Under Construction 2nd Birthday Party

Hard hats and work boots on! This last Sunday, we celebrated Archer's 2nd birthday with a backyard construction-themed bash!  


For a little boy who is obsessed with all things trucks, a construction-themed birthday party was a no brainer. We didn't send out a physical invite, but instead opted for a simple digital option that was shared via e-mail and Facebook to family and friends. 


Guests were greeted at the side gate with construction-themed signs pointing them in the direction of the "Birthday Zone." A vintage wooden bar cart with a letter board thanked guests for coming and instructed them to grab a water bottle on their way in. The water bottles served as their favor for the event. 


 I created an easy menu sure to please adults and kiddos alike. Since much of what was served was pre-cut/pre-made, food prep and set-up went quickly and smoothly and was easy to prepare ahead of time. Below is a quick rundown of what was served:

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches cut into dump trucks and bulldozers using cookie cutters
  • Pre-cut meats and cheeses
  • Variety of crackers
  • Cut veggies with hummus and ranch 
  • Fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and clementines)
  • Yogurt covered pretzels
  • Citrus + Basil infused water and lemonade

Dessert was a combination of chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing and crushed Oreos as well as a homemade chocolate "dirt cake" trifle. The dirt cake was topped with two construction cone-shaped candles and toy Caterpillar trucks. Each cupcake was topped with a custom designed "DIG IN" sign. I just love the way these turned out! So cute!


(Wanna get in on a little secret??) I was able to purchase pre-baked, un-iced cupcakes from Publix for next to nothing, which meant so much less work for me! I was able to pick them up the morning before the party, and decorate them however I wanted! (Insert praise hands emoji.) So easy and convenient, this has definitely become a new favorite party-planning trick of mine!


Guests were able to sit and enjoy the party on picnic tables with adorable construction-themed centerpieces of potted plants, "danger" signs, and toy trucks. Many also gathered on blankets and chairs set up throughout the yard.


I also set up a pint-size photo booth area for parents to take pictures of their kids. A small prop table of construction vests, plastic hard hats, safety goggles, signs, and toy tool box was set up next to the backdrop for kids to play dress-up. 


It was such a fun afternoon of trucks, dirt, family, friends, and celebrating this sweet boy! Thank you for reading along! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Vendor List and Links:

  • Digital Invitation: Custom design by Resplendent Living using graphics from Cloud Street Lab on Etsy
  • "DIG IN" cupcake toppers: Custom design by Resplendent Living using graphics from Cloud Street Lab on Etsy
  • Construction Signs: Wolcott Designs on Etsy
  • Construction vests: Amazon
  • Plastic hard hats: Amazon
  • Water bottles:  Ink Head (Not exactly the same, but close.)
  • Construction cone candles: Amazon
  • Mini Caterpillar toy trucks: Walmart
  • Bulldozer-shaped cookie cutter: Amazon
  • Dump Truck-shaped cookie cutter: Amazon
  • Paper plates, napkins, and cups: Hobby Lobby
  • White bunting: Custom made by Resplendent Living
  • Paper garlands: Custom made by Resplendent Living
  • Archer's shirt: Old Navy

All Photography by Resplendent Living