Feature Friday: Boys Construction Birthday Party
A Construction Birthday Party!? Yes please!! We love a great party theme around here and I'm thrilled to bring you another REAL party done by a REAL mom just like you! Madeleine is a woman after my own heart, an interior designer for whom birthday parties were a major motivation to become a mother! Ha. Love it. Without further adieu, I'll turn our time over to Madeleine to break down her son's 2nd birthday party:
Construction Trucks – The Perfect Theme
This was a birthday party for my son Maximus who just turned 2. Trucks are his current passion. As I toured around Target looking for inspiration he excitedly pointed out the dump truck plates and it felt like a sign. A construction birthday party was born!
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Birthday Party Welcome
I had so much fun planning and hosting this party! We had 7 children including the birthday boy, but many came with siblings and parents so it was totally manageable. Plus we've lucked out with some really lovely little kids as friends! It was wonderful to see them all having so much fun.
We held the party in our un-used front room which had great lighting on a cold December day! We added traditional way-finding helium balloons on our front porch in construction-theme colors to set the party tone. Then, guests picked out a hard hat as they entered the “hard hat zone”.
Construction Party Menu
Since this was a toddler party, we kept it short and sweet! A few pre-lunch treats were perfect. A brownie cake I made myself, mini cupcakes with M&M toppers, and custom cookies made by a local shop here in NC. They turned out amazing! I ordered 2 dozen cookies from Southern Sugar Bakery, so we'd have plenty to eat and give out as favors. We loved all 4 custom designs: a dump truck, cement mixer, traffic cone, and “Speed Limit 2” sign.
The treats were fun to assemble. The mini cupcakes were store bought, but embellished with M&Ms and construction truck cupcake toppers to coordinate with everything else.
Digger Birthday Cake
You can't have a construction party without a fun cake! I wanted this brownie cake to look like trucks digging in the dirt so used an excavator filling the dump truck with rocks and dirt below. My son loves M&Ms so I incorporated them into the cake as colorful “gems”.
I thought I'd use crumbled brownie as the dirt but crushed black Oreos gave more contrast on the brown cake. We added an orange “2” candle for my son to blow out. I'm pretty happy with how it all came out.
Construction Party Favors
Using extra custom cookies as a favor made it super easy for me. Metal buckets and a cute label is all that was needed to send guests away with a big thank you.
Construction Birthday Party Activities
Construction truck coloring pages and crayons were available to keep early guests occupied. Then, once everyone arrived we had a dance party, which I thought they'd love. What toddler DOESN'T like to spontaneously dance, right? But it fizzled out after one of two songs!
Driving the truck around in circles with paper plate “steering wheels” was more of a hit! But the activity everyone loved best is “trucks in rocks”.
To play, I set up a tablecloth in the middle of the floor, placed 3 extra large foil baking pans filled with black bean “rocks” and mini toy trucks to dig, scoop, and drive with. It was such a hit in fact, that some of the kids wanted to keep playing rather than eat dessert!
Construction Birthday Highlights
Each of the kids actually wore their own hard hat to go along with the construction theme and they look SO cute on! I was also really happy with the custom construction truck cookies from Southern Sugar Bakery.
Construction Party Sources
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- Great pieces such as the “Caution” and “Detour” signs, metal party favor buckets, and orange dump truck balloons are found at Hobby Lobby.
- Table covers, “Happy Birthday” banner, cupcake toppers, and paper plates were all from Target.
- “Thank you” truck tags on the favor buckets
- These Plastic hard hats and mini toy trucks were perfect.
- Custom Cookies but Southern Sugar Bakery and Mini Grocery Store Cupcakes from Publix.
Construction Birthday Party Feature Summary
Way to go Madeleine! You obviously enjoyed your planning and created a memorable event for your son and friends. Keeping toddlers busy is sometimes a trick! The best activities are things they already love doing and you did a great job tapping into that 2 year old energy. I've found digging is always a hit so great job and the beans are so much neater than sand! Congrats on your two year old, a darling party, and I hope to see more fun in future parties.
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Thank you for this! I love the details and links you provided. I’ve been researching this theme for a couple of weeks and have been both over- and under-whelmed until I found your site. Thank you for all of the great ideas!
I am so happy to hear it. There are way too many ideas and easy to get overwhelmed on Pinterest. Just choose your favorite ideas to implement on a scale that makes sense for you. Decide where you want to decorate. Only choose one or two focal points – like the food table and eating table – to make really fun. Then add a sign to each game to really make it feel special. That’s really it. Have a great time!