Gage Turns 2! + How to Throw a Monster Truck Party

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My son turns TWO December 8th! I know this sounds super cliché, but it really is true when people say time flies when you have kids! Though I probably would have disagreed with myself on that during the first 6 months of no sleep, no freedom, and few showers…

Planning a child’s birthday party is so stressful! When I was little, my parent’s made me have my birthday parties at the community pool every year, and if I was lucky they’d order pizza. If, I was lucky…

Now days, us parents have this enormous amount of pressure to throw the trendiest party on the block, in the neighborhood, in the city, In the Unites States! With Pinterest haunting my dreams and family members to impress,  I really don’t think I slept much the past few weeks… so is it bad to say that, “HALLELUJAH IT’S OVER WITH!”

My son is absolutely obsessed with trains, planes, fire trucks, and cars of all sorts; so I had originally planned out an “airplane” themed party, but then his love for monster trucks surpassed his obsession with airplanes.

I didn’t throw a huge birthday party, just immediate family, but here’s how I did it-

IMG_7439I just so happened to find those perfect monster truck gift bags at the dollar store! I filled them with a handful of rocks and tied on one red and one black star-shaped balloon to them. I purchased the red table cover at the dollar store as well.

IMG_7414 IMG_7421I laid out a platter of mini chocolate covered donuts to represent “Spare Tires”. Super cute right?!

IMG_7422After searching most of Arizona it felt like, I finally found some checkered duct tape at Michaels (or any craft store). I taped it around the water bottles’ originally label and named it, the “Refueling Station”.

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For the main dish, I served “Muenster (monster) Truck Ham Sandwiches” Can I get an A+ for clever play on words? I found the flag toothpicks at Party City, but ran out, so I used a red or white plastic toothpick in every other sandwich.

IMG_7423And of course, any party worth going to has chips. so I just threw them in a bowl and called them “Spare Parts”, but you could use peanuts and pretzel rods and call them “Nuts and Bolts” or really anything you want and just call them spare parts!

IMG_7416The utensils were all purchased at the dollar store of course (Wal-Mart also has super cheap party supplies!) As a party favor, I just made some salted chocolate dipped caramel corn, and put it into these cute racecar bags I found at the dollar store as well.

IMG_7425And now for the most important item of all– the cake! This cake was so simple to put together. I’m so used to having to create smooth edges, pipe on fancy borders, and decorations; but this cake is suppose to look kind of messy considering it’s suppose to look like mud and dirt. How great is that?! So if you mess up during any part, chances are, no one will even know.

IMG_7448I thought my son would be thrilled to be able to eat all this cake, but nope. He was too busy being mesmerized by the toy trucks on top (just look at his face!) The first thing he did when he blew out the candles, was grab the trucks and run off to the playground. I won’t complain, more cake for me!

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IMG_7458And of course we had  to get at least one good family picture (which didn’t happen.) You know how that goes…

Hopefully I gave you some good ideas if you ever need to throw a monster truck themed party! I know I certainly felt like the real MVP putting everything together 😉 actually the dollar store was the real MVP.

I think this officially earns me my Pinterest badge of honor.

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