Best Kids' Parties: A Vintage Truck Party

Best Kids' Parties: A Vintage Truck Party

Carrie McBride
Jun 15, 2011

Parents of truck lovers take note of Jeni's creative truck-themed party: I work full-time, so I started planning our son, Deacon's, 2nd birthday party months in advance so that I would have enough time for everything. He loves trucks, so I started looking for inspiration right away.

I found inspiration on Etsy in the form of a vintage truck invitation. I decided to make it a vintage truck party and I immediately started bidding on vintage metal Tonka trucks of all sizes on eBay. By the time, the party came around, I had enough to use as centerpieces on every table and as décor on the food tables. They looked great and when our son gets older, I look forward to giving them to him.

When I went back to purchase the invitation, I found the Etsy seller had retired the invite. This ended up working in my favor because the seller was more than happy to work with me on a new, custom one. I was so pleased with how they turned out and Mr. Bean Cakes was beyond wonderful to work with.

The party took place in my parents' front yard. My mom made table cloths with fabric designed with stripes, polka dots, etc. in shades of blue, green and brown. She made flag banners with the leftover scraps, which we hung along the fence. We completed the look with tissue-paper poms that we made in corresponding shades of lime green, aqua and turquoise and hung them from the trees in the front yard.

I collect glassware, specifically cake plates and platters, and those came in handy, especially on the dessert table. For dessert, I made cupcakes and cake pops. I was especially proud of the cake pops that I designed to look like truck wheels. The pops turned out great and everyone loved them. The edible hubcaps were purchased here. Cupcake wrappers came from Etsy and the traffic signs from Layer Cake Shop.

Food was a mix of adult and kid friendly with bbq'd chicken, hotdogs, rolls, tortellini salad, fruit, Jell-o cut with a cookie cutter into the shape of semi-trucks, and individual veggie/applesauce cups for the kids with the hubcap image pasted on the top.

We worked with our wonderful photographer (and friend), Torrey James, to capture the day. She suggested we set up a photo booth and I was able to borrow a 1950's Ford truck from some friends to use as the back-drop. We decorated the truck with a fabric banner as well.

Since most of the children attending were around 2 years old or younger, we didn't have any organized games. We just rounded up as many of Deacon's large truck toys as we could and spread them around in the center of the yard on a blanket. We figured parents could sit at tables and relax while watching their kids play in the center. It worked great and was really low-key.

Finally, for the favors, I worked with Bridgett, owner of Perideau Designs. She was able to match the truck image from the invitations and print it on personalized favor bags. Included in each bag was a dump truck crayon, truck stickers, a board book, a bag of Deacon's favorite cookies, and for the boys, a small truck, and the girls (who were older), a gumball bracelet, made with the help of this tutorial on One Charming Party. Everyone was especially pleased that the favors were personalized with each child's name. I was able to purchase matching thank-you cards with the truck image as well.

We were lucky to have a perfect day to celebrate. I enjoyed every moment of the party planning and most importantly, Deacon had a wonderful time!

Thanks Jeni! Readers, you can see much more of this terrific party on Jeni's blog What I've Read Lately.

(Images: Torrey James Photography)

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