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Last year Kye mentioned wanting to have a firetruck themed birthday party and I’ve been SO looking forward to this!!! It was THE easiest party I’ve done yet as well as probably the least expensive. I feel like I’m turning into a well oiled party throwing machine 😉
I’m so, so happy at how everything turned out! I feel like every party I throw becomes my favorite party ever, but this one really is at the top of the list!
Food Area: I used the firetruck Kye got from Santa for Christmas as a centerpiece in the dining room then I made party circles to hang from the chandelier. I have decided that probably every party I throw will be a sweets-only party. SO much cheaper, easier to put together, and cuter!
Suckers: I bought two packs of lollipops (total of $5) then used mod podge to glue party of the party printables on each one. I repurposed the same green foamy type squares used for flower arrangements that I had used for Kye’s Golf Party and stuck the suckers in them and covered it all using some shredded red paper I’d already had bought for a diaper cake I made for Crissy’s baby shower. I thought they turned out cute and preschoolers LOVE some suckers 🙂
Chocolate covered pretzel sticks with red sprinkles
Chocolate covered marshmallows with red sprinkles
I made a red punch and MEANT to put out some water too but totally forgot! Thankfully it was a smaller party so I think everyone knew me well enough to know I wouldn’t just have something sweet like that for the kids and everyone felt comfortable just getting some water themselves as needed 😉
I used pictures from our little fire station photo shoot as decorations as well
Living Room: It wouldn’t be a birthday party without a banner, right? I LOVE buying party printable packs…makes life so much easier than having to make the banner myself and I think they always turn out so cute! All I had to do was print, cut it out, hole punch that beast, and run the ribbon through! Bam!
As always I also had Kye’s birthday video playing throughout the party. We actually streamed it from my computer using Apple TV…I felt so tech savvy 😉
Last year we had tornados on Kye’s party day…this year? We had one of THE coldest days we saw the entire winter season. Awesome. We originally planned for several outdoor activities but decided to move them inside and I got creative at the last minute and added a few extra indoor activities for the kids. I pulled out Kye’s car mat and picked through all of his toys to find all the firetrucks. And he has a HUGE firetruck puzzle so I stuck the pieces in a bucket and had that sitting out as well!
Craft Area: ALL of this was supposed to be outside. But with the weather we moved it in. Since we invited a MUCH smaller crew for this party, I was able to do more fun stuff for each kid. I made place cards for each child’s seat and had each of their activities/items at their spot! I tried to arrange the seating in the best way I could to minimize mess and hassle for their parents 😉
I LOVED the opportunity to use this fire truck. It was Kye’s FIRST truck ever…given as a gift with some flowers inside of it while we were at the hospital! My sweet brother, Ryan, and his fam sent it our way!
I found these really neat handmade wooden firetrucks and bought one for each “older kid” and decided to be supppper daring and have them paint it as a craft to take home!
Each firefighter also had their own fire extinguisher (which I assumed was MUCH bigger from the picture than it actually was when they arrived but the kids loved them anyway!)
They also each had a personalized color page!
Of course, each of them had their own fire hat as well!
How each place setting looked
Extra hats for the younger crew
Kye’s HUGE birthday balloon!
Kye’s fireman jacket
Outside: Even though we nixed our original plan for a firefighter obstacle course, we still decided to do the flames on the fence. Zach drew the flames on red poster paper and a secret friend got them laminated for us at their school 😉 I cut each of them out and Zach attached them to the fence! They turned out super cool and the kids had a BLAST using their extinguishers to “put out” the fires 😉
Favors: When I saw these fire hydrant cups on Pinterest I HAD to have them! I just got one for each “big kid” and an extra one for Britt (which someone took so she ended up not having one haha). I cut out the “thank you” tags from the party pack, punched a hole in them, and attached them with cute ribbon. I also framed an invitation as well as other photos from our fire station visit!
I’m SUPER happy with how everything turned out! If you’re looking to plan a fire fighter party you can see ALL of my ideas and inspirations for this party on my Pinterest board HERE!
Liking what you see and want to know where I bought it all?
Party Printable Pack: The TomKat Studio
Wooden Firetrucks: MarvsCars
Personalized Firetruck Coloring Page: Frostingandink
Fire Hydrant Cups: Birthday Party Express
Large Balloon (which, btw, is STILL inflated 6 weeks later!): Birthday Party Express
Fire Extinguishers: Birthday In a Box
Fire Man Hats: Local Dollar Store
If you’d like to see Kye’s past birthday parties:
And, yes, we are already making plans for his next birthday party 🙂