My oldest turned 3 this week and I am in total shock. Where did the time go? When and how did he learn to walk , talk, and act like a grown human being? I feel like I did very little to contribute to his growing up. But he did it anyway.
This year was the first year that we planned a party that was actually for the kids and not just the adults. He’s old enough to have a few little friends and understand how to play some simple games. Little man is obsessed with fire trucks, firemen, ladders, Heatwave (the Rescue Bot), and anything that resembles something red and heroic. Naturally, we had to throw a firetruck birthday party.
I knew I wanted to go all out with the cake so I tried to keep everything else pretty simple.
I made up this little printable to put next to/in front of the food. The food was quick, easy, and very kid-friendly. I set out some ketchup and mustard to go with the “lil’ smokies” and called it good!
- Pretzels: Match sticks
- Licorice=fire hoses
- Pigs in a blanket=lil’ smokies.
Here is the link to the Food tags
To keep drinks simple and mess-free I bought mini water bottles to display on the table. I found darling labels here. They were adorable and a total hit. I love it when food doubles as a decoration! The cake also fulfilled that purpose. I am a complete novice to fondant cakes so I’ll try to post a tutorial when I acquire a few more skillzzzzz. Inside the cake was white chocolate cherry. Give me a shout if you’re interested in in this recipe and I’ll send it your way.
For the backdrop, I draped yellow and red streamers over the curtain rod about my window in hopes that it would look like fire. I think I got pretty close. Then I hung this banner (which you can print below!) across the fiery streamers.
I found this tutorial for the cute little fire hydrants. They were super simple to make and extra fun because it was easy enough for little man to be involved. These fire hydrant decorations doubled as a little game. We took them off of the table and let the kids try to throw hula hoops around it. Kind of like horse shoes.
For another simple game I printed out a 11X17 picture of a fire truck that I found online. I cut out little yellow ladders out of construction paper (they didn’t look great but, hey, three year olds don’t care right?) and played “pin the ladder on the firetruck”
Little man also helped me cut out flames and tape them onto red Solo cups. We stacked them up in a pyramid and let the kids take turns knocking it over ( ie-putting out the fire) with plastic balls.