Anyway, I LOVE planning Wyatt's birthday parties. I start thinking of a theme and ideas many months in advance. I believe this particular party had 3 different themes before I ended on construction. I ended up choosing this because a) W loves 'big dump trucks' and b) I found a cute invitation. He also really likes this local jumpy house place, so I decided to host his party there which made it pretty easy on me!
I do have to give credit where credit is due here -- although I did think of a lot of the ideas my mom was the one to embellish and execute them. And, she took all the pictures at the party for me. So a big thanks to Meme!!
Be forewarned that I have a LOT of pictures. I'm probably going to do a couple different posts on this party because there are so many and I just can't choose. Also, I really love to see the detail pictures of parties (so I can steal ideas), so I'll assume others feel the same way!
First, the invitation. As skittish as I've been about using Etsy lately, I actually found a lady who did a wonderful job. She sent me the PDF and I printed them at home on my own printer. That part was actually kindof a pain, but it worked out. (I did have to blur out my phone # ... probably not a great idea to post that all over the interwebs)
Next up, the decorations. Mom found tool belts at Home Deopt and put each child's name on them. We filled them with plastic tools and also gave each kid a plastic hard hat with their name on it. We put those on each of the tables to use as decoration. In the center of each table, we had an orange construction cone with orange, black, and yellow balloons and construction tape. The caution door streamers were a last minute idea, and it is still driving me crazy that there is a short little one in the center! I spent entirely too much time making that banner you see hanging on the wall. But, it was a fun project!
Next, the cupcakes. We over-estimated cupcake consumption, but they were delicious (at least I thought so). Mom and I each made 2 batches. I'm not going to say who made which ones, but I will tell you that when she texted me a picture of the ones she was making I got a little concerned that people wouldn't eat mine b/c hers were cuter!
Here is an overview of what the food table looked like. (We also served pizza, which wasn't pictured but the pizzas weren't in a cutesy display so its just as well that I'm not showing you that!) We just used all of W's loaders, excavators, and dump trucks to display the apples and grapes. The only slight problem with using his toys to display the food is that he wanted to tear them off the table when he saw them! The drinks weren't pictured, but we just served soft drinks and water. And I hear there was some beer smuggled in by my husband, but I certainly didn't sanction that!
I'll leave you with a few more pictures to give you an overview of what the party room looked like. It sure was fun to plan, and I am pleased with how everything turned out. I'm already brainstorming ideas for next year ....
I'll post the rest of the party/birthday pics later in the week. I do want to thank everyone who was able to come to the party to celebrate with us! It means so much that family and friends traveled from all over the place to be there for Wyatt. We had a blast!!