My little boy Thomas turned 5 in October and all he wanted was a Fireman Party!!
A brick wall was used as a background and I then made a crepe paper background that sat against the wall with a Happy Birthday Banner. Naturally, I used vibrant red, yellow and orange as my main colors and then black as a secondary color. The red fire hydrants were made out of plastic plumbing parts and put together and spray painted by my hubby.
The yummy chocolate cupcakes http://www.justeasyrecipes.co.za/2009/08/26/cupcakes-chocolate/ were iced with red, yellow and orange. I popped the cupcake toppers on top and that was that. I dotted the cupcakes at the base of the cake stand acting as “fire” and then cut out some flames (included in the full party package https://www.etsy.com/listing/238195055/fireman-birthday-party-printables?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=fireman) to stick around the inside of the cake stand. And then I made a chocolate cake http://www.justeasyrecipes.co.za/2009/08/26/chocolate-cake/ and placed a toy fire engine on top. Thomas LOVED it and it was super easy….
Some of the food options used were chocolate bars with red wrappers and labelled them FIREHOUSE POLES. A strip of red chevron washi tape around the top of the jar as well as some red electrical tape and placed a fireman’s hat on top of the jar. Red liquorice was found at a local shop and labelled FIRE HYDRANTS, I placed them in a small glass/mason jar. A jar of massive marshmallows came with a red ribbon and this was definitely going to be called FIREMAN’S FOAM. I also added some fruit to the fiery mix, I called these fruit kebabs (strawberries alternated with pieces of pineapple) FLAMING FIRE FRUIT STICKS.
For drinks, I served water as FIRETRUCK WATER and juice as FIRETRUCK FUEL (Juice/water dispenser was an absolute win). Tea, coffee and ice teas were served for the adults. For something different and a healthier option, I decided to serve water for the kids in little bottles and called them “FIRE EXTINGUISHERS”.
And now you can feel free to laugh at me, and some of my friends did….for the favors, I gave each child a box of matches with a magnet on the back with the view of putting the magnet on the fridge. Again, as a mom of boys, I have to be careful with this because my boys can be little pyromaniacs at times but we (my husband and I) have always agreed that they need to learn how to behave around fire and know the dangers, but that it can also be used safely. So I told each parent they could hide the matches or use as intended as a fridge magnet with matches attached.
What People Ate
Mini Hotdogs Pineapple And Strawberry Skewers Giant Marshmellows, Mini KitKats, Liquorice and other sweets. Cheese Platter/ cold meats with a Red Onion Preserve Roasted Vegetable Quiche
What People Drank
Chalkboard Labels were used on bottles of water and a Giant Dispenser filled with red juice Tea/ Coffee was also served
Chocolate Birthday Cake http://www.justeasyrecipes.co.za/2009/08/26/chocolate-cake/ Chocolate Cupcakes http://www.justeasyrecipes.co.za/2009/08/26/cupcakes-chocolate/
Chalkboard Fireman Favor Tags/ Large Box of Matches
Activities / Games
Kids enjoyed playing on a Jumping Castle with Rope Ladders
SuneshineParties on Etsy
All Fireman/ Firetruck party printables can be found here https://www.etsy.com/listing/238195055/fireman-birthday-party-printables?ref=shop_home_active_3&ga_search_query=fireman