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Lego Indiana Jones Birthday Party

Updated on July 2, 2012
$3.99 yd burlap with a 20% off coupon and some left over black paint (with a fake snake I robbed from my son's toy room) makes for a cheap but oh so cute party sign!
$3.99 yd burlap with a 20% off coupon and some left over black paint (with a fake snake I robbed from my son's toy room) makes for a cheap but oh so cute party sign!

Lego Indiana Jones Party

Just off the heels from a Lego Pirates of the Caribbean 7th birthday party for my son in December, he decides he doesn't want whole birthday parties anymore but now wants half birthday parties in the summer! Sure! No problem. (I think) This left the bank account more empty than normal, so I had to be more creative this time around!

Summer parties need water right! So I reserved our neighborhood amenity center (with pool) for free! If you don't have this option, there are always venues in your city you can reserve for free so check your local municipal websites to reserve tables or pavillons at nearby splash pads or parks!

Lego Indiana Jones Party Food

I'm of the school of thought that anyone coming to a party hosted by me will leave well fed. This can be a problem on a budget! With a little attention to detail you can dress up budget friendly food like pizza and hot dogs to match your party theme! I bought a $3.99 pack of cardstock and a glue stick, I printed out the labels on my home printer I made themed food signs. I performed a quick wikipedia and google search to find Indiana Jones names to theme-ize my food! $5.99 pizza became Pankot Pizza, hot dogs became Temple of Doom Dogs, Golden Oreos turned into Staves of Ra! See below for lots of simple but creative food ideas!

Cheap $2 bag of marshmallows, dipped in chocolate almond bark $3, and rolled in crushed chocolate chip cookies $2.  $7 Total for this cute dessert treat!
Cheap $2 bag of marshmallows, dipped in chocolate almond bark $3, and rolled in crushed chocolate chip cookies $2. $7 Total for this cute dessert treat!
Cheap bag of Golden Oreos (you could even go more frugal and get generic vanilla cookies!) $3 and some left over white almond bark I had that I food colored red and rolled in to small balls to pressed into dots.  You could use white chocolate too.
Cheap bag of Golden Oreos (you could even go more frugal and get generic vanilla cookies!) $3 and some left over white almond bark I had that I food colored red and rolled in to small balls to pressed into dots. You could use white chocolate too.
Scraps of cheap burlap wrapped around $2.97 beverage dispensers from Walmart turns 10 cent FlavorAde lemonade and generic Strawberry soda into Lost Ark Lemonade and Snake's blood!
Scraps of cheap burlap wrapped around $2.97 beverage dispensers from Walmart turns 10 cent FlavorAde lemonade and generic Strawberry soda into Lost Ark Lemonade and Snake's blood!
Simple signage turns a boring fruit salad in to Fate of Atlantis fruit salad!
Simple signage turns a boring fruit salad in to Fate of Atlantis fruit salad!
Wikipedia search helped me turn this into an Indiana Jones theme friendly, Sankara Salad!
Wikipedia search helped me turn this into an Indiana Jones theme friendly, Sankara Salad!
Can't beat a $5.99 Domino's Pizza!  Aptly renamed the ominous.... Pankot Pizza!
Can't beat a $5.99 Domino's Pizza! Aptly renamed the ominous.... Pankot Pizza!

Lego Indiana Jones Cupcakes and Cake

In my humble opinion, the cake, cupcake, or the sweet treats sets the tone for the party. All my parties have had the biggest and best cakes money could buy. Well that wasn't an option this year! I had to get creative and budget friendly. I decided to use the jumbo cupcake pans I had to make a jumbo cupcake tower. I bought a set of six 16 inch cardboard cake rounds from Michael's for $5.99. I left one at 16 inches, cut one down to 15 inches and another to 14.5 inches and covered them in gold posterboard, $2. I then used a simple glue gun to glue twine to the edges Estimated $2 to but the full spool but I only used a small fraction of the spool. I bought simple balsa wood pyramids (how perfect!), $3 each, from Michael's and painted them brown to give me height between the layers. Then I just glued it all together!! A custom cupcake tower for around $22!

For my cupcakes, I bought $1 cake batter and used around six boxes. And frosted them all in chocolate icing, using 3 cans at $1.50/piece. In all fairness I did make over 50 jumbo cupcakes, so if you are making less, your cupcake budget will be less!

For the cupcake toppers I used a combination of gold coins I picked up at party city for $3 and image print outs from the computer printed out on the cardstock I mentioned earlier!

The skull i used to make the "crystal skull" that topped the tower was a cake pan my mom had bought half price at Halloween at Michael's. Enlist family members and friends for party paraphernalia they might already have! And keep your eyes peeled for off season deals. You never know when they will pay off in the future!

For around $50 I created a HUGE jumbo Lego Indiana Jones cupcake tower! Not bad! That's $150 savings from the fancy cakes I normally pay for!

Indiana Jones Crystal Skull Cupcake Tower
Indiana Jones Crystal Skull Cupcake Tower
The birthday boy got to cut his cake with a real sword brought by his grandfather!
The birthday boy got to cut his cake with a real sword brought by his grandfather!

Lego Indiana Jones Party Gear & Favors

Favors! My favorite part of parties hands down! For this party, I found a graphic designer on ebay who, for $13.99, made these cute "Thanks for Coming" Lego Indiana Jones graphics that I printed out at Walgreens for 10 cents a piece. I attached, with twine, a random Lego Minifigure pack I got on Amazon for $1.80/per pack! Normally they are $3-4 at the store. What a steal! Such a cute way to say thank you to the guests for coming... in a way that doesn't look like you spent only $2 per favor!

This was a pool party so in addition to the favors, I loaded up an Indiana Jones-ish looking laundry hamper I had with water guns, squirt whistles, beach balls and noodles that were all purchased from the Dollar Tree. $20 to turn your pool party into a blast is a steal!! And at a $1/piece, you won't have any heartburn sending the kids home with an extra favor!


Indiana Jones Party Favors
Indiana Jones Party Favors
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      Katie 4 years ago

      What a great party. Think this will work for my son. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      Carole Anne 5 years ago

      You did an amazing job!!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This looks like it was a great party. Very creative too!

      Thanks for sharing and Welcome to HubPages.

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      Madi Frizzell 5 years ago from Round Rock, Texas

      Thank you so much!!

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      PartyPail 5 years ago from www.partypail.com

      Your party looks like so much fun! You really got creative and did an amazing job with the theme. Your presentation is well thought out and I really love how you named your menu items. The adventure gear is awesome! Voted up, great hub.