Jack had such a good time with his friends celebrating his birthday this weekend! He requested a “dump truck party” and I’m so glad he did because it was a really cute theme to play around with! I didn’t go crazy, but I did have fun planning what I did.
I wanted to keep it really simple with food this year. We offered pizza, chips, and goldfish. Out back we had coolers with water, soda, beer, and popsicles. Something I did for the first time this year was grab individual snack size bags of chips and goldfish and I will forever do that for parties now! Less clean up, more sanitary, and less waste. I decided to put them in these white crates that Jack normally keeps all of his cars in and thought it ended up looking super cute!
One great thing about a construction themed party is for most of the table decorations I just used toys he already had. I got the cones at Dollar Tree (two for a dollar!) I also got the plastic table cloth at the Dollar Tree which I read was a good buy but I have to disagree. It was so sheer it would have looked terrible if I didn’t have enough to double it up like I did. The caution tape and construction signs are from Amazon.
His cake was my favorite part and it took me all of five minutes to decorate. We ordered a plain chocolate cake, Jimmy cut a three out of parchment paper and then I covered it with crushed Oreos! The cone candles were a great touch I got on Amazon. I also got the vehicles on Amazon, but sadly saw the same exact ones at Dollar Tree for cheaper but it was too late by the time I realized. I thought the cake came out great and Jack got a kick out of it.
Keeping up with the dirt theme I decided to make some dirt too! Classic recipe, Jello pudding, Cool Whip, and crushed Oreos with gummy worms. I got the cups (eight came in each pack) at the Dollar Tree before I had a purpose for them and it ended up working well. I just added some stickers (Amazon) to keep with the theme!
Another thing I did differently this year was switch up the way I did party favors. I wanted to keep it cheap, not involve candy since we were doing a pinata, and avoid cheap plastic filler favors. I got a bunch of $1 stuff from Party City (stuff like notebooks that came with a fun pen, or a little set that had a notebook, markers, and a ruler, those pictures on fabric you color, etc.) and also picked up some puzzles at Dollar Tree. I wrapped them all and each kid got one on the way out. I think it made it way more exciting! I also obsessed forever on the wording of it. I didn’t want to label them as “boy” or “girl” favors, but the favors did all have characters on them so I thought this was a good way. The ribbons and wrapping paper (both great buys!!) were from Dollar Tree. I bought a two pack of each color ribbon bows and just cut off some strands for each favor.
And that was that! We got a bounce house that was not much smaller than our backyard, a pinata and that took care of entertaining nine kids age 2-10!