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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Monster Truck Party

Our little guy will be turning 4 soon and since he's been planning his party as long as his sister was (that means MONTHS), I knew I had to make it happen before we moved. Because it's much more fun to have a party with your friends than in a place where you don't know anyone yet. Besides, friends and family are happy to be included in one final bash. And since I am currently sitting at the table watching a bunch of guys pack up all my stuff, we had the party here on Saturday. And oh what fun it was!

Monster trucks is actually a really fun theme to pull together. It doesn't take much to have the little ones saying "oh cool!" and "awesome!"

I decided on black, white, and lime green for the colors. Found some clipart online and colored it to match the theme and used it for everything: the invitations, decorations and even as a way to dress up the bendy straws. The rest of the decorations were easy to pull together. I had black and white checkered flags and plastic tableclothes left over from Sam's party and used them everywhere, even cutting them down into triangles to make quick pennant banners. I also did giant truck tires out of posterboard and a custom license plate for Ty.
The front door:

The invitation: (yes I made a typo - it's supposed to say Nov but I didn't realize it until we were delivering them and someone pointed it out. oops)
The food:

I went really simple with the cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes, lime green frosting, and crushed Oreo cookie "dirt" on top. Didn't even do my typical fancy cake for the Granparents party - they got cupcakes too.

"truck tire" donuts
-checkered "wheel" pretzels

-and the monster truck straws with green punch
-again, the cute mini canvas totes that I found on clearance at Michael's (3 for 25 cents!) that I dressed up with a little rick rack and license plate name tags

and filled them with a Hot Wheels type monster truck (dollar store), some truck theme mini pencils, and the candy and Silly Bands I purposely set aside from Kaitlyn's party

The Fun:
-I always start the party with some coloring pages. I've found that the kids need something to do while waiting for everyone to show up, or they end up bouncing off the walls and destroying the place in no time.
-then to set the mood for the party I had them watch a couple of monster truck clips I found on YouTube. I think some of those boys (Tyler included) could have happily watched those for the entire party.
-next up, they made their own monster truck arenas. I had all kinds of things from markers, stickers, and stamps, to rocks, wooden ramps, and old Hot Wheels cars (that I had crushed with a hammer to make them look authentic).
They were each given one of those cardboard containers that soda and soup cans are delivered to stores on and they went to town with their creations. When they had it exactly how they wanted it I stuck it all down with the glue gun.
This one is Kaitlyn's
-and then it was time for the obstacle course. Each child took a turn taking the monster truck through it. (the arrows I used to keep them on course were found here. I printed them and covered them with contact paper, then taped them to the floor. They held up surprisingly well)

While the other cheered them on :)
-and finished the party with treats and gifts.
I found this was more than enough activity to fill the 90 minutes. In fact, I didn't even have to pull out my Standby Game of Red Light, Green Light or run more YouTube clips for them. But if you're looking for another cute activity I just ran across a fun printable for Pin the Wheel on the Monster Truck here.
There's the Birthday Boy! He had a fantastic time.

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