Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Schwartz's vs the Lego Duplo House Party

Have y'all heard of the website HouseParty?  It's basically a product testing company.  I got invited to a Little People House Party a few years ago but didn't go because the invite was from someone who is ALWAYS inviting me to stupid come buy stuff parties and I'm anti those things.  Sorry.  

Anyway, upon seeing pictures of the Little People party on FB from that person I decided to go to the website and check it out.  Um, it's awesome.  So basically from what I understand, companies contact house party and want to have a product reviewed or shared or what have you.  Houseparty puts out info and you apply to host the party.  Different parties garner different things.  But from what I learned about that Little People party was toy parties usually get you FREE TOYS.  I like free.  Free is my favorite.  So I signed up for the HouseParty emails and scan the subject lines for toys that I like.  When one comes up, I apply to host a party.  I think I've applied for about 4 or 5 and never got picked.  So when the Duplo party was announced I, of course, applied and assumed I would not get picked.

I was shocked and over the moon thrilled when I got an email saying I was selected as a host for this party.  First because it meant free stuff and second because my kids LOVE duplos.  It's one of their favorite things to play with.  And both of them like to play with the duplos equally and we play blocks every day at some point.  Daddy is, as expected, way better at playing blocks than I am.  Sometimes it annoys me because he builds these amazingly creative things and then the next day they ask me to build a zoo and I'm like, I can build a tower.  

Anyway, so I got picked to host a Lego Duplo Planes and Jake and the Neverland Pirates party.  In my host box I got all 3 Lego Duplo Planes sets and all 3 Lego Dulpo Jake and the Neverland Pirates sets, and a Jake movie that I got to keep.  The swag bag for the guests included some coupons, crowns, stickers, and coloring sheets.  I also bought some Jake tattoos and made some gold doubloons to add to the swag bags.  

As a host all I had to do was invite 10 kids, make the party fun, provide some food, and afterwards post some pictures to their secure site and answer some questions.  This blog post is not required but we had such a good time at the play date that I wanted show off the cute pictures.  The kids had a blast!

They colored while we waited for all the guests to arrive.

After everyone arrived I told them that we were supposed to have a Lego party but Captain Hook (that sneaky snook!) stole our treasure box full of legos!  Luckily we had Cubby's map to help us find the box.
Chris made the map and painted the gold doubloons.  Then Chris added the pirate decorations to those.

So armed with our first piece of the treasure map and the clue that it was in Crocodile Cove we set out to the first pirate challenge.

On our treasure hunt.

That was a lot of people.

Sarah, Jess, and Jack were so cute.  They kept talking about how sneaky Captain Hook was to steal our lego treasure.

Cody and his best friend Wy-Wy.

I'm pretty positive we looked nuts to our neighbors, especially when one of them texted me and asked why their was a plank of wood in their cove.  Ha!

So their first pirate challenge in order to earn some gold doubloons and the next piece of the map was the Walk the Plank!


I love his celebratory face here!

Sarah walked the plank.

Cody ran the plank

And then like 3 or 4 others ran across it so fast I didn't get pictures.  Sorry parents!




Henry and Auntie Em

Everyone got a gold doubloon after they walked the plank and when they were all done they earned the next piece of the treasure map.  That sent them back down the street to the other cove where they had to answer some pirate questions. 

Everyone knew the pirate password, "Yo ho ho!" so they all got more doubloons and the final piece of the treasure map that revealed the treasure box was hidden under the slide so off they went running.  Proper street crossing procedures were definitely not used but thankfully we live near the end of a non-busy street.

We found it!

Showing off their booty! (We lost a few kids to the swing set in the back.)

Then it was inside to play with our new legos.  I decided to keep my sanity by separating the kids.  So I asked them to play Planes legos in Cody's room and Jake legos in the living room.  I think it helped.  

Setting up the Jakes sets.

Figuring out the Planes sets.

Cody is a plane hoarder.

Cody got one of the Plane sets for his birthday, so he had some sharing issues.  That and it was an awful lot for a 2 year old to handle.  He was getting all these new blocks and all these people were over there touching his stuff.  He mellowed out eventually as long as he had his green plane which was one that he got for his birthday.  Since we already had that Plane set, I gave the one from the host box away as a door prize. 

Still working on those awesome Jake sets.

Got the island built!

And there's Bucky!

The girls are still working on building the hide away.

Finished Skipper's Flight School

After some hard core play time it was finally time for our play date to come to an end and lunch to be served.  I was pretty proud of the food names I came up with.  I served some fruit to scare away scurvy, peg legs (vegetable sticks), Cheese Planks (Papa John's cheese sticks) and cannonballs (meat balls).  I'm not very witty when it comes to coming up with creative names for party food so I thought these were pretty good.   

Snack time!

The Jake sets have been by far the favorite around here.  Many islands and versions of Bucky have been built since the party.  I was worried that having sets would stiffel their creativity cause they'd want the same thing built based off the directions but thankfully, and probably because of a very creative Chris, that hasn't been the case.  In fact, with the sets Cody has been more imaginative with his play.  He builds something with Chris and Sarah's help and then acts things out with his Jake characters.  The flight stuff hasn't been built again but the blocks have been used and Cody carries the planes around like they could save his life.  Instead of just needing to take the green one everywhere he now leaves the house with 3 to 5 planes clutched to his chest.  

Disclosure: Again, I was provided the host pack from House Party for free, however, writing a blog post was not part of the agreement to host the party.  So all pictures and opinions shared are my own and written because I wanted to share the cute pictures from our little lego pirate play date not as part of a compensation agreement.


  1. We had such an amazing time at this party! Thank you so much for the invite. Brice won the door prize so thinks for the gift I don't have to buy!

  2. Jack had a great time, thanks again for inviting us! It was lots of fun, and right on cue, he added the pirate sets to his Christmas list. Ha!