There really were no other theme contenders for Bug’s birthday this year. Diggers are on that boy’s mind all day, every day. Not sure if it’s the big tires, the dirt, the loud engines or just the manliness of it all, but he’s hooked.
Three times I attempted to bake his cake. First one was a loss due to a terrible recipe. The second bubbled WAY over the pan, onto the stove bottom, and sent smoke rolling out of the oven. At 11pm the night before the party, the third one imploded, and I finally conceded to buying one from the grocery store. We did, however, do the digger “embellishing” ourselves.
What’s a party without a few games?
I painted the stripes on these play cones and secured a cut extension cord with orange duck tape to make the rings.
Gotta love neighbors willing to donate moving boxes! Bug had a blast knocking over the big kids’ towers. This city *might* become a living room fixture for the foreseeable future. (See tutorials for the digger and dump truck)
The cashier actually asked what I was making when I rolled up with a 20 lb bag of rice. Imagine her look of confusion when I said I planned to dye it blue and let my son dig in it!
All 10 kids in attendance got a “hard hat” and safety vest.
Bug was not feeling the vest, but happily donned the hat for awhile to open gifts.
Can Momma get a picture with the birthday boy? Pleeease?
Maybe I should have bribed him with cake.
Turns out the store bought cake was really moist and delicious. Bug voted with his fork – an empty plate/full belly approval!
SOURCES: hard hats, safety vests (I added the orange duck tape), neon duck tape, rice tub (bought just one for $20 in store, not sure why it shows set of 4 online) , gel food coloring for rice, CAT mini machines, caution tape, tableware, platters, streamers (Dollar Tree), striped straws, beverage server (Home Goods), “2” candle, “2” dump truck shirt (directions here). I designed the large Happy Birthday poster myself and had it printed as an engineering print at Office Max. Then used spray adhesive to attach it to foam core purchased at Dollar Tree.