A Smokin’ Hot Fire Truck Birthday Party

I’m sure there are plenty out there who will disagree with me, but as a mother of two boys, I often feel like decorating for girls is way easier.  Add some frills, some bows, some pom poms, some flowers… and you’re good.  Not so with boys.  Nevertheless, I was pleased with how my son’s recent three-year-old birthday party turned out.

I tried to keep it simple.  I already shared about the chalkboard fire chief helmets and the rescue water buckets that were given as favors.

I used the invitation from Paperless Post as inspiration for the water bottle labels and this graphic:

For decorations, I used the following:

  • the graphic above (in an 8×10 frame I already had at home)
  • the Melissa & Doug Giant Fire Truck Floor Puzzle (which I gave to my son as a birthday gift the night before… he loves it and it was perfect for the table!)
  • red tablecloths from the dollar store
  • red plates and napkins
  • various firetrucks we already had
  • some chalkboard labels (same ones I used for the 1 day to 1 year pictures project)
The only semi-significant cost was the giant puzzle (which is only $12 and has already gotten tons of use at home).  The water bottles were more time-consuming than I expected, but since the fire hats were very cheap and the rescue buckets came from the dollar store, I didn’t mind spending a little more time on the water bottles.  Plus, the birthday boy was obsessed with them.  Seriously.
I tried to keep the menu simple, as well.  We had sausage and jalapeno kolaches (aka “fire dog kolaches” and “3 alarm kolaches”).
I found some beautiful strawberries and watermelon (which seemed like a good idea because they’re red… anything red works, right?).
And I made two kinds of cupcakes: dalmations and flames.
Like I said, simple really was my goal.  I didn’t do anything fancy once we got there; I just taped the tablecloths down and put the stuff on table.  After all, three-year-olds couldn’t care less how fancy it is, right?
But every kid adored the fire hats:
And enjoyed the fire truck playground (the park is fabulous, by the way, with tons of other equipment for all ages, all fenced in and beautifully maintained):
Most importantly, the birthday boy had a blast.  And, just to help you smile for the day, I leave you with this:
And, as Little Pax kept saying to everyone at his party, “Happy birthday to you, too!”

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