Planning a construction theme birthday party? Here is a quick round up of the projects I made and decorations I purchased for my son’s construction theme birthday party.
We celebrated my son’s 3rd birthday a few weeks early by inviting a bunch of his friends to a local children’s gym for an hour of play followed by some cupcakes. This was the first time we’ve thrown a birthday party for my son and it was so much fun to watch his excitement! He had a great time and I’m so glad we did it.
Having the party at the children’s gym instead of our home was AMAZING! My home is not very ‘child-proofed’ and I knew that if I had a bunch of children over I would be stressing the entire time. Renting the gym made the party so much easier and my husband and I got to enjoy the party right along with our son. It was such a special day.
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Construction Birthday Party
Like many almost-3-year-olds, my son is obsessed with trucks so it was no surprise when he told me that he wanted a construction theme birthday party. And, as a budget-conscious mom, I was ready to find ways to make it happen without going overboard.
Side Note: Isn’t it funny how birthday parties are always themed now? The theme of my birthday parties growing up was just birthday.
I kept the decorations simple and inexpensive, focusing mostly on the construction party food table. The DIY projects I did were made from things I already had on hand or things I purchased for just a couple dollars. All of the decorations that I bought were inexpensive purchases from Amazon or from the Dollar Tree.
Overall, the party turned out great! The decorations were cute, but the main focus was on my kiddo and watching him have fun and feel so special made for the perfect afternoon.
Construction Party Food Table
DIY Construction Party Food Table Decorations
The food table was the main spot that I got to decorate for the construction birthday party and I had a lot of fun coming up with DIY projects to fill it up.
My favorite DIY project is the Roadblock Cupcake Stand. Didn’t it turn out so cute? I built it using scrap wood left over from previous projects and some left over paint. I love that I didn’t have to spend any money to make it.
I used my table saw to add a little groove in the top of the Roadblock Cupcake Stand and used it to display pictures of my son on various tractors and construction vehicles. My father-in-law has a lot of big machinery and my son loves exploring them so we have lots of pictures. My son’s friends were quite impressed. hah!
I made 2 more cupcake stands using a couple of broken toy trucks. I used one of the toy truck cupcake stands for cupcakes and the other for juice. This project was also made using scrap wood. I used a broken toy truck that we had on hand and then picked another one up at the thrift store for $1.50. Not bad for such a cheap project!
The last project I did was the last minute tire bowls. These are made using egg trays and a couple of round reusable containers from the Dollar Tree. I wish that I would have had time to paint them to really look like tires, but I did this one on the day of the party so there just wasn’t enough time. Regardless, my son told me he liked the “monster truck tires” so I’m calling this last minute craft a win.
In addition to the decorations I made for the construction party food table, I also purchased a construction party decoration kit from Amazon. This kit was totally worth it! It came with banners, signs, cupcake toppers and balloons.
Everything was surprisingly good quality. I expected to receive a bag of junky, cheap decorations when I ordered, but instead everything was really nice. The signs and banner pieces are made with heavy, laminated paper. The cupcake toppers are thick and not at all flimsy.
We actually ended up keeping the decorations after the party which is great because I was expecting to use them once and then need to throw them away. Now I can give them to a friend or use them again if I need to.
I also purchased a cute birthday shirt for my son from Amazon, because I just couldn’t resist.
Construction Party Decoration List
Construction Party Food Table
- Roadblock Cupcake Stand – DIY
- Toy Truck Cupcake Stands – DIY
- Tire Bowls – DIY
- Balloons – Dollar Tree
- Colorful Paper Confetti – Dollar Tree
- Banner & “Dig in” sign – this decoration set from Amazon
- Tablecloth – provided by children’s gym
- Plates/Napkins – provided by children’s gym
- Cupcake Toppers – this decoration set from Amazon
All Other Construction Party Decorations
- Happy Birthday banner, balloons, road signs – this decoration set from Amazon
DIY Construction Birthday Party
When I look at the crazy-amazing birthday parties on Pinterest, I know that our minimal decor for this very DIY Construction Birthday Party doesn’t match up. And that’s okay! The number one goal for this party was for it to be fun for my son and not stressful. We totally met that goal.
I don’t believe that a child’s birthday party needs to be elaborate or expensive. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) All my son really wanted for his birthday was to play with his friends and eat cupcakes. Making the party look pretty was something I wanted, not him. So I chose not to overspend or go overboard trying to create a Pinterest-perfect party.
Instead, I focused on a few cheap DIYs, purchased some inexpensive pre-made decorations and let everything else be focused on making sure my son had a great experience.
I am way more sentimental about this party than I ever thought I would be. It melted my heart to see my son feel so special and it’s a memory I won’t soon forget! (And I know he won’t either.)
So, just in case you need a little reassurance, I’m letting you know that it’s totally okay to skip the over-the-top decorations if that’s not your style. It’s totally okay to choose less stress. Your kiddo will be happier with a parent who is present and engaged a their party than they will be with a parent who is running around like a crazy stress-ball.
But if you’re a magician who can swing elaborate parties while remaining calm and still enjoying the day – you do you, girl! (Also, teach me your secrets.)
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What do you think about our scrappy DIY Construction Birthday Party? Are you planning on making any these projects for your own party? Let me know in the comments below or find me on Facebook or Instagram as @MamaNeedsaProject.
I hope you have a stress-free birthday party full of fun! (and cupcakes)