Monday, September 28, 2009

party details - construction style!

No blogging about housework today. This is all about fun, fun, fun!! Austin's 2nd birthday was on Monday and we celebrated his special day over the weekend with family and friends. I love party planning, so this one was quite the tackle to get it all complete to my liking without going overboard...not only with my sanity, but the pocket book, too! I think I've said this before, but when I plan a party I tend to put a lot more time and effort into it than money. It's a little stressful, but it's worth it! And I really do enjoy the small little details. Another tip is that I start planning far in advance and that way I'm on the lookout for the added touches to the party and "collect" things as I go along, looking for things on sale. It doesn't seem so overwhelming if I were to wait until the last minute. This year's theme was CONSTRUCTION! Boy, was this a fun birthday party to tackle!!

~ INVITATIONS ~

~ BIRTHDAY BANNER ~
(a picture for each month of his 2nd year)
The best part? I re-used his birthday banner from his monkey party last year by simply taking off the letters. Gotta love when you can re-use something you've already put a lot of hard work into! (I pretty much save everything that I can see a re-use for!)

~ FRONT PORCH DECORATIONS ~
I love having that extra "wow" factor when the guests walk through the door. The cones I found a month or so prior to the party in the Dollar Spot at Target. I added a group of balloons, caution tape that I found at a party store...

...a "Party Area" sign in the flowers, and...

...I swiped one of Austin's trucks to add some more fun!

~ PARTY SIGNS ~

I couldn't help but add these party signs to my Celebrate Express order (I had a $5 off coupon!) when I orderd the cutest construction plates and napkins (see below). The greatest part about this sign was that the food table was just underneath and I used it to alert people to not hit their heads on the chandelier. Ths signs included "Party Area" (with the front porch decorations), "Yield", "Stop" (seen with the birthday banner), and "Construction Area"

~ PARTY FAVORS ~

This is always one of my favorite things to do! This year, I bought Home Depot tool belts (only $.77 each!) and wrote each of the kids' names on the front, added a Tonka truck coloring book that I found at Michaels for $1.00 each (I snagged every last one and couldn't believe I had hit the jackpot!), some construction stickers (purchased with the plates to match!), and an orange colored fruit roll up.

The note attached said,
"So glad you came and joined the crew,
To celebrate Austin turning two!"

I even set out some construction colored candies and baggies that the guests could fill up and take home for some on the go goodies. What a great time of year for a construction party...Halloween candy (orange, yellow, and black)!!
~ THE FOOD TABLE ~

I love decking out the food table with the little details. On the menu? Build your own sub sandwich, fruit salad, veggies and dip, chips (orange colored by the way!), and soda pop in yellow, orange, and black! I even found orange disposable cups!

The pasta salad was even made with wheels!

~ CONSTRUCTION WORKER SACK LUNCH ~
Each of the kids got a lunch bag filled with a juice box, bag of chips, applesauce, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was fun to pass out the lunches. Many of my friends had to leave early, so the kids got to grab their lunches to go!

~ CUPCAKES ~
Cupcakes are so easy to have for a party treat! And I love decorating them. This year was extra fun!! I colored the construction worker, added an orange sign that said "A" or "2". Then I used crushed up Oreo cookies for piles of dirt. I realized that it needed something else, so thank goodness I had bought a small truck set at Target for only $5.99 that came with mini cones, signs, trees, and small trucks. Perfect! This was one of our gifts to Austin and so it was fun to use as decoration, too! The truck to the left is another one I swiped from the play room.

I also served cookie crunch ice cream to represent the "dirt" in the ice cream. Aren't those plates and napkins so cute? And the yellow silverware...I found on Target clearance!

~ PLAY TIME ~
For entertainment, I had four stations set up in the backyard (thank goodness for beautiful September weather!). Each station was marked with a sign...creating station (Play Doh), building station (foam blocks), digging station (trucks and pea gravel), and break time (a bouncy house I borrowed from my sister and brother-in-law...what a hit!)



I think everyone had a great time and the party was a success! It was a lot of fun being able to celebrate our "little man" turning 2 years old with family and friends and tackling yet another year!!

31 comments:

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Totally Cute! Great party!

ThroughAMothersEye said...

What a great, fun party! Everything looks great! The best is that even though I have girls I still snagged some ideas.

Tracey said...

Wow - what a great party!! Love how you carried your theme throughout every aspect of the day.

Dawn said...

Wow! That is awesome!! Love the bag lunches for the kids-I bet even the parents of the kids who didn't have to leave early loved that-they didn't have to make up plates for their kids and could enjoy their lunch. Everything looks great-you have the best ideas! Hmmmm-someone I know will be having a boy turn 2 in February.....mind if I steal-I mean borrow some ideas?

Small House said...

What an adorable birthday!!! And I'm sure he LOVED IT!
Sandra

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Everything turned out SUPER cute! That looks a lot like the construction party we had at our house a few years ago. I found some SUPER cute construction hats at Target for $1 so all the kiddos has hard hats to wear while they worked!

Candice said...

I love how the theme was represented in every last detail! So creative!

Michelle said...

Wow there are a bunch of great ideas! That is a birthday to remember!!!

vicki said...

Looks great! Loved all the decorations...that's my creative girl! Wish we could have been there to help celebrate in person.
Love,
Mom

Kelli said...

Wonderful job. You really know how to pull together all of the details. Isn't it so much fun to plan these, I love it. I posted about Jamison's party so when you get a chance check it out.

He & Me + 3 said...

You are the coolest party mom ever. I love this! Invite us next year! Great job and what fun.

Susie said...

How fun was that??? Awesome tackle:-)

summur braley said...

Wow you are an awesome party thrower! I dream of being able to make my parties look that pulled together!

Smith Family said...

Heidi-it was a wonderful party! Not only was everything so well thought out and super cute, but you have such a special way of making each guest feel so welcomed and special during your great parties. One of my favorite details was the dirt in the truck on the front porch =). I like how you show how to throw a great party without going crazy spending lots of money.

Sarah said...

AMAZING!!!! I don't have anything else to say. I am calling you next time I throw a party.

Jessica Morris said...

what a great looking party!! I love all the little details you put into it- what a wonderful labor of love for your son :)

Lauren said...

You are awesome!! That is the cutest party I have ever seen!

Kim said...

Heidi, the party was such a success and so fun to see all the details you put into it.
Elizabeth loved it and we are thankful for the invite!

{ L } said...

I love planning parties too! (sooo much!!) And, we had a construction party for my oldest when he turned 2 also! :)

You did an incredible job!! Wow, I am so impressed. I am in love with the tool belt idea from home depot! Every detail was perfect. Happy Sweet Birthday to your little guy.

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jenjen said...

What a FUN party! Everything looks so wonderful. I love that banner and the toolbelts are so awesome!

Your decorations looked so festive and the cupcakes so yummy! I bet he had the best time. What a great mom you are!

XOXO
Jen

Katie said...

You always have the best parties! You could be a party planner for kids☺

Sarah said...

Well done! Grace loved the little dump truck on the porch and the "dirt" on the cupcakes. :-)

Sarah Ondracek said...

Great pictures! What a successful party, you not only put so much time into it, you put a lot of LOVE into it too;) Everything looks so wonderful!

Missy said...

What a fun party for your little guy. You know I love all the details. Everything looks great. Most important, I'm sure your son had a wonderful time.

Miller Racing Family said...

What a blast. The party decor looks wonderful. I love the banner and the party sacks. I bet Austin and his little construction crew had a great time.
Thanks for sharing, I will have to file these ideas way for next year.

~Bobbi~ said...

I want to make this party for someone...anyone...I just want to make it. It's awesome!

Septembers project was Halloween right? then you'll post a new challenge up for October? I did my Halloween thingy but not sure to post it yet or not?

Shelby, Patrick and Kids said...

What a fun and inspired party. Great job!

Rebecca said...

Heidi, you are amazing! It sounds like you enjoyed yourself as much, or more than, your little man! Your party was definitely a success!!! Good job, Mom!!!

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Amy - AKA - TigerMommie said...

That is fabulous!
My son would have loved, loved, loved that!!!

lisalyn said...

What a cute party!! I love all your details. The food looks fun and the activities and decor, all so cute! :)

 
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