In December, our little man turned 5, and his sweet baby cousin Louis turned the big 1. So a big celebration was in order.
Since Eli is obsessed with Lego, and Louis was cool to tag along with that theme, we went all-out for the party. I found lots of inspiration on pinterest, and used all of my favourites to plan the special day.
Baby food jars are the perfect shape for a lego mini-figure head, so they were the base of a lot of the decorations. I drew faces on with permanent marker, and we used them for drinking glasses.
I found some lego juice box templates here
, and used this template
for the kids to design their own Mini-Figure.
For the straw-holders, I saw some pencil holders on Handmade Charlotte
and couldn’t resist. I painted the inside of the jars with yellow acrylic paint, and then drew the faces on the outside. Eli asked to keep them on his bedside shelf to hold his “treasures”.
I loved the simple decoration of lego bricks in the bathroom soap dispenser. It was fun and inspired a new level of hygiene in the house. For the treat bags I made crayons using a lego mold
I bought on Etsy. I used the template from Delia Creates
for the boxes and printed out a little colouring book I found online here
. We, of course, had to include some brick candies in the treat bags.
The utensil caddy was definitely one of my favourite decorations. Eli helped me build it from our imaginations. I used the same mold to make little chocolate lego guys as the crayons. We filled the body sections with red, and then piped yellow melting chocolate into the cavities for the hands and head.
I filled large mason jars with lego, not only were they a great decoration, but we used them for a few of our lego-themed games: Guess how many lego pieces are in the jar, how many pieces can you collect with only a straw, and which team can build the tallest freestanding tower in 5 minutes.
One of my favorite games was pin the head on the lego man. I just drew it out on some card stock and taped it all together. (see the image at the top)
I saw this cake
on pinterest with a great tutorial that made me feel like I wanted to attempt my first fondant cake. Looking for a simpler first-time recipe, I found a marshmallow fondant
that was incredibly easy.
I baked my cake in my Pampered Chef Classic Batter Bowl
, the shape wasn’t exactly how I wanted it, but overall I was pleased. I didn’t want to waste too much cake by shaving it off to create a perfect cylinder, so I just iced it as it came out of the bowl. I drew the face on with a gel icing tube that I also used for the faces on the marshmallow pops.
Planning birthdays are a lot of fun, and something to look forward to during cold days. And seeing how much it’s appreciated by the kids makes it more than worthwhile.
Happy Birthday Eli and Louis!