Construction Theme Birthday Cake

How much fun is this construction theme birthday cake?!

Construction Theme Birthday Party

Lauren Kapeluck of Ellen Jay Events hosted a construction themed birthday party for her little guy and this cake is just one small detail, but it’s won my heart. So simple to make, but such an awesome display.

All you’ll need are crushed chocolate graham crackers for the dirt, some brand new construction toys (well washed), a few orange cone candles and a chocolate cake. 

You can style this in less than five minutes, but you’ll have your guests talking all day. LOVE IT!

I’ll be sharing more of Lauren’s amazing party tomorrow and you can find her here too: 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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This summer has been amazing and I’m honestly having a hard time with it coming to a close… but before I tear up, I want to share with you the first of hopefully many The Kid’s Perspective videos that my boys are so super tickled about being a part of.

I was blessed with two boys who love to be in front of the camera. Thank goodness, right! My blog would be much less interesting and have far fewer photos if my boys were camera shy! {grin}

So when I mentioned that I was going to start vlogging myself about various craft projects, they started asking if they could make videos of their projects (they’re always making, building, drawing, creating something) and I thought why not start with them… I mean, they’re cute no matter what so I could save myself some angst and learn the ropes with their videos. That’s not terrible of me is it? {wink}

For the very first installment of The Kid’s Perspective, Alex is sharing how to make a flat nosed paper airplane in celebration of National Aviation Day. My uncle, a pilot (and attorney, he’s a super talented overachiever and we all love him dearly!) shared this design with my boys a few months ago and now they make no other kind of paper airplane. They claim, “Uncle Billy’s fly the best and the farthest!”

Yes, my home is often littered in a paper airplane war… {sigh}, and now yours can be too!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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airplane birthday party

Prepare for take-off! Hi everyone, it’s Bridget today. We love to receive notes about the parties you throw! Last week, Lisa from Sweet Pop Studio shared a fabulous Flight Academy birthday party she hosted for her little man’s special day. Since he’s obsessed with airplanes, she chose a flight school theme to celebrate; complete with training badges, logbooks, and every little aviators dream, lots of sweet treats.

This party “soars” with adorable touches from the cupcake runway to the cloud favor boxes for each academy graduate to carry his loot. She even made a “license” with each child’s picture as part of the thank you note!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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real parties: monster trucks


I was roaming around facebook this morning when I saw a link from the super sweet Courtney over at Pizzazzerie to this “all boy” monster truck birthday party created by Posh Tot Events. (I know that’s long winded, but I believe in giving credit to the find.)

Anyway, as a mom of two boys I was immediately intrigued at how you make a monster truck birthday “posh,” and I was pleased to find that Post Tots Events did a great job.


You know what that is on the right? It’s a monster tire made of balloons! And how clever is wrapping the lollipops with tissue paper so that they still match the table. Love it!

Hope over to Posh Tot Events to see even more details and as always, hope you’re inspired for your next celebration!

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I was blog surfing this weekend and came across this “can you dig it?” birthday party over at the Team Smith blog. I was instantly in love with all the details. This mom went to great lengths to create the perfect birthday party for her little one and you can tell from his beautiful smiling face on her blog that he loved it!

She greeted her little workers with tool belts and personalized construction hats and gave them plenty to do with tons of activities: the “digging” sand pile (shown here), a cardboard house to paint, bricks to lay, equipment to ride. You simply must hop over to see all the creative details.


And once the work was done, she, in true mom style, fed her crew. I just love the hounds-tooth paper; a very clever spin for a construction party. Look closely and you’ll see tape measures instead of ribbon on the serving pails. Oh, and the blueprint tablecloth, crayons and construction cone cups! L-O-V-E it!   


Last but not least, the perfect construction cake: trucks, chocolate rocks and rich fudge icing! It’s actually funny because I just saw these chocolate rocks at our local candy store on Friday when I was picking up red sour balls for our new Rock Star collection. Point? Make sure you check your specialty candy stores when trying to get creative; you might find just the inspiration you need.

Truly great job Caryn!

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