This year for Riley’s birthday I knew I wanted to do something fun and extra special for him since he is now at the stage where he understands birthdays…so FUN! I asked him what kind of birthday party he would like and immediately said, “Mommy, I want a dump truck party”. I thought for sure he would change his mind a few times but nope, he stuck to it so dump truck party it was!
I began to keep an eye out for items that would work with this theme for a good price. Most items I found were either at the Dollar Store, online from Oriental Trading Co or Amazon. I always try and start looking a few months before hosting a party in order to find the best deals.
I was thinking about buying a virtual invitation online but then decided to purchase construction clip art on Etsy and make my own with some inspiration from Pinterest. Below is what conspired and I think it turned out really cute 😉 These days for me text messages are easiest, so I texted it to everyone invited and it worked perfect, that way you don’t have to wonder if it went to someone’s junk email box and wait on an RSVP.
I use to take more time to be crafty but now with kids my time to craft is limited but knew I wanted to make a sign. I used my Cricut, which is amazing by the way. When I bought it didn’t think I’d use it much but I do.
The mini cones are from the Dollar Store, 2 for $1.
Every party needs flowers, am I right?!?! Even a dump truck party. Found these beauties at Costco, they have the most beautiful fresh flowers at the best price. I placed them in Mason Jars that were wrapped in construction zone tape. At each table, I placed a dump truck, arrangement of flowers, cone, and balloons. I also found these dump trucks at the Dollar Store…When I found them I felt like I hit the jackpot!
A tip on balloons, I always buy mylar balloons on Amazon because they are a lot less than at the party store and then take them to be blown up where I get the other balloons.
This is the first kid party I’ve thrown and a couple things I learned quickly:
1- Guests show up on time! haha. We weren’t ready right on time thinking everyone has kids so they’ll probably be late but nope, they were there right on the dot! eek!
2- People don’t eat much. You know how it is with kids…You can barely get a meal down at home, let alone watching your kiddos at a party.
I did put together a yummy food spread but we ended up having lots of leftovers. I printed the food signs below from Costco like an 8×10 picture and placed them in black frames from the Dollar Store.
Here are FOOD ZONE MENUS for your party.
Print on 8.5×11 paper and write in your menu!
The dessert table was my favorite part and the most fun to put together. I wrapped three boxes in brown paper, then added construction zone tape to each box. Tapped cones on the boxes on either side of the cake then placed the mini cupcakes around them.
One of the items I’ve decided is easier to buy rather than make our cakes and cupcakes. I figure by the time you buy the supplies and make them it’s either less or the same as buying them, so that’s what I did. Our local grocery store bakery made a plain chocolate cake and added the crushed Oreos, excavator and cone birthday candles. For the cupcakes I added cute toothpicks and cupcake wrappers.
I placed utensils and dessert plates in a plastic toolbox from the Dollar Store.
I’ve seen these Birthday Favorite signs and love them so decided to make one for the birthday boy and also thought it would be a fun keepsake for him. It added a special touch to the dessert table.
Make a wish Birthday Boy!
Since we live in Arizona we rented a bounce house which had a water slide…It was so much fun for the kids. Riley was in it the entire time! I also had sensory bins with dump truck fun. I forgot to take a picture so here is a similar set up to what I did:
I was going back and forth on whether or not to do favors but then found these adorable mini tool boxes so decided to go for it. Each toolbox had construction bubbles, a few pieces of candy and a stamp.
Thank You Tags printable
Thank You Sign printable
Print on 8.5×11 paper. I always recommend printing on card stock.
I hope your little guy has the best DUMP TRUCK Party, ever!
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