Caution: Fun Zone!

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 bagsI 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...


Joy said...

Super cute! Well done!

Anonymous said...

I'm just catching up with you after computer problems all summer - I can't believe how big Jack has gotten! Of course, I should have realized it, since Barbara turned 2 this summer, too.

BTW, in our house, we call Muddy Buddies "Puppy Chow", and serve it in a dogfood dish (that has ONLY been used for this purpose)!

I can't wait to see your next party theme! LOL


Daniel Family said...

I am getting ready to do my son's truck/construction themed 2nd Birthday Party. How did you make the "Muddy Buddies" & what other kind of food did you have? I am getting so many good ideas from everyone's blogs. Thanks !

Alison said...

Thanks for stopping by! Muddy Buddies is easy, delicious, and kid-friendly. You can find the recipe here: http://www.chex.com/recipes/RecipeView.aspx?RecipeId=45860&CategoryId=340. We also had large pretzel sticks for "timber" and then other food (a cheese and cracker platter and a fruit tray) that I labeled "truck driver snacks," in addition to the dirt cake served out of the back of a dump truck (covered in plastic wrap first) with a toy shovel. (You could also serve snacks out of toy construction hats or a tool box; I used a tool box as the prize box.) For the cake, I simply cut up a chocolate cake (box mix) into small rectangles, and layered these pieces with chocolate pudding and crushed chocolate-filled Oreos, dropping in a few gummy worms for fun. Very yummy! Hope your little guy has a fabulous party!

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