he’s six {Lego Birthday Party}

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My oldest is six. A pretty handsome six year old in my opinion….pretty incredible in many other ways too. He wanted a small party with the boys from his class…a Lego and donut party that is. I like to make birthdays a big deal, but work on small budget so most of our party stuff is made at home.

The invitations: Lego mini-fig print outs with a few Lego pieces and party info included.

He spent a lot of time blowing out candles: breakfast the day of, school the day of, dinner the day of…and his party. I love how he is looking at Big Brother in the top picture.

Me: What do you want to take to your class for your birthday?

Biggest Brother: “I want a chocolate chip cookie, then frosting, then another cookie on top. I want the sides rolled in sprinkles. Then on the top I want a toothpick with a piece of paper that says ‘6’ on it”.

Me: Glad you know EXACTLY what you want.

His gift from his dad.

What I did with his gift from his dad…party decor.

Me: What kind of party do you want to have?

Biggest Brother: “I want to play Legos and eat donuts. For the donuts I want a tower with Lego men on it. I want one dozen glazed, one dozen chocolate, one dozen chocolate with sprinkles and one dozen sugar. Then on the top I want a rectangle donut with 6 candles on it. I don’t want the candles all crazy on it. I want them in a straight line down the middle.”

Me: Glad you know EXACTLY what you want.

Legos – check.

Donut tower built by Biggest Brother – check.

The whole gang came out to celebrate on the mantle.

I printed Lego Indiana Jones and Star Wars sheets for the boys to color while we waited for everyone to arrive. In case you are curious, 5 & 6 year old boys do not like coloring. They prefer to run around with Light Sabers and dart guns.

We had a few games planned. One was a bridge building contest. I divided up bags of Legos – each bag had the same Legos in it (took FOREVER to do). They ended up just mixing them together and doing team work. In case you are wondering, do not spend 2 hours dividing up Legos for 5 & 6 years….and they don’t care if the bags look cute on the skateboard.

My boys working together on their bridge.

Once built, we tested to see how many blocks the bridges could hold. The winning builder got a Lego sticker….which had a cute little Lego case holding them. Once again…no one cared about the Lego box holding the Lego stickers….no one but me. I thought it was a cute idea.

Sooner than later the Legos got dumped on the floor and the craziness began.

There were other kids at the party…I just don’t know if their parents want pictures of them on the blog…

When it was over I asked Biggest Brother if he had fun. He said, “It was the greatest party EVER.” I was thrilled…he enjoyed all the little things I did to make it special. I asked him what his favorite part was. He replied, “Playing with the Light Sabers.” In other words, the one part that wasn’t planned! Figures.

Here are a few of the make it at home projects I did for the party…

1. Freezer Paper Transfer t-shirt: You can find a tutorial online by doing a little google search. I used the font Rosewood. The shirt was 50% off at Hobby Lobby…cost me $2.50!

2. Party Favors: ‘Bubble Light Sabers’ and chalk….yes, I am that mom that sends home creative stuff instead of candy. I replaced the original labels with stickers I made.

Stickers: I found this graphic and added text, Legos, and ‘6’ to the inside for different projects. You can find Lego paper goods and party supplies online, but it can get pricey. I added my stickers to the cookie toppers, party favors, napkins, coloring pages, bridge bags and as confetti on the tables. To make them as stickers I used Label Paper (the full sheet instead of individual ones).

Big number 6: I cut the Star Wars box into a large number 6. Secondly, I cut tissue paper into small squares then hotglued them to the cardboard 6.

He is six. We had fun celebrating and I had fun trying to find ways to make Legos cute. He would have been happy to be shut in a room with all his friends and just his Legos. I know that. I, however, enjoy the details of a party and getting to do the things I love to make his day just a bit more special. I know he won’t remember stickers on bubbles or the same label design printed on coloring sheets. He won’t remember most of the little things I do. I do hope when he looks back at his childhood he’ll remember that I did the things I love not just for other people or for work, but for him too. I hope he remembers that his mom embraced the way God made her and used that to do little things to make his days special.

I like him. I really like him.

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  • Jill R - Love the last two pictures. What a sweet little guy. I admire a man who knows EXACTLY what he wants. πŸ˜‰ That is great!

  • Amanda - So, I have been a blog-lurker for awhile now but I had to comment on the lego party pics and details. I too have sons (2 of them) and they are lego fanatics. The details you had for your son’s party were darling and I love how you recognize that HE may not remember all of the matchy matchy details, but he will remember the time and love you always put into his parties. You certainly have made his day(s) special. I think you are awesome!

    Queen Bee Designs by Amanda

  • Jill - so cute. got to love kids who know exactly what they want. the donut with the straight line of candles was a great call.

  • Shannon Phillips - Yay! Way to go Ashley. The party looked like so much fun and I love how you Ashleyized the details. Yes, that is a new word now “Ashleyize.” I am going to request that the big wigs at Websters add it to their dictionary. BTW, I am happy to see you in more photos these days.

  • Jo - Ashley- Your so creative!!!! I LOVE IT! I loved how he knew exactly what he was looking for! That’s so neat. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Naomi - The effort you put in is truly amazing. He will definitely appreciate it when he’s older, and he’ll be so grateful you have all these photos to capture it.
    The whole Lego party idea reminds me of another one I saw on another blog I follow, you can see it here http://wilkinsonquints.blogspot.com/2009/06/happy-9th-birthday-riley.html
    I think the cake is especially impressive!

  • ashlee - what an amazing party! you are so creative and I am so thankful you share it…my 6 and 8 year old boys just walked by and declared they want the same thing for their birthdays…thanks!!

  • Robyn Farmer - Love it! Love all of it! I feel the same way about the details. You put it perfectly.

  • Rach - Major cuteness! May God continue to shower your family with great joy!

  • anne c - what a perfect party! great job!! love the pic of you two…so sweet. you look like the proudest mommy ever and you should be!

  • Anna Joy - I love all your little details. I did the exact same thing for my son’s FIRST birthday. He’ll never remember but I will and I want to show him through pictures when he is older. You are so creative!

  • Barbara - I love the Lego party – especially the bridge contest and the doughnut and lego “cake.” I taught preschool and elementary school for many years and found that boy parties tended to revolve around whatever the “in” superhero was for that year and little else. Congratulations for making a party that was creative and fun and still all “boy.”

  • jenn - We could be soul sisters! I quoted you on my facebook today… I just have girls- so the “he” would be “she”!! This is so my thoughts too: He won’t remember most of the little things I do. I do hope when he looks back at his childhood he’ll remember that I did the things I love not just for other people or for work, but for him too. I hope he remembers that his mom embraced the way God made her and used that to do little things to make his days special.

    Love it love it!!!

  • Donna - Such a creative party! I hosted a Lego party for my 6 year old (almost 10 years ago!) Just wanted to let you know that they do see the details they just might not tell you. Love your blog!

  • Ruth - Fantastic, girl! I did a Lego party last year, and it was no where as creative as yours! I did find as well, however, that they don’t care about the cute and carefully planned…all they really wanted to do was play with legos and go to war! I do have four boys, so I suppose I’ll have another chance to employ your inspirations! Funny, I posted about legos today too!

  • christina larsen - I love all of the details that you did. AWESOME!!! BTW, if you are interested. The cake shop, Piece of Cake does lego cakes; for future reference. 2 yrs ago Ian had a Star War Legos party. They made jedi’s on top and lego pieces all over it. It was an incredible looking and tasting cake. It was a splurge, but a huge hit. Not that you need it for this year, but maybe in the future. πŸ™‚

  • Christian T - Awesome!! I’m in the process of planning my son’s third birthday party. He wanted dirt bikes and monster trucks. I live for party planning so I’m in heaven making the decorations and planning his party. It’s fun for me and his party will be super cute! I am also going to make him a “3” shirt to wear to school on his real birthday.

  • Jodi - This is so my kind of party! I love everything you did. I love that you did exactly what he wanted. I love that it was simple but came across way more than that. Very creative. The birthday photos are amazing and he is an absolute doll!

  • meg duerksen - that is the best!!!

  • Charla Lane - I was hoping we would get a peek of the Lego party. I Loved it. I like to say “Love is in the DETAILS”. He may not notice today, but soon he will be saying look at all the little things mom does just for me!!!!

  • Heather - I love that you still do the things you see as special even though you think he may not notice. I must say though, I secretly think he does notice. How many other six year olds give that much detail into how they want their donut cake look?

    I also think it’s so cool that you don’t down play creating the things just because he’s six. In Sunday School we are talking to the 5 year olds about how your talent is a gift from God, and what you do with that talent is YOUR gift to God. I think you’re a shining example of that. πŸ™‚

  • Kate - Perfect, so perfect!!

  • Dick - What a Mom !! Believe me, he appreciates how special you made his day.

  • Julia - what a fun bday party! I love how you made it absolutely fantastic but also honored God with your wallet. And that last pic of you is so good- you look fabulous!

  • Jamie - What a great party! One random question: What lens did you use for the close-up of the donut with the Lego man sitting in the hole? I think I need to get a lens that will let me get that close up bc neither of mine allow that. Tips? Thanks!

  • Kristen - I have been lurking for a while and after every post I feel like I should tell you how inspirational you are. I love your pictures, you capture so very much in them, just like pictures are supposed to do. Even though my son is only 4 months old, you’ve given me so many ideas for his birthday party. Thanks for sharing everything that you do.

  • Jane - What a fabulous party! How did you manage to keep Little Sister from getting at all those itty bitty pieces of Lego?

    I continue to be amazed by your creativity and ability to find time to do it all!

  • Kara - U did an AWESOME job! I just did my sons 1st bday party and I know for sure he won’t remember any of it but I know for me it was fun to put all the effort into it. Now I only wish his party was after ur son’s bc I have been trying to figure out how to make a number tee! Thanks!! I am googling it now! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly - Loved every single part of it! I have 3 boys and my oldest had a Lego party a few years ago for his 5th party & I have a feeling we’ll be doing at least one more with how much my boys love Legos!
    My middle boy just turned 5 a couple weeks ago and the same green bubbles were our party favors (he had a GREEN party) We never do traditional party favors (aka little junk & candy) either. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Johnson - so much to love- What a fun and memorable birthday!

  • amanda torres - I completely cracked up at this post. I remember spending HOURS getting stuff ready for a lesson to teach. The excitement was almost unbearable because I knew it was going to be the coolest thing those kids had ever done. I’d stand in the middle of the class explaining what they were going to be able to do, only to have 25 blank stares looking back at me. So all that hard work got thrown out the window for some off the hip idea that worked great. Glad the party turned out well, despite your vision. If it’s any consolation, I really liked the bags on the skateboard!

  • amy - super sweet party. i was getting a little choked up because my son is going to be six this year. my how time flies. nice job making it a special day.

  • Johanna - I love this!! My son is a lego finatic and we had a lego party last year. We did the tower thing also. Even tho those boys seemed to not care, I’ll bet they talk about it for a long time πŸ™‚

    Oh–got your convo from Etsy–thanks! Did you get my reply?

  • Amnah - I would have loved a party like these for myself at his age! I love Legos. Very cute details. I’m going to recreate the cardboard number for my daughter’s first birthday coming up. It’s so cute how he was so precise on what he wanted.

  • Patricia Teo - This is so cool! I love what you did. AWWWWW

  • katherinemarie - LEGO FABULOUS!!! I’m with your on the DETAILS… “using the little things to make his day special”—- I think that’s the true beauty of motherhood!!!!

  • SaRaH - it’s THE perfect birthday party. What a job, mother.
    And I think is a great idea of the last two pictures. Beautiful images for the future.

  • Holly Lesue - Ashley, I have three girls and because of your posts about your darlin’ boys, I hope I have one someday.

  • julie - I love every detail about this fun party. Even the ones that only a mom would even notice. The candles in a straight line, not all crazy, cracked me up. He’s awesome. So, my RANDOM girl wants a Chewbacca party for her 4th bday. We looooove Star Wars… but the girly Chewbacca ideas aren’t exactly abundant. SO, I lovey love love the Lego coloring sheets that you printed out. I actually think the girls at the party might appreciate them a bit more than the boys did. Did you make them or do you have a link? I google image searched but didn’t come up with the same rad sheet.

  • Julie - Thank you for the all of the inspiration. Instead of buying pre-made invitations for my sons upcoming 7th birthday, we made them together! Some card stock, stamps and ribbon were all it took and we had so much fun making them.

  • Melissa McClure - Thank you for sharing this post! It was awesome! I will definitely have to store your ideas on file for the next 5-6 years for my little boy! πŸ™‚

  • Kim - Fantastic party! I love all the little details! …and your photography is amazing, too!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  • Paper Dolls for Boys - I love that he had such a clear vision and you followed it. My sons are the same and most times, I appreciate it!

    I particularly liked the bridge challenge. I’m going to take that into my classroom as well.

    Great party!

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  • Amanda G - I love Legos and still receive little boxes of them for Christmas each year. Can you do my 29th birthday party? Doughnuts and Legos, what could be cooler?

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  • Anna - Thanks for the fantastic ideas. I hope you don’t mind I linked to your post.

  • Julie - Love the party ideas and your pictures are beautiful. Can I ask which website you were able to find the coloring pages from? I am hosting my own 6 yr old lego party in 2 weeks.

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  • Lisa - This party is so precious and charming! I love your sweet spirit too. I so enjoyed seeing every detail. I am currently planning a lego party for my son and had a question for you. My contact email is lisanchris@gmail.com Can you tell me where you got the lego font? Thank you!

  • Lisa - PS Just a quick follow up! I found the info to download the lego font. Thank you though. πŸ™‚

  • Nicole' Felton - Hi, your blog is awesome. It has given me some great ideas for an inexpensive party for our soon to be 6 year old. You are an awesome photographer. πŸ™‚

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  • Lego Party Supplies - Thank you for putting so much time into all the detail. You truly are amazing. I only wish you lived closer so I could ask you to take some family pictures for us. Thanks again.

  • Becky@purposefulhomemaking - GREAT IDEAS! Hope to use some for our lego party! πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa in NC - THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful ideas! My son is turning 7 soon and Legos and donuts are his favorite things in the world.

  • Melissa - I have two kids 2 weeks apart in birthday. My daughter wants a Rapunzel Tangled Birthday and I am looking into Lego as well for a unisex theme. I love the details you put into your party. I just wanted to ask too where you got the chalks… I’d love to use that for the giveaways or craft station. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  • Kelly - Thanks for all your ideas! I appreciate the help. Lego Ninjago party in the works for this Saturday. And I especially appreciate the reminder that those little extras that seem important to you are just not that important to kids. I decorate cakes and am constantly reminded that kids really don’t care about perfection – as long as it looks pretty much like the one they pictured, they are happy.

    No pre-sorting of legos for any reason. LOL! One thing off my plate. No coloring pages for my 6-yr-old’s birthday. Yes to the Ninjago swords or games that involved Ninja highjinks. πŸ™‚

    And I may just simplify the cake idea I have. We’ll see about that.

    Thanks again!

  • Sweet 16 Party Ideas - I am going to share this with my brother, this is great!

  • Cindy deRosier - I love that he knew EXACTLY what he wanted. My son is the same way!

  • Susan - Could you tell me where you print out the for the transfer shirt?

  • Amanda - Hi! We are about to have a star wars party here and wanted to know where you got the coloring page you used? Thanks!

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