Hi Birthday Express readers!
My name is Brittany Schwaigert from GreyGrey Designs, and I am one of the featured stylists for the Birthday Express ideas blog. I’ll be blogging twice a month and giving you fresh ideas on how to take your Birthday Express parties to the next level and hopefully inspiring you to DIY your next party. I’m so excited to continue working with Birthday Express this year on some really fun, new party themes and new spins on classic ones!
Speaking of classic themes, is there anything more classic than a Fire Truck party?
I’m going to show you today how I styled my 7 year old’s Fire Truck party, using supplies from Birthday Express and also debuting a new line of personalized Fire Truck supplies!
Fire truck parties just never go out of style, much like fireman T-shirts.
Here’s the birthday boy in his custom birthday T-shirt by Revolution 46.
It has a fabulous play area that has been recently renovated. The kids can play on real fire trucks and ambulances, try on firefighter uniforms, use a hose simulator, and so much more!
The staff at the Fire Museum of Memphis was kind enough to help me with this party for my son and let me in the building a few minutes early to set up my party.
It’s a fun set-up where the kids play for the first hour, and then the second hour is devoted to having the party. And the party space has two giant antique fire trucks right in the same room! What kid wouldn’t love that?
Here is a quick tip for you when planning a party at a location that requires a small window of time for set-up (such as a gym, a party rental space, or a bounce house party). Book the first party of the day if you can. Normally, the owners will let you in a little early to give you a little more time to set up. That way you don’t have to worry about an earlier party getting out of the space in time for you to decorate.
I knew I wanted to make the table look like it was on fire, so I found these mylar balloons that are shaped in a curve. I thought that if I put a lot red and gold ones together that it would create a “flame” effect. It was a beautiful and eye-catching backdrop. Plus, the kids can take home the balloons too.
I made my own cupcake stand using some metal boxes that I found at a home store. I just turned them upside down and stacked them with some of the cardboard brick stacking blocks that my kids already owned. I added some flames that I cut from my die-cut machine to make it look like a building on fire. Another fun tip is to incorporate your kids’ toys on the table. My boys had this huge fire truck with a working ladder, so I knew I had to use it for table décor.
The cute wrappers were reversible with a horizontal and a vertical stripe. I used both sides for variety.
I added some fun chocolate covered Oreos from Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique
. I love how Nicole added these fun hydrants and fire hats to the tops.
I love a clever food name at a party, so we did some “Fiery Fruit Salad” (pineapple, strawberries, and oranges), “Flames” (Cheetos), and “Stop, Drop, and Rolls” (Chicken Minis).
Did Brittany’s Fire Truck party for her son inspire to throw one for yours?
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All styling and photography in this post prepared by Brittany Schwaigert of GreyGrey Designs
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