Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Girl's Firetruck Party Featured in July 2013 Parents Magazine!

When you live in southern Colorado, where forest fires have recently been a recurring event, firefighters are TRUE heroes!  My daughter wanted the firetruck to come for her 4th birthday party! I was challenged with creating a firetruck party that was authentic and traditional but with feminine touches added in the way of flowers and gingham. Also rather than using a birthday cake, we decided to make it more of an ice cream social (which I always associated with the firehouse growing up). The kids made their own ice cream sundaes and the firetruck/firemen came for a visit!
I was thrilled when Parents Magazine emailed and asked if they could feature our fun party!  We were published as "Party of the Month" in the July 2013 edition!
Design Concept
I searched the internet and found these adorable hand-stamped, canvas favor bags from Jennifers Cookies on Etsy. Jen gave me permission to recreate the firetruck as a jpg and design the party around it. Since the party was catering to pre-readers I thought it would be fun to use a pictogram theme which I used throughout the party on the labels.
Dessert Table 
For the dessert table, I bought a canvas painter's drop cloth from Home Depot to use as a tablecloth. I cut one section off the back to create the large firetruck backdrop (see DIY firetruck backdrop). 

I had custom desserts made by various different companies (see vendor credits below).

I incorporated apples to give the party a fall feel. We used them in the flower arrangements and I used them for the firetruck fondant. I also used my Pastry Pedestal to display the apples.

I used the large firetruck backdrop to play the game “pin the siren on the firetruck” I printed multiple sirens on sticker paper and each child had a turn trying to stick it in the correct spot.
DIY Firetruck backdrop 
I blew up the firetruck jpg to a large size. The picture on the computer was blurry, but that's okay. I printed the firetruck in letter size sections on cardstock and taped it all together. Then, I cut the picture out to make a large stencil. I used acrylic paint and sponged the firetruck on to the canvas. My daughter was able to help with this, which she loved. We had an old frame in our garage that the previous homeowners left. I bought some matching latex paint and painted it red. Then I stapled the canvas on to the backside of the frame and propped it on the table for a backdrop!
Ice Cream Sundae Table 
For the ice cream sundae table, most of my décor was from Shop Sweet Lulu and Party City. Each child had a firehat at their place setting. I recreated the local fire department emblem to incorporate the child's name and age. I followed the pictogram theme on the drink cup and ice cream up labels. Each child had 4 sundae toppings to choose from (we had one peanut allergy so all of the ice cream and toppings were peanut allergy free) for their sundae with whipped cream, chocolate, caramel and sprinkles in the center of the table to share. If I hadn't forgotten, we would have put candles in the birthday girl's sundae and sang “Happy Birthday!”
A visit from Wescott Fire!
After the ice cream sundae making, we opened gifts and the firetruck came. (this is a wonderful, free service provided by our local fire station)
The kids toured the firetruck, learning about the equipment, sprayed the fire hose, and took a ride...with the birthday girl in the front seat! (parents got to ride too, which was a blast!)

Little sister, baby Kate snoozed while the big kids had fun!

The firefighters were amazing, they made the kids feel comfortable, taught them important lessons, and took us all for a ride!
Printable party decor is available at Green Beansie Ink on Etsy
The firetruck, ice cream cone and flower cookies were all from my hometown gourmet grocery store, Dorothy Lane Market
The hand-stamped, canvas favor bags from Jennifers Cookies on Etsy.
The fondant toppers were from Two Sugar Babies
The large balloons were from Shop Sweet Lulu

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