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When I first started thinking about my oldest son’s first ‘friend’ birthday party, I knew the best place to have it was at my husband’s shop. He owns an excavation company, so with lots of big equipment and lots of little boys, I didn’t think I could go wrong.
Since construction equipment plays such a big part of our life, both of my boys know the names of every piece of equipment they see and will correct you if you ever call a front-end loader by the wrong name. I had already thrown two construction themed birthday parties for my oldest son. Both his first and second birthday parties were construction themes, and the only reason 3rd and 4th weren’t was my choice, not his. But inviting his friends put a new spin on it, and forced me to expand my construction party ideas to big-kid activities. (I did get to use many of the same supplies and props, which worked out great!)
I had already used Pear Tree’s construction party invitations before, so for this party, I repurposed our Future On The Line Graduation Invitation, and for the photos, I went down to my husband’s shop and photographed some of the equipment. I figured the boys receiving the invitation would enjoy that more than just photos of my son.
For once, I didn’t go too crazy on party decorations. I couldn’t really decorate the entire shop so I just stuck to the main table area, creating a backdrop to cover up the walls of the shop by vertically hanging strings of balloons and garland sewn out of our matching party decorations.
I had purchased the construction-cone cups for one of my earlier parties, but you can still find them on birthday party supply web sites. Add in personalized napkins and party favor tags, and we were set. The favors, wrapped in yellow tissue, consisted of small construction equipment gift sets, which were a hit!
I wanted each boy to have something to wear during the party, and yellow hard hats fit perfectly. They all loved them. The duct tape name tags were beyond easy, but fit the theme of rough and tough construction!
Now, what to do with six boys for a few hours? We had various activities set up around the shop for them to play. We had a basketball hoop, bikes and trikes, tunnels, a bounce house and, of course, rides on some of the equipment! The boys had a great time, and even though I was a rookie to the whole friend party thing and was worried about how I would keep them busy for two hours, it worked out just fine. The big space and construction party ideas and activities we had planned all came together for the ultimate boy party!
Possibly my favorite part was the photo thank you cards and magnet insert I gave the boys after the party. When I saw how much my son loved the group photo I took of him and his friends at the party, I knew I wanted to give each boy their own version. I used the photo to make photo thank you cards and then also used it to make magnet cards to insert into the thank you cards. I made my son write the boys’ names and then his own name in the card, tucked in the magnet and mailed them out. The kids at school and their parents loved it!
What a ‘load’ of fun for both kids and adults! We’d love to see your birthday party ideas by commenting below with a link to your blog post or Pinterest page!
These adorable baby shower themes are what every mom-to-be is asking for these days! And once you find the perfect baby shower invitations to match your theme, it’s easy to get creative with decorations and menu ideas. Matching shower favor tags can be used to help decorate at your shower. And don’t forget baby address labels, and baby shower thank you cards for the new mom!
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This year’s joint birthday party theme for my boys was a pretty easy decision. As much as I hoped we’d never get into superheroes…we are into it. Big time. Witness the cuteness that is below, my two favorite superheroes of all time.
photo credit: Jen Meneghin Photography
How could you say no to these two? I couldn’t. As kids birthday party ideas go, the superhero party theme is easy to pull off, but I wanted to put my own creative spin on it and not have it be too commercial, with cartoon characters everywhere. But throwing a little modern touch here, a vintage touch there, I was happy with how it all came together!
As always, my inspiration came from the invitation. Pear Tree’s Searching for Superheroes kids birthday invitations were perfect in many ways. I loved the cityscape and was able to bring that into a few decor details. Although the card is You Pick Color and can be changed in so many ways, I stuck with the original color scheme.
Next came the decor. I wanted some statement pieces that really set the tone and theme of the party. First up, the cake. I suppose that’s not really a true ‘decor’ item, but in this case, I would say it is. I’m so lucky that one of my coworkers is an amazing cake decorator. Is this cake not awesome? Yes, it tasted as good as it looked!
To mix a little vintage in, I purchased a random set of comic books off of eBay and made a bunting banner and background for some wall art. The comic books were about $10 and were so easy to transform into these pieces. I’m sure I could have done a lot more with them but I love how these two pieces turned out! The photo wall art is now proudly displayed by my desk at work. Love. It.
I also splurged a little and bought a few superhero posters from a designer on Etsy. I absolutely love these. They are big, 11×14, and really added a pop of modern superhero atmosphere to the party.
The last big decor piece was our cityscape mural which served as a backdrop for the food table, and then later on, our photo booth wall. My wonderful mother gets all the credit for drawing the scene, although I did cut the yellow windows out! I will admit…this is still hanging in our basement. I can’t part with it yet. It was created with a roll of black kraft paper and a silver paint marker. After everyone was done eating, we moved the table and had a little impromptu photo session with all the guests, who all awesomely wore superhero attire!
Now, I’m sure you noticed, I’m leaving out a few other perfectly coordinating pieces. These would be our matching Searching for Superheroes gift tags and new Searching for Superheroes kids party decorations. I just am in love with our new kids party decorations! The sets are so versatile. You can see I used them laying on the cake table, as gift tags on our presents to the boys and as hanging garland in front of our cityscape. Three different looks and uses with the same product! I also used the coordinating gift tags to decorate the favor bags for each of the kids attending the party. The bags were filled with lots of appropriate items, superhero tattoos, superhero crayons, superhero coloring books and the like. Even the little girls loved their favor bags!
I will admit I went pretty easy on the food. We were gone the entire week prior to the party so I didn’t have a ton of time to have coordinating ‘theme food’…so chips, dips and pizza it was! None of the guests complained. You’ll see another comic book bunting banner, another modern superhero poster and another use for our superhero gift tags, wrapped around our super juice. Throw in some personalized napkins and the food was set.
That about sums up the party. The kids had a ton of fun and I think the adults did, too! I can relate to how my youngest felt a few hours after the party, it’s what I wanted to do after everyone left, too!
Would love to see how your superhero parties turn out, comment with your links! See our kids birthday invitations collection for more superhero themes and other kids birthday party ideas.