My little guy decided on a fire truck theme for his 3rd birthday party. Our local fire department has a gorgeous, restored vintage fire truck that graces the front lawn of one of their firehouses. I created the fire truck and fire hydrant from photographs that I took at that scene.
I wanted to create a modern twist using the chevron pattern throughout the décor. I also used small black polka dots on a white background mimicking the dots on a Dalmatian.
In keeping with a rustic, vintage theme I used burlap, old wood crates, mason jars, and old glass jars as containers. I found several lovely accessories – a hat, truck and fire hydrant you see pictured.
I carried the black and white polka dots through the food in offering chocolate covered marshmallow pops, white chocolate covered oreos, and white chocolate dipped pretzel rods. The cake was adorned with a Dalmatian and a red fire hydrant made specific for the event.
For an educational twist I used the words “stop, drop, and roll” on some of the elements and on the party favor bags – a fun way to remember a key instruction in fire safety.
We began the party with a tour of a local firehouse. The children enjoyed looking at the truck, learning about each vehicle, equipment, and the fireman’s attire and living quarters. Our tour guide was informative and fun and each child left the fire house with a hat and coloring book.
We headed back to my home for the rest of the festivities where we ate and opened gifts. In addition to the hats and coloring books each child left with a favor bag – designed to echo the same patterns used in the décor. The bags were filled with “fireman’s rope” (red twizzlers), “drops” (red cherry sours), and “rolls” (tootsie rolls).
The fire tour was a big hit with all the children and a fun and informative activity that was offered free to the public by our local fire department.
Fun was had by all!
Vendor Credits & Resources:
Paper goods, invitation, toppers, favor bags, flags, liners, pennant banner: The English Pea Studio (www.theenglishpea.com)
Photography: The English Pea Studio (www.theenglishpea.com)
Cupcake straws and bakers twine: Cakes and Kids Too (http://www.etsy.com/shop/CakesAndKidsToo)
Cakes and Cupcakes: Sams Club (www.samsclub.com)
Red balloons and polka dot tissue paper: Walmart (www.walmart.com)
Hat, firetruck and hydrant : Hobby Lobby (www.hobbylobby.com)
Dalmatian and fire hydrant cake topper: Cake Fancy (www.cakefancyatlanta.com)
Crates and burlap: personal props
Cake stands: Pier 1 (www.pier1.com)