With a little boy at home, I’m sure there is a construction-themed birthday party in my future! Most kids love digging in the dirt so it’s no surprise that a construction birthday party is such a popular party theme. When planning my son’s birthday party two years ago, I was sure we’d be having a construction-themed party but we changed the theme to go along with his favorite movie. Ever since then, I’ve had all these construction party ideas written down in my notebook and I’ve been excited to see the party come to life!
Construction party decorations
I found an adorable construction party printable set on Chickabug and she had almost everything I needed to decorate this party! You know that really popular old photo of the construction workers sitting on a steel beam eating their lunch high above ground? I knew I needed something like that in this party! Minus the scary heights, of course! I put my husband to work with some wood, nails and grey spray paint. We made a ‘steel beam’out of wood with cute printable ‘metal’ lunch pails for the kids to eat out of along with yellow construction hats. Adorable!
For the background of the party table, I used silver wrapping paper and then added some road signs like ‘Speed Limit’; ‘Digging Zone’; ‘Stop’; ‘Yield’; ‘One Way’; ‘Traffic Lights’; etc. I added a few plastic construction truck toys to the table because a construction party wouldn’t be the same without trucks and heavy equipment! The tablecloth is just black, but I added a runner that looks like a lined road. Wooden crates, silver plates and black platters were used to hold all the food. I labeled everything with food tents so our little construction workers could see all the clever food names.
Of course, the party wouldn’t be complete without the potty - porta potty, that is! A fun sign on the door turns your home bathroom into the construction zone potty area.
Construction party food
There isn’t a shortage of ideas when it comes to food at a construction birthday party.
Here are some delicious themed ideas for both dinner and dessert:
Safety Cones - Cone-shaped snacks like Bugels or cheese cut into triangle shapes
Spare Parts - Any sort of salty snack mix
Nails - Pretzel sticks
Nuts and Bolts - Bits & Bites Snack Mix
Crew Crunchies - Potato chips
Dip Ahead - Chip dip
Builder Bites - Any type of bite-sized appetizer
Boulders - Meatballs
Pre-Built Sandwiches - An assortment of mini sandwiches
Wrecking Ball - Cheese ball with crackers
Tractor Pasta Salad - A cold pasta salad with the wheel-shaped pasta
Road Lines - Thin strips of cheddar cheese
Tape Measures - Long skinny fruit roll-ups (like Fruit By The Foot) or Bubble Gum Tape measures
Gravel - Candy coated chocolate rocks
Rock Candy - Crystallized rock candy on sticks
Motor Oil - Chocolate pudding cups with lady finger cookies for dipsticks
Crew Punch - Fruit punch
Dirt - Chocolate pudding topped with crushed chocolate cookies
Rocky Road - Rocky road fudge or brownies
Spare Tires - Mini chocolate donuts
Cables - Long licorice pieces
Lumber - Rectangle chocolate wafer cookies or chocolate dipped pretzels
The cake for this party is really easy too! Simply bake any size of cake, put ‘piles of dirt’ on it (crushed cookie crumbs) and then mini plastic construction trucks. You could also have a cupcake, cookie or ice cream ‘construction zone’where kids get plain cupcakes, cookies or ice cream and a variety of toppings like icing, crushed candies, sprinkles and fruit.
I also love the idea for a ‘coffee break’ area with drinks in coffee cups and a variety of donuts.
Construction party activities
Activity planning for this party couldn’t be any easier! The easiest way to keep the kids entertained is with plastic construction trucks, sand pails, mini shovels and more to play in a sandbox.
For the older kids, you could have a building zone where adults supervise little building projects like making a birdhouse.
Construction party favors
Some fun ideas for decorating the party that could also double as party favors are plastic construction hats for the kids with their names on them with little construction vests with their names ironed on. Don’t forget the small plastic construction trucks too! You can also find small plastic tools at your local dollar store or give them a real tool they could use like their own tape measure for kids. They can take their gear home after the party to use in their sandbox.
Phew! After all this party planning, I’m ready for a coffee break!
Cheryl is a married mother of one. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a strong interest in parties and event planning. She is the owner and writer for Moms & Munchkins (momsandmunchkins.ca), which is filled with ideas for family fun, activities for kids, party ideas, party planning tips, holiday fun, moms’ night out ideas and more.
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