How to Throw a LEGO Party on a Budget
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LEGO is a classic toy that appeals to all ages, genders, and generations. LEGO’s popularity is still going strong. But then, anytime a new LEGO movie comes out there’s another LEGO interest boost.
With any new LEGO movie in theaters, many families are wondering how to throw a LEGO party on a budget. This post will help you plan a fun party with LEGO party ideas including DIY LEGO party supplies, LEGO party games, decorations, and LEGO party favors. Regardless of your budget, you can still have a fantastic LEGO birthday party.
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Why is LEGO So Popular?
LEGO is so popular because it’s an educational toy, that doesn’t feel like one to those who play with it. LEGO engages kids’ creativity and logic at the same time. In addition, LEGO building blocks are easy to use, and you can build anything you want.
With these building blocks, you can create your own designs or follow instructions from a pre-designed model. Star Wars fans can build the Millennium Falcon, while history buffs can create model replicas of famous landmarks. LEGO has something for everyone.
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LEGO Household Items
Some people have even made functional everyday items out of LEGO. For example, this LEGO candy dispenser doles out the goods and will impress your friends. See how to make your own candy dispenser here. Then, Makezine has a key organizer made out of LEGO, and Spaceship and Laserbeams even figured out a way to make a LEGO purse.
So, as you can see our family is a LEGO family, so in preparation for the next birthday party, I thought I’d start doing some research on LEGO party ideas.
How to Throw a LEGO Party on a Budget That’s Totally Awesome!
If you have a family that is as interested in LEGO as mine is, you might be considering throwing a LEGO birthday party. But party supplies can be expensive. So if you are a frugal family like we are, here are some tips for a DIY LEGO and links to inexpensive party favors and decorations.
Lego Party Ideas
First, let’s talk about LEGO party supplies. Yes, you can buy a LEGO party in a box, like the ones here, but why not have DIY LEGO party supplies to save money and also have a more personal touch?
Our son turned six recently and wanted a LEGO-themed party, but we didn’t own enough LEGO bricks to make that happen, and we knew it would be costly to buy enough. We asked out local public library if we could rent their meeting room and use their LEGO supply. They host a monthly LEGO club for kids aged 4-9.
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Unfortunately, we couldn’t rent the room, but they did say we could invite all of our sons friends to join at the next scheduled LEGO club, which happened to fall on his birthday.
We invited his classmates and a handful of friends to attend, and it was the perfect setup. While the party only lasted 1 hour, everyone had a great time building with thousands of LEGOs, and the party space was free.
DIY LEGO Party Invitations
If you want to learn how to throw a LEGO party on a budget, the first thing you’ll need for your party is DIY Lego invitations. You can get some LEGO party ideas for invitations from the following bloggers.
For her boys’ 4th birthday party, An Organized Mess created these LEGO Ninjago invitations. If you head over to her site, she has a tutorial for these DIY LEGO Ninjago birthday invitations.
Turn Legos into custom birthday party invitations with this easy DIY LEGO party invitations tutorial from Brendid. On this site, there is a step-by-step tutorial to make your own invitations or you can download her version, that can be edited, for free. This tutorial involves an actual LEGO plate and LEGOs, taking photos, and editing them.
Little Family Fun also has a tutorial to make your own LEGO invitations. For these party invitations, you use cardstock and craft foam.
If DIY invites aren’t your thing, here is a link to an ETSY shop with the perfect invite. For less than $5 plus the cost of paper and ink, you can print these perfect LEGO-themed invites at home.
DIY LEGO Party Decorations
For an easy, budget-friendly party centerpiece, put some LEGO blocks in a vase along with some balloons, as Fried Dandelions and Money Wise Moms did.
Dukes and Duchesses served snacks in bowls made from LEGO and Duplo blocks during a LEGO party playdate.
Michelle’s Party Plan-It had a fun little Star Wars LEGO party for her kids, complete with these Star Wars LEGO party decorations and all.
Make Your Own LEGO Party Favors
For her son’s second birthday party, Fried Dandelions made LEGO party favors bags into giant LEGO blocks. Then, each bag had a small LEGO set and a set of LEGO man crayons she made following a tutorial. LEGO party bags are a big hit and very easy.
For simple party favors, consider filling some cute baggies with brick candy. Then, finish the LEGO party favor bags with a ribbon and a Thank You sticker or note.
The Soccer Mom Blog makes LEGO jelly soap that would be a fun addition to the party favor bags. This DIY LEGO soap only has two ingredients! On her site, she even has a 1-minute video tutorial for how to make LEGO soaps.
Build the perfect party favor bag
While DIY can be fun, not everyone has the supplies on hand to make it happen. Buying all those supplies can be just as costly as purchasing party favors, then assembling the bags yourself.
There’s also the issue of time. With busy schedules, sometimes finding the time to DIY is the real struggle.
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Here are the perfect Party Favor bags designed to look like Legos. These come in a pack of 12 or 24. Because we invited the entire class, I ordered 24 but only ended up using 12. I will use the extra to pack lunch and send to school or to pack and take snacks to the library or park through the summer.
Here are some of the things that I decided to fill the favor bags with. One thing I considered is all of the parties we have attended already this year. Sometimes the party favors are more of a headache than the amount of attention my kids give them. I didn’t want to buy things that some parents would just end up throwing away.
One of the coolest things as a kid is a swirly straw. You get to watch whatever you’re drinking swirl up through the straw into your mouth. Here are some straws that are inexpensive and match perfectly with the party favor bags linked above.
Kids love to receive snacks and candy in party favor bags. These Lego-shaped suckers are great for giving something small.
If you are making your cake or cupcakes or even buying something from the store, adding these LEGO shaped building blocks are the perfect addition to make the birthday cake LEGO themed.
Kids love to doodle and draw. These LEGO-themed note pads are perfect to add to a party favor bag along with LEGO Pens
Regardless of your budget, there are Lego-themed party favors. Most kids will be glad to leave with anything at all.
How to Throw a LEGO Party – LEGO Party Food Ideas
As you are learning how to throw a LEGO party on a budget, you will see that there are a lot of party supplies you can make at home. This includes making your own party food to help stay within your budget.
With some LEGO silicone molds and fondant, Swirls of Flavor made these fun LEGO cupcakes.
Also, using LEGO silicone molds, The Flying Couponer made Jello Jigglers minifigures and bricks.
Using cake mix, and two 9×12 pans, Money Wise Moms made a simple LEGO birthday cake.
How about some LEGO brownies? Using this easy Brownie recipe, In the Kids Kitchen makes these LEGO brownies that are perfect for birthday parties and bake sales.
Savoring the Good makes super cute LEGO marshmallow pops that would be fun for a LEGO-themed party. To get the instructions for these LEGO treats, head over to her site.
LEGO Party Games and Activities
As you learn how to throw a LEGO party, keep in mind one of the important parts is having fun games. With these LEGO party ideas for fun games and activities, your kid will have a fantastic birthday party.
When Imaginative Homeschool threw a LEGO Ninjago party, here are some of the LEGO party games they played. First, they had a ninja star throwing contest. Then, the goal of the LEGO scavenger hunt was to find the golden sword.
She hid cards around the park with different clues. The golden sword was a cheap plastic sword with gold spray paint.
When Artsy Fartsy Mama threw a LEGO Friends party, the kids played LEGO Friends bingo, colored LEGO Friends coloring pages, and even completed a LEGO word search.
If you head over to her blog for LEGO party ideas, then you can download the free printable LEGO friends bingo, coloring pages, and word search.
To get some LEGO party game ideas, head over to Tip Junkie. She has a list of 12 easy LEGO games, such as LEGO toss skeeball and a memory game. On the site, she also details an I Spy game and LEGO Minute To Win It Junk in the Trunk game.
See what Frugal Fun for Boys plays at parties for some more LEGO games ideas. Their favorite game is the Treasure Tower which has a LEGO tower concealing a prize. For the game, each player has 10 seconds to remove as many bricks as possible before the next person’s turn. The player who uncovers the prize gets to keep it. What fun!
Now You Know How to Throw a LEGO Party on a Budget
With all of these resources, you should be able to throw and awesome LEGO themed birthday party regardless of your budget.
Do you have any good LEGO party tips to share?
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.