LEGO Pirate Birthday Party

Last year we had a pirate themed party to celebrate our¬†son’s 5th birthday. This year he requested a pirate theme again and I encouraged a twist which resulted in our “LEGO Pirate” theme. And, arrrghh, was it fun, matey! ūüėČ

{simple} Lego Pirate Birthday Party

Thankfully, Trent had the good idea in early spring to book the party at PlayNation¬†where we had his Blast Off birthday party¬†in 2012. We thought indoors might be a winner since July can be quite hot & humid here in NC. We got lucky with unusually cool weather last year, but were doubting we’d be so lucky again. And we were right – it was HOT and oh so humid plus a storm hit while we were inside partying. Combine that with having someone to help set up and do the clean up? It was a win all around.

Lego Pirate Party: Invitation

Having his party at another location also meant I was able to keep our party planning very minimal and simple. Here is a look at the details …

Keeping with tradition, I made him a special shirt for the day. I purchased a plain gray t-shirt at Michaels and then decorated using supplies I already had.¬†The LEGO minifigure head was made using yellow fabric and HeatnBond¬ģ UltraBond. Next, I made a stencil using freezer paper and my x-acto knife to paint on the face. Finally I added the eyepatch using black fabric and Heat & Bond plus added a little machine stitching to add a bit of dimension.

Lego Pirate Party: Shirt

The LEGO pirate hat was from LEGO KidsFest last year. I found it in the bin of dress up clothes in the playroom and packed it for decoration. Little did I know my son would discover it and want to wear it!

We kept the food similar to last year and I even reused the pirate themed name labels: berried treasure, pirate booty, and Jolly Roger cupcakes. I created a new one (“gold nuggets”) for our addition of chicken nuggets. [Last year’s party was in the morning so we had “shipwrecked sandwiches” (i.e., chicken mini breakfast sandwiches from Chick-fil-a) instead.] I set the food up over a black plastic store bought tablecloth and added a few LEGO minifigure cutouts I created using my¬†Silhouette.

Lego Pirate Party: Food

The mini cupcakes were store bought. Exactly the same I got for his Four-esta Party. My son¬†helped me with the toppers. We used some leftover pirate flag ones from last year and then I made a few LEGO minifigure head ones using my Silhouette¬†& yellow card stock I had in my scrapbooking stash. I literally got the Silhouette¬†the week before the party so I didn’t quite figure out the print & cut option until it was time for the goody bag tags which meant my cupcake topper heads were all blank. This actually worked out well as he¬†had fun drawing on all the faces and helping me assemble them.

Lego Pirate Party: Cupcake Toppers

On a table opposite the food, I set out a small decorative display with the goody bags. The subway art was an updated version of the same one I have been using at most of his parties since his Cars birthday party. The big LEGO minifigure head was a birthday gift I purchased for him¬†at HomeGoods for use at the party and later for LEGO storage in his room.¬†I added a pirate patch leftover from last year’s party to tie it in with our theme.

Lego Pirate Party: Goody Bags & Subway Art

The goody bags were super simple. I reused small plastic shopping bags from the LEGO store (and realized just how often we go in there when I found we had more than we needed!) and added a small personalized tag I made using the¬†Silhouette. The message read, “Thanks for helping me to ‘build’ a great party!” Then tied on the tags with baker’s twine left from Valentine’s day.

Lego Pirate Party: Goody Bag Tags

Inside the bags were small wrapped minifigures or a small Duplo set depending on age. Trying to stick with the party theme, we went to the LEGO store and created individual minifigures with a “pirate-ish” look to them for the older kids. Each child got a different one. Then I packaged them in small white bags from Michaels, added labels I created, and sealed the enveloped with the same washi tape I used on the invitations.

Lego Pirate Party: Goodies

I couldn’t quite pull off the pirate theme for the DUPLO sets, but I’m doubting the under 3 crowd minded. I¬†ordered the DUPLO Creative Animals set. It came with blocks for 5 different animals.¬†I built each of the animals and then package them individually in a zippered sandwich bag and added a name label.

All in all, it was very¬†simple and lots of fun. The latter of which was definitely the most important. All the kids were happy, sweaty, and exhausted afterwards. Especially my own two. ūüôā

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8 comments on “LEGO Pirate Birthday Party

    • Thanks, Erin! I tried to keep it very simple. My party planning pinterest board was overflowing with "cool" ideas, but I had to make a limit so I didn't get out of control. LOL
    • I'll have to check it out! I really was glad he went for the Lego twist on the theme. I started a secret pinterest board 2 years ago thinking eventually we could have a Lego party! He's clearly on a bigger pirates kick though as he said he wants a Minion Pirate party next year. If so, I'll just whip out all the pirate stuff again! ;)

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