Construction Party Cake and Food Ideas


For your Under Construction theme birthday party, bake an easy-to-make Dump Truck Cake! It’ll be a hit with your guests of all ages.

What you’ll need:
• One packaged chocolate cake mix
• Two 3 oz. boxes of chocolate pudding prepared according to directions on the box
• One box of Oreo Cookie Crumbs
• One well-washed Tonka Dump Truck
• One 9″ X 13″” cake pan
• One yellow shovel scoop

Prepare and bake the cake according to directions on the package.  After cake is completely cooled, cut it into bite-sized pieces.  Layer the bed of the dump truck with cake, pudding, and crumbs.  Continue to add layers until the dump truck is piled high with “dirt.”   Serve heaping scoops of dirt with the shovel and enjoy the smiles you’ll see!

If you are serving more people than can be accommodated by one boxed mix, we recommend that you simply bake extra cupcakes or an extra rectangular cake.  All can just be frosted in matching frosting and cut and served behind the scenes.  You may want to bake some white cupcakes with vanilla frosting, in the event that some children aren’t interest in a chocolate overload!

Food:
• Busy workers don’t have much time to stop for lunch, so pack them a sack lunch that can be eaten high up in the girders of a new skyscraper. Add a sandwich, chips, a cookie and an apple to a brown paper sack.
• Cake and ice cream served in Mini Construction Helmets will be the hit of the party.
• Serve sandwiches cut into shapes with construction vehicle cookie cutters.  Cut sugar cookies into squares, diamonds, triangles and octagons, and frost them to look like road signs.
• Try our “Construction Zone Blast”, and you’ll fill the room with “ooohs and aaahs”.  Start by serving red or blue punch.  After you have placed a filled glass in front of each guest, add some dynamite dust (a few Pop Rocks candies) to each one. Since this candy is processed with carbon dioxide, it will crackle, pop, and spit when it comes into contact with a liquid.
• As the excitement is so high at children’s birthday parties, most children under the age of 10 will eat very little, and the waste can be disheartening.  Schedule your party during a time when parents will not expect that their children will eat a meal…and serve only cake, ice cream, and a few other munchies.

Favors for an Under Construction Theme Birthday Party


Yellow-Canvas-Tote-BagParty favors are a great way to thank guests for coming to your birthday party! Under Construction theme party guests will get a kick out of construction themed favor packs.

Create favor packs packaged in a yellow canvas tote bag and include a metal whistle, construction hard hat, construction zone trucks, bubbles, party dough, keep on truckin’ stickers, and a red flashing button.

You can create your own favor packs my ordering any combination of party favors and tote bags.

Guests can create their own favors with a Construction Hat Kit. The kit includes supplies for making foam construction hats with each guest’s name on the front.

Have acrylic picture frames personalized with each guest’s name and include a digital or Polaroid photo of them with the birthday boy or with a Rotating Crane or Giant 3-D Bulldozer decoration.

Check out our Under Construction Party Activities too!

Under Construction Party Activity Ideas and TipZ


Let those who arrive early play with bubbles while they wait for all the guests to arrive.

Our personalized Giant 3-D Bulldozer is the ultimate construction decoration, and it will be the hub of all the activity at the party!  Take the time to have each guest pose alone, and with the birthday child for pictures in the bulldozer.  The photos can then be mailed to each guest with a thank you note at a later date.  Make sure that each child gets a turn pulling the lever in the cab.

Building and moving dirt is a thrill for kids who love construction equipment. Set the stage for a construction project that all the kids can be involved in as a team.  Let the birthday boy act as supervising foreman on the job. If you can find an old set of blueprints, that would be a fun prop for the birthday boy to carry as he leads his crew.

First, have the little builders clear the construction site of all the boulders.  Provide dump trucks, wheelbarrows, and other play construction equipment to help them get the job done.  One 4’ X 50’ roll of our gray Solid Color Flat Paper will go a long way.  Cut off large sections of paper, and crumple them up to make boulders of varying sizes.  Place the boulders all around your construction site.

After the site is cleared, let the kids create an asphalt road out of the flat paper.  This can be as long or short as you want it to be. Provide yellow poster paint, and let them paint the centerlines in the road.
After the road is paved, the building project can begin!  We have a Color-Your-Own House that the kids can build and then decorate. Put Party Zone streamers around the perimeter of the house, and provide additional poster paint, masking tape, construction signs, etc. for the kids to add to the house.  Encourage each child to add his or her own handy-work to the house, and it will be a keepsake that will be played with long after the party ends.

When the project is complete, celebrate by showering the kids with goodies from a wonderful Dump Truck piñata.  Try using a lightweight hammer or rubber mallet as the bat.

Run a foreman training relay between two teams or set up an obstacle course.  You’ll need two oversized orange construction vests or flannel shirts, two tool belts, two pairs of oversized men’s work boots, two construction hats, some orange cones to race through, and massive boulders (gray flat paper) to avoid. You can make the game more challenging by giving the teams wheelbarrows to run through the course, or a toy dump truck filled with water or dirt.

Play this game using the same concept as the classic game of musical chairs…one less hat than there are children for each round.  Use our Traffic Light in place of music, and turn the light off and on as the children play.  Place construction hats on a table that the kids must walk around while the light is flashing.  When the light is turned off, the kids must scramble to put on a hat. The child without a hat must leave the game, and the game continues with one less hat until there is one child remaining – the winner.

Decorations for an Under Construction Theme Party


Decorating for your Under Construction party is simple and fun with these tips!

Outdoor decorations:

Our Construction Yard Sign is a must to mark the party site! Add a Construction Zone Party Sign to the sidewalk in front of your home, or to the bottom of the driveway.

Place orange cones around the perimeter of your construction site, and rope off all the areas that might be hazardous with Construction Party Zone Streamers.  Run the streamers between trees, around porches, and anywhere else that unauthorized personnel should avoid!  The cones can also be used for several party activities.

For the area where most of the party activity will take place, our personalized Giant 3-D Bulldozer or Rotating Crane Decoration is the ultimate construction decoration!  Pull the lever on the bulldozer and the shovel moves.  Lifting boulders (paper) will be a cinch.  If the party needs to move indoors, this cardboard and corrugated big rig can easily be hauled to any party location.
Attach a bouquet of helium filled balloons to a light post or mailbox so there will be no mistaking where the fun will be that day!

Indoor Decorations:

Start  your decorations with the Under Construction Party Kit which includes tableware, thank you notes, red star confetti, orange balloons, blue balloons, yellow curling ribbon, and a chocolate brown tablecover. The Deluxe Kit also includes an Under Construction foil balloon, orange crepe streamers, blue crepe streamers and silver spiral candles.

Giant Tools can hang on walls or outside the tool shed.  Just imagine the size of the nails, bolts, and lug nuts these tools could handle!

One 4’ X 50’ roll of our gray solid color flat paper will go a long way in your decorating, and you’ll have plenty left to use for games and activities.  Cut off large sections of paper, and crumple them up to make giant boulders of varying sizes.  Place the boulders all around your construction site.  The paper can also be laid on the ground to create an asphalt road.

Balloons can economically transform any room or yard into a festive space in a matter of minutes by using some of the following ideas:
-Use a helium tank to fill balloons.  Tie Curling Ribbon to balloons, and group them together. (Odd numbers look best: 3, 5, or 7) Place groupings of balloons around the party site.
-Tie a bunch of helium filled balloons to the birthday child’s chair, or tie one balloon to the back of each chair.

Table Decorations:

Table decorations can really bring your whole theme together. Create your party tables with the Under Construction Ensemble.

First, cover the table with the Under Construction Tablecover. Sprinkle red star confetti over the surface. Create a centerpiece using items such as construction hardhats, construction zone trucks and Under Construction cone molded candles.

Edge your tables with Under Construction warning tape. It says “Birthday Zone” on the traditional yellow and black caution tape.

Party favors also make great table decorations at each place setting add personalized construction buttons, metal whistles, construction hard hats and keep on truckin’ stickers.

Be sure to check out our other Under Construction TipZ.

Invitation Ideas for an Under Construction Theme Party


An Under Construction theme birthday party is a fantastic idea for birthday boys ages 5-12. You can customize the party further for a specific age group by adjusting your party activities accordingly.

Once you’ve selected Under Construction as your party theme, decide on a party slogan. The slogan can be used on invitations and personalized party favors. Here are some suggestions:
• “Can We Party? Yes We Can!”
• Come Help Mark Build His Best Ever Birthday Party”
• “Caution! Hard Hats Required for this Much Fun”

Once you’ve selected Under Construction as your party theme, create invitations to send out to your guests.

You can make simple hard-hat invitations using yellow flat paper and markers. Cutout each invitation in the shape of a hard hat and use the markers to write the party details on each. The birthday boy can help you with this part of the party by cutting the invites or adding some construction stickers to each invitation.

If you plan to hand deliver your invitations, attach them to party favors such as plastic hard hats or construction badges. Guests can wear these items to the party and be set for enjoying the theme!

Be sure to check out our other Under Construction Party TipZ and tell us your ideas!

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