THE LEGO PARTY part 2

Welcome to the second instalment of ‘The Lego Party’!  
A quick run down on the games & activities …

I like to have “stations”.  Mostly because it takes the pressure off me but also because it cuts down a little of the awkwardness when you first arrive at the party and not everyone is there yet to start any group games and you can just get right into the fun!  If you’ve seen any of our other parties, you’ll know that we do this set up often!  There were a lot of kids at this party (27 in the end – what on earth was I thinking?!) so we had lots of stations and only 2 organised group games.

ACTIVITY STATIONS:
Sounds a bit formal doesn’t it, but it was really a very relaxed, play whatever takes your fancy, kind of set up.  

1.  Lego Tattoos –  I actually made my own tattoos.  I still love saying that!  These ones were made by photocopying a page from a sticker book onto tattoo paper.  You can find a full tutorial here.

2.  Lego man colouring table - I just googled ‘lego man printable’ to find this pic.  This activity was surprisingly popular with both boys and girls.

3.  Free play with Lego - I was so impressed with the things the kids created!  Many thanks to my mother-in-law who purchased the giant bargain bag of mismatched lego earlier this year!

4.  Pin the mouth on the Lego man - thanks to the great artistic skills of my friend Jess for helping me make this baby!  Made with coloured card stuck on a large piece of card.

5. Lego Straw game – move the Lego pieces into the cup only using a straw. 
Tip: small lego pieces and bendy straws made it a little easier for this age group.

6.  Lego Toss - How many lego pieces can you get to land in the plates.  Can you tell that it’s meant to look like a giant lego brick …. ? Probably should have given the kids a chance to score points and get prizes for this one, but ran out of time to organise it properly.  Not sure anyone minded though.


7.  How many lego pieces in the jar?  There were 109 lego pieces in that jar … 
8. Lego Man Photo booth – Thanks to the talented Jess once again for drawing this one! The kids and I had great fun painting the fridge box and on the day of the party the kids loved poking their heads through and getting their photo taken.  It is still a popular feature in our house (?!)

GROUP GAMES:
Pass the Parcel - We play this game a little differently than most.  There is no music and an activity written on each layer.  For eg. the person wearing the most items of clothing, the person who can stand on one leg for the longest, the person who has the next birthday, the person who can make the funniest face.  The person with the parcel at the time is the judge of that round.  In the pic below they are all doing crab impersonations!

Lego Hunt – Goose hid Lego all through our garden – front, back and sides.  Each child had to find four pieces of Lego – one of each colour – and exchange it for a small prize. A simple, but fun, game to get them running around and to tire them out a little!

The prizes for the lego hunt were chocolates that I made using a fantastic Lego man mould that I borrowed from a friend.  I forgot to take a picture of these on the day, so this pic below is of the ones that we made for Bear’s school friends on his actual birthday last week, all individually wrapped.  Tutorial on how to make these here and I just used white chocolate and yellow gel food dye.  I’m pretty sure they sell the moulds on ebay.
The take home goodies were simply a small lego set (a bargain on ebay) and some candy Lego bricks I purchased on my recent trip to the US that I popped in a treat tube (my new favourite thing).


You can find part 1 of the Lego Party here with the pics of the food & decos and pics of the invites & party prep here

You can also find more party ideas from previous Frog Goose & Bear parties over here


If you have any questions about preparing your own kids party, don’t be scared to ask – I’m always happy to help if I can!

THE LEGO PARTY part 1

Sorry to keep you all waiting lovely people!  Here are the pics from Saturday’s Lego Party to celebrate Bear’s 6th birthday!  

I made the sign by downloading the free lego font and printing it out, sticking it onto yellow card, cutting it out and then sticking it on to red card.  


 Lego bunting was made from coloured card and the dots were made by using a large circle punch stuck on with padded double sided tape.
The water bottles were decorated using the same method.


FOOD:
Having a party at 2pm means that you don’t need to provide as much food as you would at a party that falls over a meal time – makes things a lot easier!  We had… 

Strawberry cups
Lego sandwiches and Lego cheese biscuits 
(in case you were wondering we used the tip of an icing piper to make the circle shape)

Lego jelly (thanks lou xo)

Marshmallow Lego heads - I died the marshmallows yellow using this method and then drew the faces on with an edible ink pen.  You can vaguely see in the background the chocolate grissini sticks – simple tutorial here.


Lego biscuits.

Of course, as per usual, I started taking photos after everyone had already begun to attack the food … you can see what was popular first – the marshmallow heads, the jellies and the blue, yellow & red biscuits!

We also had a sushi platter (from a local Japanese restaurant), some corn chips, popcorn, jellybeans, kabana, sausage rolls, my favourite mini egg & bacon pies and a fruit platter (red, yellow and blue fruit of course!)


Lego Brick Birthday Cake – totally thought that I was taking the easy way out here by making lego bricks, but those oreo cookies were quite painful to ice with butter icing!  Don’t even ask how much red food dye (I even used the gel stuff) was in the red lego brick!  Did not cut that one up at the party!  Note to self: avoid party themes that require a red cake!

Stay tuned for all of the games and activities in the next post…


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* No, that sharp knife is not pointed at my four month old niece!

In Preparation for a Lego Party

Preparations for Bear’s 6th birthday party are well under way.  In fact, I’m not sure if I’ve ever been this organised for a party two weeks ahead.  Time will tell whether I can keep up the momentum!  

 Thanks to some inspiration from here the invitations were super easy to make.  At under 10c an invite to print, they were cost effective also.  No need to even write on the back, as all the info was right there in the photo.  Bear wrote the names on the envelopes before we handed them out at school (in a secret squirrel kind of way as I just couldn’t bring myself to invite the whole class – always such a tricky one that one! What do you do?!).

We stuck a piece of magnet on the back of the photo so the recipient could pop it up on their fridge.  We just cut up the free advertising magnets that seem to multiply in this house and taped them on using double sided tape.  In case you were wondering, that yellow contraption in the photo below is one of the best birthday gifts my mother ever gave me – a double sided tape gun.  Love it!  

To keep with our tradition* of making something from a fridge box for each birthday party we made a lego man photo booth!  Thanks to pinterest for inspiration once again and the artistic skills of our friend Jess.  The painting was a joint effort between Frog & myself before you go thinking she’s a genius 4 year old for painting so perfectly in the lines. ;)

Thanks to Jess once again for helping me create this pin the mouth on the lego man.  I love him!  As soon as I showed Bear he told me that he liked it also, but told me that he did not want to play that game at his party anymore.  ?!?!?!  So after a little discussion (no way that effort was going to waste!) we decided that it would still be ok if some of the other kids at his party played it.  Phew!
We’ve been doing a little pre-party prep in the kitchen as well and popping them in the freezer or in airtight containers and we’re currently in the middle of whipping up some lego bunting and making juice boxes look like lego bricks.  Gosh I love party time!

Stay tuned for more lego party adventures!

Feel free to follow my lego party pinboard on pinterest if you’re looking for inspiration for your own lego party.

In addition, some of you will be pleased to know that, as of last week, I am now on instagram!  You can follow me over there under @froggoosebear as well as good old facebook as I’ll be far more likely to be popping lego party pics on there sooner than I’ll be getting around to putting them on the blog!
You can check out previous FGB parties on our party page over here.
Are you preparing for a party of your own?  Have you had a lego party?  Do you use pinterest to collect ideas?



* I pop out the back of our local ‘Good Guys’ store and they are always happy to give me a box or two.  For previous parties we’ve made a princess castle, a pirate ship and a rocket.

DIY Temporary Tattoos

I promised quite some time ago that I would share a little more about how to make your own temporary tattoos.  Yes, you can make your own tattoos!!!!  I was pretty excited when I found out.


I purchase my tattoo paper from a local Melbourne seller on ebay.  The tattoo paper comes with very clear & detailed instructions on how to make your own tattoos, which you can get a sneak peak at here, but basically the tattoo paper comes in two A4 pieces.  The first piece is for you to print on and the second is a clear adhesive film to stick over the top.

It only works on inkjet printers and it is very important that you make sure that the image that you are printing is reversed (ie mirror image) so it will come out on your skin the right way around.  Ignore the fact that I did not do that in the pic above as we just used the images for that party which look just as good mirrored.  It is correctly done in the pic below which we used for Frog’s Supergirl party last year.



The possibilities of temporary tattoo images all of a sudden become endless!
  
There are thousands of free printable images available on line, you could use your own drawings, images that match your party decor or even tattoo your phone number onto your child’s arm.  The ice cream images that we used in the picture below can be found here.

Be careful though, because if you look away for any more than the 20 seconds it takes to apply a temporary tattoo, you never know where your children might apply them!

If you’re not into making your own, check out these very funky temporary tatts over here.

For more DIY party ideas, you might like to browse through the FGB party ideas page over here.
Have you tried making temporary tattoos before?  How did it go?

Whiskers & Fluffy

Meet our new pets.  Fluffy & Whiskers.
Ignore the giant bruise on Bear’s forehead (he ran into a pole in the playground) the toothpaste still around his mouth and the broccoli gone to seed in the background. 

Then go on and ignore Frog’s unbrushed hair with the newly self acquired fringe* (It was just in the way Mummy so I cut it off) and the unmown lawn in the background. Ignore the fact that their mother gets a hive-like rash on her arm every time she touches the lovely new pets.  Instead let’s focus on the smiles on their faces and the enjoyment they are getting from cuddling the cute little creatures and the fact that we’ll no longer need to mow our lawn as the guinea pigs are doing it for us!  

In other matters, Frog Goose & Bear will have a suitcase or three at the Melbourne Suitcase Rummage this Sunday the 23rd of September from 11-4 in the ballroom at the Thornbury Theatre in High St Thornbury.  It has a focus on vintage, upcycled & handmade goods and I have no idea what to expect, but I think it sounds like lots of fun! 

Have you been to a suitcase rummage?  

What pets do you have at your house?  

Are you allergic to your children’s pets?

* aka ‘bangs’ for you readers from the US.

A PIRATE PARTY TO REMEMBER – the activities

You’ve seen the food and now it’s time for the activities …  
In true pirate treasure map form, an ‘x’ marked the location of the party on our front gate along with a few red, white & black balloons.
When guests arrived they could don themselves with pirate scarves (stripy fabric cut into triangles) and eye patches as well as get a scar or moustache painted on their face with face paint and a pirate tattoo!

We set up a bit of a photo booth to take photos of all the little pirates, but to be honest, it didn’t really get used.  Next time, I’ll do it in a more obvious spot and make sure there is someone given the specific job of taking photos in the photo booth.  
Our pirate ship was made from an old plasma TV screen box (thanks to hard rubbish!) with enthusiastic help from Bear & Frog and the kids are still enjoying playing with it!

The children could then find their pirate ‘loot bag’* on the table and run around doing activities around the yard.  For each activity they received a prize for their loot bag…   
ACTIVITIES:

WALK THE PLANK

 walk the plank & receive some treasure for your loot bag.
KNOCK ‘EM DOWN

Knock down a tin can pyramid with rice bags and receive some treasure for your loot bag.
Small rice bags thrown at tin cans covered with some printable paper.

     

                                        
TOSS THE COIN

Toss large silver coins into treasure chest to receive some treasure for your loot bag. 
Coins made from cardboard circles (the portholes from our cardboard pirate ship!) covered in aluminium foil & frisbeed into a large box.

                                                       

DIG FOR BURIED TREASURE

Gold coins buried in the sandpit which were then swapped for chocolate coins.  We learned our lesson at an ‘underwater’ themed party a few years ago where we buried chocolate coins on a very hot day… you can imagine what happened!


WHERE IS THE TREASURE?

Place an ‘x’ sticker where you think the treasure is buried on the pirate treasure map.  No blindfold required!  I just placed an ‘x’ on the back of the map and the children had to guess where it was.

PINATA

A treasure chest pinata filled with treasure of chocolate coins and candy jewellery.  I have made pinatas in the past (well worth a go!), but when I saw this treasure chest at my local discount party shop I thought I’d save myself the effort.  

Purchased pinatas are a LOT harder to bust open!  After each child had multiple goes each, big sister Goose gave it an almighty whack…

and the hordes descended!

At the end of the party, their pirate ‘loot bag’ was their take home bag filled with the goodies they had collected during the party.  ‘Pirate’ is a very popular theme, so no trouble at all finding inexpensive pirate themed goodies!  
Had to include the following shot, ‘coz Grandpa & Uncle Thomas coming all the way from Adelaide for the party was pretty special.
 Always a little sad when party time is over – bring on the next one!

Pirate Party food – click here.
Pirate Party invitations – click here.

More FGB parties – click here.



* I purchased these muslin bags on etsy.com and then stamped a ship stamp and the child’s name.

A PIRATE PARTY TO REMEMBER – the food

We celebrated Bear’s fifth birthday on Sunday with a pirate party! Bear is particularly keen on pirates so it was the perfect theme for him!  He had an absolute ball which is, after all, why we go to all the effort!  As per usual, I’ll separate the party into two posts.  This one about the food and the next about the activities or we’d be here all day!
To put it into perspective our party was held at 2pm with roughly 20 children and 20 adults.  I usually seperate the food into two sittings, savoury while the activities are going and then dessert served with birthday cake at the end.

SAVOURY

popcorn in cones - I use this template to make my cone shape & I always use the sweet & salty flavoured popcorn premade at the supermarket.  It’s delicious!

octopus dip - hommus dip with capsicum octopus, olive & bread eyes secured with toothpicks – thanks kymmie & pinterest!  
sea salt chips - it’s just such a nautical flavour!

cabana & cheese - secured with pirate sword toothpicks that were purchased here.  

desert island dip - french onion dip over a block of cheese to secure the cabana skewer & toothpicks to secure the capsicum leaves.  Red capsicum ‘x’ marks the spot.  Saw it here & just had to try!  The dips looked awesome, but it’s never a popular party food :(


chicken sandwiches – recipe here. Thanks to my sister Lou for making them!

squid - thanks to my friend Susannah who inspired this one! You cut six slits into the bottom half of the hot dog prior to cooking and as soon as you pop them into the water to cook, they just curl right up.  These were a huge hit!

egg & bacon pies - we have these at every party.  The recipe is here and you can freeze them weeks in advance.

sausage rolls - you can make and freeze these weeks in advance also.  I can email if you’d like my recipe.
pirate fruit swords - thanks again Kymmie for the idea!
‘walk the plank’ bread - fairy bread cut into rectangle shape with choc sprinkles.

DRINKS
water bottles - decorated just like the invitations with old maps and twine.  Should I admit that I chose the bottles at the supermarket that had a little wave print on the bottle…it matched the theme…


white cups with red stripy straws - So much easier to find your drink if you name the cups and it saves on costs too!  We had a drink dispenser with fruit juice cordial in it alongside the cups for the kids to help themselves.


tea & coffee - set up for adults to help themselves along with kettle, milk, sugar, teaspoons & disposable mugs.  These teas are the Madame Flavour ones from the supermarket, ‘coz I think they look a little fancy…
There was a small amount of wine & beer for the adults as well, but no need for a photo of that one at a children’s party….

DESSERT

strawberries – served in stripy cupcake holders with little wooden forks.  You might recall seeing these at a certain fireman party a couple of weeks ago… Lou always has awesome party ideas and at this party, just like hers, they were a big hit with the kids and disappeared quickly…. this will become a new party staple!


pirate ship jellies – thanks to pinterest once again.


pirate swords – the new must have at every party, coz the kids love them.  Grissini bread sticks dipped in chocolate.  These swords were covered in gold and silver edible glitter.
lollypops – wrapped in pirate fabric scraps & twine.  Fabric leftover from the gorgeous bunting that my sister made last year for her son’s pirate party and kindly lent to us!



anchor biscuits - my faithful shortbread recipe can be found here.  These can be made days in advance which is always a winner!

cannon balls, pirate teeth & bullets - lollies in stripy bowls.  These were a steal at $2 each from kmart – bargain!

THE ‘TREASURE MAP’ BIRTHDAY CAKE – let’s face it, this is the most important part of the party as far as most kids are concerned and particularly for the birthday child.  This fact always causes me no end of stress at 1am the night before the party which is when I always seem to be decorating the cake!  Thanks to some awesome tips from Simmoney (you must check out her son’s neverland party!) one sister for baking the cake and the other for helping me style the ocean, this cake caused very little 1am stress (although it was still decorated at this time) and I was very happy with how to turned out!

I even followed Simmoney’s tip of hiding some treasure (smarties) under the ‘X’ on the cake!  It’s all about the extra touches ;)

 Just keeping it real – couldn’t have done it without the extra help in the kitchen!  As well as these two wonderful helpers, extra special thanks goes to both of my sisters for being ‘above & beyond’ party helpers who just ‘get it’.

After all the info in that post, you should have all you need to have your very own pirate party, but if you do have any party questions, you know I always love to help when it comes to parties so please feel free to email!

Stay tuned for the next post with the pirate party activities!
What’s the next party you are planning?  

If you’d like a squiz at previous parties here at Frog, Goose & Bear, just head over here.

The Winner is….

And the winner of the Frog Goose & Bear Handmade Giveaway is….


Catherine from A Time to Create!


I am pretty stoked that Catherine won as she has been a reader of FGB from the early days and I have always enjoyed reading her blog.  It is a lovely place in blogland that is well worth a visit.

Thank you so much for all of the lovely & encouraging comments about Frog Goose & Bear and the suggestions & support for an online shop.  Truly appreciate! 

EASY PEASY CHOCOLATE WANDS

Thanks to my friend Josie, who first made these for Bear’s Rocket Party these have become my new favourite party food!  After enjoying these at his friend Johnny’s birthday party, Bear loved them so much that he specifically requested them for his own party.

Grissini bread sticks dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles!  So yummy and very popular!

With my party glasses on, I can see these with crushed nuts, crushed pistachios, dried cranberries or crushed candy canes at Christmas time.  I can see them with white chocolate mixed with different coloured food dye to make pink, green or yellow wands.   I have seen pretzel sticks done the same way, but I just can’t get past the salt on the pretzels mixed with the sweet of the chocolate and pretzels are not quite as common here in Australia as they are in the US.


I was pretty excited to see Bear’s Rocket Party on Bird’s Party Blog today.

Stay tuned for a cute Cheeky Monkey Party that we went to last weekend.  You might even see these choc. sticks featured!  The party was hosted by the same clever Mum who put on the gorgeous rainbow party earlier this year.
If you’re after more party ideas, head on over to the FGB party page.