Last year Kye mentioned wanting to have a fire truck themed birthday party and I’ve been SO looking forward to this!!! Fire truck birthday party ideas are everywhere, so 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!
Here’s how we put together this fire truck birthday party, from the decorations to the food to everything in between!
Original Post Published in April 2013
Fire Truck Birthday Party Ideas: The Food
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!
Fire Truck 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 🙂
Other Fire Truck Themed Party Food
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 am IN LOVE with how his cake turned out! HUGE thanks to Heather (who also did his Woody cake last year, remember?). She matched the invitations PERFECTLY!!!
I used pictures from our little fire station photo shoot as decorations as well
Fire Truck Birthday Party Ideas: The Decor
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!
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 fire truck birthday balloon!
Kye’s fireman jacket
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 😉
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!
Fire Truck Birthday Party: Final Thoughts
I’m SUPER happy with how everything turned out! If you’re looking to plan a firefighter 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: Unfortunately the original shop doesn’t exist anymore but you can find some great options on Etsy!
Wooden Firetrucks: The shop is currently closed but here is a similar one!
Personalized Firetruck Coloring Page: Frostingandink
Large Balloon (which, btw, is STILL inflated 6 weeks later!): Amazon
If you’d like to see more birthday parties that we’ve planned through the years:
- Football Birthday Party
- Finding Nemo Party
- Donald Duck Party
- Hawaiian Christmas Party
- Mickey & Minnie Mouse Party
Looking for even more party planning tips and inspiration? Be sure to check out my Pinterest boards for ideas and you can also see over 35 of the best kids party ideas here! Happy Planning 🙂
And, yes, we are always making plans for the next birthday party 🙂
This is just so cute!! I will be using your ideas for my sons next birthday!!!
Balloons are one of those cheapest solid color birthday party decorations supplies that can do wonders for you. Hang them from the ceiling, let them float in the air, or fill them with confetti and have your guests blow them at midnight.
Wow amazing nice birthday party what a theme everything is perfect decorated. I like it I never think about this theme thanks for sharing it sure I also try this theme for my son birthday party. Kids love balloons so try this with lot of balloons. Reference: Postal Flowers Birthday Balloon Dublin
Where did find the labels stop, drop and roll.