Digging up ideas for a construction themed birthday party? You can build a great party blueprint with these clever tips for decorations, themed refreshments and interactive party ideas shared by Jennifer Carver of Spaceships and Laser Beams. Get out your drafting pencil and jot down some of your favourites!
Birthday Party Details
Boys love to dig, build and even get their hands a little bit dirty, making a construction themed party a perfect choice. Before getting started on the party blueprints, take a virtual or actual visit to a construction site for inspiration. Make a list of some of the details you see that might make great props at your party. Some of the items may include: hard hats, safety vests, saw horses, tools (tool belt, hammer, saw, screw drivers, nails, etc…), wood, drafting tables, building materials and machinery.
Other elements that stand out may be caution tape and signage, construction cones, and even piles of dirt! Once you’ve filled a paper with inspiration, take a peek in your own home, garage and backyard and see which of these items you may already have on hand. Even raiding your child’s toy closet may reap huge dividends. Toy diggers and construction trucks can make wonderful props and centerpieces.
Yellow and Black Colour Theme
As you’ve probably noticed, many things pertaining to a construction scene tend to fall into a yellow and black colour palette (although a colour change could make for a unique and fun take on this theme). Build your party space around these colours. Consider making (or purchasing) your own “party construction zone” signs to decorate your space. Add caution tape and colour coordinating balloons. Use a sawhorse or sheet of raw wood as your refreshment table. Prop food and drinks up on toolboxes and wood planks for that construction zone feel.
Birthday Party Food
Speaking of food and drinks, think of creative ways to transform ordinary treats and snacks into construction themed nibbles. Chex Mix can be labeled “nuts and bolts” and served out of the back of a toy dump truck. Chocolate donuts become “digger wheels”. And how about making a cake look like a building site with crushed cookie dirt, Kit Kat bar “logs” and a toy construction truck perched on top? The ideas are endless!
Construction Themed Birthday Party Ideas
Activities for a construction themed party must involve building and wrecking. Favourites include a series of mini stations for the crew to rotate through. At the first station, they get outfitted in hard hats and safety vests (easily found at dollar stores). The next station could be a Lego tower building competition (who can build the tallest tower in 5 minutes?). Cardboard bricks could be knocked down in another station using a homemade wrecking ball (check the web for easy DIY tutorials on building your own).
For those who like getting dirty, put several construction trucks and shovels in a sandpit and let the kids go to town! The best part about these ideas? They are simple…and kids love them! Plus, chances are, you probably already own most of the materials that you will need to run these activities.
Ready to party now? Use these idea inspirations as your draft and you can build a fabulous construction themed birthday party with DIY invitations for one lucky guest of honour and his party crew!