FYI, if your kid likes Monster trucks and you don't want to fork over the dough for a ticket, or want to get up close without buying an extra "pit pass," they have the trucks on display at auto parts stores around the city for the public to view for free! Just go to their website, click on your city/event location, and scroll down until you see the "Truck Display" list for locations, dates and times!
So, in keeping with my tradition of sharing my kids' birthday party festivities and ideas, here's what we did to throw a Monster Truck Birthday!
free coloring sheets from the Monster Jam website for the kids to color and spread them out on the table with some crayons.
Now here's an idea I wish I had thought of, but this part I am adding after the fact. You may know that I'm a professional face painter, although I have yet to paint the kids at any of my own kids' parties...not that I don't want to but because I'm so busy hosting! But if you can solicit a family member to help, try face painting!
this great tire track stencil on my face painting website. The sample track you see above was done using the stencil, black face paint and a "Spongit" sponge dauber. It takes a little practice to get the right ratio of water to paint to get a clear image, but with a stencil it's easy for even a non-artist to make cool tire tracks on the kids!
one of these great inflatable floaties that looks like a tire for a decoration. Living on a lake I figured it would also double as a gift that he can use this summer! His mouth dropped open when he saw it! The garland you see above it I made with yarn and some flags and tires I printed out on the computer. Click here to download a 3 page pdf with the "4" flags, the little tires and checkered flag to make your own garland!
|Instead of buying a boring balloon weight, for the same price I got a fun squishy ball. It had a loop that was perfect to tie balloons to and it was a toy he could play with later!|
|I baked a 9x13" chocolate cake and frosted it with chocolate.|
|I used a toothpick to trace out the oval track, and brownies (you could use cake too) to form the ramps.|
|Then I frosted the "track" with dark chocolate frosting.|
|Next I added some graham cracker crumb "dirt" and drew tire tracks with a tooth pick.|
|Finally, I added the monster truck, cars, candles and paper signs! (then took off the foil strips and added decorative details to the edges)|
|The finished product|
I always have fun making pinatas. My mom used to make us pinatas for our birthdays. Hers we would whack with a stick in the basement, which was always bittersweet as she put so much time into them!
in my robot/space birthday party post, but basically each kid takes turns pulling a string until one gets the string that opens the trap door to release the candy. It's all made out of a cardboard box and toilet paper tubes, paper mache and paint!
I didn't really tie in the menu with the party theme this time...being the day after hosting a big Christmas turkey dinner, I tried to go a little easier on myself this year. I did lasagna which works great to assemble ahead of time and feed a crowd, some frozen garlic bread which was a hit, salad, and one of my favorite cheesy corn crock pot recipes from my sister in law. We had plenty of food, between that and my "appetizers" of fruit, veggies, cheese, meats and crackers!
THE GOODIE BAGS
The kids use their goodie bags to collect their pinata candy in...
Next up...little Toby's 2nd Curious George birthday next month! Stay tuned for photos from that one!
Check out the links below to see some of our previous parties...
Robot / Space Birthday Party
Circus Birthday Party
Thomas the Train Birthday Party