Dax's Non-DIY Construction Party Was Loads of Fun! - Pretty Real

Dax's Non-DIY Construction Party Was Loads of Fun!

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Construction Party tablescape with Caution tape, trucks, cones, and construction themed snacks
Eventually I will drop the "Non DIY" from my titles because let's be honest. The days of elaborate circus parties are over. All the parties are Non-DIY parties.  I'm shockingly okay with it and find myself enjoying the challenge of planning a modern party with store bought stuff. It's all about making smart choices in that party aisle. ;) In addition, this was a joint party with two themes (you can see Nadia's Trolls Party here!), so keeping it simple was key. But also, I will never do 2 themes again. [face slap emoji].

Easy Construction Themed Birthday Cake with fake dirt, rocks, and trucks

Choosing a theme was a no-brainer. My little guy is obsessed with trucks. Like reads-a-truck-book-every- night-names-all-the-trucks obsessed. I started there, used his trucks, tools, and construction books for decor, grabbed a few things from Hobby Lobby, and scored a handful of fun free printables. So easy! I purchased most items in-store but I've linked some similar items available online throughout the post and below (*affiliate links).
Construction birthday Party Food Ideas

Construction theme birthday party snack ideas
While the banner and caution tape look a little busy I knew Dax would love it and couldn't help myself. ha! The banner was from Hobby Lobby and only $5. There's another cute one here. We grabbed 500 yards of caution tape from Home Depot after discovering the one I'd purchased said "caution, entering old folks zone." Oops. This one would have been more appropriate.

oreos as spare tires and caution tape at a construction theme birthday party
Ah! I loved this! Cute and yummy. 

candy rock sticks as gravel at a construction theme party

water bottles as Fuel at a construction themed party
Lately, I've been serving water at the kids' parties. There's enough sugar involved without adding a sugar-y drink to the mix. Plus the kids are so thirsty, they'll drink anything. ;) 

Pudding dirt cups on a galvanized tray at a construction themed birthday party
 This galvanized tray is no longer available but I love this one (and its price!) and this one.  For the pudding cups, I layered crushed Oreo cookies (I used my food processor) on top of pudding and sprinkled chocolate rocks on top.

Dig In Pudding Dirt Cups at a construction themed birthday party
I guess there was one DIY. I cut straws in half and glued these little "signs" on them as pudding toppers. But I promise it took less than 15 minutes!

the birthday boy eating pudding dirt cups at his construction themed birthday party
As you can see, Dax enjoyed them. 

construction themed birthday party snack ideas
veggie straws as 2x4s. So cute.

dump truck used to hold snacks at an easy non DIY construction themed birthday party

I lined the table with  books (not pictured but linked at the end), cones, and tools from Dax's tool sets. He has this little "tough workshop" and this set from Plan Toys which he loves.
clever ideas for an easy construction themed birthday party
When you buy you buy your kid a birthday gift knowing you'll use it as table decor. #guilty 

One more close up of the cake and then I'll move on!
construction themed birthday cake with rocks, mini CAT trucks, and dirt

easy construction themed birthday cake with dirt, rocks, and trucks
Trucks  |  Rocks  | 3 was from Target  |  "dirt" is crushed Oreos


free construction party printables and construction party favors at a construction themed birthday party

mini CAT truck party favors
Favors were more mini CAT trucks and Reese's Pieces.

mini CAT truck party favors with construction party free printable tag


Making (and eating!) candy necklaces as part of the Trolls Party kept the kids busy for a bit. We also  had truck coloring pages, truck ride on toys, and a baby pool full of sand and trucks (plus our typical backyard toys/swing/etc).
construction party coloring pages and crayons as construction party activities

activities at an outdoor construction party
I purchased both of these ride on toys used well before his birthday, but this one looks fun and affordable.

construction party activities using a sand box
Mini Monster Trucks | Super cool "take apart" truck in the corner

Needless to say, Dax loved his party. While I was setting up, he stood at the table and said "Thank you mommy for doing this. It looks so good." Oh my Dax. ♥ I love planning a party that reflects their age and stage and truly want to remember how super obsessed he is with trucks.  (He'd say "super duper"). It was a beautiful day celebrating my beautiful boy!

Shop the Party

Click any image below to shop the party and recreate the look! Also check out Hobby Lobby's construction party selection in store or here (it's where I got the table runner, banner, and chocolate rocks at great prices- this is not an affiliate link. I just love Hobby Lobby). ;) 

P.S. If you click the tag "birthday party ideas" you'll see a slew of boy, girl, and gender neutral party ideas! Also you can check out my "Construction Party" Pinterest board and Parties board for more inspiration than you probably need. ;)

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