Sam turned five at the end of November last year. It has been a few months and I still can’t believe it! He completely adores our awesome trash men and runs to the door to say hello whenever they drive past. They’re so cool about it, saying hi and honking their horn for him every single time. He knew exactly what he wanted his party theme to be this year. A trash truck birthday party. I’ll post photos first and link to the sources at the end of the post, along with his yearly birthday interview.
Honestly, I had no idea how I was going to decorate for this party until inspiration struck while going through the mail. We get so many newspaper style advertisements. Instead of tossing them I collected a few and used them to create trash garland streamers. In addition to the trash streamers, I made some gathered green streamers. You can check out my tutorial on how to make them here.
The newspaper ads were cut into strips and then ran through the sewing machine to create the garland. Love the color and texture they add!
For a larger crowd of younger kids, it’s much easier on everyone if you don’t have to cut up a cake. We went with Sam’s favorite cupcakes, white cake and plain buttercream frosting for the birthday treat. To go with the trash theme they were served in tiny metal cans lined with newspaper ads. Quick and easy to pass around!
We had three activities planned along with a rented bounce house. The first activity was a tin can toss followed by a trash toss, which was a much bigger hit with the kids than I imagined. We started off by having them try to toss the trash (wadded up newspaper ads) into the can from a distance. But, what they ended up LOVING was simply having the trash tossed over the lawn and then running around to pick it up as fast they could. If only mine were as excited about picking up their toys 😉
When I first asked Sam what he to do for his party, all he said he wanted was to have a trash truck piñata. I had to deliver. This was a DIY made from used cardboard boxes, packing and/or duct tape, crepe paper streamers, fringe scissors and scrapbook paper. It truly isn’t as hard to put together as you would think. The most time consuming is gluing on the strips of crepe streamer.
Guest were sent home with trash bags (doggie trash bags) containing Trashy Trail Mix and sidewalk chalk. For the trail mix we combined just about anything that sounded yummy. Pretzels, vanilla Chex, caramel popcorn, dried blueberries, banana chips, yogurt covered raisins, sour gummy worms, and candy corn. Seriously, anything works!
This is my favorite part because I love looking back on past years’ and seeing how his answers have changed or even stayed the same. It’s never too late to start this birthday tradition!
- Favorite color? Green
- Favorite toy? Trains
- Favorite fruit? Bananas
- Favorite TV show? Mighty Machines, Sarah & Duck, and Tayo the Little Bus
- Favorite breakfast? Waffles
- Favorite lunch? Peanut butter and Chocolate (Nutella) sandwich
- Favorite outfit? T-shirt and shorts (His too small on him Never Give Up shirt and navy blue gym shorts. Think crop top and short shorts)
- Favorite game? Pie Face
- Favorite snack? Goldfish
- Favorite animal? Dogs
- Favorite song? I Can Make Your Hands Clap by Fitz and the Tantrums
- Favorite book? Dream Train
- Favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- Favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike and Jeep
- Favorite drink? Apple juice
- Favorite holiday? Christmas
- Favorite thing to take to bed? Snuggle Puppy
- Who is your best friend? Elise
- What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? My favorite Mexican place with the yummy chicken
- What do you want to be when you grow up? A train engineer, to fly planes, and a police officer
trash truck invitations // door sign // metal trash can // green balloons // gold number balloon // gathered streamer tutorial // metal buckets // white cake stand // wooden forks // black and white table cloth // black favor bags // black and white twine // favor tags // toy trash truck // no. 5 photo backdrop
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For more birthday inspiration, check out his past parties!