Lego Party Goodie Boxes!
|Lego pops inspiration via Living Locurto | Lego juice boxes inpiration via My Many Colored Days|
Huck’s birthday was this weekend, and we celebrated at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney. Since we were only able to snag the 11:30am time slot for that day, I decided that it might be a good idea to feed all of the kids a little snack and have cake before the party. This would also allow everyone a little bit of breathing room to arrive a few minutes late, and we could make sure all of the kids got a potty break before going over to the store as a group.
Of course, even though the main part of the party was at the store, I still had to add a handmade touch to the party. I needed an easy way to pass out snacks and goodies, and decided that making each kid a goodie box was the way to go. I thought it would be easy to find some colorful boxes in just the right size, but it wasn’t easy at all! I was only able to find what I was looking for in bulk. So if I wanted 100 boxes, I could have done that, but it was impossible to find just a few without spending several dollars per box! I finally found some small, white cardboard boxes at the Container Store for about $1 each, and I painted them fun colors using Martha Stewart glossy craft paints. I had planned on painting some Lego dots on the top of each box, but I ran out of time! They still came out cute.
The kids had lots of fun digging through the boxes with all of the Lego themed food. Each kid got a surprise minifigure, and they had lots of fun building and trading them.
I had quite a time getting these Lego minifigure head marshmallow pops to look the way I wanted them to look. In the end, they were a huge hit, but yikes! they took a really long time to make.
I didn’t want the goodie box to be ALL sweets, so I added a mini cheese sandwich to each box, as well as a small container of sliced apples and grapes. The sandwiches were very simple-two slices of cheddar cheese on soft wheat bread, with six pepperoni minis on top. The pepperonis were “glued” on using a bit of mayo (cream cheese would work, too). Each kid also got a juice box that I wrapped in red cardstock. I then punched out two circles and stuck them on using raised pop dots.
And finally, the cake. Oh, boy! The cake! Actually, I made a small cake for each kid. I had never worked with fondant before, but I knew that the store-bought stuff could be a bit iffy, flavor-wise. So I found a great-looking recipe on All Recipes for a Rolled Buttercream Fondant that had a bunch of 5-star reviews and sounded like it worked well without that chemically taste and the high fructose corn syrup that is often in the store-bought stuff. The recipe says it is ready in 10-minutes, to which I say: HA! HA! HA!
I don’t have a stand mixer, so maybe that was my problem, but after an hour and half of kneading this stuff by hand, watching the easy how-to video, pouring through the reviews to see what I did wrong, I could not get this recipe to work for me at all. It tasted really yummy, but it would crack and fall apart really easily, and was super greasy. I thought the cracking must be due to a need for more shortening, but after slowly adding more and more, up to a cup more, I gave up and went to Michael’s. Luckily, I had a 40% off coupon, so I was able to get Duffs fondant, which supposedly has a better flavor than Wilton.
It was much, much easier to work with, and the cakes came together quickly after that. Since my experience, I have had a few people tell me to try making marshmallow fondant. I will have to give that a shot…but not the night before a birthday party when my husband has been out of town for the whole week. Anyway, the dots on top of the cakes are marshmallows that I cut in half and dyed blue using a bit of food coloring and a brush. I let them dry for about an hour before “gluing” them to the fondant covered cakes with a bit of frosting. All of the kids ended up with blue lips and tongues, but that’s okay!