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Monday, September 22, 2014

Construction Worker Birthday Party

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Since he was a tiny tot, Greased Lightning has loved all-things-construction.  You may remember that when given the chance to do whatever he wanted to do around town on the last day of school a few years ago, he wanted to go down the street to watch the road construction workers on the job.  

So, it was only natural, that he should ONCE AGAIN want a construction worker-themed birthday party.  Since he was turning five, he also got to invite a few friends over to celebrate with him, per our house rule.  

Here's a peek at his five-year-old fun!


Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

The Budget

While Pinterest is brimming with over-the-top tablescapes and party decor, I tend to go simple and cheap in order to keep my party budget to a minimum.  $60. That's it.  That has to stretch to purchase everything including food, decorations, party favors, and even birthday gifts for the birthday boy. 

$60...that's all I've got to work with.  So, that means I've got to get a bit creative with every detail of the day.  


Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Food

Because of my limited, living-debt-free budget, I rarely serve anything but cake and ice cream at birthday parties.  I try to plan the event to fall in between meal times, so a meal is not needed.  This particular cake was a cinch to make. The actual cake portion was made from two round chocolate cakes.  I cut one in half and stacked these two halves on top of the other cake to form a "step".  I, then, covered the entire thing with homemade chocolate frosting.  By crushing graham crackers to look like "sand", I was able to cover the ugly jelly roll pan that was holding the cake. Then, I cut small pieces of graham cracker to look like "bricks" which I put along the bottom edge of the cake.  

After gathering up and sterilizing a set of construction toys, I handed the entire thing over to The Hubs and asked him to make a realistic construction scene.  I told him I wanted it to look like the worker men were building the cake and that part of the cake had been "torn away" by the big orange digger.  

Construction Worker Birthday Party with game and decorating ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}


This is what he came up with!  Like a true artist, he added some really cute details by putting the extra frosting into the dump truck to look like cement pouring out and by sprinkling graham cracker sand to look like dirty footprints across the cake.  

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Decor

For this party, I was able to wrangle up much of the consumable products at the dollar store and used construction items that we already had for the rest. 

Yellow paper plates

I tipped them on their side and used a sharpie marker to make each one look like a different road sign. (We had so many extra plates, that when it came time to actually eat cake and ice cream, I replaced the sharpie-markered-plates with clean ones.)

Orange cups 

I placed these upside down on the table to make them look like hazard cones. 

Black table cloth

With the help of some yellow duct tape, I turned a regular black table cloth into a road. (It's hard to see from the picture, but the yellow tape made perfect dashed lines across the table.)

Caution tape

Instead of streamers, I hung cheap yellow caution tape from the ceiling and on the front door.  

Sports cones and cake

Whenever I throw a party, I tend to use the cake as the centerpiece of the table...just another way to keep costs down.  I flanked the cake with some orange cones that we already had in our sports equipment bin.  


Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Party Favors

In another attempt to keep the cost to a minimum, I usually buy party favors that can actually be used during the party...either in a game or as part of a costume.  

Yellow buckets 

I found yellow school supply buckets in the Dollar Spot section of Target.  Because they had handles, the buckets worked perfectly for "tool boxes."

Handyman aprons 

Home Depot was more than willing to donate as many orange kid's aprons as we needed for the party...FREE ADVERTISING for them, fun party favor for the kids.

Rubber mallet 

I bought rubber mallets at the dollar store. Since I needed them anyway for a game, I tossed them into the party favor buckets.  

Goggles

These also came from the dollar store.

Bubble tape 

What tool box would be complete without "measuring tape?"

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Games

Of course the best part of any birthday party is the games!  Greased Lightning is an active boy.  We don't call him Greased Lightning for nothin'. So when planning the activities, I really wanted to introduce games that fit his personality...BIG and BOLD!

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

"Nail Pounding" Race

The Hubs got a styrofoam scrap from an appliance store and some golf tees at Walmart.  We placed all the tees in a bucket in the middle of the styrofoam square and encouraged the boys to use their rubber mallets to pound as many "nails" as they could into the square.  The boy who pounded the most "nails" won.  

Greased Lightning loved this game so much that The Hubs took all the tees out of the square after the party and let him pound them all back in...several times for the next few days until the whole thing kind of crumbled in our yard.  

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Dump Truck Race

I split the boys into two teams.  At one end of the yard, I placed two dump trucks and two piles of equal amounts of wooden blocks.  At the other end of the yard, I placed orange hazard cones.  On my "go", the boys took turns filling up their trucks with one handful of blocks, racing them down the yard, dumping the load, and racing back in order to tag their team mate so that he could fill, race, dump.  The first team to haul their entire load to the other side of the yard won.

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}


Wrecking Ball

Sweetie Pea and Super Boy stacked up a bunch of discarded boxes to look like a wall.  When it was time to play the game, I handed the first player a "wrecking ball" and encouraged him to toss it at the wall.  The boxes would knock over, we'd count the ones that actually got knocked down, and then set the "wall" back up again.  We played this several times.  The boy who knocked over the most boxes won.  

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}

Hide-and-Seek Tools

Greased Lightning looooooooves hide-and-seek games.  So, I put together a construction worker-version. I gathered up all the play tools that he owns and asked his older brother and sister to hide all of them all around the yard. When it was time to play the game, the birthday boy and his pals carried their tool boxes around the property looking for their missing tools.  The boy who found the most tools won.  

Construction Worker birthday party with several construction worker-themed games and decoration ideas {The Unlikely Homeschool}


Looking for more party ideas?
Be sure to check out my Party Pinterest Board!

4 comments:

  1. This is AWESOME! Pinning this! Thanks so much!

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  2. Looks like a super fun boy birthday party! Hope he had a great time! By the way, Matt received a special letter in the mail. He was reading it to himself in the car...and I think it's still in there. Better get it out and have him work on a response. :)

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