Block off the construction zone, put on your hard hat, get the dump truck and wrecking ball, and build the perfect construction birthday party with our Construction Party Ideas! We have provided some general party planning tips as well as great decorating suggestions and food, game, and activity ideas for a first-class Construction Party!
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What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Construction party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Construction party:
- Toy construction vehicles
- Construction videos to play in the background
- Construction signs
- LEGO bricks
- Construction hats
- Plastic tools
- A sandbox
- Construction cones
- A pinata (Right)
Creative invitations can help build excitement before a party. If you have time to make your own construction party invitations, here are some ideas to get you started:
- Cut a dump truck shape out of yellow construction paper. Write “Caution! George is turning 5!” on the front. Cut black construction-paper circles for the wheels, and attached them to the card with brass fasteners so they spin. Add all of the party details on the back. Place each invitation in a small manila envelope, and seal the envelopes with truck stickers.
- Write your party details around a small toy traffic cone and leave a cone outside each of your guests’ house.
- Be creative with the party details by writing a theme-appropriate message on each invitation. Use the example below, or write your own message.
Grab your hammers, your screwdrivers and tape,
We’re building a birthday that’s made out of cake!
Wally’s construction party will be made to last,
So put on your overalls and RSVP fast!
- If desired, you can offer your guests a clue about the party activities they can expect using wording like “Come ready to move dirt and swing a hammer! There’s construction work to be done!” If party activities may get dirty, ask your guests to come dressed in their work clothes.
- For a special touch, let us print personalized invitations for you! We’ll include your child’s name and all the party details on a background design to match your theme. You can also take a look at the blank invitations we offer.
- Toy Trucks: Use plenty of toy trucks and cars to decorate the party area. If you have access to larger toy trucks, consider using them to store the gifts before gift-opening time.
- Construction Site Signs: Make a few construction site signs to hang on the walls. Choose sayings like “Birthday Party This Way,” “Construction Zone Ahead” and “Men at Work.” You can also staple the signs to sticks, and place them along the driveway and sidewalk leading to your front door.
- Outdoor Decorations: Draw a road on your driveway using chalk, and let the children draw more trucks and trees to the road until all the guests have arrived. Also set up a sandbox where the children can play with dump trucks and other construction vehicles.
- Construction Zone: Purchase yellow and black “Birthday Zone” or “Caution” tape, and hang long strips of it across the top of your front door to create a curtain. Drape additional strips of warning tape from the light fixture above the main table and throughout the rest of the party space.
- Special Signs & Road Cones: Call your local public works department to ask if they will loan you street barriers, a “Road Closed” sign, a “Detour” sign, or orange traffic cones to help set the mood. You can also purchase toy traffic cones to use as table decorations.
- Construction Centerpiece: Your child’s toy trucks will make great table decorations! Arrange a group of trucks in the middle of the table as your centerpiece.
- Displaying Goody Bags: Use a small wheelbarrow, a large toy truck or a red wagon to hold the goody bags.
- Roadway Activity Mat: Place a plain, white paper tablecloth on the floor of the play area or across a table. Use black markers to draw roads going in different directions across the tablecloth. Add stop signs, yield signs, traffic lights, etc., using brightly-colored markers. Set a number of small toy cars and trucks on the road and let your guests play on the road during the party.
When it comes to food, partygoers are usually perfectly content to eat pizza or hotdogs, which is certainly much easier on the hosts! However, if you have the time and would like to serve up some treats that fit your kids construction party, consider these ideas:
- Construction-Themed Serving Dishes: Serve food and snacks in the back of clean toy dump trucks. Purchase empty paint cans at a hardware store, and use them to serve chips. Use a new, clean paint tray to serve cut-up veggies and dip. Use clean plastic shovels as serving utensils.
- Traffic Light Snacks: Frost graham crackers or other rectangular-shaped cookies with yellow icing. Add one red, green, and yellow M&M or gumdrop down the center to make traffic light snacks.
- Edible Building Blocks: Cut fruit and cheese into cubes, and label the tray “Bricks”. For younger children, use the food to build a tower from which they can eat. Let older children make their own edible buildings with the cubed food.
- Tire Salad: Use pasta wheels to make a construction-themed pasta salad.
- Bagged Lunches: Serve your little workers their own lunches or snacks in brown paper bags. Label the outside of each bag with a guest’s name, and then fill it with a sandwich, fruit, cheese, crackers, and a juice box. If you have a wagon, add a sign saying “Snack Wagon” to it, and load the bagged snacks inside.
- Build-Your-Own Sandwich Bar: As an alternative to bagged lunches, you can let the children “build” their own sandwiches at the party using ingredients with unique construction material names. For example, put slices of bread, peanut butter, jelly, sliced bananas, peanuts, etc. in separate containers. Mark the bread as “Foundation & Roofing,” the peanut butter as “Dirt,” the jelly as “Cement,” the bananas as “Support Beams,” and the peanuts as “Nuts & Bolts.” Use any ingredients you want. Get creative!
- Dump Truck Delights: Offer brownies or cake in a clever container. Cut the brownies/cake into small squares, and then stack them in the back of a clean toy dump truck. Next, scatter crushed chocolate cookies around the bottom as “dirt,” and add some gummy worms for more fun!
- Construction Site Cake: Here’s a quick idea to create a birthday cake that looks like a construction site. Bake a 9″ x 13″ cake, and frost it with green icing (i.e. green food coloring mixed into white frosting). Use a tube of black gel frosting or chocolate sprinkles to draw a road around the cake. Then, add a pile of crushed graham crackers as “dirt” in the middle of the cake, and place small toy trucks on the “dirt pile.” For more decorations, add brown candy such as malt balls, junior mints, or peanut M&Ms to be the rocks! You may also want to add miniature road signs from your local hobby shop.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests for helping you build the perfect birthday with awesome party favors! To find a large variety of construction themed party favors, visit our Construction party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include: Inflatable hammers, Plastic hard hats, Reusable tote bags, and Toys (Below)
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
- Construction Party Supplies: Includes paperware, invitations, personalized items, favors, and decorations for your party theme.
- Construction Personalized Items: Check out our exclusive personalized items including invitations, bookmarks, stickers, and more!
- Party Planning 101: Our useful party planning guide includes cake ideas, party etiquette tips, a printable guest list, and much more.
- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
- Parties Under $100: Use this guide to celebrate in style without breaking the bank!
- Party Budget Estimator: Download this guide to help budget your expenses.
- More Birthday Theme Ideas: Browse our list of over 130 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.
Games and Activities
Guests will work in teams to get all of the rocks out of their dump truck.
Have your partygoers dig through “rocks” to find lost treasure.
Children will have a blast running around as “loose links” chasing the “chains” in circles.
Guests can build and decorate their own dump trucks with this craft.
Any players caught by the “crane” become part of the crane and must help catch other players.
Partygoers will be crawling all over the floor in this boulder-pushing race.
Partygoers can really test their memory with this fun party game.
Kids will get a kick out of this construction-themed version of the classic Red Rover game.
Give children a chance to “throw the wrecking ball” as part of a demolition crew.
Break out the building tools, and let your guests construct their own LEGO town.
Print out copies of our coloring page and let the children decorate them.