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Lego Indiana Jones Birthday Party
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!
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!
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!