What do three-year-olds love more than construction vehicles? The answer is nothing. For this reason alone, my son Lake was bound and determined to have a party filled with trucks, dirt and DIY.
DIY did you say? Well, music to my ears! I can get on board with that concept.
Of course my little guy’s birthday fell on an extremely busy weekend for the Makery KC (on a First Weekend event), so admittedly I did about 90% of this party the night before guests arrived, which didn’t leave much time for sleep. But I am a mom, and we don’t really sleep anyway, right?!?
Luckily, the party went off without a hitch, the boys (including Kristin’s) LOVED all of the activities, and best of all the adults got to sit back, have an adult beverage and watch the kids have a great time. I call that a success.
Here’s a run down, so you too can throw your little one the construction birthday of his dreams!
For the outside, we had recently torn out landscaping from the previous owners and had begun replacing with plants of our choosing. Seeing as how it’s winter and the leaves are off the plants, it made for a cute display, signaling the theme of the party.
For the inside, we set up several stations around the first floor of our home so kids felt free to play and congregate wherever their little hearts desired.
The biggest hit was by far the wrecking ball area. Thanks to my love of online shopping, I had several Amazon boxes waiting for me in the recycling bin! I wrapped them up with brown wrapping paper and drew rectangles to resemble “bricks”. Next, I wrapped an old soccer ball in duct tape and attached a long string to one side. Using 3M command strips, I hung the ball from our second story balcony so the kids could have a fun time swinging and smashing the wrecking ball in to stacked boxes. All of our boys were fighting over who could go next. If you are looking for a great activity, this is it!!!
Another station the boys loved was the “hammer and nail” table. Using flower foam blocks, they could hammer in golf tees. Every age could enjoy and there was something very therapeutic about it, not that the adults did any hammering or anything 🙂 Warning: make sure to do this over a plastic mat as the foam block will crumble eventually and create a mess! Trust me on this one.
The birthday boy finally woke up from his nap and joined the party!
The last station was a dump and haul box full of beans. This was another hit and kept them busy as they were scooping and grading.
After all the playing, we had really worked up an appetite and headed to the kitchen for grilled hamburgers and of course sweets!
The dessert table was themed with construction style treats and the CUTEST cookies from our favorite local baker and cookie maker Kelsey Metsker! As a final touch, I poured ketchup and mustard in old (but sanitized) paint cans and had guests brush on the condiments for the burgers!
Overall, it was quite the party and little Lake had a blast. Use these ideas for your guy or girl and let the good times roll!