My son recently turned four and he wanted to have a “truck” party. This boy is all about trucks! So we invited his four buddies from church and we created a “truck play party.” Here’s the invitations I made…I used a fastener so the truck actually dumps. Most of the moms said their sons liked to be able to play with the invitation.I put the date, time, and contact information on the back of the truck. I googled “dump truck” coloring page and made my own template. I used colored scrapbook paper I had on hand.
We have a big family room. More space can be utilized when the couches and chairs are put up against the wall. So I created a couple different “play stations” and the boys could rotate from one to the next. Most of the parents stayed with their kids so I had plenty of help.
Besides balloons and streamers I made a few road signs. I used the backs of pizza boxes or whatever cardboard I could find in our recycle bin. I did most of them free hand. They do not look professional looking, but my four year old son does not care.
A preschool teacher once told me that it does not matter what you put in the sand/water table. Kids love to play in them! I bought some dry beans in the bulk food section. They are perfect for loading bulldozers and dump trucks.
Then we set up our wooden train set on a card table. This was pretty popular. The boys all took turns playing trains.My friend Trisha who has contributed to Everyday Mom a few times gave me this cupcake idea. I made regular white cupcakes and frosted them with chocolate frosting. Then I added crushed Oreos. I lined up all the cupcakes in one of my son’s dump trucks.
I am not a cake decorator, but this was a simple and fun idea I could handle. And he loved it! Instead of party favors, each boy got to make a truck and car t-shirt. We all wore similar ones I made a few days before. These are “reverse stencil” shirts from Family Fun. It was my first time doing it.
It is fairly easy. You cut out the shapes with clear contact paper. You place them on the shirt. Then spray around the stencil with t-shirt paint. I used Tulip t-shirt paint that comes in spray bottles. I found the white t-shirt works better than the gray
We kept the party to a little less than two hours and that was enough time. Everyone had a great time!