Friday, May 25, 2012

Construction Truck Birthday Party

construction machine birthday party


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.

children's hard hats for a construction party


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...

laying out empty platters before a party

The penant birthday banner on the hood is from Pottery Barn Kids, and is from my mom. We also have a "girl" one to use for my daughter's birthday.

buffet for construction birthday party


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.

apple dippers in peanut butter


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.




construction machine cake with oreo cookie dirt



I had to put the cake in the fridge to keep it from melting, it was h-o-t that day!

chilling a cake in the fridge to keep it from melting




Blowing out the candle.




Our friends all digging in to the cake.







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.

using a nursing cover while standing up



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:




Jessica

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43 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

SO cute! the banner is my favorite part!

Megan said...

I love all the details. Looks like one little guy felt pretty special. The rocks and trucks in the vase was pure GENIUS!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Will you be my mommy?

Cake, beer & wine in your fridge - I heart you!
Kelly

Hi! I'm Shannon said...

You are such a little dynamo! What a great party =) And pictures to prove it. Looks like fun was had by all.

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Awesome! It looks like you all had an amazing time!!

Mandy Mo. {Tar Heel Charm} said...

The cake, along with everything else, looks amazing! Can't wait to hear more about the details.

Kelli said...

GREAT party! I love the banner and apple in a cup the peanut butter. I may try that for my daughters birthday in July. Oh and your kitchen....LOVE IT!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Camila Aguirre said...

I was looking forward to see your son's birthday party!
As always, everything looks so neat.
Congratulations for your boy and also for you, who did a great job!


Camila
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Linda @ it all started with paint said...

What a fun party! (And I spotted some "mommy juice" above the cake in the fridge :)

Now I'm curious to see an "aftermath" picture ...

Linda

Candice Moretti said...

Pretty, fun, and delicious! Super mom Jessica! :) Have a fab weekend! And, yea, what did we do before nursing covers??

Emily Morgenstern said...

Oh my, so cute!! I love all the details! You really did an awesome job and I'm sure he had a blast!

I'm pinning away!

Lorri@ReturnToHome said...

What a great party! I loved the one truck pushing rocks inside the glass vase... Really creative!

Kristy @ Swamp Hollow Designs said...

Looks great!! I love the pic of you feeding the baby in the middle of everything - story of my life right now too!!

She's crafty, and she's just my type. said...

Love it! You nailed (har har) every detail!

Amy - while wearing heels said...

So much to comment on so little time to do it. First, now that picture of you nursing...that's the kind of picture Time should have on their cover! Then, I think your refrigerator is just as beautiful and well decorated as your house. Of course, your party looked fantastic, no detail apparently was spared. What great memories!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

What a cute party. I think even my daughter would have liked the party. She likes Bob the Builder.

Heidi Rew said...

From one party girl to another, GREAT job Jessica! You totally get the Parties for Pennies stamp of approval! :-) Love it! Heidi Rew from Parties for Pennies

Christine @ Park House Love said...

What a great idea for a birthday party...I love all of the little details that go with the theme! Also, champagne for the adults..you're mind kind of hostess!

Tisha said...

Awesome! Love the lemonade sippers (and the champagne!). What a great idea to give books as favors. I'm so copying these ideas!

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

My son turns 26 this July. Wonder how he'd feel about a construction birthday? (Probably the same way he'd feel if I was nursing a baby. And yes, the blankets did fall off. Generally, we had to stay in the house. With no guests. Ever.) Very cute party!!

Ellie said...

Super cute party! I recently did a dump truck/dirt party for my 3 boys--haven't blogged about it yet. Love the orange and the cake!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

What a beautiful party Jessica! You have every detail covered and you did an amazing job! Angie xo

InteriorGroupie said...

Wow, this looks so great! love all the DIY elements, and what a perfect theme. Your cake is making me crave marble cake now!

Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil said...

So cute! Love the cake, can't wait for the tutorial!

{ Kristen } said...

ADORABLE party!! I love all of the detail. You did such a great job!And, I am totally with you on the nursing covers! Love them!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Jessica,

What an amazing party! Your construction hats are so cute.....everything is planned right down to last detail!

Happy Memorial Day!

blessings,
karianne

Jill said...

Cute party!
Smiles, Jill

Liz said...

Great party! Liz

Bliss said...

This gets the Bliss TDC award...... TOO DARN CUTE!

~Bliss~

Our Pinteresting Family said...

This party is absolutely amazing! All the details are just perfect. It looks like a great time was had by all. Megan

Kelly said...

Every detail is perfection! I love that banner!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I should have never read this before breakfast, now all I want is cake!!! Great construction details, looks like a fun party!!

reFresh reStyle said...

Fun!! I love and I know my grandsons would love it too! The cake looks delicious!

Camille said...

So cute! I love the apples in peanut butter idea. That is awesome. Looks like your son had a great birthday!
Camille

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

What an amazing party!! Loved it. I hope you'll visit me at My Dream Canvas!

Karen said...

An absolutely adorable party, So creative and fun. My kids are adults now and there was no nursing cover, I used a blanket LOL, it never slipped off but I was a little nervous the whole time!

thom.r said...

It looks like everybody enjoyed the party, thank you very much for sharing. Your house looks really beautiful.
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Classy Clutter said...

Adorable! I'm featuring this on my blog tomorrow! Thanks for linking up to Classy Clutter!

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Matthew Burdick said...

How I wish I was also a kid. I love celebrating birthdays- of gifts, balloons, and giveaways. essays writer Matt

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