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{Crafty & Stylish} Construction First Birthday Party

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CAUTION! You may want to put on your hard hat to handle the loads of creativity in this Construction First Birthday Party! I absolutely love the story about the inspiration for this party too… Shannon Roache of Very Pretty Parties started construction for a pool right before Brody’s birthday – and instead of worrying about the mess she totally made it work to her advantage! Pint-sized party guests were “put to work” with construction plan coloring sheets and construction toys… then “paid” handsomely in cupcakes, candy, and toy dump trucks to take home. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Construction signs, cones, barricades & a rock-covered “1”
  • “Fuel Up” lemonade station with a toy dump truck used as an ice bucket
  • “ONE” letters roped together as a shelf decoration
  • Rock candy sticks displayed in real rock filled vases!
  • Embellished brown bags filled with snacks + Dump Truck beach set party favors

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yellow truck cookies

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construction first birthday highchair

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Shannon

With construction for a new pool scheduled to begin 2 weeks before my son Brody’s 1st Birthday, I knew I was going to have a huge mess to somehow work around.  Instead of worrying about it, I decided to incorporate it and therefore his construction theme was born.

Although I chose a construction party, I still wanted it to look like a first birthday party so I had to be creative in order to make construction vehicles and tools look cute! I also added a lot of other elements that highlighted Brody’s big milestone.  There were pictures from his newborn and 1 year old photo shoot as well as a huge display of his monthly growth.

I designed and made most of the party decorations including a door wreath, fabric bunting, fabric garland, table runners, birthday hat, printables and “1” elements everywhere!  My dad is a general contractor so a ton of borrowed construction signs, cones and barricades also helped set the scene.

I purchased Dr. Suess’ Happy Birthday Book and all of the guests were asked to “Sign in before entering Brody’s construction zone.”

For entertainment, I set up an area for the kids to color on construction plans and play with construction vehicles.  They also had a bounce house that provided hours of entertainment!

For food, we had a taco cart, Lemonade & Margaritas, tons of sweets and my parents even brought their gelato catering cart! Each of the kids were given a snack bag filled with kid friendly treats and each family was given a Dump Truck beach set to take home as a party favor. The party was a ton of fun and Brody as well as his sister Ashlyn had a great time!

Vendor Credit
By |2017-03-31T09:43:47+00:00November 2nd, 2012|First Birthday, Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Megan Riebe LaRocque January 8, 2013 at 4:14 am

    This is so cute… you did an amazing job. I have to ask where did you get the blue,orange and green dump trucks?

  2. Megan Riebe LaRocque January 8, 2013 at 4:14 am

    This is so cute… you did an amazing job. I have to ask where did you get the blue,orange and green dump trucks?

    • Shannon January 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      I actually found those at Target during the summer. They are beach toy sets.

  3. Jenny Robak February 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I am doing the same theme for my son’s first birthday. His party will be on March 17, 2013. So just around the corner. I am wondering if you kept any of these items and were willing to sell them to me if I paid you for them, plus shipping. I am interested in the ONE letters, bib, cone hat and ribbon decor for the highchair, any of the signs and labels for things like “fuel station” etc.(except with his name of course- ha even though my guy’s name is Brady), any ribbons that went around jars or buckets, place/label cards, cloths or table runners or ones used under plates for decoration, like the brown/white zigzag striped one for example. ANyway, please let me know if you’d be interested in this. I love this!!
    Jenny [email protected]

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  5. Charmaine Jones September 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    This js all awesome!! My son’a 1st birthday is this very theme & 26 days away!! I would love to know where you got the rock covered #1 from? That would be so perfect on our cake table

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