Construction Birthday Party

My babies are TWO.   Two years have flown by in the blink of an eye.   Last weekend we celebrated their birthday with dump trucks and tractors and all things construction.

I had so much fun planning this party.    Some may call (and many have called) me crazy however I really do enjoy the planning, painting, baking, organizing to see a celebration come together for those that I love.   And while Ken continually suggests, “we don’t need a party,”  I gasp in disbelief at the thought every time.     No way.   I love a good theme.   Give me an hour or so on google and a trip to the dollar store and the ideas start flowing.   I can’t help it, really.     I sometimes briefly begin to see his point around 2:00 am as I am still awake stenciling paint on cardboard road signs or when my guests say things like, “yep, I knew you’d pick out only the yellow and orange m&m’s.”    Yet, when the party is going strong and the kids are having a blast, I am happy and ready for the next theme.    However, I fully get that one day I may be committed for things like color coordinated  garbage construction “debris” bags.

“Loose Gravel”  for the Sandbox,  “Work Zone” for the Workbench, “Caution Wet Paint” for the edible pudding Finger Paint, “Caution, Slippery When Wet” for the Slip N’ Slide and Swimming pool.

The food table.

I had taken the boys to a real construction site with the hopes of using the pictures for their invitations but I ran out of time to make invitations so I used the pictures here instead.

I found so many fun ideas that had to do with a construction themed party – Drill Bit Pasta Salad.

Tool box containers for the plates, napkins and utensils.

Drinks being referred to as “Fuel”

The cake.

And ice cream bar.

No, I wasn’t kidding.   The debris bags really were present.   And I did receive the ridicule about them already.  🙂   The boys had so much fun and are in heaven with all of their new gifts.    Thank you to everyone.

A HUGE thanks to Marta Nimori and Associated Barricade for the real construction barricades, to our friend Chris for setting up his Slip N’ Slide again for us and to my friend, Carrie who gave me so many great ideas for the party from her son’s party with the same theme!

It’s truly hard to believe how much these little ones change in such a short amount.


Kimi P. - What an awesome theme! Very, very well done. 🙂

Jenny - That party looked AWESOME!!!!!
From the cake, to the decorations – I loved it all.
So worth staying up til 2:00 AM to get it all done.
You’re such a good mommy.

Heidi E - It looks like it was an amazing day- great job girl!

Andrea - Seriously Heather. You should be a party planner! It looks AMAZING and I’m just sorry we had to miss it. Hope to see you soon!

Erin Schumaker - That was the coolest construction site Kaiya has ever worked on!!!! Looks just like some of Grandpa Rons! Thanks again Heather for making us part of Nolan and Benny’s special day!

Katherine Thompson - OMG…what an awesome party! You should totally be a party planner! Did you make that cake? Too cute.

Heather Bird - Thanks everyone! I really did have fun doing it all – and totally worth staying up all night. Katherine.. Yes I made the cake.

Veronica Mounts - Your party was amazing! I am doing a construction theme for my 2 year old next week. My husband read your intro and said “Sounds like you” Smiling faces are toally worth it all the late nights. Great job Momma 🙂

Becca - Hi! This is the exact party I’m having for my almost 2 year old in a few weeks! He’s obsessed with trucks and we wanted it in our backyard but his bday is in August, in Texas! Anyway, this link was so helpful to come across and I love your cute ideas!! Any chance you know where I could find those cute serving bins that look like dump trucks? I’ve checked dollar stores everywhere! Thanks!

Heather Bird - Hi Veronica
Thanks so much for the comment. Parties are totally worth late night preparations!! My boy’s birthday is coming up soon and I haven’t started anything yet. Lots of late nights in my future, I think.

Best of luck with your party! Hope it is fantasic.

Heather Bird - Hi Becca,
Thanks so much for the comment. I got the serving bins from Home Depot. The are actually stacking tool boxes. They come in big sizes that I used for the salads and such and small sizes (in a pack of 3 maybe) that I used for the ice cream toppings. Hope you can find them!

Stacy - You are amazing!! I am doing this theme for my sons 2 year birthday. I’m using lots of your ideas, I’ll be sure to tell everyone where I got the ideas from when they ask 🙂 Hopefully it turns out as cute as yours did! Question…the signs, it looks like you cut cardboard, painted, used stencils and paint for the letters, then what type of stick did you mount them on and with what? Also are they resting in cinder blocks? What type of paint did you find worked best?

Thanks again!

Angela - Very nice ideas! I’m planning a construction party and I’m curious what the yellow containers you used to serve the salads are and where you got them. Thanks in advance

Joanne - The pictures of your party look awesome!! I am throwing a construction themed party for my soon to be 3 year old in August and was wondering where did you get the containers holding the pasta salad, fruit salad and candies. Thanks

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