Nolan requested a construction cake for his 3rd birthday. I wasn’t planning on following that theme much past the cake and invitation.
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We were already renting an inflatable water slide and having the Kona Ice Truck come. Back when I rented it the slide, it was super hot so I figured August would be even hotter. It wasn’t. For the third year in a row it was only like 80…85. I guess I need to face facts that his late August birthday means early fall around here.
Anyway, I didn’t want to spend a bunch of $ on decorations, too, but I managed to do up the theme a little more without spending a lot. I printed signs for the tables and to direct people to the bathrooms.
The only other things I did was pick up a few balloons on Amazon and some Construction Zone tape.
We had just finished the deck the weekend before (that’s another post) so we had all this dirt around the base of it. At the last minute I gathered up all his construction toys/trucks and put them in the dirt. It cost me NOTHING and was one of the highlights of the party. In fact, Nolan preferred this to the slide, only sliding twice the whole day (after the water was turned on).
We had a large invite list so I ended up just ordering pizza. It was by far the most cost effective approach. Chips, pizza and drinks. I meant to put out watermelon but forgot. I found three watermelons in my fridge after the party was over. Whoops. We ended up having a second gathering on his actual birthday to “clean out” our fridge before we left for Vegas.
I know that I go way over the top for his birthday, but I really enjoy planning it and designing the invitations. I love having people over and since my birthday is just 4 days before his, I figure it’s my birthday party, too.
I was super proud of his cake. He requested a construction cake and I recreated one off Pinterest.
This is the pic I took right when it was done.
Below is a slideshow of the pictures from our photographer, KT Nichols.
And here is a video of him getting his “big” present. Thank goodness for Craigslist.