My baby boy’s first party, a fire engine party, was a huge success! We made it a Fire engine theme, for no particular reason, but it turned out great!
I will be sharing some photos today, but are spreading the details over 3 posts, because there are so much detail!
The next post will be a How-to post, explaining how I went about making the party theme work and the last post will be about Tips and Tricks on how to plan a (almost) stressfull party. This will be over at the Kids Creative Chaos site.
Now on to the pretty photos:
I played with the colors red,yellow and orange all throughout the party, from the decor, to the food. It was bright and cheerful, perfect for this summer day! Liezel at Match Set Love designed all the printables for me, and that made the party extra special. (Apologies for it is in Afrikaans)
For the kids, I used the red tin buckets, resembling the sand buckets of the fire department. The name badges are chalkboard stickers(details in the next post). I used the yellow and orange napkins inside the tins, resembling fire flames. The reason I did not put all the treats in the tins beforehand, is that I wanted the parents to see all the cute things too! And the parents of the smaller kids and babies had to choose what their little ones are allowed to eat. Treats offered were “balls of fire” from orange apricot sweets and red suckers, “ladders” from yellow papered chomps(chocolates) and individual cheese string cheese, “fire hoses” from red papered rolled-up fizzers(toffees), “match sticks” in cute little boxes made from pretzel sticks dipped into red chocolate, “flames” from cheese curl chips.
On the table, the fire chief hats were used as bowls for chips, and a fire engine truck plus some firemen gear were the “centre piece”. These were played with too!
The food were all on sticks to make it easier to enjoy. Another reason the parents had to dish up for the kids: to toddler proof it!
The eats included mini meatballs and nuggets with dips, cheese-vienna-onions-on-a-stick, mini bread squares, fruit kebabs and tin buckets with chips, just for fun!
The cake pops were “balls of fire”. I will explain the details on this in the next post. The big cake was organized by my mother-in-law.
It fit right into the theme and it was a delicious chocolate cake. My mother made chocolate fudge biscuit balls as an additional treat(recipe in the next post).
Above the table I hung the printable bunting designed by Liezel, together with more balloons and a DIY glitter styrofoam nr.1. (Details in the next post)
We had the drink station seperate, where I used the duel dispenser for red(apple and cranberry) and yellow(orange and granadilla) juice. I had these cute glass bottles someone collected for me and together with the straws and printable flags, it was just perfect for the party.
Above the table I hung the photos I took each month of baby, writing the milestones on a chalkboard (such a treasure), together with pegs and balloons. Another fire engine truck finished off the decorations here, together with the party favours(bubbles) for each child.
Now on to the activities. We had the eating part first, because you know, kids can’t wait to dive into the sweets!
Then the fun with the ‘House on fire’ started! You can see how we made the house here.
I bought spray bottles, that we filled with water and the older ones had fun “putting out the flames” (and each other!). The young ones, even the babies, posted balls through the windows, while the big kids had a competition on how far they can stand to through the balls through the windows. Playing inside, hiding was also part of the fun!
We bought a small fire hydrant that you connect to your garden hose, and it sprays water. That, and the small shell with water was fun for the little ones, while the big children had a swim in the pool.
The candle blowing and cake eating came last, and baby had his own smash cake, which he enjoyed after being sceptical at first;)
A lovely party!
Be sure to check back in for the more detailed “How-to’s” within the next week!