Lego Birthday

It should come as no surprise that my 8 year old likes the Lego Movie (don’t all 8 year old boys?). So, for his birthday he requested a Lego party.

Lego PartyI have a 1.5 inch circle punch, so it was pretty easy to make the decorations. We had this lego block banner and some lego head balloons (yellow balloons with faces drawn on in sharpie).

For activities we did “pin the head on the lego man”, a lego tower building contest, lego coloring (blank lego body for them to design a costume), and a lego pull-string pinata (homemade). For treats we had pizza, cut in squares with pepperoni lego dots, and some regular finger foods. In the thank you/goody bags we had some brick candies and a small lego set I found at wally-world for a couple bucks a piece. They also got some extra candy from the pinata. It was a hit.

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Butterfly Birthday Party

My 5 year old had her first ‘friend’ birthday party last month. She decided she wanted a butterfly theme. So, I made a chocolate cake with frosting flowers and white chocolate butterflies. We colored butterfly (and dragonfly) pictures while waiting for everyone to arrive. Then we made butterflies out of coffee filters, played pin the butterfly on the flower, danced around to pretty classical music, and played duck duck goose. The party was in the middle of the day, so there was butterfly themed lunch food. We had butterfly shaped sandwiches, butterfly shaped crackers and pretzels (pepperidge farm), and lots of yummy fruit. Then we opened presents and played until parents arrived to pick up their kids. It was lots of fun. But, I’m glad birthdays are done in our house until spring.

Bollywood Birthday

We had a Bollywood Birthday Party for my 10 year old daughter. It was a lot of fun. I made the invitations myself, and glued them on to some sparkly scrapbook paper.
Every one came dressed in colorful and sparkly clothes. We ate the traditional Indian sweets gulab jamun (the round ones) and jalebi (the spiral ones).

We also had cinnamon vanilla cake, to go with our ‘sugar and spice’ theme. And an ice cream sundae bar, with homemade ice cream (so it was egg-free for one of our guests). We had pink punch too.

We gave them their goody bags at the beginning. In it we put some bangles, a fancy bindi, a pink candy stick, and a sari fabric scarf (pink, orange and gold of course).

They put on the bindis and bangles, tied on the scarves, and then we started the party. We had some fake henna temporary tattoos for them to put on too. We did some Bollywood dancing once they were all dressed up. I found some clips on youtube to learn a basic dance. And I put together some song/dance numbers from various films we have. We had the movie clips playing on the tv during much of the party and the girls went back and forth watching and dancing periodically.

Here is our play list (I felt all these dance numbers were child appropriate):

Ainvayi Ainvayi from Band Baaja Baaraat
Kajrare from Bunty Aur Babli
Baawre from Luck By Chance
Desi Girl from Dostana
Zoobi Doobi from 3 Idiots
Marjaani from Billu
Dola Re Dola from Devdas
Bole Chudiyan from Khabi Kushi Khabi Ghum
Shava shava from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum
Yeh Ladka Hai Allah from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum
Saajanji Ghar Aaye from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Kangna Re from Paheli
Minnat Kare from Paheli
Nimbooda Nimbooda song from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje from Hum dil de chuke sanam
Tumse Milke Dil Ka Jo Haal from Main Hoon Na
Deewangi Deewangi from Om Shanti Om
Aaja Soniye from Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Lal Dupatta from  Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Tenu Leke from Salaam E Ishq
Salaam E Ishq from Salaam E Ishq
Radha Kaise Na Jale from Lagaan
Jai ho from Slumdog Millionare

 

Even though we never got around to making the barefoot sandals I don’t think they missed it much. We ate, danced, and generally had fun.

Cinnamon Vanilla Cake

My daughter’s birthday party was a ‘sugar and spice’ theme. So I made her a cinnamon vanilla cake,  per her request. It was delicious and all the girls loved it. I made it pink and put a henna-style peacock on it, but the sparkly gold decorators gel spread a little more than I thought it would, so it didn’t look as great as I’d meant it to. Nobody minded.

Bollywood Dance Party

My older daughter will be turning 10 soon. She wants to celebrate with a ‘Bollywood Dance Party’ (such a good Indian, her dad is proud). So I scoured the internet for some ideas. Living in the middle of nowhere (with almost no other Indians in the area) makes it hard to find some of the stuff we want, like an Indian dance teacher. But, we persevered and have come up with some fun things. Here is our inspiration board. I’ll be back later once we get things more put together with party specifics.