Dump trucks, caution signs, traffic cones – we covered the basics of a construction-themed birthday party, then added extras to bring the work zone to life. A mixture of store-bought products and quick creative touches make the theme practical for parents on-the-go to achieve.
Our take on the Construction Pals birthday party demonstrates creative ways to accent the party supplies in our Party Pack and maximize visual appeal. Road Crew cutouts make a colorful – and easy – backdrop to the dining table, while “Work Zone” vests and matching hard hats double as decor. A runner of faux lawn runs along the length of the floor beneath the table for an extra touch of color and texture.
We opted for a runner made of “Caution” tape in lieu of a full table covering, allowing the rustic feel of the plywood table to contribute to the theme.
A Styrofoam block wrapped in faux grass adds height to a Construction Pals centerpiece filled with store-bought snack mix.
Orange activity placemats make a bright contrast to themed dinner plates as well as cups with striped straws accented with Construction Pals stickers. Candy-filled “tools” and take-home cone cups make great keepsakes for kids.
For an alternative place setting, we teamed placemats cut from a roll of faux grass with cone cups, printed napkins, orange utensils, and solid yellow dinner plates, then topped the tableaux with favor boxes-turned-lunch pails. A printable label calls out lunch.
Our food-table set-up was fairly simple to do. We paved a table with faux grass from a roll and added cone cups, toy trucks, and food gussied up with “Construction Zone” tape and printable tags. The backdrop was fashioned from traffic signs, reflectors, and sign cutouts attached to the wall with painter’s tape. Click here for the tutorial!
Cake + Ice Cream + Drink
You’re free to stick to drinks and dessert if you won’t be hosting guests during a meal hour. Our adorable Construction Zone Birthday Cake is deceptively easy to make, store-bought ice cream sandwiches are simple to dress up and display (click here to learn how), and any drink falls instantly into theme when served in a cone cup.
+ MEAL + SNACKS
If your party falls during lunchtime, simply add our super-easy baked-potato bar as a meal. Add some snacks, too, if you like: When decoratively displayed, they’ll make great contributions to the theme!
- Fill a toy dump truck with fresh green grapes
- Wrap mini “Construction Zone” ribbon around a clear glass container and fill with pretzel sticks, adding a candy-filled toy hammer to the edge
- Fill a glass trifle bowl with potato chips and wind with mini “Construction Zone” ribbon, adding silver golf tees as “nail” accents
Immerse your guests in the construction theme with our child-friendly Hammer Time activity that encourages motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Simply spray paint wooden golf tees to make “nails” and wrap Styrofoam blocks in wood-grain contact paper to create blocks of “wood.” Protect a table with our grass-themed table cover before handing out candy-filled hammers pulled from the favor display. Guests can hammer away to their hearts’ content.
Let guests use their throwing arms for this fun tabletop activity. Slice the tops of several construction cones with an X-Acto knife to create stands for traffic signs. Mix up the heights with a riser or two (we used a foam block wrapped in faux grass) and arrange on a table covered in a sturdy tablecloth adorned with “Caution” tape. Kids try to knock down signs from a distance with our light, pliable Splat Rocks that are safe to use indoors.
A few extra details can take our classic Construction Pals party invitation to an even higher level of fun. We taped “Construction Zone” ribbon plus a “Party Under Construction” printed on a home computer. A Construction Pals sticker seals the deal (and the envelope).
Prefer to send your invite electronically? Use this construction-themed Evite invitation for your party!