Do you have a child who loves to build? A construction party theme is just the way to have a celebration that’s a towering good time! Here are some ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, food, and favors to help you get started.
Construction Party Invitations
Set the tone for your party right from the start with great invitations. Here are some ideas for fun invitations you can make at home:
Dump Truck Invitations: — Use colorful cardstock to make a construction party invitation in the shape of a dump truck. Use a brass brad fastener to attach a second piece of cardstock cut to the same size as the dumper part of the truck. This piece should pivot back to reveal your party information. On the front of the invitation, write a catchy headline such as, “Haul Yourself Over for a Fun Construction Party!” or “Dump Everything and Come for a Great Construction Theme Birthday Party!”
Traffic Cone Invitations — Use bright orange cardstock to cut out the triangular shape of a traffic cone. On the front, write, “Awesome Birthday Party Under Construction!” and follow up with your party information. You could also make an invite like this one using bright yellow cardstock cut in the shape of a hard hat.
**General Party Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.
Here are some construction party invitations, available from Shindigz:
Construction Party Theme Decorations
Black, orange, and yellow make a great construction party color scheme. You can incorporate these colors into your décor by mixing them up in your tableware, and also by using them in things such as balloons and streamers.
Here are some other ideas for construction party theme decorations:
Line your front walk with traffic cones or saw horses as a welcome to your party construction site
Use yellow caution tape (available at party stores or hardware stores) in lieu of streamers over your table and around your doorways
Use basic black tablecloths, and anchor bouquets of orange, yellow and black balloons to plastic hard hats or traffic cones as table centerpieces. You could also surround these arrangements with toy construction trucks for added color.
Set out a large wheelbarrow for guests to put their gifts into upon arrival.
Use the backs of large plastic toy dump trucks as snack bowls
Make or buy construction signs that have fun construction sayings such as, “Caution, Party in Progress” or “Entering Fun Zone”
Scatter plastic yellow hard hats (one for each child) around party or at place settings to get your guests in the mood for some serious construction!
Here are some party supplies we found at Shindigz.com that would be perfect for a construction theme party:
Construction Party Activities
Make a Sandbox Construction Site — A sandbox is great for lots of party starter activities at a construction theme party. Fill it with various trucks, blocks, shovels, and different shaped containers and let your guests work independently to build and demolish.
Paint a Refrigerator Box House — Painting is an important part of a construction site. Set out a large box (or a few different sized boxes) with windows and doors cut into them. Then put out a variety of poster paints, brushes, and smocks, and let your guests use their imagination to do up the town!
Play Clay Construction Table — For an indoor construction party, set up a table where children can use play clay to create a tower or building of their own. They can make their dream house, or a model truck, or work together to create a skyscraper.
Wheel Art — Cover a table in large pieces of butcher paper. Fill a few styrofoam meat trays with different colored poster paints. Dip the wheels of different types of toy trucks into the paint and let children make track designs on the paper table cover.
Building Contests — Set out blocks sets, legos, building logs, or building materials of any kind (Even graham crackers, gumdrops, pretzel rods, and frosting can make great building supplies!) and have individual or group contests to see who can make the tallest tower, or whose bridge can take the most weight before collapsing.
Tool Belt Relay Race — Get two toy tool belt sets. Divide your guests into two teams. Have one player on each team wear a tool belt. The other players should take turns racing down and getting one tool at a time back and into their teammate’s belt. The team who fills their tool belt first wins.
Wheelbarrow Obstacle Course Race — Set up an obstacle course using traffic cones and other building materials. Have players on two teams race one at a time through the course with wheelbarrows, picking up one block or covered shoebox at the end of the course, racing back with it in their wheelbarrow, and passing the wheelbarrow to the next player without dropping any of the blocks (the wheelbarrow will get fuller and fuller as the race progresses). The winner of the race is the first team to pick up all of their blocks and bring them back to their starting point in a full wheelbarrow.
Brick Pass Relay — Cover an assortment of boxes with tin foil (about 5 or 6 per team). Divide your guests into two teams. Have each team stand shoulder to shoulder for a passing relay. The object of the game is for the children to pass the boxes one at a time along their team and have the last person in line stack the boxes into a tower. The team who gets all their “bricks” passed and stacked into a standing tower first wins.
A Construction Party Theme Cake
Design your own construction site atop a sheet cake! Here’s how:
- Start with a large sheet cake in your favorite flavor
- Tint vanilla icing grass green and use it to frost the cake
- Sprinkle brown sugar soil all over the cake, mounding it up into a pile in the center
- Use a spatula to bulldoze roads into the soil
- Decorate with toy construction trucks such as a front-end loader, a dump truck, or any other favorites
- Add some gumdrop shrubbery
- Use traffic cone shaped candles as the finishing touch!
Construction Party Theme Favors
Put together a kit that each child can use at their next construction job. Here are some ideas:
- Old fashioned lunch boxes (personalize with each child’s name using a paint pen)
- Hard Hats
- Orange Construction Vests
- Toy Trucks
- Play Clay
- Gummy Tools Candy
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