We fear Shannon may have set the bar too high for her son's "blazing birthday party" this year - we're not sure how she's going to top this fun-filled firefighter party: When Wills turned 3 in March, we decided to celebrate his love of firetrucks. Fortunately, a local park had recently acquired a vintage firetruck that served as the perfect backdrop for the lovely Spring day. Although the 1960s-era truck was stationary the entire time and didn't have working lights or a siren, it didn't bother the 3-year-olds one bit. They loved climbing all over it anyway!
A quick call to a local fire station scored us free fireman hats for all the kids as well as some fire-safety activity booklets for them to take home. Since the fire hats were free, I also added some cute fire extinguisher squirt guns to the favor bags, which were just plain brown paper bags decorated with this cute fire engine rubber stamp I found at Paper Source. I justified spending $10 on the stamp because I added it to our art box and knew we'd get lots of use out of it in the future!
Since corralling toddlers for games can be difficult, we just chose one activity (other than the swings and slides at the park). I cut and painted flames out of foam board and then taped them to a fence. We filled a basket with yellow, red and orange water balloons and had the kids throw the balloons at the flames to "put out the fire."
My favorite Etsy finds were the cute banner that decorated the fire truck (actually borrowed from a friend) and the cherry-flavored fire engine lollipop favors from the Sweet Lollipop Shop. They offer tons of custom shapes and flavors--the kids loved them!
Homemade cakes have been a tradition in my family since my brother and I were children. My dad helped me with this one and Wills loved his truck cake.
Overall, it was a fun day. We knew the birthday boy had enjoyed himself when on the way home from the park he asked when he was going to turn 4!