Charlie’s Construction Birthday

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His favorite book is about dump trucks. He loves watching “Mighty Machines.” He’d sleep with his toy garbage truck if it weren’t so plastic and bulky. So, it was a no brainer that we decided to throw a construction-themed second birthday party for Charlie.

I am one of the least crafty/creative people you’ll ever meet, but I am clever enough to take advantage of The Internets. I began searching for similar party themes and plopped all of my favorite ideas in a Pinterest board for easy reference. Then I put in my own personal twist.

For his party, Charles and I decided to test fate and plan it once again for a park (we were rained out last year). It was cold and overcast when the party began, but I’m happy to report that no rain fell!

Decoration Highlights:

1. Caution Tape from Lowes, which I wrapped around the party table and along the trees bordering the area we staked out for the party.

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2. Construction Pals plates and napkins from Birthday Express. Orange cups and forks were from Party City.

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3. Goodie “Lunch” Bags for the kids, filled with plastic construction trucksstickers, and candy corn (to look like traffic cones). I also sprinkled the candy on the table.

4. Book of Honor:  “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site”. Could we really have a construction party without it?

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5. Coloring Pages of construction vehicles (Googled).

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6.“Wrecking Balls” – a.k.a. oranges. Made the road signs out of images I found online and pasted onto adhesive cardboard (Thanks for helping me, Tina!). The “poles” are coffee mixing sticks.

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7. The Cake: From the same bakery that made Charlie’s cake last year. They were going to charge me an extra $65 to make a fondant dump truck, so I just asked them to add an orange trim. When I picked up the cake, I plopped on two of the plastic trucks I bought for the goodie bags. I added Raisinets for the “rocks,” candy corn for traffic cones and two of the freeway signs I made.

It looked freakin’ AWESOME.

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Charlie received an amazing assortment of truck/train-themed gifts (although we attempted to make him open all of the presents before diving into one or the other. Not quite successful).

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Charles and I bought him a push bike.

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He got to play at the park.

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And, of course, ‘Nana’ was there.

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Overall, the party was lovely – a wonderful, laid-back time with family and friends. Charlie’s a lucky dude; a lot of people care about him.

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And I think he had a pretty fantastic time. 🙂

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5 Responses to Charlie’s Construction Birthday

  1. Barbara and Charles III says:

    Best party ever. Until next year!

  2. Jodie says:

    Love it!

  3. Lisa says:

    GREAT JOB, Mom!!!!!!

  4. Lori says:

    So, so cute! Love all the adorable decorations, and it looks like everyone had a great time! Happy birthday to your little guy!

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