Thursday, November 8, 2012

construction site party.

my son turned 4 and really wanted a construction site party.  actually, i may have pushed him towards it a bit so i could use a gray, yellow and chevron scheme.  however, he loved the idea.  win-win.  i had a blast coming up with everything for the party.  the '4' in the middle was made out of a billion roofing nails.  i put my husband up to that project and he did perfect:)  the backdrop was simple with fabric covered canvases.  i stenciled construction site trucks onto the yellow fabric.  i also came up with the idea of using all cement bricks and pavers instead of regular ceramic platters.  the party favors were in little brown lunch sacks with trucks stenciled on.  all in all, i loved the whole feel and my son had a blast with all of his friends which is the most important part!

the tablescape:

my son requested cupcakes.  i added little road signs and "dirt" to them.  i also made cement mixer sugar cookies.

closer up of the cupcakes:

the cement mixer cupcakes on a paver "platter":

my son was the designer of this cake.  seriously.  he told me exactly everything that he wanted on there and how.

rice crispy construction hats:

front loader sugar cookies:

each kid got their own construction hat to decorate and wear:

the birthday boy also requested a special birthday shirt.  here he is in all his birthday glory:


i threw my BFF a surprise baby shower at a park and it was so much fun!  she was expecting her third daughter right before moving so it was definitely necessary.  i decided that doing a bunch of different cupcakes would be tasty for everyone there and a little different compared to my previous parties.  but i definitely think i'll do it again.  

the tablescape:

chocolate peanut butter cupcakes.  these were my fave.  i baked the chocolate cake batter on top of a peanut butter cupcake then frosted them with peanut butter buttercream frosting.

coconut cupcakes with coconut frosting topped with toasted coconut.

strawberry lemon cupcakes.  strawberry cupcakes with a lemon cream cheese frosting.

s'mores cupcakes were also another hit.  they were a "graham cracker" cake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with a marshmallow buttercream frosting.

chocolate chip cupcakes.  these had a chocolate chip cookie on the bottom, yellow cake mix, and chocolate chocolate chip frosting.

and another view of the tablescape: