William’s Construction Birthday Party
A Construction Birthday Party, with directions for decorating the easiest-ever construction cake!
My little guy, William, recently turned 3 and we celebrated with a construction birthday party! A construction party was the obvious choice because William absolutely loves all things trucks right now. He plays with cars and trucks endlessly and knows the different kinds of trucks by name. He can tell you what their jobs are, from the excavator to the crane truck to the cement mixer. William’s favorite TV show is Bob the Builder, and he loves listening to the book Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site at bedtime.
Naturally, we had to get William a big construction truck for his birthday. At Christmas he got a small crane that was part of a bigger construction train set, and he’s spent countless hours playing with it. We gave him this big crane for his birthday and boy does he love playing with it!
The invitations set the theme for the party. My sister helped me make them using her Silhouette Cameo and I absolutely loved the way they turned out! I took some inspiration from Pinterest and we went from there with the design.
After the invitations, my favorite part of the party theme was the cake. It could not have been any easier to make a construction-themed cake! I made a triple-layer chocolate birthday cake recipe. After frosting the cake, I crushed up some chocolate graham crackers in my blender. (A food processor would also work, but the blender did a great, quick job!) I placed one of William’s digger trucks on top of the cake, first taping a small piece of parchment paper to the bottom of the truck (but out of sight). Then I sprinkled the chocolate graham cracker “dirt” all around the digger. So easy, and the crushed crackers really did look like dirt!
I did what I could to keep the party prep simple and easy, while focusing on the fun! I took some help from the party store with the decorations, and had lots of help from family as well.
My mom found this cute Happy Birthday dump truck balloon online, and we used yellow, black and orange balloons and streamers to decorate. I usually make a birthday banner for my kids’ birthdays, but this year I took a shortcut and bought one at the party supply store. You can find the party banner, tablecloth, plates, and other supplies we used here.
We made the tables look like roads by taping white paper strips onto black tablecloths. (Thanks for your help, Dad!) I set a few of William’s trucks out to “drive” on the roads. 🙂
My mom found these cone and ball sets and they were fun party favors to give to the kids. We bought a few extras for the kids to play with during the party as well.
The kids (and adults) had so much fun at the party! The activities weren’t exactly construction-themed, but the kids loved them! We had balls for the kids to throw and kick, and a parachute to play with as well. I think the favorite game was when we placed all of the balls on top of the parachute and the kids shook it up and down until the balls all flew off. 🙂 We also had bubbles, but forgot to take them out!
Hooray for birthday cake!
I think it’s safe to say someone enjoyed his cake. 😉
William, we can’t believe you are 3! You are at such a fun age, and we love the way that you talk in full sentences, persevere at putting 100 piece puzzles together, and ask us to play with you. We love to see you learn and grow each day. We couldn’t love you more!