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Noah’s Construction Birthday Party

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A little boys dream party (that a normal human can actually pull off!) Trucks and backhoes and dirt everywhere the eye can see!

A little boys dream party (that a normal human can actually pull off!) Trucks and backhoes and dirt everywhere the eye can see!

Remind me again how it is that my little baby turned 3 last month?

Like just about any little boy his age, Noah is obsessed with any and every kind of truck. So after a long deliberation between a “car” party and a “shovel truck” party we finally settled on a bit of a compromise. And by we I mean…Noah and I. Yes I plunked my child down in front of Pinterest with a his own private Pinterest board and we went to town pinning everything he liked.

Truck Birthday Cake

We had planned his party for a week from today but plans changed and suddenly two weeks ago I found out I had 6 days to get invites out and plan a birthday party…..and get my house somewhat organized and presentable as most of these friends and family had not seen our new house yet. Riiiiight. 

We quickly went from the things super hero mommy “could do” to the things mommy actually could do. This party was a total hit and really all very doable things for an average family.

Cake:

Construction Birthday Cake

The cake was a double layer dairy free chocolate cake and chocolate “butter-free” buttercream icing, because we had some sweet friends who can’t do dairy coming. It turned out pleasant but not fantastically blow your mind pleasant so I’m still tweaking the recipe on this one. It was however amazing for the kids who normally don’t get to eat cake with all their friends so a definite win in that regards.

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I tripled the batter recipe on accident so I ended up with a small pan of extra cake which worked perfectly for the extra dirt we needed. Adding the extra cake crumbles on top instead of digging out pieces of the two layers made it much easier to serve normal looking pieces of cake.

I crumbled up some nuts after we were sure we didn’t have any nut allergies coming and sprinkled those in the dirt to look like rocks. Since it was October I was able to snag some candy corns for the hazard cones too!

I squeezed some bits of cake together with some nuts too to make a few boulders that were mixed in to the dirt and on the cake board.

Then we topped it with new (washed of course) excavation equipment that I found at Walmart for like $5 in the kids section.

Easy peasy!

Backhoe Birthday Cake

Be aware that if you are serving this to a little boy who thinks you took his trucks and put them on the cake there may be a melt down when you insist he leave the cake alone. I suggest buying extra backup matching trucks just in case 😉

Decor:

We kept it simple on the decor with our normal Happy Birthday banner and we strung some balloons together on a string to look like stop lights.

Construction Party Decorations

Stop Light Balloons

For the cake/snack table I wrapped it in a black plastic tablecloth and used pieces of cut masking tape to make it look like a road.

Excavation Birthday Cake

My dad actually is a contractor/excavator so he graciously brought over the real road crew stuff for us to use for the party. We had lots of cones everywhere!

Excavation Party Decor

We forgot to get “Caution” tape so we made a quick substitute with some streamers and a pen.

Construction Party Decor

A few more streamers and some more balloons finished it up.

Excavation Party Decorations

The birthday boy made an absolute haul. We were blown away with everyones generosity. My house is over flowing with toys…love 🙂

And we surprised him with a birthday bike which he was super excited about.

Happy Birthday Boy

He was also really really excited when we finally let him have the trucks off the cake.

Happy Birthday Boy

Food & Drinks:

We went with contractor orange Gatorade as the drink of choice for the night. It was out on a self service table in the house which was not a good idea.

Boy filling up glass

I’ll let you imagine this x 15 kids in my house.

Construction Party Orange Juice

Outside is a definite yes for the drink station.

Construction Party Drink

We had bowls of cookies, pretzels and the rest of the candy corns out for snacking as well as some fresh fruit. A veggie tray would have been nice but I never got to it. We also asked everyone to bring a snack or side dish to share to help lighten our load and so there was plenty of food to go around.

For dinner we served a basic coleslaw with red and green cabbage and Kevin got all fancy and made homemade corn dogs for everyone which were a huge hit. He even made mini corn dogs for the kiddos with little Smokies on toothpicks!

Purple Coleslaw

We’ll be sharing our recipe for the homemade corn dogs on the blog next week so stay tuned for that. We even converted a few corn dog haters in the group! That’s us….saving the world…one corn dog at a time.

Corn dogs and slaw
We managed to catch a few snippets of video during the party too….

Thank you for helping us celebrate our little guy!! Happy birthday Noah, we love you!!

Noah riding his birthday bike

Noah riding bike

 


By on October 11th, 2014

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6 thoughts on “Noah’s Construction Birthday Party”

  1. What a fun party! I totally know what you mean. My daughter is 3 and a half now and I am so blown away at how fast it came. They never stop growing, do they? This cake is totally awesome. I love the candy corn cones. You pulled off the theme perfectly!

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  2. Happy birthday to your little guy!! What a cute cake and theme! I just threw my baby his first birthday party yesterday and had a lot of fun with it (at the last minute). 🙂

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