My son has a pretty clear love for machines. And the color orange. His new bedding goes with this, his nightstand, his clothes, pretty much everything. So when it came time to plan his birthday party, the theme was a no-brainer. He was pretty excited to see everything all laid out!
I found these amazing construction party printables from Delightful Prints on Etsy and ordered them in a heartbeat.
I bought a new paper cutter so I wouldn't go insane trying to cut them out, and I got busy hanging the welcome sign in our play area. You know, that area where my daughter drew on the wall, but I didn't yell because I've been trying to parent better? Yep. At least if the crayon hadn't come off it was orange so it would have matched!
I set up an adjustable height folding table with empty paint cans (I have some plans for those later), construction machine toys, and a row of construction hard hats for a party with the children's names already on them.
During the party children would wander over and decorate their hats with an assortment of stickers that I had laid out.
The pails to collect pinata cookies were there, as were the favors, which you might remember from my party inspiration post.
I set out a few construction-related puzzles and some Magna-Tiles for children to play with. These are my all time favorite toy, but their factory was flooded so they were super-duper expensive for a while. Who knew there was a black market for toys? Thankfully they are back to "normal" now.
As with every good party, food and drinks are key elements. So I laid out a buffet on our kitchen island.
Always lay out your platters ahead of time so that you know that it all fits and where things will go. otherwise you'll end up forgetting something and the next day you'll have to find an use for two giant jugs of salsa, just saying...
The penant birthday banner on the hood if from Pottery Barn Kids, and is from my mom. We also have a "girl" one to use for my daughter's birthday.
I served cheese quesadillas, chips, salsa, homemade guacamole, berries, lemonade sippers, and apple slices with peanut butter. Oh and champagne for the grown ups, because that's my kind of party.
I made a four-tiered construction machine cake with slanted stripes inside that looked like construction tape. The tutorial for a slanted stripe construction cake is here.
I had to put the cake in the fridge to keep it from melting, it was h-o-t that day!
Blowing out the candle.
Our friends all digging in to the cake.
The Bulldozer pinata.
That's me. I'm nursing the baby under a cover while standing in the kitchen overseeing things. Pretty sure I never did that with the other two, this third baby (who then slept through the rest of the party) is giving me really efficient mommy-skills.
As an aside- what did we do before using a nursing cover? Seriously, I think blankets would just fall right off me.
My younger sister wound up reading the Amelia Bedelia Under Construction book that that were giving out as a favor to our kids and their friends.
Over the next couple weeks I'll go into more detail about some parts of the party:
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