Monday, July 21, 2014

Seth's Lego Birthday Party

Today is my son Seth's 5th birthday.  He decided he wanted to have a Lego Movie birthday party at the skating rink.  Of course they don't make Lego Movie party supplies yet, so that left me with the task of making everything.  I searched on Pinterest for a few of the ideas, but thought I would share them with you all so that you can have your own Lego birthday party as well.

I went with primary colors for everything.  I bought the plates, napkins, tablecloth and plasticwear at Target.  They had a great deal, 60 plates or napkins for $3 each.  The tablecloths and plasticwear were also $3 each.  The cups I bought at Sams were around $8 for 140.

There were a lot of posts about utensil holders made out of Legos.  My husband decided to take it one step further and make it into a little house.  Complete windows, flowers, and a front door.  
It turned out super cute!

Since the party started at 3, we provided snacks.  I served Black Bean and Corn Salsa with chips (not pictured), Colored Goldfish, Sour Patch Kids, Pretzels, and Juice Boxes.

I bought the cupcakes from Sams as well.  It was just under $15 for a quantity of 30.  I ordered half chocolate and half white cake with white icing and sprinkles.
My husband also made the Lego 5 as a party decoration.

I topped them with these little Lego candies I found on Amazon.  The candles I picked up at Party City.

For party favors, I made Rice Krispie Treats and topped them with a little white icing and stuck Mini M&M's to them.

I bought the favor bags at Target and printed the Lego Tags for free on cardstock.  I cut them out and stapled them to the bags.

The banner I bought at a local party supply store, they actually had it on clearance for $4.  It's from Lego City instead of the movie, but I couldn't pass it up.

Seth with his friends.

I also picked up a Lego Movie Shirt from Target for $9.

He had a blast!  I can't believe he's already 5!  Hope these ideas help out with your Lego Party!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Burying Saint Joseph

About a month ago, my Mom suggested we bury St. Joseph in our yard.  I have heard this many times over the years when trying to sell a home.  It's an old Catholic tale.  You bury him upside down facing towards your home.  He works to get your house sold so that he can be placed upright again.  Once your home sells you remove the statue and give him a place of honor in your new home.  We bought the kit, and a few weeks went by with no activity.  Last Sunday out of no where, we had 3 viewing requests, one of which later included an offer.  Thank you Saint Joseph!

This meant we now had to find a place to live.  We went and looked at a few homes that were new to the market.  We placed an offer on the home we were going to buy before as we felt bad how the deal fell through and were already invested in the home.  The sellers had lowered their price by 1k however since we had our contract to purchase it, so we offered their new price and everything else the same.  They countered for the original price we had agreed upon, which just made us angry and we walked away.  Here's a pro tip:  If your home is a 5 years old and they are building new homes in your neighborhood for 5k more, don't mess around with offers.  Accept them if you really want to move.  Especially if they are good offers, i.e. your full listing price.  

Now we're buying the NEW house across the street and we're going to be neighbors.  AND we get to customize the new house since it's not finished being built yet.  AND the builder is going to pay our closing costs.  It's funny how things work out.