My littlest turned 5 last week, and with his love of Legos fully realized, we had a Lego birthday. I try not to go overboard with theme, and keep it easy, so I did things like using the old Duplos that have been mostly retired to a closet to make decor. I also made my own Lego goodie bags (which I filled with some of the cool non-food items in the Halloween section at Target- bubbles, bouncy balls, vampire teeth, etc. Super fun for my spooky kids). I found a grab bag of mini-figures so I could give each kid a unique mini-figure in their grab bag too, which tied it all in. I also made my own Lego piñata. I usually make the piñata, and I have to say the last two parties have been super easy piñatas. My daughter's party this summer was Ghostbuster themed, so I made a ghost piñata by covering a paper bag with white tissue paper and adding cut out eyes and mouth out of black paper. For a Lego piñata, I simply used a rectangular box, filled it withYumEarth candies and taped it back up just barely (so a good whack would bust it open. Then I covered with blue tissue paper and some blue construction paper circles. Too easy. I love it. I added circle stickers to the goodie bags for a Lego look and we were set. Almost.
For snacks I kept it crazy simple and did fresh veggies and Just Ranch and chips and guacamole. The kids were totally happy with the simple things, and really just want to eat cupcakes anyway. For cupcakes I almost always use (and used this time) recipes fromVegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I made simple chocolate cupcakes with fluffy buttercream, and added some India Tree blue food coloring and topped with India Tree sprinkles and my homemade chocolate Lego bricks and mini-figures.
For my chocolate cupcake toppers, I simply melted down some Enjoy Life chocolate chips with a little coconut oil and maple syrup until it was smooth and silky, then poured into these great Lego molds I ordered online. They can be used for chocolate, homemade vegan gummies, colored ice cubes, crayons, melt and pour soaps, and more! They were very inexpensive and a fun way to make a topping that the kids love and fits the theme of the party.
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