While I don’t generally believe there are gendered preferences, my son’s interest—or more accurately—obsession with construction trucks and heavy machinery seems to confirm the stereotype that little boys L.O.V.E. love things that go, shift gears, allow for playing in the dirt, and are perfect for practicing onomatopoeia. Roar. Beep. Beep. Crunch.
Because the Little Dude eats, sleeps, and plays with trucks, it was a no brainer to host a construction-themed party outdoors at an appropriate site—a park playground where sand is aplenty (no decorations needed!) and kids can dig and run freely.
We set the tone for party with these cute invites from Paper Culture, an online site that has a fantastic selection of eco-friendly stationery options.
At the park, we set up a construction crew break room (read: little kids’ table) complete with mini-sandwiches, applesauce, builders’ 2 x 4s (pretzels), and builders’ boulders (Veggie Booty). Parents enjoyed Bay Cities Deli sandwiches, potato and pasta salads, and drinks.
Following a hard day’s work with wrecking balls, bulldozers, and dump trucks at the project site, everyone enjoyed carrot cake and banana chocolate cupcakes made by yours truly. I created festive cupcake toppers using Microsoft Word (of all things!) and decorated the treats with signs featuring “Treat Zone,” “I Dig Turning 2,” “Happy Birthday Little Dude,” and an image of a dump truck.
To thank his construction crew, we created party buckets with sand pails and filled them with a handmade tool belt outfitted with felt tools, bubbles, and a construction rubber duck.
And because the Little Dude was in absolute truck heaven, he made sure to send his friends a sweet custom-made note for their thoughtfulness.
Overall, this was a very easy, budget-friendly party that required little prep—all I needed was basic word processing software, a printer, some scissors, and a few hours of uninterrupted time (the latter, of course, a rare blessing).
~ The Other Sarah