The Construction Zone: Harry’s 3rd Birthday Party

by heirtoblair on October 29, 2012

This year, Harrison’s birthday came on with a quiet vengeance, aka pneumonia & hand,foot,mouth.  I had his party planned for October 13th but due to his fever breaking just 24 hours before, I rescheduled.

On the weekend where a hurricane came up the east coast.  I have an incredible knack for timing.

But I decided it wouldn’t stop me & for the first time, I hosted a toddler birthday party inside our home, rather than our backyard. (or front yard, as I had planned for this year since our backyard is in a current state of muck.)  The good news is that the guest list was small & three-year-old’s are basically a glorified play date with cake.  Harry specifically asked for a “dump-truck-turn-around-truck” party, aka a party filled with dump trucks & excavators.  It seemed fitting, considering our house is a hot mess with paint swatches on the walls & new light fixtures still in boxes & boxes full of china still lining the dining room floors.

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Signs:
$1.00 package of dowels from the craft store
2 sheets of card stock scrapbook paper
hot glue & a Sharpie

Cupcake liners & decorations:  Meri Meri Big Rig

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Menu
Bojangles breakfast biscuits (bricks & stone)
Hummus & pita chips  (drywall & spackle)
Chocolate pudding with crumbled Oreo & gummy worms (landscaping)
Yogurt-covered raisins (loose gravel) 
Cheese balls (wrecking balls)
Homemade cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Izzes fruit drinks
Horizon chocolate milk

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As I said, glorified play date.  But I did have an activity for the tots, where they painted wooden construction vehicles from the dollar section of the craft store.  Each wooden vehicle was $1.00 & I snagged four paints to choose from at $0.69 per paint, plus $0.49 sponge brushes.  The entire activity was less than $10.

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Home Depot sent Harry those mini-aprons, just like their folks wear, after I tweeted asking where I could purchase them off their website.  They said that they weren’t for sale, but they would be happy to send all party-goers aprons.  Thank you, Home Depot!

Party Favors
2 mini PlayDohs
1 construction Matchbox car
Home Depot apron

I heard rumor that all party attendees (other than the birthday boy) took a solid nap.  That’s a successful party, my friends.

I think 3 is going to be a good year for our boy.  Thanks to all our friends & family that helped him welcome it!

Harry’s First Birthday Party  (Fall Fun)   |   Harry’s Second Birthday Party (Curious George)

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole October 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

like are you freaking kidding me these are all the best ideas ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is it wrong that i want to do the same thing for my 33rd birthday!?! (and i’m a girl….) (or woman i guess now…)

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Emily @ Love{&}Bugs October 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

I love it! We just did a construction theme party for my two year old. It was so much fun!
http://www.lovenbugs.com/2012/10/jordans-construction-themed-2nd.html

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Jessica @ The SB Boy Mom October 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

You did a great job!! I am a sucker for cutesy-themey-named-food, so I adore the “wrecking balls” etc. Love the craft, too, so cute!!

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Brandy October 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

I was SOOOOO bummed we missed it. I was looking forward to it. So glad everyone had a great time!

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heirtoblair October 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

We’ll drop off Landon’s goody bag soon :) We were so bummed you couldn’t make it – hope the little dude is feeling better!

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Sarah Jean Baker October 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

Love it! I think most of the time kid birthday parties are more about “keeping up with the Jones” then doing something the kids want to do to celebrate. It’s so great to read a post about a birthday party that isn’t over-the-top!

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Heather October 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

A.Dorable. Well done! Love it.

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KeAnne October 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

Sooooo cute! I’m letting/begging you and Brandy to design Daniel’s next birthday party!

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TarheelJean October 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

So cute! We had my 3-year-old’s party last weekend, and I agree… it’s mostly a playdate, but unlike his 2nd birthday I did feel we needed a few activities. I was glad not to need TOO much structure – who knows what will happen for age 4 though! :)

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Gina October 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Very cute!

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Erin October 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Too cute!! And super-sweet that Home Depot threw in the aprons! They’re awesome!

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Elisa October 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

So so so so cute! Love the Home Depot aprons!

And as for “3″ being a good year….it is…and will be. But oh my, they aren’t called the “terroristic threes” for nothing!!!

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Jacki October 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Happy 3rd birthday Harry! And to Momma on three years of motherhood.

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Kacia October 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

AhhhH!!! it looks AH–MAZING!! I want to come next year.
done and done.

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The Many Thoughts of a Reader October 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

great looking party!

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Suz November 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

Looks super cute! I can’t believe he’s already 3!

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Ashley February 21, 2013 at 12:39 am

Such a cute party, I’m stealing so many ideas for my son’s upcoming 3rd birthday party! I have been obsessing over your mini tractors you got, looking for them everywhere. Do you remember where you got them by chance?

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