To celebrate my twins’ 3rd birthday I decided to combine their interest in yellow school buses with my need for an activity to keep the kids busy yet contained. I hired Dizzy’s Tumblebus to come to our home for an hour of jumping and tumbling in a renovated school bus equipped with tumbling gear.
Theme – School bus and everything school
Decorations – Red, Blue, and Yellow primary colors. I used a plain yellow tablecloth but made a black paper runner decorated with white chalk to look like a chalkboard. I repurposed lunch boxes as serving dishes for snacks for the kids. A simple Happy Birthday pennant style banner was created for about $5 at a local craft store using a diecut machine.
Food and Beverage – This year I decided to go with a cake versus cupcakes. Although I really wanted a school bus shaped cake, I couldn’t justify spending $475 at a fancy “featured on the Food Network” cake so I went with a simple round cake with a fondant school bus shape on the cake. The round cake didn’t have the “wow” factor I would have liked, but it tasted wonderful and the birthday guests of honor didn’t know the difference. In addition to cake we served simple snacks that you might find in a lunch box such as goldfish crackers, juice boxes, and string cheese. I also found adorable school bus shaped cookies on Etsy for about $1.25 each. Decorated cookies packaged in cellophane bags tied with ribbon make cute and easy goodies for the children to take home.
Activity – Dizzy’s Tumblebus was a reasonably priced option for an activity. The kids spent an hour playing in the tumblebus before coming in the house for cake, ice cream, and snacks.