MonthJune 2014

Baby Card – Free Printable

It’s that time (or even past that time) of year when lots of babies and baby showers seem to appear. Here is a card I made for those baby occasions. There is a free version below. Use away!

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baby-card

Print on cardstock. Card folds to 5.5” x 4” and fits in an A2 or 5 1/ Baronial envelope.

Download the PDF of the baby card version.

My designer takeaway: Another good card to keep in your card stash!

Lego Party – The Full Story

Last weekend, we held my son’s Lego birthday party. It went great! Last week, I teased you with a little about the party. Here are all the details.

lego-invite

Invitations: I simply scanned a large Lego base plate that was already in our collection, and then I made a border out of some bricks and scanned that too. I mimicked the logo font and found a photo of my son building with his Legos. I always like to include a photo because we invite his class. If they’re like me, they don’t know everyone’s names but might recognize a face.

Decorations: I reused the green Lego base plate and type style from the invitation and made a Happy Birthday sign. Last year for our ninja party, my son enjoyed making some ninja drawings to hang up for decorations. With that in mind, I found blank Lego figures and thought he’d enjoy coloring them for decorations. I was wrong. However, my mother and I made a few (Spiderman, Batman, Harry Potter and others) to hang up. We had fun with it!

Activities: We have been holding birthday parties in our pole barn, which allows for some running room. It does have a dirt floor, which is good and bad. When I pick party activities, I try to make sure they’re things that involve burning some energy. We have plenty of Legos and Duplos at our house, and I incorporated those into our activities. And to give credit, these are all things I found by doing a Pinterest search for Lego party activities.

Race cars – I found one idea where they gave everyone a little Lego race car set to build. Then they had a race track set up for everyone to race their Lego cars. I really loved this idea. It was a challenge to find enough small Lego car sets at an affordable price, but I did. I ended up buying 14 of the same set from Amazon for everyone. This, of course, was the goodie bag item.

Now, I always learn something from these parties. Kids never play like I think they will, which is fine. Turned out that we had tons of car-like Duplos, and the kids enjoyed racing those instead. I think only one kiddo built the race car at the party and the rest took them home. Ha!

Boats – Another activity I found was to see if you could build a Lego boat that floats. This means squeezing the bricks together tightly so they don’t sink. To make this area, I put down a tarp on our dirt floor and filled two underbed tubs with water. Next to those, we had a tub of Legos.

The lesson I learned here (for the second time) is no tubs of water at birthday parties. The kids loved it. They were filling up the cars with water and racing them. The water got all over the cardboard race track and the tarp and mixed with the dirt from the floor. I didn’t stop the fun. I just have to deal with the aftermath. It made a wet muddy mess. I still have two tubs of Legos to clean from it!

Water Balloon Fun

Water Balloon Fun

Water balloons: The third Lego activity (I think three activities for a party is just the right amount) was throwing water balloons at Lego targets. We used our Duplos for these. While we filled about 90 balloons, the fun probably only lasted two minutes. Totally worth it, though.

Soccer Time

Soccer Time

As activity filler, we also put out our soccer net and balls, shovels and buckets for dirt, and blank Lego figures with crayons to color. I always like to have something for little ones or those feeling shy to engage in.

Food: For a kid’s party, I have learned to just stick with pizza. Grilling means his dad doesn’t get to socialize, and subs just didn’t got over as well. My food list is pizza, watermelon slices, grapes, raw veggies and dip, Cheetos, juice boxes, waters, cupcakes and ice cream cups.

For the sake of keeping it easy, I always do cupcakes and ice cream cups for parties. It’s fast to get everyone served and less messy while serving. So, for cupcake decorations, I decided to see if this Lego ice cube mold we had would work with melting chocolates. It did! I’m also getting a little smarter (yay), and I’ve learned that large shapes of that chocolate on it’s own is not really that great tasting. This time, I put some little chunks of pretzel in the middle of the bricks. They tasted great! The kids loved them.

The Aftermath!

The Aftermath!

My designer mom takeaway: No tubs of water at birthday parties! Ha!

Sneak Peek: Lego-Themed Birthday Party

Summer calendars sure seem to fill up fast! Right now we’re busy with planning and celebrating my son’s 6th birthday. Here is a sneak peek at his upcoming Lego-themed party. Boy, have I had fun looking for ideas! If only I had more time to include them all. (This is where I love to do a search on Pinterest to find all those wonderful blog posts about other Lego parties and reuse the ideas I like!)

We have lots of Legos and Lego-related objects in our house. Keeping that in mind, I’ve been trying to plan the party to use what we already have. I also like to keep it easy.

For the invitation, I simply scanned a large Lego base plate that was already in our collection, and then I made a border out of some bricks and scanned that too. I found a photo of my son building with his Legos, and mimicked the logo font.

lego-invite

For the sake of keeping it easy, I always do cupcakes and ice cream cups for parties. It’s fast to get everyone served and less messing while serving. So, for cupcake decorations, I decided to see if this Lego ice cube mold we had would work with melting chocolates. It did! I’m also getting a little smarter (yay), and I’ve learned that large shapes of that chocolate on it’s own is not really that great tasting. This time, I put some little chunks of pretzel in the middle of the bricks. My kids stepped up as taste testers, and they wanted more. I call that a win.

lego-candy

I’ll post more about the party after it happens. Come back soon!

My designer takeaway: Plan, reuse and keep it easy!

Birthday Card – Free Printable

I tend to struggle when trying to find the right card for the males in my life. They’re not that into golfing or beer so many of the mainstream cards don’t feel right. Here is a card I made with that in mind. It’s simple, but the nails give it a masculine touch.

Happy-Birthday-Card---nails

Download the PDF, print on cardstock and use this card for someone in your life! Card folds to 5.5” x 4” and fits in an A2 or 5 1/ Baronial envelope.

My designer takeaway: When you can’t find what you want, make your own!

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