Lego Birthday

My brother was giving me a hard time that my blogs aren’t hard hitting enough. So today I’m going to talk about Legos.

My boys love them. For the older one’s 6th birthday we gave him a choice between going to Legoland and having a birthday party and he picked Legoland. But he’s 6 and didn’t understand that when you pick one thing you don’t get the other.

Unfortunately, I’m weak and feel guilty about not being supermom and that means throwing a birthday party, too. I’m not a crafty gal, but since we’re also not made of money, I thought I would try to save some by making as much as I could to create a Lego-themed party.

After the disaster of a cake from the 4-year-old’s birthday, I decided to be simple: chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. I made it in the shape of a Lego by using a rectangular cake and putting six cupcakes on top while frosting with it with green frosting. It was cute.

The piñata, not so much. Growing up, I made plenty of piñatas in elementary school, but all I remember was paper mache and paint. I called up my crafty teacher friend the Wednesday night before the Friday party and this is what she had to say. “What? You need to start making it now. Like, right now.” I did not.

Instead I bought a generic piñata and rigged it to look like a Lego. I found an empty box and made the kids and their friends eat 6 plastic cups full of apple sauce. I glued the apple sauce cups to the box to look like a Lego block and painted it green. Sweet, I thought, until it turned into another crafting disaster. Green washable paint doesn’t stick to plastic and it peels right off. So on a day when I was sick and should have been resting or working, I painted the plastic with faux stained glass paint and then painted with regular kids paint. It worked fine and here’s the result. Yep, you can definitely tell I made it.

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