Eli’s construction party was made up of a bunch of stuff that we already had at home since it was pretty much a last minute bash. Plastic garbage bags, yellow & black construction tape, daddy’s tool boxes and all the birthday boy’s favourite construction vehicles helped to set the scene.
For dinner, we decided to do Build-Your-Own-Burgers, in line with the construction theme: burger patties with cheese, fried crispy chicken thighs, sesame seed brioche buns and lots veggie toppings to choose from, rounded off with party favourites like BBQ ribs, sweet potato fries, truffle fries, coleslaw, truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese, Buffalo wings and an avocado-feta-broccoli quinoa salad. We used yellow plates and brown napkins and brown forks to match the construction table, which was black garbage bags covering the dining table, with a couple of strips of yellow & black construction tape down the middle and sides.
The highlight of the party was the Construction-themed dessert table. The birthday cake was a devil’s food cake with layers of whipped dark chocolate ganache and lots of sliced strawberries and blueberries, finished with buttercream and decorated with fondant cutouts of the birthday boy’s fave construction vehicles. Topping it off was a fondant crane, doing heavy lifting for the number 2 candle.
The other desserts inlcuded:
- a chocolate piñata filled with grapes, blueberries, strawberries & Maltesers (this was so fun for the kids to smash, and see the surprise bust out from inside!)
- worms-in-dirt chocolate pudding cups, which was homemade chocolate pudding sprinkled with crushed Oreos and decorated with gummy worm candy
- funfetti vanilla cupcakes decorated with fondant hard hats, construction cones and construction signs
- chocolate covered construction sign Oreo pops
- traffic light fruit pops, made by using a round cookie cutter to cut circles out of thick slices of red & yellow watermelon and kiwi.
- bulldozer toys filled with colourful candies
- toy dump truck filled with cheezy Super Rings chips
The dessert table “tablecloth” was black garbage bags, stuck down with strips of black & yellow striped construction tape. A couple of stacked toolboxes were used as the cake stand, and another tool box gave the goodie bags some height. The Oreo pops were displayed in red & yellow disposable cups, filled with uncooked rice and covered with cling wrap in case it was accidentally knocked over. Didn’t want rice going everywhere! A couple of beer glasses filled with uncooked rice and cling-wrapped, wrapped in orange construction paper and more construction tape, were used to display the tragic light fruit pops. The birthday boy’s construction vehicles placed around the dessert table helped to finish the scene. The construction-themed “Happy Birthday” sign was purchased online . A “2nd” was cut out of red construction paper and the birthday boy’s name was made using the yellow and black construction tape.
The goodie bags were brown paper bags with handles from the dollar store, sealed off with construction tape and a vehicle sticker. Inside the goodie bags were vehicle pop-it toys, vehicle pencils, car-printed disposable kids’ masks, anti-bacterial wipes, Double-Decker Bus chips, Oreos and Milo chocolate drinks.
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