Friday, April 10, 2015

Lego Star Wars Birthday Party

We recently celebrated Ethan's 5th birthday! Last year my son had a Lego birthday party, but his love for Lego's has only grown. This year he insisted on another Lego birthday party, but this time Star Wars style! 

I somehow forgot to take a picture of the entire table, but for decor I did happen to take some individual pictures of the tables centerpieces. I kept things simple. Down the center of the table I placed pictures of my son defeating Darth Vader at Disneyland last year, placed next to some of my sons Lego Star Wars ships. The kids thought it was the coolest to see my sons pictures and ships on display. 

Since this was a Lego Star Wars party, there definitely needed to be some Lego building involved. First on the agenda was for them to build their own Star Wars ship. I bought each guest their own Lego ship to build. I got these at the check out stand at Target. I gave them each a bag with their Jedi name on it so they had a place to put their ships. I have to admit that I was sort of dreading this activity. The kids were age 4-6. I was worried that I would be the one to end up building all of the ships. I just told the kids that they could follow the instructions or be a master builder and use the pieces to build their own ship. You know what, it worked! Most of the kids were able to build this all on their own, and pretty quickly. Bonus: this taught my son that he can now build Lego's 100% on his own. Now he is so obsessed with doing it on his own that he has taken apart all of his previously built ships and rebuilt them just to prove to himself that he can do it! It has been a life changer not have to build all of my sons Lego's, and probably the best thing about throwing this party!

 Look how pleased he is with himself!

Next, we moved on to a little Jedi Training Academy. First up was the obstacle course. Each guest was given a pool noodle light saber for this activity. 

We started off by having the kids jump through hula hoops while using their light saber to attack Lego Darth Maul and Lego Darth Vader. 

My husband also had a Lego Darth Vadar that he tried to get the kids with while they were walking across balance beam- one pool noodle that I sliced in half. 

Then they traveled at light speed- crawled through the boxes- to then fight their way through the storm trooper forest- balloons with storm trooper faces. 

Then they got to use their light sabers to pop bubbles. 

We also did a death star and tie fighter ball toss.

And they got to bowl over storm troopers. Its hard to tell, but their were storm troopers taped to the bowling pins. 

Next we moved on to our death star pinata. I just paper mached a beach ball. 

Then it was time for lunch. The main dish was cheese quesadillas. I had some stars wars ship pancake molds from William and Sonoma. I used them to cut out the tortillas. The kids had the option of an x-wing fighter, millennium falcon, or a tie fighter shaped quesadilla. 

We also served Vaderade. 

We also had some light-saber looking pretzels...

Jello in the shape of Lego's and Storm troopers and Darth Vader...

Some Princess Lays...

And some Obi-Wan Kebobis!

My son really wanted a cake, but I didn't have a lot of confidence in my ability to decorate one. I made cupcakes first as a back up, just in case I failed at the cake. The cake is clearly not professional, but it turned out better then I imagined it would. So we ended up with cake and cupcakes. 

The cupcakes are topped with chocolate Darth Vadars and Storm Troopers. 

Then for the goodie bag each kid got their own Star Wars mini-figure and a Star Wars fruit snack. It was a simple gift, but they also got to take home their Lego ship and light saber, plus candy from the pinata. I put them in clear bags and taped them shut with a Lego Star Wars sticker, 

I got the mini-figures off of Ebay. They are actually knock off ones from china, but they are only $1 each. Their quality are great. They work perfectly with Lego's, you would never be able to tell the difference. At least my 5 year old can't and that's all that matters!

We had a great time celebrating Lego Star Wars style!

-Some of my favorite things about 5 year old Ethan:
-He is super sweet with his sister, and is always thinking about others.
-He is still obsessed with Lego's. I mean obsessed! A majority of our conversations everyday revolve around his latest Lego creations.
-He is also super into doing science experiments.
-He LOVES all sea creatures! We ended up having to get a membership to the Nature and Science museum because they recently had an exhibit on whales. He just kept wanting to go back to the museum to see it.
-His favorite sea creatures are squids. We recently checked out a documentary about colossal squids. He was so fascinated with it that when we finally had to take it back to the library, he cried. He says that it has inspired him to become a marine biologist.
-Ethan is so optimistic and is such a positive kid. I love this little boy of mine!