Thursday, January 21, 2010

CAUTION!! Party zone!

Logan's third birthday party was this morning. I had never had a morning party before, but I honestly may be a convert. I was able to get 90% of the stuff done the night before that I would have put off until 'party day' otherwise, and it went easily together and with much less stress than normal.

Alex had the idea of putting all the hard hats on our coat rack which made a wonderful addition to the decor as you walked in the door.

For the rest of the decor I went super cheap this year and used our local library for every construction vehicle book I could find.... then put Logan's collection of dump trucks around the house along with caution tape placed across framed photos. I turned out really charming!

I took most of the toys out of the party area, but left the blocks, the car mat and the cars stuck at different ends of the room for the kids to play with.

All the tables were covered in black plastic with masking tape down the center so they looked like roads.

Mostly, the kids just played, but I did have an activity set up for them in the other room. I called them in groups of three and had them make a 'monster truck painting'. Not quite on theme, but they all LOVED it. Even the older siblings. So I consider it a success. :)

This is what they look like when they are done and mounted on constriction paper (see... it IS in theme... constriction paper! (*I am such a dork.))

Logan's birthday cake was the easiest I have ever made! I made two wonderful devils food cakes, cut them into pieces after they cooled, added crushed Oreos and gummy worms, and put it in a wax paper lined dump truck... (which was also Logan's birthday gift from me and daddy.)

The cone candles brought the whole thing together and Logan's spent lots of time telling me how great they were. Warms a mamas heart!

He LOVED it!

The favor bags were simple orange bags with white ribbon tying them and a small printed "CAUTION" sign as a tag.

They had dump truck stickers, a little construction truck, a fruit leather and a CD of Logan's favorite songs, 2010... which of course, started out with Ralph's World "Dump Truck".

It was a huge hit. And it just so happened to end right around naptime, so as they all came down off the sugar, parents could just whisk them into bed. Logan is peacefully sleeping and I think I will join him. But it was a great party! *Yawn*

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19 comments:

Sadie said...

Very cute party!We've got a big truck like that here. Happy Birthday Logan!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Excellent party ideas!

Jenny said...

I just love the cake in the back of the truck! Great ideas.

sarah in the woods said...

You sure know how to throw a cute birthday party!

Melissa said...

It is all so cute and clever! Good job mama. I especially like the tables that look like roads and the paintings, love the paintings!

Shirley said...

Awesome idea! Happy birthday, Logan!

Frannie said...

my son is acting a bit jealous of these pics! his 3rd b-day is on the 27th. I think he's trying to tell me he NEEDS a truck party:)

Marie-Jolie said...

Darling party! What a fun theme for a little guy. :)

French Picnic said...

Just stopping by to wish you a PEAR-fect weekend!

Judy said...

great idea for a party. I made your granola today and it came out excellent - I have one question - how long will the granola last in a jar or have you ever tried freezing?

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Thanks everyone! It went really well!

Judy: The snacking granola doesn't last long in our house so I have never stored it for over a week. I honestly can't say, but I do know that it has done good for that long in a jar with a air tight lid. :)

Blessings,

Val

Katie said...

Wow, I can remember when you were pregnant with Logan! Where has the time gone. What a great party idea...we are 4 months away for JH's 2nd bday :)

Mom said...

That is so cute! It is amazing what you all think up. Codos to Don for the truck cake! SoooooooCute! Everything looked perfect. *<?:O)& ILY

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow! Everything looks amazing! I love all of the handmade details. I've got to link to this!

mandi said...

oh- very cute!

i like all the books, such a nice touch. and the dump truck cake- we did that a couple of years ago when our theme was 'mud'. loved it : )

my daughter turns 6 this week and i am doing a kind of *detailed* craft. thanks for the idea of small groups- that makes it seem much more do-able for me!

Dawn D. Lion said...

WOW! What a great party! I am filing away these ideas for 2 years from now for Ivan! I love the idea of a mix cd for a favor, too.

Lauren said...

So clever and frugal...you'd never guess how frugal from how pulled-together it all looks.

g-girl said...

oh my gosh, logan is so lucky to have you as his mama. what a fantastic looking party! i'm sure everyone had a great time and i'm sure he's gonna remember it for a long time. :)

Love and Lollipops said...

Hi there!

I'm thinking of planning a construction party for my 3 year old and LOVE your ideas!

Georgia