We gave Elizabeth a choice for her birthday party this year. She could have her own birthday party but with a very limited guest list outside of family, or she could have a combined "family" party with her brother and have a "friend" party later. Since she wanted to invite every single kid she has interacted with in the past year, she opted to combine parties with her brother. Especially since it meant she could choose TWO themes!
Anyway, she decided that "Matthew" would like a construction party. "Can we go shopping at Home Depot?" she enquired excitedly. Perhaps we go to the hardware store a wee bit more often than we should...
So with a little inspiration from Pinterest (of course) I put up some caution tape and balloons, made gluten free "paint brush" s'more cookies, served some nibblies in appropriately construction themed receptacles (toy dump truck, new paint tray) and decorated the table as a road. I was a little surprised that I could not locate any appropriate construction themed paper plates - everything construction related (including fake hard hats) around here is aimed at a later milestone and labelled with words like "old fart", "over the hill" and "turning 50". I was very pleased by the way the cakes turned out. Just a little digging into the side with a fork and all of a sudden we had ourselves a pretty decent looking construction site cake :)
Auntie Janice helped with the traditional "find the presents" scavenger hunt... with a twist. Each clue required the kids to do a construction related activity. She had them cleaning up a demolition area (ie toy room), set the table to feed hungry construction workers, rip a seam out of a cushion and "paint" with water to reveal the secret message.
Matthew wasn't quite sure about his cake but got into it once he tasted the chocolate. Elizabeth had no such qualms.