I remember… Back when I had just the one child, the thought, effort, and vast amount of Pinteresting that took place when preparing for a birthday party. I would start MONTHS in advance coming up with a theme, looking for ideas, and planning every last detail. (This post contains affiliate links)
Along came child number two. Equally loved, deserving equally fantastic birthday parties. Yet somehow the time to spend on planning and preparation just isn’t there. Funny how that works. So when his second birthday was just a few weeks away, I knew I had to do something easy.
I could hear my husband on my shoulder whispering “don’t go crazy”, “keep it simple”, “stay off Pinterest” . HA! He knows me better than that! But when I decided to go with a construction theme (Bob the Builder is a favorite right now), all the pieces fell into place and it turned out being one of the easiest parties I’ve thrown yet! Full disclosure, none of the birthday parties in this house would happen without the help of our village. It’s amazing what a life saver that trip to blow up the balloons and get the ice can be.
The Big Picture
I love how the table looked with everything on it. I also got the template for the labels on Etsy as printables for under $4 from The Lovely Designs shop. I just added the names of everything using PicMonkey.
Line a Tonka truck with parchment paper, then use chocolate doughnuts as “Spare Tires”.
Put some pretzel rods in the back of a truck as “Timbers”.
Put some punch in an orange cooler with a sign that says “Crew Punch”. For the caution cone cups, I took orange paper cups and wrapped shiny silver washi tape around them.
We had a couple of yummy dips, one my mom made that looked like mud or dirt but was a black bean dip was the hit of the party! We filled another truck with chips for the dips.
I had seen a “Build a Burger Bar”, which would have been cute too. But sandwiches seemed much easier.
I just printed the labels and wrapped them around empty (brand new) paint cans. I put the condiments in mason jars inside the cans, and used little spatulas as spreaders to look like paint brushes. Then added the “Nuts and Bolts” as another little snack.
And of course, no party is complete without dessert. The cupcakes (thank you Megan) were chocolate with chocolate frosting, and crushed Oreos to look like dirt. I got the cute little signs on Amazon (along with lots of the other goodies) as well as the cupcake wrappers.
The final touch was the party favors. Construction hats, little toy trucks, and tape measures.
This ended up being such a fun party to plan, and was surprisingly easy to throw together! Here are some of the things I got from Amazon: