Ready, set, GO! Transport party!
My gorgeous boy Master O turned 3 last week. It still seems only a blink of an eye since I was staring down at him in hospital and he was teeny tiny. Like this big…
*Sigh* My heart squeezes at the thought of him not being a baby any more. Growing up. I’m also incredibly excited to see the man he will turn into, but still – he’s my last baby 🙁
He is, very much, your stereotypical boy. He loves mud, trucks, diggers, helicopters, airplanes and anything with a siren or flashing light. His favourite movie is Cars 2 and would watch it on repeat if allowed. This birthday party was never going to be anything but Transport themed…
We had only 4 other friends along, plus Miss E. His Mega Messy Birthday party last year had been a bigger affair, and I wanted to pare it back a bit for us and also to make it more intimate for him. It turned out to be a great choice as the weather was questionable, so we spent a large part of it indoors. Phew!
I only had a few activities planned as I think at this age, they still don’t get the concept of many party games, and they just love undirected play.
I found some Lego compatible vehicle sets at our local Shiploads store (discount variety store) for $1.97 – bargain. In the end only one of them got opened and played with.
I also purchased some blank, car shaped cars from the same store and the kids were able to draw on them, colour them in and take them home if they liked. (The girls loved this!)
I also had my party favourite – a can of shaving cream and some cars for some fun sensory ‘car wash’ play outside. With a tub of water to the side to wash them in afterwards. That was a hit! Although the cars soon got dumped for hands instead….
And the aftermath of that… Master O decided to do some puddle jumping so all the mud prints are his…
We can’t forget the party bags – Miss E certainly wouldn’t – she’s been to too many parties this month. Out of her class, around half the class has their birthday in March. (I figure there is probably a Tasmanian population explosion every 9 or 10 months after Winter)… This means she has developed an embarrassing party bag fixation, towards the end of a party she starts getting overly excited about them. I have to stop her from asking for them – grrr!!!
For the party bags, I used plain white paper bags. I purchased a little book of train alphabet letters and used them to put each childs’ name on the front and ‘thanks’ on the back. The bags contained:
- A freddo
- One of the alphabet sticker sheets
- A balloon
- A packet of ovalteenies
- A cute car shaped snack box which had some vanilla m&m’s inside
You can find the cute car containers from Little Bento Shop. They can also be used as rice molds. All up, each party bag cost me around $3.70/child. Since it includes something that can be re-used, I am really happy with this.
Our usual Wordly Wednesday post this week will have the party food we served up – here comes the aeroplane!
In the meantime, I quickly made up a cool road tablecloth for the party table. On a plastic tablecloth, I used yellow washi tape for the centre line, and used correction tape for the dashed white lines. Looks so effective and only cost a few dollars!