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Clever 3rd Birthday Party “Trash Bash”

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Jennifer from BellaGrey Designs has an adorable son that “LOVES” Trash Trucks… so guess what inspired his 3rd birthday party theme?! ;)

She did such a great job bringing this birthday “TRASH BASH” to life for her little guy – with clever details like trash can shaped cake pops complete with “flies a buzzin by the dozen” and super cute mini trash can favors with candy, toy trash trucks, and Waste Management rubber bracelets hidden inside the mini trash bags. (She made the mini trash cans herself! Here’s a link to the tutorial.) The menu even included playful items like “sanitation subs”, “waste water” and fruit served in “bowls” fashioned from small white paper plates. Read on for lots more fun party pics and creative details…

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jennifer…

My son turned 3 in December, but we waited until late January to have this party. He LOVES trash trucks! Every time one goes by or we pass one on the road, he says, “Mommy, look there’s a trash truck”. What better theme to have for his 3rd birthday, than something he’s totally obsessed with – Trash Trucks!!

He was so excited for this party, he could barely wait. A few weeks before the party, I wanted to take a photo of him with the trash man and the truck, but the noise scared him, so we opted to take a much more relaxed photo with him holding two recycling bags of trash. I had the photo blown up to poster size and printed in black and white.

I used crumbled brown craft paper, for the backdrop and placed Greyson’s photo poster in the middle. When I thought about the font I wanted to use for the paper products, I knew I wanted to depict slime or goo, like real trash. When I created the banner, I used regular crepe paper streamers and cut them into strips, then rolled them into little balls (it was a trash party after all, so I didn’t want everything to look crisp) and attached the crumpled paper to the back of the banner letters. I used old boxes to hold the “junk mix” and trashcan cake pops. New silver galvanized trash cans were used as props to hold the “flies a-buzzin’ by the dozen” cake pops and the “sanitation subs”.

I used plenty of newspaper around the party, but didn’t want the guests to have newsprint on them after the party, so I covered the newspapers with plastic drop cloths, on the tables. I made the little white paper bowls out of small paper plates, these held the junk mix as well as fruit. I had the cookies made into trash cans and she used our image on the trash truck cookies. These were a hit! I also had “trash can” cake pops made. I added flies, I had purchased back around Halloween, to the cake pops, cupcakes and mini trash bags around the toy trash truck. We tried to come up with clever names for the food and beverages. The kids, as well as the parents really liked this idea.

After the party, the kids were given party favors in mini trash cans with mini trash bags, these were filled with a toy trash truck; a Waste Management rubber bracelet and some candy. They were also given a recyclable coloring book from Waste Management. I created an iron on for his t-shirt; he was so excited when I gave him the shirt the morning of his party. He wanted to get dressed right then and there!! I also made two wreaths. One out of trash bags with a “G” attached to it and the other using newspaper, cut with pinking shears, and clean trash with the number “3” attached to it.

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  1. Jennifer ~ BellaGrey Designs March 27, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Thank you so much, Jennifer for the wonderful feature!!!

  2. Festive Party Girl March 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    What a funny theme! This party turned out so great. I especially love the Sanitation Subs and all of the printables.

  3. Lydia- The Party Wagon March 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Wow, Jennifer! How funny and original! I love it that you took his favorite thing and made it a party! So cute and clever!! xoxo

  4. Aneta March 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

    That is awesome :) My son is fascinated with garbage truck, he would love to have that party ! Your cupcakes with flies are just too funny :)

  5. Susan March 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Where did you get these mini trash cans?

  6. Lindsay {Easy Made Invitations} March 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

    This is adorable! What a great idea for a party!! Very well done!!

  7. Sandra March 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    How cute and original. Congratulations on the party and the feature.

  8. Alison Lawson Cakes March 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Awesome! Congratulations!

  9. Rene March 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

    What a fun party!! Love the trash can favors!!

  10. Debbie-Party Patisserie March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Jennifer, such a great idea! All the details are just perfect. Your little guy is adorable and boys sure love their trucks!

  11. Amanda April 6, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Where did you find those mini trash cans? We are doing a trash party too and can’t find them anywhere!!

  12. hope zoll April 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

    PLEASE someone tell me where to get those mini trash cans! I need them for my little boys birthday. This will be his 3rd Garbage Truck party! 2, 3, and now 4 he still loves them :) HELP

  13. jenn s. April 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Everyone –
    Jennifer actually MADE the trash can favors herself using rubber coozies from the Dollar Tree + silver spray paint! Here’s her tutorial: http://www.bellagreydesigns.com/2012/04/diy-trash-can-tutorial.html

  14. Amanda Preston June 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    what a great idea my son is also in love with the garbage truck so I am going to throw him a trash bash too thanks for the ideas.

  15. Amanda Preston June 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    what a great idea my son is also in love with the garbage truck so I am going to throw him a trash bash too thanks for the ideas.

  16. Sandy July 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hi there! AWESOME idea! How did you get the WM coloring books? Thank you so much.

  17. Jennifer Osburn Wilbanks September 5, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I love your ideas! My son LOVES the trash truck, and I would like to do this theme for his third birthday. Where did you find the trash truck decal that you used for the invitations and T-Shirt?

  18. Deborah {Wedding Thingz} February 8, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Great ideas!

  19. Mandy Sexton March 19, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    You've made garbage gorgeous! What's in your junk mix?

  20. Laura September 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Where did you get the Waste Management coloring books and bracelets?

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