I love to host play dates and while usually we keep things pretty low-key, I jump at any opportunity to take things up a notch and throw a party! As a Play Ambassador for LEGO DUPLO, I was given the opportunity to throw a LEGO DUPLO themed party to celebrate the new Toddler Line products. The Toddler Line has new colours, slightly bigger blocks (that still fit with the original blocks) and fun designs to appeal to the younger toddlers and older kids. We invited a bunch of our friends and I got busy setting up a fun weekend morning play date.
I started out by setting up a small area with our Bricks and Books, and setting up our dining room table with LEGO DUPLO activity pages, crayons and stickers. Of course there were snacks: animal crackers, grapes and carrots, and my attempt at marshmallow-free rice krispie squares with chocolate candies on top to mimic the LEGO DUPLO blocks. I tried to just use peanut butter and a bit of corn syrup to hold them together. Some held together well enough to cut but a lot turned out like this:
Thankfully they still tasted good! To keep with the theme, I made some favour boxes out of 12×12 card stock and added circles to make them look like giant LEGO DUPLO blocks. My girls were only too happy to set up the LEGO DUPLO station in our living room and got right to work making all sorts of fun creations.
We had a full house: one infant, two one-year-olds, four toddlers, and six preschoolers, plus seven moms and four dads! I also have photographic proof that I am, in fact, that crazy lady that will offer to hold your baby and immediately start making ridiculous faces and talking gibberish in the hopes of getting a smile. This sweet little thing is not quite two months old and her mama is the lovely lady also in the picture – doesn’t she look amazing?!
As soon as the kids arrived, they gravitated to the LEGO DUPLO area. I was really impressed at how well they played and built together! The older kids loved taking a break to do some colouring at the table and we even played a fun ‘stick the chicken in the barn’ game, but the LEGO DUPLO was clearly the star of the show.
They were all busy and having fun, but no one complained when I said it was snack time! That was the closest that I got to getting a whole group shot, but the one-year-olds were playing with the Bricks and Blocks in another room and you can’t see my toddler since she’s in a booster seat.
One of my favourite preschoolers was done her snack before the rest of the group, so she took the opportunity to build the highest tower that she could since there were no destructo-toddlers on the loose. She managed to create a tower that was the same height as herself and was only too happy to pose when I asked for a picture (her mom is an amazing photographer so she knows how to work it for the camera).
The LEGO DUPLO party was a huge hit with all of the kids and it was so easy to come up with fun and simple ways to tie the theme into the food and decor. This would make a great birthday party theme for a LEGO DUPLO fan!
Disclosure: I am a LEGO DUPLO Play Agent and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are always my own.