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It’s A 5 Alarm Birthday! February 5, 2012

Filed under: Birthday Parties — idreamofparties @ 1:09 pm

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All of my 3 children have birthdays in the month of June which means June is always a busy party planning month.  What’s a party planning mother to do with the other 11 months of the year?  This year I decided to donate my party planning services for an annual auction fundraiser benefiting our local United Way.  The auction listing went something like this “Too busy to plan your son or daughter’s birthday party?  Let me help!”

The winning bidder requested a fire themed birthday party for his son’s 5th birthday.  Unfortunately, most of the local fire districts no longer allow children to have birthday parties at the station.  After a plea to my one fire fighter friend, I was able to secure a fire station for the party.  With a $550 party budget I set to work to create the most memorable 5th birthday for a very special little boy.

Theme – All things fire station and fire engine. Color scheme for the party is light blue with red and yellow accents.

Decorations – red and blue streamers, bunting in coordinating colors, red tablecloths, red fireman hats, red and yellow favor buckets, and red, yellow and blue and fire truck mylar balloons. I was also able to find some fun metal fire themed lunch boxes to use as props on the food and cake tables.

Food and Beverage – this 2-4pm party required minimal food and beverage but light snacks were available in addition to cupcakes.  New York Cupcakes in Bellevue, WA was requested by the birthday boy as these are his favorite cupcakes.  New York Cupcakes was wonderful to work with and provided some fun ideas for coordinating the cupcakes to my party decor.  In addition to cupcakes guests will be able to nibble on apple slices, Pirate Booty, Goldfish crackers, and other small packaged grab n go snacks.  Beverages available to extinguish thirsty children included bottled water and juice boxes.

Activity – Fire engine tour complete with a quick safety lesson demonstrating the fire fighter’s gear.  Each of the children also had a chance to handle the fire hose as they tried to knock over traffic cones with the water spray.  Once the kids completed the fire station activities the each took a turn at hitting a fire engine pinata.

Party Favors – Each of the children left the party with a red and yellow bucket filled with the candy the collected from the pinata.  Each child will also receive a vintage fire truck frosted sugar cookies from Lady Yum Confections and their own fireman hat.