From bulldozers to excavators, diggers to cranes, front loaders to dump trucks, some kids are just drawn to all things construction and building. But how do you tie all these elements into a fun, affordable kid’s birthday party theme? Very easily, as a matter of fact! Here are our greatest ideas for construction-themed kids birthday parties:
Party decorations – Some specialty party stores and catalogs (and even some big-box and craft stores) carry construction-themed plateware, napkins, and party and table decorations with images of construction vehicles. If these are unavailable, decorate with a yellow and orange theme, with black as an accent. Try using yellow caution tape for streamers, orange traffic cones and yellow balloons for décor. Make simple construction signs to be displayed around the party, by cutting colored posterboard into sign shapes, and writing “Yield”, “Hardhats required”, “Danger” and other construction-themed messages on them. Or, if your kid is a big construction fan, simply display their trucks around the party.
Party food – While there isn’t a specific style of construction-themed birthday party food, you can choose to display your food in fun ways that relate to your theme. Try displaying finger foods in inexpensive plastic hardhats turned upside down, in the clean buckets of toy dump trucks and loaders, or in yellow, orange and black bowls. Have fun naming your party treats, with construction-themed names on labels by each dish. Serve “Caution Sign Chips” (nachos with cheese), or “Digging Ditches” (stuffed celery sticks), or “Bulldozer Dirt” (pudding cups with crushed chocolate cookies on top).
Ideas for construction cakes – Do a search for construction birthday cakes, and you’ll find a wide variety of ideas. With variations on the same construction theme, choose the style that’s easiest for you, whether purchasing a store-bought and decorated cake, creating a fondant-laden construction-themed masterpiece, or baking a simple frosted sheet cake and placing toy construction vehicles on it. Or – our favorite idea – frost a cake with chocolate icing, cover it with chocolate cookie crumbles (which tumble down the sides), place a toy bulldozer on top, and you have an impressive, homemade “construction site” birthday cake.
Construction-themed games and activities – Depending on the age of the birthday kid, you’re sure to find fun activities that any party guest should enjoy. In warmer climates, pull out a load of toy construction vehicles, shovels and buckets, and let the kids play together in a sandbox or dirt pile (who cares if they get dirty, it’s their birthday!). For extra fun, hide specialty items in the sand or dirt, and have the kids dig away to find the treasures. For inside parties, build a large construction site with blankets, duct tape, cardboard boxes, or blocks, and let the kids play until content. If you don’t mind cleaning up, bring a plastic pool indoors and fill it with packing peanuts for the kids – and their trucks – to play in. Looking for more games? Look at party stores for construction-themed piñatas, or build your own version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey (“pin the bucket on the bulldozer”).
Party favor ideas – Who needs candy? Nothing beats the idea of a plastic hard hat or construction costume (inexpensive safety vests can be found at dollar or craft stores) when it comes to party favors that relate to a construction-themed party.
Throwing a construction-themed kids birthday party can be easy, fun, and completely affordable. Got any other great party ideas to add to our list? Leave them in the comments below.
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