This month we celebrated by little guy’s 3rd birthday! When I was prepping for the party I kept thinking I only needed 2 candles – and then a stroll through Party City I had an OMG moment and was like eeck, I need 3 candles!! It blows my mind we are actually celebrating his 3rd birthday!
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In December we bought a new home, and it’s a complete fixer upper. Our spare time has been consumed by ripping up carpet, removing wall paper, painting, and scrubbing the house from top to bottom. We also had a new septic system installed recently. Our home is a continual work in progress and always looks like a construction site…no joke, this was my backyard just days before the party.
And amongst the chaos I’m trying to plan Jack’s birthday party…so one night in a stroke of genius I came up with the construction theme! This theme was on point – it didn’t matter WHAT my house looked like – I could be half-way done with the wall paper removal in the room and it’d only add the ambience!
I had intended to put some balloons, the road closed sign, as well as a construction vehicle only sign outside by our mail box for to greet guests when they pulled up, but the torrential downpour prevented me for doing that. Instead I propped it up to keep guests from going down the hallway towards our bedrooms.
The actual home is about twice the size of the condo we moved out of and it has a full finished basement…so we have a big empty room at the moment with no furniture that I made party-play central. I bought brick paper to hang as a back drop, wrapped moving boxes (which I had a million of) and created a play area with the kids could “build”. I also pulled any of my son’s toys that fit with the theme to put in the play area, including his CAT Tractor, and tool bench.
In the dining room I covered the table with my go-to Kraft paper. I had this left over from Jack’s lumberjack party last year. I use Kraft paper on my tables whenever I have the option because it’s cheap, easy, and looks so much better than a plastic table cloth. In lieu of centerpieces I pulled out Jack’s toy dump truck and bulldozers, cleaned them up and used them for the Veggie Straws and Pretzels.
The “Refueling Station” had a water cooler of lemonade and a choice of sodas.
You can find these construction themed paper plates here.
To keep it simple I tried to think what construction crews would eat at lunch time and based my menu off of that. I also ordered a platter of nuggets from Chick-fil-a because I’ll use any excuse to eat Chick-fila-a!
We had snacks out and waiting for out guests when they arrived. We organized them in Akron Bins to add to the theme. Post-party my husband is using these to organize nails, screws and such in his work shop.
The item I’m most proud of was the cake! I have zero talent for cake design, so I always look for ideas that I can easily replicate – and this one was perfect because the more destructive the better! Mini trucks and cone shape candles finished off the cake. The crane was a fun addition that added height to the table and drew attention to the cake.
The party was “loads” of fun and such a nice occasion to have family and friends see our new home and what we’ve done so far. We have an awesome set of party printables that are free for you when you sign up for our newsletter using the box below! Enjoy and we look forward to keeping in touch!