Sunday, March 18, 2012
Every kid loves LEGO, and every kid loves a LEGO birthday party! My boys are really into Star Wars these days, so if their birthday were tomorrow, I'm sure they'd choose a Star Wars LEGO party. Unfortunately for them, their birthday was in December, so they'll have to wait 9 whole months before they get their party, but that doesn't mean I can't start gathering ideas! There's no shortage of Lego birthday party ideas on the web (check out my Pinterest party ideas board for some of my favorites), and I was able to use some ideas for the LEGO Ninjago birthday party that Jammy had this year. Only a few modifications are needed to transform it into a LEGO Star Wars party. Here are some ideas to get you going:
Spell out HAPPY BIRTHDAY in LEGO bricks! Put your creation on a table by the front door to welcome guests. Another great idea would be to ask kids to come in Star Wars costumes. Having Darth Vader, yoda, Anakin Skywalker and a host of clone troopers come to your party is all the decoration you need.
You can buy LEGO Star Wars-themed tableware at Birthday Express, Oriental Trading or other party goods stores, but you can also get creative on your own. Think bold, solid block colors. One of the cutest ideas I've seen for goody bags comes from Homemaking Fun: stick colored foam circles onto colored paper bags so they look like the classic LEGO brick. And speaking of goody bags....
Check out the LEGO online store for some great deals on stickers, magnets, keychains and other small items to fill up goody bags with. These LEGO Star Wars keychains were only $2 each! Another great idea is to buy a big bag of candy blocks (yes, they really do snap together like real LEGOS) and put them into smaller plastic bags for each child.
Ewe-Hoo has a great LEGO party post with great ideas for LEGO-themed food, including square pizza with pepperoni arranged to look like a LEGO brick. Don't forget the LEGO minifigure head cake pops!
Buy block candies and stack them up to spell the birthday boy's name. Add a (clean) LEGO minifigure or two for the extra cute factor.
Make a pull-string pinata shaped like a LEGO minifigure head by covering a round plastic Red Vines tub with yellow paper, drawing a face with a marker and cutting a trapdoor at the bottom of the tub. Alternatively, make a pull-string pinata shaped like a LEGO brick (for instructions, see my How to Make a Giant LEGO Brick post on Finding Bonggamom).
If you really want to knock it out of the park, treat your guests to a big Clone Wars videogame battle! PlayStation sent us a copy of LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars for the PS3, and it's the perfect way to end any LEGO Star Wars party. With an engaging backstory, great graphics and a split screen that lets multiple players jump in and out, you can let guests play just before it's time to go home. The only problem is, no one is going to want to leave.
Seriously, this must be my sons' favorite PS3 game so far. It has never been so easy to get them to do their chores, practice piano, complete homework and make sure they get some active play time -- all I have to do is allow them an equivalent amount of time on the PS3 to play LEGO Star Wars!
In LEGO Star wars 3: The Clone Wars, players get to relive their favorite moments from the Star Wars Episode 2 (Attack of the Clones) movie and the Star Wars animated tv series The Clone Wars -- except the characters are LEGO minifigures, and the vehicles look like LEGO models. Players work their way through increasingly difficult levels of play, commanding ships or fighting in one-on-one combat in order to advance.
I won't presume to explain exactly what it is you have to do to get from one level to the next. Besides, from what 3Po and Jammy tell me, figuring it all out is half the fun. The other half of the fun is getting to play their favorite Star Wars characters (over 150 characters can be unlocked, from Anakin to Yoda to a variety of droids to an even greater variety of clones and clone commanders to all the Darths you can think of), and getting to control their movements through scenes straight out of the Star Wars world.
The fun of playing this videogame goes well beyond the PS3. I think playing this game actually enhances 3Po's and Jammy's offline LEGO play, because the game helps them imagine how their LEGO characters would act and move. They like to recreate the action scenes they see on the PS3 with their own LEGO Star Wars sets, so the PS3 game has been great in inspiring their real-life play. I've digressed somewhat from LEGO birthday parties, but the point is that this videogame is a surefire hit, whether you use it for birthday parties or every day fun.
Disclosure: As a Playstation Family blogger, I received a review copy of Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars for the PS3. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.
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