One of the great joys of watching my children grow is seeing how their own beautiful personalities and interests develop. Ever since my kids were old enough to have an opinion I have let them choose their birthday theme. This year Asher’s love of Legos has really grown and he particularly likes the Chima theme. So he decided on a Lego Chima party for his seventh birthday. At first I was at a bit of a loss as to which direction to go with this. Chima characters are not the same as many other Lego characters and their story line has a much more organic feel than the boxy rigidness of most Lego genres. After painstakingly (and painfully) watching many Chima television show episodes I set off to create the Land of Chima in our home. The Dessert Table: This was the centerpiece of the event with natural wood elements as well as representations of sky and foliage. In addition, some of the animal tribes which inhabit the Land of Chima were present including the ruling Lion tribe, antagonistic Crocodile tribe and the friendly Eagle tribe.The main cake, with the symbols of these tribes, took center stage as the table’s focal point.With so much to prepare for the party in the way of desserts, I knew I needed to get this cake done early. For this reason, this cake was a dummy which allowed it to be completed two weeks ahead of the event. My amazing and wonderful friend Jessica Harris came to my house and helped me with design and execution of this cake. She paneled the dummies in modeling chocolate or a modeling chocolate fondant mix while I worked on many of the surface details. I am so grateful for her incredible friendship. Beyond her incomparable talent with cake she is just a beautiful and genuine spirit. I am ever thankful to the Lord for allowing our lives to intersect!Here are some of the up close details of the Lion symbol taken from the Chima Lion belt.The table also included cupcakes both large and small. The small cupcakes were topped with shiny blue gumballs which represented the Chi which gives the animal super power. There were also Lego cookies,Sugar Cookie Dough Pops,Whoopie Pies,Double layer Rice Krispy Treats with croc toppers,And Chima symbol cookie pops and a Lego Pineapple Upside Down layer cake.The Refeshments: For snacks before sweets the kids were served fruit (Asher’s all-time favorite food group) and a drink they named Swamp Punch. The punch was made from pineapple juice, Squirt soda and lime Kool-Aide with a little added sugar and green coloring. It was actually very delicious!
The Activities: To start out the guests used a half a straw to pick up small circles of blue tissue paper (a stand-in for Chi) and pass it down a line of guests using just the straws and into a pail. This was an exercise in the importance of tribes working together.Next we moved on to defense and the kids each built their own mini catapult from kits we had put together using a Mini Catapult Tutorial.Grandpa was a rock star on this activity and hot glued lots of popsicle sticks together!Here is a group of boys entranced with their catapults. These were a huge hit! They shot tiny balls of wadded up aluminum foil which was a great weight; heavy enough to fly but not do any damage.After a hefty dose of sugar we moved outside for the Big catapult. My brother-in-law Sonny built this beast to launch potatoes into the field. The guys set up the mechanism and the kids pulled a string to shoot their tubers.Here are the kids waiting in line with their potatoes in hand. The catapult was a bit dangerous so they had to stay behind the line at a safe distance. That’s my beautiful mama at the end keeping the children in line.Here is a potato in mid-air flying out into the field!The guests were sent home with bags which Asher’s grandma Claudia made.Each bag had a fabric patch with four of the Chima tribe symbols on the front which I printed using a standard ink jet printer. The bags were filled with a light-up Chi ball, a Chima notepad and a book about the Chima tribes (I love to promote reading!).This was such a fun party for all of these sweet boys! My sweet and talented from Sara Shearer of Sara Shearer Photography took all of these beautiful shots of the party.
Next year Asher says he wants a Romeo and Juliet themed birthday. Hmmmm, that should be interesting 🙂