Does your little man have a birthday coming up? Need a great idea for a theme? Well our Creative Contributor, Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes has the perfect party theme for you – Under Construction! This fun kid’s party with adorable details like chocolate construction hats, orange cone drinks and truck shaped cupcake toppers is a unique choice and sure to be a hit. Check out the details and photos below!
There are major advantages of throwing a party an indoor play place, but sometimes parents want to personalize it a bit more and are not sure how and with so little time to set up! Here is an example of a construction-themed party held at an indoor playground called Peekaboo Playland in Southern California with extra cost-effective touches to individualize the celebration to the birthday boy.
I designed the invitation with graphics from Little Fairy Land and prints from Woofy World, which set the tone for the party. The food and desserts were placed all on one table, which was anchored by large paper mache letters spelling out the birthday boy’s name and tied together with ropes as if it were still being built, along with a tiered tray of cupcakes!
I made construction-themed fondant toppers to adorn the cupcakes, but because the guest list was fairly large, we decided to decorate them with both fondant and paper toppers. The latter were also designed utilizing the coordinating graphics. This is a great way to not only provide diversity in the cupcake presentation, but also to keep down costs. Though I made sure to make enough fondant decorations for all the kids to avoid any arguments!
To achieve a more industrial look, I purchased some textured foam tiles for the table from Big Lots. Along with the galvanized trays and buckets, I also used some trucks and toys to present the food, which consisted of “break time sandwiches”, “excavating empanadas”, “wrecking potato balls” and “nuts and bolts fruit salad”. I had found a circular saw made out of wood at Hobby Lobby and decided to paint it silver and glue it to a candlestick, which turned out to be a cute little stand! We cut out some parchment paper to put on it and decorated it “spare tire donuts” and “chocolate construction hats”. The “stuck-o & cement pizza” was served directly to the kids at their tables.
I inserted decor all along the table and the counter behind it relating back to the theme, inclusive of mini hard hats, cones and flashlights. Additional use of tool boxes aided in holding napkins and extra utensils and drinks were found at the “fueling station”.
I couldn’t be happier with the table setting for the kiddos… I mean, construction workers! The location had two picnic tables with benches and we mimicked the food table with the foam tiles and added plates and orange cone cups from Celebrate Express. The fabulous ladies working there laid out the construction hats on the benches and were ready for the crew to put on and get to work! And by the way, we really appreciated their help in setting up, as we only had 15 minutes to do so! I picked up some yellow tool belt attachments, which we used to hold the plasticware and provided some extra fun details.
The favors were probably my favorite aspect of the party! I was originally planning on utilizing little metal buckets to store the gifts, but when browsing the aisles of the 99c Only Store for ideas, I found the perfect plastic tool boxes for, well, 99 cents! I designed the thank you tag to fit into a plastic i.d. badge holder and attached it to a matching striped lanyard. Inside the toolbox, the guests workers found tools, a couple of construction vehicles and adorable bubbles in the shape of a construction guy ~ all found at The Dollar Tree!
It was super fun to help construct this party for the birthday boy and I was honored to be part of his crew!