Construction Theme Party Ideas

For every kid who wants to be an engineer, architect, builder, construction manager, etc. when he/she grows up, here are some of the coolest ideas for a construction themed party.


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Pink Cowgirl Themed Party


My little girl (uhm…the one I’m sponsoring…) recently turned 12 (not so little anymore, I know), so we celebrated her special day with a pink cowgirl themed party.

I would have loved a few good looking succulents to decorate with, but summers in Victoria are not that good to even the poor succulents (unless you take them indoors perhaps), so we contented ourselves with a few cutouts of cactus pictures in the background, plus loads of pink gingham and paisley prints, of course!

  Here was our menu for the party:

  •     Homemade beef burgers
  •     Chocolate cupcakes
  •     Cinnamon doughnuts
  •     Roasted chicken
  •     Fruit salad
  •     Wagon wheels biscuits (the Aussie Arnotts’ kind…couldn’t be more perfect for the theme)
  •     Corn chips
  •     Baked potato chips with chicken salt, herbs and garlic flakes
  •     Chilled chocolate milk

The decorations were a combination of rustic and girly, but we made sure there was a good amount of gingham and paisley buntings and pink balloons to make the atmosphere quite festive.  Rustic touches included wooden furniture, a few tin buckets, burlap bags with chocolate gold coins, shredded cream/yellowish paper as hay (a good substitute in case you’ve got guests who are allergic to real hay), wicker baskets to hold items such as cutlery, serviettes, or munchies.

A Middle Earth Themed Party For The Hubby

The man in the house turned a year older recently, and of course, he just had to have a creative celebration. Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Last year, I designed a Naruto themed dinner party for him. Somehow, I thought it would be challenging to top that, since he’s a huge fan of Naruto and nothing else. I had asked him how he wanted his birthday celebration to be, but he decided to leave everything to me. What to do? What to do?

Oh well, if you don’t want it your way, then let’s have it my way. (Yay!) Thankfully, I do love a bunch of action/adventure stuff, and because the Lord of The Rings books and films are right at the top of the list (or somewhere there), then that’s what it shall be. (It would have been fun to dress up as Arwen…but with busy weeks/days leading to the celebration, I couldn’t do that).

And so, weeks before, the planning started. There was no question about having a banner similar to Bilbo’s in the first LOTR film – we just have to have that! But because of limited space and cold climate, we couldn’t have a big outdoor evening party with all the dancing, eating and fireworks. Besides, Gandalf was probably too busy playing chess at the park with Charles Xavier.

I suppose it’s time to let the pictures do much of the talking, eh? So, let’s bring them in…

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This is what greeted the guests at the entry!

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This signage was by the main entry table.

This DIY project was probably my favourite – printable signs that look like wooden arrows! After seeing a few wooden arrows on Etsy bearing names of beloved fictional places, I thought, why not design a printable version for those on smaller budgets or those who aren’t confident enough with their carpentry skills to pull it off? These printable ‘wooden’ arrows are so easy to cut and assemble and perfect as temporary/short-term decors… which is just the case with parties. Even hubby, who’s an amazing artist himself, was quite impressed with these arrow signs ‘coz “they looked much like real wood”, he said.

Moving on, we’ve got the buffet table:

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Yeah, I know, I should’ve removed the foil cover, as well as the bread basket cover. ‘Sigh’

I tried to imagine what sort of food containers they would use in the hobbits’ Shire – rustic baskets, wooden boards/bowls/plates, maybe some ceramic containers too. Then, to keep in with the rustic character, neutral and earth colours should be in abundance. I just had to add a leafy/flowery vine at the back, because we’ve seen how lovely the fields and the gardens are at The Shire in the LOTR films.

The menu for the evening composed of:

  • Slices of rustic-looking bread
  • A variety of cheese on a wooden board
  • Bilbo’s Beef Stew (Chilli con Carne, served with sour cream and cheese)
  • Steamed Jasmine rice
  • Rocky Road To Mordor (Homemade rocky road slices)
  • Arwen’s Lemon Slices (Homemade lemon slices, ‘coz they seem to be as lovely and delicate as Arwen)
  • Potato, Egg & Bacon Salad (Sam loved his ‘taters, remember?)
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Honey Garlic Barbecue Chicken
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Rockmelon & Cherries Salad (brought by one of the guests)
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Sliced crusty bread (covered in the basket), cheeses on the wooden board, fruits and desserts

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Bilbo’s Beef Stew (one bowl has mild chilli, while the other has stronger chilli)

And finally, to keep the guests out of the nearby kitchen, this has to be:

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If you are planning to hold a Middle Earth themed party, here are some other awesome ideas you might want to include:

The Sound of Music Themed Party

When Carina turned 1, we just had to celebrate by throwing a small Sound of Music themed party because, who doesn’t love the Sound of Music?

Remember the scene where Fraulein Maria wondered what to do with the fact that the Von Trapp children didn’t have play clothes…until she saw the green damask drapes in her bedroom and recalled that they were going to get new drapes for her bedroom windows. What happened then to the old drapes that were still in good condition? They were magically and overnight turned by Maria into 7 play clothes for the kids!


And what do you think happened to the off cuts of the drapes? Well, I turned them into decors for the Sound of Music themed party, of course!

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For the food, I wanted it to have a very Sound of Music feel, so I listed the foods that were mentioned in the film, plus made up some.

Do you remember the “Tea! A drink with jam and bread” line in Do-Re-Mi?

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Of course, My Favourite Things told us of

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“Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
Doorbells and sleigh bells,
And schnitzel with noodles ,”

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Then there were the other foods we made up.

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And we just had to have berries because of that scene…


“Friedrich told you, Father. We were berry picking.” 
“I forgot! You were berry picking.”
“Yes, we love berry picking.”
“All afternoon?”
“We picked thousands.”

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Get the Sound of Music themed printable party decors via these links:


Here are other ideas to help you plan your Sound of Music themed party:



Gazebos can be lovely party venues. It doesn’t have to have glass walls, so you don’t risk having an accident with the glass (like Liesl/Charmian Carr) and still enjoy singing ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’.


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A grassy area like this can be a great spot to have a picnic. Don’t forget to bring a guitar!




Spongebob Squarepants Themed Birthday Party

A few days to go and the new SpongeBob Squarepants movie will be out in the cinemas! Hurray!

Speaking of SpongeBob (which is one of my nephews’ most favorite shows), I’d like to share one of my nephews’ birthday celebration last year. Because they were so into SpongeBob at that time, I suggested a SpongeBob themed celebration. Boy, we were so excited to try to create a Krabby Patty!

Using The Quirky Briars’ SpongeBob Squarepants Birthday Bunting printable, I made this banner with an assortment of skinny ribbons which colors seemed to coordinate with the panels’ colors.


The white net (it’s really a net for protecting fruit trees from birds) added that under-the-sea/beach effect to the presentation.

In the weeks prior to the birthday, I did some research as to the names of foods that were served at one time or another in Krusty Krabb – the ever famous restaurant where SpongeBob works. Then I had to get my imagination to work and come up as to what can play as what kind of food.  Here’s what I had come up with so far….






And finally….Krabby Patties!!! (with fresh greens from the backyard garden)


…and some more!


I had stuck a piece of paper on the door at the last minute. Here’s that piece of paper, as captured by my phone’s camera:


Well, yup, the little kiddos loved the theme and the celebration. Wish I could recreate this in celebration of the new SpongeBob movie. 🙂


Hubby’s Naruto Themed Birthday Celebration

For Hubby’s birthday, I decided to throw him a Naruto themed birthday dinner at home.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Naruto, he’s a rather famous anime character in Japan (and in many parts of the world, actually) and if you Googled him, you’d find a gazillion details of information about him, from his favorite food (ramen noodles) to an extensive list of his friends, enemies, and, oh well, everyone in the Naruto series.
For the Japanese-influenced dinner, I had to research about Japanese foods and recipes. Thankfully, my sister helped me and she prepared the sushi:

Silly, crazy little me…but I still needed a recipe just to make this plate of Tempura. It was super yum when it was a few minutes fresh from the frying pan.

Cupcakes. Not very Japanese, I know…but a birthday’s got to have some cakes!
I decided to prepare a ‘costume’ for him at the last moment…or rather, just the week before his birthday. There was no Naruto costume at the shopping center, and I couldn’t find an eBay seller that could convince me that I’d receive the costume on time if I purchased online. So, I had to make do with this red-orange-ish jumper I found at BigW.
Then with some snack boxes, duct tape, marker pen and a thick yellow paper/board, I made this ‘headdress’ for him, which became a substitute for the traditional party hat. I made a few more of it, but I ran out of time to make one for everybody, so I had to ditch the idea. Only Hubby got the Naruto ‘party hat’.
And here’s the ramen I made!  It did taste good, even though I think I didn’t have some of the minor ingredients.
And here’s my sister’s masterpiece! She had been researching and looking at bento stuff as soon as I told her the plan. She had a lot of fun preparing it.

Australian version of Naruto’s frog – Freddo chocolates! Why not?

The big Naruto fan was very pleased with his birthday dinner.  Bro-in-law got some Naruto episodes for us all to watch after dinner…which was a good way to relax.