KIDS PARTIES: CONSTRUCTION PARTY



Do you have a little one who is obsessed with 'DUMP TRUCKS & DIGGERS'? 
If you answered YES, then a 'Construction Party' is the perfect theme for their next birthday and today I am sharing all the details of my son's Construction Party we had last year, celebrating his 2nd Birthday. Better late than never right? 

Enjoy!


Would you believe me if I told you I WON all of the items above for $21 in an auction on TradeMe? It's TRUE!! I did! I couldn't believe it either.  I placed my bid on a Thursday and completely forgot about it until I received an email, on the following Saturday, from the seller - congratulating me on winning her auction. I was super excited. 

Everything I needed, plus MORE, to decorate a pretty cool Construction themed party for only $21!
Includes:
  • Bunting 
  • Cones
  • 2 x Flash lights
  • 6 x handmade vests
  • Streamers
  • Balloons (black and yellow) + sticks and tops
  • Plates & Platters
  • Serviettes
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • 2 x Table cloths
  • 'Happy Birthday' banner
  • A mixture of cardboard construction/road work signs + laminated prints of signs and construction vehicles
  • Rolls of CAUTION/DANGER tape
I stored everything in a 40L container until the day - it was literally a 'PARTY IN A BOX'. I was thrilled and I thanked the seller many times.

- THE INVITATION - 

I ordered my son's birthday invitation from Etsy member DesignsbyCarrieLee, however she is no longer active on Etsy, so I have found this one by Etsy member 'Villa Custom Creations' who has created the same invitation.

I printed these invitations at Warehouse Stationery on 6x4 photo paper, and hand delivered them a couple of weeks prior to the party. I also created an event on Facebook, so I could keep track of who was coming. 



- DECORATIONS - 

We hired our Playcentre for the day, because it was more spacious and there was more room for the kids to play, not to mention the big sandpit, perfect for a construction site.

There was CAUTION/DANGER tape EVERYWHERE - the Playcentre was starting to resemble a construction site. It looked great - all the decorations were used in one way or another. We had the food and drink tables set up, plus a table for presents.



The sandpit was definitely the focal point of the party. The barricade netting was a great backdrop, and the sand pit was filled with cones, spades and construction vehicles (some from home, a couple from the centre and I borrowed a couple from my son's home-based carer).




The bunting, 'Happy Birthday' banner and construction site posters & prints added a pop of colour to the centre, which really set the theme of the party. I also had a SITE ACCESS sign on our front gate, and a few balloons.




Every month I took a photo of my son on his trike, and created this birthday bunting (like how I did for his first birthday) - it's so cool looking back and seeing how much he has grown over the year. I'm hoping to do something similar for this 3rd birthday, which is only a week away.



- FOOD & DRINK - 

I made the jelly shots (pictured below) and also asked our friends to bring along a plate of food to share. They were more than happy to do this, and it's something we all do each year for our kids birthdays. It saves a lot of time, money and prep work. We had a good variety of savoury and sweet things, plus a Fruit Traffic Light, which was very popular. We supplied the drinks - soft drinks, orange juice and plenty of water, plus hot drinks for adults. 'Drinks' sign - free download printable from Lime & Mortar. 



FRUIT Traffic Light

How cute are these jelly shots with the 'road work signs'! A must-have at any construction party! Free Printable download via Lime & Mortar .

'DIG IN' Jelly shots


- BIRTHDAY KEEPSAKE -

For my son's first birthday, I got everyone to write a little message in A Little Golden Book, so for his second birthday I wanted to do something similar. I bought two hard hats from a local dollar store and a couple of sharpies and had our friends and family sign the hats. They are now displayed on the shelf in his room. 



- PARTY FAVOURS - 

When I bought the invitations, it came with a free 5x3 'Thank You For Loads of Fun' printable which I used for our party favours. I found a tub of 'Halloween' M&M's' at The Clearance Shed for $5. I got my daughter and niece to sort them into bags and I stapled the printable on each bag. Just a little something for our friends thanking them for coming to celebrate our son's birthday.




 - THE CAKE -

I like to keep my kids birthday cakes simple, yet specific to the theme of the party.  I bought a Goofy Chocolate slab cake from BidVest Foodservice for under $30 (to cater our guests). 
Fun Fact: I used to be Telemarketer at BidVest before I started my teaching career and these slab cakes are delicious!

I bought a new packet of CAT Mini Workers for $9 from KMart, cleaned them and popped them on the cake with a variety of chocolates (Flake, Maltesters & Crunchie) to represent the rubble and rocks. I also used a few mini road signs, which were a FREE download from Lime & Mortar.  
(See Road Work Signs & Dig In Jello signs)

To complete the cake, I wrapped some CAUTION tape around the base and added a '2' candle. Master M's face lit up when he saw the diggers, loader and dump truck! He was very happy with his cake. 


*** BIRTHDAY BOY ***

Master M wore his 'DIG FOR FUN' t-shirt and denim shorts. He loves his dump trucks and diggers (and still does, a year later) - he spent most of the party in the sandpit with his friends, playing with the construction vehicles. 


*** HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY MASTER M ***


Our Birthday display at home


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It was such a great party! The kids had 'truck loads' of fun. We finished the day with a BBQ dinner back at home with our family, oh and had more cake - one for Master M and one for Miss B (they're birthdays are 3 days apart).

I hope you found some inspiration from this post! Here are the details again:

PARTY SUPPLIES & DETAILS

'Dump Everything' Invitation: Villa Custom Creations
Decorations: Won off TradeMe for $21 
M&M's (Halloween theme) - The Clearance Shed
Road Work, Dig In and Drinks Printable: Lime & Mortar. 


Thanks for stopping by, 
Charlene 

For more ideas - check out my Construction Party Pinterest board
Click HERE for more KIDS PARTIES

*** Since our own Construction Party, two of my friends have borrowed my 'Construction Party - Party in a Box' for their own son's birthdays, which is pretty cool ***


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1 comment

  1. What a great party - we also had a construction themed party for my second son's 2nd brithday. Thanks for linking up with the Ultimate Rabbit Hole xox

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