Now that Halloween is over, the Legends of Chima festivities aren’t done just yet in our household. We turned our Chima fascination from costumes to a simple homemade birthday party.
Legends of Chima is a new product line of LEGO, so there wasn’t a whole lot of stocked Chima party supplies you can find in stores. Instead, I directed my energies toward researching ideas on the world-wide-web. During my research, I bookmarked several excellent ideas of general LEGO-themed birthday parties, such as the LEGO-wrapped juice boxes, and a happy birthday sign in LEGO font letters. In fact, there are several Legends of Chima party supplies available on Etsy for sale. Then as I was working on this post, I found that LEGO’s website provides free printable pdf files – such as coloring sheets, party garlands, place cards, table mats, and welcome signs – to make your Legends of Chima party easy and fun. Just click on the “Chima Party Kit” Tab located towards the bottom of the LEGO Chima website.
If you’re looking for a little Chima party inspiration, come on in! Take a look at how we used paper to craft a LEGO Legends of Chima birthday party theme.
Decorating Your Party Room with What You’ve Got
When it comes to decorating a kid’s birthday party, the less is more approach is a good rule of thumb to make one’s life easier in the planning process. I decided on a color scheme (royal blue, light blue, green, and white) and repeated it throughout the room. (If you take a look at Linus’ Korean first birthday party photos, then you know I like to reuse extra party supplies from one party to the next, when possible.)
I covered three of our landscape photos in the room with a Cragger, Laval, and Eris photo over our black landscaped photo frames. It added a nice touch to the party décor without breaking the bank. I printed and taped 8.5 x 11 photos to the glass frame. Because the Chima photos did not cover the entire frame, I added a couple of pieces of construction paper behind the Chima photos as a background, which added more color to the room.
I repeated the balloon color scheme from one end of the room (at the entrance of the party room) to the other end of the room (where the food and refreshments were located).
✔ Decorations complete.
When It Rains, It Pours
When we initially decided on the date and venue of Piano Man’s birthday party, we knew the risks involved when it came to hosting an outdoor party at a local park. The potential for rain was somewhat high, and the fall weather in the Midwest began to turn chilly and breezy, much like the episode in “Peanuts,” when Lucy takes the (American) football away from Charlie Brown at the beginning of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” But we took our chances anyway.
We watched the weather reports on weather.com, and saw that the forecast began to look a bit glum and grim each day we got closer to his party date. 30% chance of rain. Not bad, right? Come two days before his class party, it shot up to 50% of rain and did I mention that the day before we had early snow and hail the day before that!!!!! Yikes!
Well, to keep the children warm and safe, we decided to host the party at our house. If you know me, then you know I am a bit OCD when it comes to cleanliness. But Piano Man’s party must go on, and so it trumped anything my little palpitating heart could handle on germs and dirt.
Party Planning Indoors
When planning for an outdoor party at a local park, I envisioned more free play and a detailed scavenger hunt to occupy the children. However, when it comes to indoor party planning, you need to coordinate more activities to occupy the kids, lest ye see creative minds at work on your walls or floors.
So we set off to create a couple of simple games, “Pin the Chi on Laval,” a modern spin off of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” and a Chi Scavenger Hunt Game.
We also planned for a craft session when the kids arrived, so that each child could have his or her own party hat and Chi necklace to decorate and wear.
Food Planning Made Easy
What’s easier than cooking and preparing food for a party? Ordering pizza! We gave Pizza Hut another try, this time in America. Unlike our experience of overcooked, disgustingly dried out pizza from Pizza Hut in Cyprus, I give two thumbs up for a good deal on pizza and sides with soft doughy bread. Pizza Hut, you just need to work with your European counterparts to make better pizza overseas.
The party started with a nice clean and clear table with a LEGO design as a table center piece for decoration. However, during the party, it became a party play zone for the boys. I should have realized that one’s center piece is another’s play toy.
In addition to pizza, we offered chips, fruits, and veggies. While we tried to offer some very warm and homey reminders of Cyprus, such as cucumbers and tomatoes (a staple in every Greek-Cypriot’s diet in Cyprus), it was an untouched platter choice in the States. Piano Man and a couple of other classmates devoured the cucumbers, but the other 10 or so children left it unscathed. The fruit platter was demolished though.
LEGO Birthday Cake and Cake Toppers
Originally, my friend suggested that I make a LEGO brick cake. Tons of photos and recipes were readily available online. But my very wise husband said, “Simplify things. Don’t stress yourself out.”
I took his advice, and I went to Costco and asked them to make four colored squares on Piano Man’s cake to represent LEGO bricks. I would do the rest in terms of making cake toppers. Unfortunately, Costco changed their policy on cake designs – no derivations from their 9-12 cake design options. The baker in the back mentioned too many had not satisfied customers in the past, and Costco would have to eat the lost revenue. Out of respect for their new policy, Piano Man picked a soccer ball in chocolate, which all worked out in the end.
I made a few specialty items to decorate Piano Man’s cake and that added a LEGO element to the cake.
LEGO Thank You Cards
After Prof’s recommendation to make the party as simple as possible, I figured that it would be easier and faster to find pre-made thank you note cards in LEGO font letters on a jpg.file, which turned out to be the case. Big kudos and thank you to RoCole on the Photoshop Gurus Community Forum for providing the jpg.file. I was able to scale to size, print, cut, and glue thank you notes onto brown paper bags filled with little goodies. (You can click on the following link to download a pdf.file of the scaled to size thank you notes.) Piano Man worked on each card for his classmates. He thoughtfully put time in writing a thank you note to each friend, which he handed out to his classmates at school the following week.
Birthday planning is hard work, but watching Piano Man’s face beam each day leading up to his party was a pure joy to see. He wanted to help so much with the party. How could I deny the birthday boy the opportunity to help out? He was so good about coloring Laval, even when it was a bit too big for him to color all the way. He helped feed the curling ribbon through his happy birthday sign. He helped organize and clean up for the party, which was the biggest help of all. And he and all of his friends included his baby brother, Linus, who desperately wanted to sit and eat with his friends at the party table, which was an adorable moment.
Now that I have shared how we held Piano Man’s Legends of Chima-themed birthday party, come back again tomorrow and the rest of this week to read tutorials on how to make one, some, or all of these handmade Legends of Chima party supplies and games for your little one’s next birthday.
Chima Chest Plate (tutorial)
Chima Party Invitations (tutorial with free template)
Cragger Crocodile Basket (tutorial)
Eris T-Shirt (tutorial)
Legends of Chima-themed Halloween Family Photos (costume ideas)
Lagravis T-Shirt (tutorial)
LEGO Hands (tutorial)
LEGO Happy Birthday Banner/Cake Toppers (tutorial with free printable)
Pin the Chi on Laval Game – modern take of Pin the Tail on the Donkey (tutorial)
From my hometown to yours,