Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Party Ideas are Winners!!!

I am excited to say that my Star Wars Party idea was awarded
 Runner-up for October 2011
at birthdaypartyideas.com. Who-Hoo!

Previously my Zhu Zhu Pet Party got an honorable mention and my
1st Harry Potter got a special mention.
Have fun partying!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lego Party

This party was for my oldest son's 9th birthday. We had about 30 kids come, including 5 preschool kids. (We used large building blocks for the little kids, rather than the small legos, and they participated in all games using these large blocks.)

INVITATIONS: I made the invitations on scrapbook max.

DECORATIONS: I cut large rectangles and smaller ones from bright colored cardstock. My mom used a die cut machine to cut several 1" circles from the same colored cardstock. I cut small square foam pieces and hot glued them onto the circles, and then glued the circles onto the rectangles to make them look like legos.  The foam pieces made the circle pop out. I used a hole punch and tied a piece of curling ribbon onto the lego piece and hung them from the ceilings. I also printed several lego logos and lego heads and hung them as well. They turned out so cute.

Because we had about 30 kids, we put them into groups. We let them draw for groups – there were Team Red, Team Blue, Team Green, Team Yellow. They each got their team badge.
 We put 22 legos into a snack-size baggie to give to each child.
These were to use for the game, not to keep. My husband, mom, sister, and I each took a team and rotated the games. Each group will do each game. The child will earn one lego after each mini-game is passed off, and they put them into their baggie. After all the games they would end up with 30 legos at the end for the building competition.

1. LEGO COUNT – Have the kids guess how many legos (blocks) are in the jar. Whoever guessed the closet won a prize.

2. LEGO DROP – I had 2 #10 empty cans. Each child uses 10 of their LEGO pieces. The child had to put the LEGO piece up to his chin and drop it trying to get it into the can. (If time allows or if they do this game really fast, have them stand on a bench and do the same thing.)

3. RING TOSS - Beforehand, I took my younger sons Duplos legos, and made them into 3 different sized towers, and hot glues them to a large board. I had 6 large plastic rings. The kids toss the rings onto the towers of DUPLOS. Each turn they had to take a step backward to make the game more difficult.

4. LEGO HOP RACE - Have each child's baggie of Legos to the end area, past ths finish line and have them dump them into a pile on a bench past the finish line. Each child gets into a potaoto sack at the beginning of the race. Say go and they jump down to their own pile of LEGOS, get out of the sack, pick up their pile and race back to the start. If they drop any legos, they have to hop back and get them. Note; You can buy potato sacks at IFA or other country stores.

5. LEGO ON A SPOON RACE – There will be 2 bowls at the end line. Have the kids dump their legos in the bowl. The kids race down to their bowl and put as many LEGO pieces on a spoon and walk back to the start. The kids must get all their legos back into their bags. If they spill any legos on the floor, the Legos get put back into the bowl. Complete this until each child has a turn.

6. PIN THE MISSING LEGO- I found a picture of a huge stack of Legos and made it into a 11 x 17 print. I cropped one of the legos and made pieces for the game. I laminated the game. The kids are blindfolded and try to get the Lego to the missing piece. (kinda like pin the tail on the donkey.)

7. LEGO POP – This was the whole group.  I blew up lots of balloons and hid a lego piece in each one. The kids have to pop the Balloon to find the LEGO. Give each child 1 balloon. They must pop the balloon, without using their hands or feet to get the next LEGO piece.

8. LEGGO MY LEGO- This was the whole group. (Lego Musical Chairs) I used the large duplo blocks, and put them into the middle, with one less  block than  their were kids. The kids sit in a circle around the blocks. When you blow the whistle the kids scramble to the center to get a lego. If they don’t get a lego, they are out. once they are out they get one lego from their leader. Keep going till there is one kid left. That person wins 5 extra legos.

9. PINATA- Break open the large Lego to reveal treats. My husband made this from a rectangle box He took 6 plastic cups cut in half, and glued onto the box. He then painted it blue. It worked so well,
10. BUILD WHAT’S ON THEIR CARD – Beforehand I had printed up cards that has an object on it (car, phone, lady, etc.) The kids each drew a card. They take their baggie of legos and have 10 minutes to build the object on their card. After completion they move them to the judge table where they will be judged.
This is the little kids creations.
Here are some of the older kids. We gave each child a number, so the judges didn't know who's they were.
11. CAKE- The kids then go over and have their cake and Capri suns. During this time we have 2 people judge the creations while they are eating. My husband and mother-in-law made this cake. We were running late so we didn't get the frosting colors as dark as we needed to.

12. AWARDS - Certificates were given to all the MASTER BRICK BUILDERS and prizes awarded to the top 3 that most resembled their card. Also prize is awarded to person who guesses closet amount of legos in a jar.

13. TALLEST TOWER - We didn’t have time to do this, but it would have been fun. All Lego creations are dismantled and put into large bucket (after pictures are taken of course) and then divided into the 4 teams. The 4 teams then compete to make the tallest tower.

GIFT BAGS - These turned out so cute. I made them just like the decorations. I used red and blue colored paper sacks. I printed a cute lego topper and stapled in on the top. It was filled with candy and party favors.
Thanks for checking out my party!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Zhu Zhu Pet Party

My 3 oldest sons love the new toys, Zhu Zhu pets. I decided to throw a Zhu Zhu pet party for my son who was turning 2. After searching the internet, I found almost nothing on this, since they are relatively new. I did find some fun ideas and came up with even more. This is how my party went, and it was so fun. We had about 20 kids ages 2-12 at this party and they all had so much fun. We had each child bring their Zhu Zhu pet if they had one. If not, I brought some of my son’s extra ones. We made sure each one had their name written on it. Because it was for a 2 year old, (but mostly because I was 7 months pregnant, I had just moved into my new house, and it was the week of Thanksgiving) I didn't do any decorating. And really it didn't need any.  The kids had a blast.


Invitation: I created this on my scrapbook max program, and personalized it with a picture of my son. I make them 4” x 6” and save it as an image. I send them to Walmart to get printed as a 4 x 6 print and it is only 9 cents an invite. The invitation has the Zhu Zhu hamsters on the bottom and it said, “It’s a Zhu Zhu party with lots of fun things to do, please join us on this special day as child's name turns 2! Zhu Zhu zoom on over”-and then the party details. I personalized it with a picture.


1. Hamster Naming: The kids get to decide on a new name for them-selves. They choose a name that starts with the first letter of their real name. Then write their chosen name on a name-tag. This is what they are called the rest of the time at the party.

2. Find the Hamster’s Food: We took a large box with shredded paper. We took mini carrots and mixed them into the paper. The kids took turns trying to see who could find the most carrots. The older kids thought they would find a lot, but it was much harder than it seemed, but the kids had a lot of fun anyways.

3. Pass the Zhu Zhu Pet: This game is played just like Hot Potato, but instead we used a Zhu Zhu pet.

4. Pin the Party Hat on the Zhu Zhu Pet: I printed a large picture of Num Nums Zhu Zhu pet and laminated it. I printed 20 party hats and laminated them to. This is played just like pin the tail on the donkey. We blindfolded the older kids.

5. Hamster Dance: We downloaded the Hamster Dance song and put it onto a CD. We just let the kids dance to it. All the kids loved to dance to this song. It just makes you want to get up and dance!

6. Zhu Zhu Pet Race: This was a HUGE HIT! I took long 8' Styrofoam pieces, (could use 2 x 4 boards) and made 4 or 5 lanes by just laying them on the floor. Each person uses their Zhu Zhu pet and they race to see who hamster makes it to the finish line first. We had to do this in 4 rounds and then the winners of each round raced again for a top winner. It was so fun because each hamster has a mind of it’s own. The zhu zhu’s would take off and be winning and them all the sudden stop and turn the other way.

7. Zhu Zhu Battle: This was the ALL TIME FAVORITE game of the night. After the races, we moved the Styrofoam piece to form a large square. All the kids sat around the square and when we said, “Go” they pushed the button on their Zhu Zhu and stepped back. The kids were not allowed to touch their Zhu Zhu once the battle began. All the Zhu Zhu’s would move wherever they chose to. They would run into the others and knock them over. Whoevers Zhu Zhu was the last one up was the winner. It was so fun as the Zhu Zhu’s would get knocked over, then another Zhu Zhu would run into it and tip them back upright. Sometimes the Zhu Zhu would stop and another Zhu Zhu would run into it and make it start again. It was really like watching a demolition derby and never knowing what was going to happen. We played the hamster dance music while the battle was going on. The kids cheered their Zhu Zhu pet from the sidelines. We had to do several battles.

8. The Hamster Ball: My mom had a large inflatable wheel where the kids sit inside and hold on while someone rolls it.


CUPCAKES: I had my local bakery make cupcakes that looked like some of the Zhu Zhu pets. They colored the frosting with pink, chocolate, vanilla, and yellow frosting. They piped on ears, eyes, and mouths. The looked exactly like a hamster. They could also be made at home using mini m & m's or candies.
GOODY BAGS: I used a brown paper sack as the goody bags filled with treats and little prizes. I printed a topper with the Zhu Zhu pets and it said, “Thank You for coming to my birthday party!” on it. I stapled it to the top of the bag.

This party was fun for all ages. I wish I took a picture of the goody bags. They turned out so cute.
Zhu Zhu pets rock!