Birthday Party Ideas, Party Craft Ideas - DIY Inspired
08th Jul2013

Picnic Themed Retirement Party

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny attended a retirement party recently and was kind enough to get the permission and share the hostess’s adorable picnic themed party decorations, invitations, and cupcakes.  Perfect for spring or summertime, these retirement party ideas include recycling old ornaments and Mason jars, making handmade burlap invites, and sculpting with clay.  The main colors were red and white with watermelon and a little army of ants used throughout.

The hostess made handmade and hand sewn burlap invitations embellished with plastic and paper flowers and colorful yarn.  She printed the invite with a watermelon design to fit the red and white picnic theme and inserted them in to a burlap envelope.

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She also made a cute retirement sign for the table.  It is decorated with scrapbook embellishments and says, “Happiness is Family, Friends, Love, and Retirement.”

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Wild flowers were displayed in scrapbook and ribbon covered Mason jars atop a red and white checkered tablecloth to fit the party theme.  She used several different types of textured and patterned red and white ribbon.

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The tables and cupcake stand was absolutely adorable and had little ants she made from old ornaments that she had.  She also made clay food to make it look like the ants were carrying the food away!

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The cupcakes were also adorned with chocolate ants and a gummy watermelon on top with green icing.

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This summer picnic themed retirement party was so sweet and clever.  A big thank you to Jenny for allowing me to post it!

15th May2013

Recycled Food Container Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

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Who says cereal and cracker boxes can’t be pretty?  I don’t know about you, but I hate spending money on gift boxes.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most people do to, because at every party I’ve been to in the last few years have gift tables, filled with gift bags with tissue paper hanging out the top. Am I right?  So, I decided to use what I already had available and came up with recycled food container gift wrapping.

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A very special birthday came up recently for my beautiful twin baby God Daughters.  Since it was their first birthday, I went all out and bought matching clothes and a couple other things.  Since the clothes are still so very cute but tiny, food boxes are the perfect size for their little outfits. 

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Oh yeah… I better wrap them.  I made some coffee filter paper flowers and decided to die the paper flowers as well.  After they were dry, I trimmed the ones that went on the smaller boxes with scissors. It was sort of like trimming a real flower. I cut out green leaves out of card stock and hot glued the flowers on, and added ribbon.

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Here is a photo of the gift assembled all together.  My God Daughter, Jamie is the pink package and her sister Brooklyn gets the purple package.

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I bought the chairs at one of my favorite stores, Homegoods.  They just happen to have one purple and one pink so I couldn’t resist!  Here is the back.

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The actual party isn’t for a few weeks, but I can’t wait to show you the Alice in Wonderland extravaganza that I know it’ll be!

06th May2013

Alice in Wonderland Theme Party: Red Paper Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend is having an Alice in Wonderland theme party for my twin God daughters for their first birthday.  Needless to say, I wanted to help her decorate for the festivities.  The twins have two older sisters and their birthday parties were amazing.  Check out this Candyland themed party and this circus themed party. So, we started brainstorming ideas.  I recently made these coffee filter paper flowers (see below) and I thought they would be perfect for the painting red roses scene when Alice meets the Queen of Hearts.

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Dying coffee filter paper flowers is extremely inexpensive and easy to do.  Here are the materials you need:

  • Bowl
  • Red food coloring
  • Water
  • Coffee filter paper flowers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Newspaper

To make the actual paper flower, check out the tutorial here.  Once your flowers are made, here are the two easy steps to dye them.

Step One: Depending on the hue of red you desire, mix several drops of food coloring and about three tablespoons of water in a bowl.

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Step Two: I tried two different ways. Dipping the pre-made flower and dipping the individual filters.  Wearing rubber gloves carefully dip the paper flower (or individual filters) into the color mixture and set it aside to dry on the newspaper.

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Here are pictures of each.  I let them dry overnight.

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When they were dry, I noticed that the dipped flower had a nice deeper red color on the edges while the filters that were dipped individually were not.  Here is a photo.  It’s very subtle, but I like the former better.

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Here is a photo of the coffee filter rose and a real rose from my garden next to one another. Not too shabby! Can you see the difference?

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Here they are in the bush that we will use for the party.

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Feeling inspired by Alice?  Check out these posts!

Do you have any Alice in Wonderland party ideas for us? We’d love to hear them!

02nd May2013

DIY Pedestal Bowl

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my thrifty obsessions is to walk through the local Goodwill shop on the weekends, particularly because of the half off sale.  Throughout the day, they announce a color and the price tags labeled in that color are half off.  It never fails, each time the make the announcement they assure you that you will find that color label in every department.  Naturally, you will always find me by the home goods and furniture section.  This trip I found a nice white ceramic beaded ramekin and a short pewter candlestick all for less than three dollars.   I had to marry the two together and make a DIY Pedestal Bowl.

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I’ve made something similar to this for my daughter’s birthday party last year.  For her cupcake decorating station, I made party platters made out of plastic serving trays and candlesticks.  I still have them today and have used them several times since then.  This project is quite simple and doesn’t really need too much explanation, so here are just a few tips that may help you out.

Tip #1: When looking for candlesticks, look for the shape you want.  You can always paint them.

Tip #2: The wider the candlestick the sturdier.

Tip #3: Consider wine glasses or champagne flutes instead of candlesticks.

Tip #4: Use a strong bonding agent like E6000 and let it dry for 24-48 hours.

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Tip #5: Consider spray painting them to fit your theme or décor.  Protect the surface with a doily or decorative paper if you are using it for food.

There are several uses for this easy project.  Use them for displaying desserts or appetizers for parties and entertaining.  Use a small pedestal bowl for jewelry or a larger one to hold toiletries in your bathroom.  You can also use them to display flowers or favorite collections.  Make several in different heights and group them together for a unique display.

 

10th Apr2013

Cardboard Box Photo Booth

by Dinah Wulf

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I know Easter is officially over (hope you had a great one!), but I wanted to share this fantastic Cardboard Box Photo Booth idea from a friend of mine.  This is such a great upcycle and it’s perfect for any party, especially for kids.

My friend had a box from a large flat screen TV which was the perfect size for a photo booth for small children.  She saved it and realized that she could make a two sided photo booth for an upcoming spring party she was planning.  The larger the box, the better, of course!  She cut out one side, and covered the entire box in white paper.

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On one side, painted an Easter theme with a bunny, egg tree, grass, and Easter eggs and cut out holes for your head in the shape of a balloon and an Easter egg.  She painted more Easter eggs and glued them on to add dimension.

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On the other side, she cut out two sections and used two picture frames as a border.  She decorated it with bows and pinwheels from the dollar store.

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The party guests had a great time posing for pictures.

This Cardboard Box Photo Booth could go with any type of theme party, the possibilities are endless!  Consider draping it with material, covering it with patterned gift wrap, or painting it.  You can also place a box or basket of photo props like hats, boas, funny glasses, and masks.  I may have to steal this idea for my daughter’s birthday party this year!

 

13th Mar2013

Lego Birthday Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I have another fabulous theme party to share with you by one of my best friends, Maily Cano.  You may have seen here Hello Kitty Party, her Purple and Pink Masquerade Party, or her Red and Black Anniversary Party on DIY Inspired before.  This time she converted her office into a colorful Lego Birthday Party wonderland for her nephew.  She always pays great attention to detail, transforming the party space completely.  Thanks AGAIN, Maily for sharing this! <3

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I hosted a Lego themed birthday party for my nephew at my business. I bought plastic table covers from the $0.99 store and stapled them onto the walls, using a different color for each wall. I then printed the Lego logos on colored construction paper that matched the walls.

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Using a circle cutter, which you can get at any crafts store, I cut the logos into circles. Trust me, the circle cutter will be an invaluable investment for this project.

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I also created take away gift bags and affixed the same Lego logos to the front, making them look like Lego pieces. And since this was party was hosted at my office, I had office supplies (fax machines, files, cabinets) that didn’t go with the theme. To remedy that, I boxed up all of the items and wrapped them in various colors, again attaching Lego logos to also turn them into Lego pieces.

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The final result was a fantastic and colorful Lego themed party that any kid, young or old, would love.

All Lego Party photos were taken by Brendan Cao Photography.

For more Lego party inspiration, check out how to make Lego marshmallow pops, DIY Ninjago invitations,  and some other Lego party ideas.

 

 

04th Mar2013

How To Throw a Party

by Dinah Wulf

If you are throwing a party for adults, whether it’s a birthday, an engagement do, a housewarming, an office bash or anything in-between, you want to make sure it’s remembered for all the right reasons and that everybody has a good time. So, make your party stand out from the rest with some little suggestions that should make it a fantastic event for all involved.  Here are a few tips on How To Throw a Party.

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First and most importantly are the invitations. Make your own invitations right and you are halfway there. There’s no point in throwing the most fabulous party there has ever been, only for no one to turn up because they didn’t have enough notice. Make sure you get your invitations sorted and sent out in plenty of time so that people with responsibilities such as work, children or just hectic lives in general can make arrangements so that they’re able to come.

Making your own invitations is a wonderful way to add a personalised touch and will make them stand out. It will also save you money if you can make your own invitations, so give it a go and get crafty! Use whatever theme you go for in your invitations to decorate the house with as well. If you’ve got kids, get them involved in making things like bunting and table decorations, turning a money-saving tactic into a fun, family activity to stop the kids getting bored! Here is an example of a DIY Owl decoration.

Obviously any party needs plenty of food and drink, but a good idea is to have a theme running through this as well. So you could go for an Australian theme if someone is emigrating and make sure the invites and party decorations match the food and drink on offer or a hearts and flowers theme for an engagement; whatever is suitable for the occasion.  Here are some fun party theme ideas to get some inspiration.

Finally, some entertainment is what really makes a party memorable, whether it’s a band, a magician or, for something really different, you could arrange for everyone to have a tarot card reading! Do some research into online clairvoyant readings to find out what’s available for parties and events.

 

07th Feb2013

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Looking back at my past 22 months of blogging, I noticed that my party theme ideas get a lot of love in the social media world.  I decided to put together this round-up of 12 DIY Theme Party Ideas.  These parties have been liked, shared, and pinned often and I also get several emails about them too.  Each link has the full details for each party and some parties have more than one post.

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Animal Print Tween Party

This is a collection of easy decorating ideas including food labels, paper medallions, and glittered wild animals perfect for the favorite tween in your life.

Butterfly Garden Party

A whimsical outdoor butterfly inspired party complete with DIY decorating tutorials, hot dog bar and recipes, and cupcake decorating station ideas.

Candy Land Party

A fun candy filled board game inspired party with life sized game board, peppermint, gumdrop, chocolate, and lollipop woods.

Carnival or Circus Theme Party

A true birthday carnival complete with DIY game ideas including ring toss, balloon darts, baseball toss, costume photo station and popcorn centerpieces.

Cherry Themed Party

A baby shower perfect for a mommy expecting twins.  This posts shows giant cherries, adorable party favors, and decorating ideas.

Colorful First Birthday

With Elmo as the special guests, this first birthday party has colorful inspirations to fit and type of party.

Golf Themed Party

This party was for a co-ed baby boy shower; however these navy and green party ideas are great for father’s day or for any golf lover.

Hello Kitty Party

One of the most shared theme parties in the social media world, this Hello Kitty party is all pink with ideas for games, dancing, dress up, and more for both boys and girls.

Mickey Mouse Party

Inspired by red, black, yellow, and polka dots, this party has ideas for Mickey Mouse sweet treats and food serving ideas.

Owl Themed Party

This cute owl themed party has tutorials on how to make your own owl invitations, party banner, and centerpieces.

Poker Party or Casino Night

This budget friendly party shows you how to use a regular pack of playing cards in your party décor with tutorials on how to make playing card drink umbrellas and personalized poker chip party favors.

Wine Tasting Party

Probably the most popular theme party on DIY Inspired, this party has tutorials for DIY wine charms, invitations, wine tasting rules, and bridal shower games.

I hope you enjoyed my 12 DIY Theme Party Ideas round-up!  Which one is your favorite???

 

06th Feb2013

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

I have seen a few Pringles can cookie tins on Pinterest.  They are cleverly wrapped and hold the perfect sized cookie.  I’ve seen them wrapped with Christmas paper complete with a bow and I’ve seen them wrapped like a Mummy for Halloween.   These lovely ideas inspired me to create these Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits with a “pull me” tag and ribbon.  The long vertical shape is perfect for this.

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Here are the cans I used.

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I made these nail kits for a teenage girl is four easy steps.

STEP 1: Choose your gift.

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STEP 2: Make a “pull me” tag.

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STEP 3: Tie all your gifts together with ribbon.

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STEP 4: Insert them into your decorated Pringles can.

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Other Gift Kit Ideas:

  • Sushi Theme- chopsticks, sushi mat, soy sauce dish, packet of soy sauce, instructions on how to make sushi
  • Movie Theme- different types of candy and movie tickets
  • Spa Time Theme – loafa, travel sized soaps, bubble bath, bath wash, foot scrub, sponge
  • Tool Kit – screw drivers, nails, other tools
  • Sewing Kit – needles, thread, scissors, buttons
  • Makeup Kit – brushes and makeup
  • Creative Kit for Kids – crayons, markers, paints, brushes, stickers
  • Travel Theme – travel sized toiletries, tooth brushes
  • Puzzles – puzzle pieces and a photo of the completed puzzle
  • Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Kit- small liquor bottles, shot glass, cards, vail, sash, temporary tattoos, fun straws, games, etc.
  • Fourth of July- fill it with sparklers, snaps, matches
  • General- fill it with holiday themed candy and decorate accordingly

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

What else can you do with a Pringles Can???

 

21st Jan2013

DIY Ninjago Birthday Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

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Uh… yeah… OK… when I first heard the term Ninjago, I think I responded with a, “God bless you.” I am familiar with Legos, of course, I mean who isn’t?  But I had never heard of Ninjago Legos until one of my best friend’s sons showed me what seemed to be 8 million tiny Ninjago Lego men all in a row.  Needless to say, with his 7th birthday just around the corner, he needed his Auntie D to make him some DIY Ninjago Birthday Invitations.

I heart Google Images.  I use it almost every time I help with a character themed birthday party.  I’ve used it for and Elmo meets Little Einsteins party, Paul Frank themed party, Mickey Mouse themed party, and an Owl themed first birthday,  to name a few.  I picked two images for these invites and used a free photo editor to add the party information.  For the front of the invitation I used a picture of the Master Sensei character and added “ Sensei says, “Master Aidan is turning seven.”  I printed them out on fine art paper and cut them out.  For the bottom I used the green Lego Ninja mask (Aidan’s favorite).

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I cut out red scrapbook paper as well to use as a border.

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I used the layered the two pieces, punched a hole in the left upper corner and added a charm to attach the two pieces.  The charms I found in the sales bin of a craft store, 6 for $2.00!

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Here are some after photos.

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These were a hit with all the moms.  I didn’t have to worry about envelopes, because Aidan simply handed them out at school.

In case you missed them, here are some more budget friendly DIY party posts!

15th Jan2013

Animal Print Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I am helping one of my best friends plan a 13th birthday party for her daughter and I wanted to share some of the things I started making.  She wanted an animal print themed party, with pink accents and her wish was our command!   Add these ideas,  feather boas, pearls, gems, and ribbon and viola!  You have a very girly and wild animal print theme party!  Here are some animal print party ideas along with some helpful DIY party tips:

Glittered Wild Animals

I saw this idea on Pinterest and actually doing it was much more tasking than I thought.  My friend purchased plastic toy animals and some glitter, and I had a paint brush and some Mod Podge (hello? ALWAYS stocked in my craft closet).  With some paper plates protecting your counter, use a paint brush to apply the glue to your plastic animals, apply the glitter.  Let them dry completely, you will have some uneven spots unless you are Martha Stewart.  Once they are dry, you can handle them again to do touch ups.

Craft Punch Banner

I made these simply by using a 3” circle craft punch, and 3.5” craft punch, scrap book paper, and my computer.  I think I will add hot pink ribbon to string them. I made some similar ones for a golf theme baby shower I did.

Easy Birthday Signs

These white frames are perfect for so many different occasions.  They were definitely a good investment because I use them over and over again.  I most recently used them for a pink and purple baptism and an owl themed first birthday party.

Easy Food Labels

Food labels are an easy, inexpensive, and fun way to add a theme into your party décor.  All you need is some corresponding scrapbook paper, double sided tape, and a paper cutter!

Accordion Flower Decoration

This craft is my go-to for parties.  I always make accordion flowers because they are a) pretty, and b) easy.  For these, I used a circle craft punch and used my computer to print out the honoree’s name.

If you enjoyed this post, you might like a post I wrote for DIY decorations to fit any themed party.

 

28th Dec2012

Kids Craft Ideas New Year’s Noise Makers

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I had my little nugget, New Year’s Eve hasn’t been quite the same.  Since it is extremely difficult to find a baby sitter on this popular night out, we have had to fit our little one into our New Year’s Eve party plans.  My friends who also have young kids will likely get together to celebrate the New Year at one of our homes.  To keep the little ones busy, I decided to think of some kids craft ideas.  This year, I thought it’d be fun to make New Year’s noise makers out of recycled items from around the house to help ring in the New Year.

Step One:

Gather your recycled containers.  Any plastic or cardboard box will work.  Make sure it’s small enough for little hands to hold and shake.  Check the kitchen, bathroom, and pantry.  I used a cracker box, soup can, medicine box, and aspirin bottle.

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Step Two:

Gather your embellishments.  Think vibrant, glittery, metallic, and bright…anything fun for the New Year!  I used glittered animal print scrapbook paper, neon paper, and glittered craft foam numbers.

Step Three:

Gather your noise making materials.  Look for anything around the house.  I used bottle caps, paper clips, elbow macaroni noodles, and coins.  The bottle caps make a nice chime sound in small cardboard boxes.

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Step Four:

Gather some basic craft materials like glue, tape, scissors, rulers, pencils, and craft punches and let the kids have at it! My daughter loved helping me.  She is learning to count so she had a great time counting each macaroni noodle or bottle cap and putting them in the box.

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17th Dec2012

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

I have been using recycled bags for about two and a half years now.  I have a pet peeve when the cashier forgets and puts whatever it is I purchase in a plastic bag.  Then, I have to kindly ask them to switch bags and explain that I haven’t come home with a plastic bag in XYZ years.  BUT every once in a while, I’ll get a brown paper bag.  To be exact, I have taken home 3 brown paper bags since February and so, I decided to reuse them for some eco-friendly gift wrapping.

Now, I get that getting your gift in a brown paper bag can be quite boring so I decided to add a punch of fun neon colors from Astrobrights Paper.  By the way, on their Facebook page right now, their tag line says, “May your days be merry and BRIGHT!”  So cute!  I love this paper because it comes in a variety of beautiful, bright, and happy colors in all hues.

Here are the materials I used.  Of course you may have some other ideas too!

  • Brown Grocery Bag
  • Astrobrights Paper
  • Tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Circle Craft Punches

I simply cut open a brown paper grocery bag.  It turned out that one bag wrapped all the gifts shown. I didn’t plan that but it worked out!

With the help of my trusty and WAY over-used paper cutter, I cut out colorful strips of Astrobrights Paper in various thicknesses.  I weaved a few of them together and layered some others.  I also use different sized circle punches to add to the design.  This paper is a fantastic substitute for expensive ribbon.

Here are some more photos and close ups.

May Your days be merry and BRIGHT!!!!
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21st Nov2012

Lego Theme Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

My brother purchased the Lego Haunted House this year for Halloween and I got inspired to write this pot.  Even though most the Lego theme parties I see are for boys, I LOVE Legos and I’m hoping Mia, my daughter will one day love Legos too!  If that day comes and she wants to have a Lego theme party, I’ve put together some fabulous ideas I’ve found on Pinterest and out there in the blogosphere. Here are some fun DIY Lego theme party ideas that I hope you enjoy!  The links I provided are full details of each amazing party.

Decorations:

What I love about Legos is that they are so bright and colorful.  When decorating for a party, just think of bold primary colors, black, and white.  Check out this amazing Lego Dessert Table Display, complete with free printables, this elaborate display was made with gift wrapped juice drink boxes.

I love this Lego Wall Art made from colorful scrapbook paper.  It’s such a creative yet inexpensive idea that makes a big impact.

Who says you have to buy all your party decorations.  This Lego utensil holder is made of… you guessed it…Legos!  What else can you make?

I love this soap dispenser for the bathroom!  What a great idea!

Goodies:

There are so many great Lego food and goodie ideas.   I have actually done a tutorial for easy Lego marshmallow pops in the past.  Here are some tasty looking Lego cookies.

More Lego cookies!

How fun is this Lego Jello?

Favors:

Check out these cute Lego gift bags.  You can purchase regular gift bags and add circles with scrapbook paper.

These adorable Lego Jars and made out of recycled baby food jars. Fill them with Legos or candy and you have the perfect party favor.

Check out this dessert display with colorful gumballs and clear square boxes.  Add a themed label and they are perfect to take home.

 

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