEGO was running well enough for Ole to go to Copenhagen to see a new plastic molding machine that just arrived to Denmark. He picked up a little demo plastic brick while there and ordered a machine.

At first they made little plastic teddy bear and rattles, but Ole kept thinking of the plastic brick he got at the fair.  He redesigned it and put it into production.

In 1954, Godtfred was aboard a liner sailing to England where he met a man who headed up a shopping center. This conversation would change LEGO. The man said, “toys are no good now; there is no system in anything.”

Godtfred took this to heart. He realized that children were given only play items that were “ready-made”. Instead, play should strengthen their imagination. He created the LEGO system of play. Houses could be built from the LEGO bricks, in a town. This was a huge breakthrough.

LEGO began selling outside of Denmark in many countries.

But there were still opportunities. The LEGO bricks could be built into as many things as the imagination allowed. But it couldn’t be easily moved; it kept falling apart. So Godtfred thought he had to figure out a way to make the bricks stay together. He realized that adding tubes allowed that and enabled a whole construction system.

Unfortunately, Ole didn’t get to see the brick system. He passed away in 1958.

Many guests came to the LEGO factory, especially after Godtfred built the Bilund airport. So many guests, they needed a bigger place to display the models. Thus, LEGO Land was born in 1968, with 600,000 guests the first year.

LEGO is now owned by Ole’s grandson, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, who still believes in Quality, the Search for Perfection, and a World Without Limits. “Only the best is good enough, because children deserve the best.”

We hope you enjoyed this ride through LEGO memory lane.

Now, bring LEGO’s to your own backyard with The Best LEGO Party by Playparty.net. Contact Playparty.net today to reserve the best birthday party for your child!

Rain Doesn’t Dampen Lego Birthday Party

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We love when are clients are happy, so we are thrilled when we receive a lovely Thank You note like the one below.  Thanks, Tamara!  Glad your child’s LEGO birthday party was a success.

Everyone at Playparty.net strives to provide the most fun parties for your kids, and no-stress for the parents!

Hi Mike,

I wanted to let you know that I had a Lego party on Saturday that went exceptionally well in spite of the rain.

The two party hosts that represented your company were so wonderful. I was scrambling around trying to figure out where to put the tables so the kids could play out of the rain. Your party hosts were so nice, calm and so helpful and worked it all out for me!

Thank you!
Tamara Gross

Everything is Awesome: Cool LEGO Party Favors

If your son or daughter enjoyed The LEGO Movie, chances are that your little “Special” got hooked by the bouncy theme song and has been singing it ever since.

“Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome when we’re living our dream…

“Rocks, clocks, socks
They’re awesome
Trees, frogs, clogs
They’re awesome…”

 

EmmetWhile Emmet Brickowski may think they’re awesome, playparty.net doesn’t recommend rocks, trees or frogs as party favors.  Looking for something LEGO-ish that kids will appreciate?  Here are some cool ideas.  Be creative — unleash your inner “Master Builder”.

 

 

 

Start with these cute gift bags by Tricia.   Buy brightly colored bags and matching card stock.  Use a circle cutter or scissors to make eight half-dollar size circles for each bag.  Attach the circles to the bag with pop dots or double-sided tape.

 

 

Mini Fig Sticker

 

The LEGO Shop offers a wide selection of free downloadable mini-figure stickers.  Just print, cut and package.  The mini-figures are adorable and your guests will love the stickers.

 

 

Buy LEGO elements in bulk, then create an individualized assortment for each guest.  LEGO Basic Bricks Deluxe has 650 bricks in white, orange, red, blue, yellow, brown, black, dark green and light green.  The LEGO Creative Bucket contains more than 600 elements including wheels, and decorated face and eye bricks.  Each set costs about $30; “Kragle” not included.

 

Plastic food storage bags are perfect for holding party favors.  Fill bags with LEGO stickers, LEGO bricks, crayons or notepads.  Dress them up by folding card stock over the top of the bag and stapling it shut.

 

 

 

Carolyn of Silly Happy Sweet puts colorful M&M’s into snack-size bags and labels them “LEGO Man Poop”.  And every parent knows that kids are wild about bathroom humor.

 

 

Aussie Party PackKendra shares a free printable LEGO Party Pack on Aussie Pumpkin Patch.  The Pack includes raisin box wrappers, bubbles labels, and a coloring book that guests will enjoy long after the birthday party has ended.

 

 

 

Jolly Rancher PopsTonya offers a tutorial on making LEGO lollipops with Jolly Rancher candy and a LEGO bricks ice cube tray.

 

 

 

LEGO Cookies

And now, the “Piece of Resistance”…  If you like to bake and decorate sugar cookies,  then you’ll love this LEGO Man Cookie template by Sweet Sugar Belle.

 

 

And of course, for the main event entertainment, book your LEGO birthday party with Playparty.net now!

It’s All Fun and Games at a LEGO Birthday Party

Even if the invitations to your child’s Best LEGO Birthday Party included a specific timeframe–  say, 11 AM to 1 PM–  your guests will probably arrive at different times and depart at different times.  

Some kids may be dropped off early– how will you welcome and entertain them?  And at the end of the party, how will you keep guests busy and happy while they wait to be picked up?

playparty.net has a suggestion:  Offer a LEGO-theme craft or game.  Activities such as the following will amuse the kids during your party’s transition periods.

 

LEGO Guess How Many

Holly Homer filled a Mason jar with colorful LEGO bricks.  Each child guessed how many LEGO bricks were in the jar.  The child whose guess came closest to the correct number was the winner.

 

 

 

 

 

Design LEGO GuySharla of My Little Gems used the Zakka Life kirigami template to make individual LEGO guys.  She set up a “Design a LEGO Guy” table with lots of crayons and let the kids draw to their hearts’ content.  Everyone had a blast!

 

 

 

I Spy LEGO GuyEagle-eyed youngsters will enjoy playing “I Spy the LEGO Guy” by Delia Creates.  Print images of LEGO heads on glossy card stock and hide the cards around the party area.  Then set the kids loose.

 

 

 

LEGO Bingo CardsLEGO Bingo is another popular game.  Jennifer of Big D and Me created a template with 42 LEGO mini-fig call cards and 9 Bingo boards.

 

 

 

 

LEGO Bingo KidsPlayers need to look closely to see the details that make each mini-fig unique.  Sure, it’s easy to distinguish a scientist from an artist, or a weightlifter from a surfer.  But how do you tell the difference between a pop star and a punk rocker, or a disco dude and a rapper?  These kids know…

 

 

 

LEGO City StickersIf you’d like to have prizes, the DK LEGO City Ultimate Sticker Collection has hundreds of stickers including LEGO mini-figs, animals, boats, planes and trucks.  Cut out an assortment of stickers and put them into individual packages to make fun, economical prizes.

 

 

 

 

For more tips about LEGO birthday party activities, visit the LEGO Family
Together
page.

 

What’s Next?

Race Car Driver

 

Come back soon for Ultimate Race Car Birthday Party ideas from playparty.net.