Jack loves trucks (and cars). He races big ones around the house at high speed and plays for a long time with little ones, driving them over tabletops and furniture and Mommy and Daddy and himself. He calls each a "ruck." So this year his party was all about trucks and other construction vehicles—and dirt, of course.
We had various snacks, including Muddy Buddies (not shown), served with a toy shovel. Yum! I had never made them before, but I may make them again :-). The tablecloth was the "road" (thanks to a creative mom for this and other party inspiration). And I was excited to find truck balloons at the dollar store.
It was a super fun party to plan. (I have to admit that I adore planning parties. It's just got a whole lot more fun since I've had a little guy. My husband teases that I start planning one party before the current one is even over. He's exaggerating—but just a bit.) While I love to spend plenty of time collecting ideas online and finding thematic products to make the party extra splendid, I still have a ton to do the week before the actual party. Ha! (I'll probably never quite kick my super-ingrained procrastination habits.)
Of course, a party's not a party without people to join in and celebrate, and we're really grateful for everyone who made it fun.
Some of the loads of fun we had:
Eating dirt (crushed Oreos, pudding, cake, gummy worms) cake!
We had games, a craft, a pinata and trucks for play. A wonderful friend let us borrow her stoplight for extra fun.
We decorated with caution tape and "road signs" (and balloons and streamers of course). (I found some signs at Mardel and printed some off that I found online or adapted.) All of the kids got a construction hat and a party horn.
Favor bags—I love having fun with candy molds; these ones were dump trucks. And candy rocks, as it turns out, are delish!
Now, off to third birthday party planning! Just kidding (sort of). I do already have a possible theme in mind...