Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cruz is Three: A Firefighter Birthday Party

As you all know, we celebrated Cruz's 3rd birthday party last weekend. I love all things party planning, so I couldn't wait to get started and immediately hit up Pinterest for ideas. As usual, it didn't disappoint. {Check out this board for more firefighter-themed party ideas.}

Since we planned to have people over all day, we made quite the spread. I mean, what's a good party without loads of food to munch on? For the main dishes, we had a chili bar (with Fritos, shredded cheese, oyster crackers & sour cream), sub sandwiches and then brought out take & bake pizzas later in the day. It was all pretty easy and as you know, easy is my middle name. I got a bunch of compliments on the chili (probably because nobody is used to me making anything myself) and even my mom has adopted the recipe after trying it a while back. It's a knock off of Wendy's chili - check out the recipe here.

The dessert table was my favorite part, for obvious reasons. I decided not to do a big cake and instead put together a bunch of different dessert options. We had bundtinis & bundlets, cake pops, fire truck cookies and an ice cream cake.  Yum.

As far as the decor goes, the pictures speak for themselves.  Basically it's a mish-mash of others' great ideas and me tweaking them to make them our own. Most of the below came directly from pins on this board. And I love how it all came together.

For the buildings, I got the inspiration from this party, but basically just wrapped different sized boxes in silver tissue paper, cut a small hole in the top and then added a sheet each of red, yellow & orange tissue paper to create the "fire" coming out of the top.

The "matches" definitely took the longest, but I suppose that is why they are my favorite part of the party. If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these, but they were just pretzel sticks, white almond bark and red sprinkles. And they were delicious.

The flaming Jello is layers of cherry, orange and lemon jello. As soon as the kiddos realized they could eat them, they didn't stand a chance. I'm not sure what it is with kids and Jello, but it's always a hit and so easy.

I made the name cards myself. Just pulled an image of a firetruck from google and printed them on cardstock. (I just tried to find the image to give credit, but cannot locate it anywhere. Oops.)

I love the fire backdrop behind the wet bar - it's made from yellow, red & orange tissue paper and the tutorial is here.

And what is a firefighter party, without a fire hydrant and some buckets of "water" to put out the fires? 

The only thing missing was the firetruck pulling up in the driveway. It was scheduled, but of course it snowed all day, so we called it off. Maybe next year. =)

We had a great time and best of all we celebrated the best little three year old. Although, I may be a tad bit biased. Thanks to all of you for the sweet words about both the party and our little guy. It means the world.

Fire Hydrant: Hobby Lobby
Small Metal Buckets: Amazon
Large Metal Buckets: Amazon
Blue Sixlet Candies: Amazon
Metal Fire Truck: Hobby Lobby
Metal Cupcake Holder: Amazon
Chalkboard Banner: Amazon
Bundlet & Bundtinis: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Fred & Friends Plate: Amazon
Firetruck Cookies & Cake Pops: Kristen's Cookies
Invitations: Etsy
Pinterest Board: here


  1. Oh my I love this! Such a fun idea! What little boy doesn't love fire trucks!!! I keep wanting my brother to show up in his fire fighting wear but he won't for fear of scarring my children. I say exposure means awareness. He said it means therapy bills. He's such a good little man. Your Cruz!

  2. You did such an amazing job with his birthday! Everything is so cute and every detail is perfect! I need to hire you to do all my parties! :) Hope you have a great week lovely!

    <3, Pamela

  3. You outdid yourself!! It looks amazing :)

  4. Oh my word, you are sooooo talented! Seriously, that party looks amazing!!!

  5. You seriously did SUCH an amazing job!!! I love all the details you put together and everything came out so fantastic!!

  6. Such a cute party!! You did such a great job!

  7. Happy Birthday, Cruz!

    Wow! What an adorable theme and party. It looks like it was a blast. Now I'm craving that Chili! Party planning is SO much fun but also a lot of work. You did awesome on it all!!

  8. Oh my gosh! What a fabulous party! You went all out, and it turned out absolutely perfect! So fun!

  9. OMG! What an adorable birthday party!!! I love all the little fire details, and the water buckets with the hydrant are adorable!!!!!!

  10. Love!!!! Everything turned out so great - I especially love the matches, too cute!

  11. I LOVE this! Everything looks so amazing! A good friend of mine just had her son's third birthday party yesterday and did the same theme, fire truck coming and all! She used a lot of the same pins, but you did it first so you get all of the credit :)

  12. Wow, you definitely went all out with the details - everything looks amazing!! And that chili sounds yummy, I'm super impressed that you cooked AND did all that party work!

  13. this turned out SOOO cute. my friend's son cruz turned 4 this past weekend. love the matches--those are adorable.

  14. What a cute party theme! I love all the details all the way down to wrapping your pillar in tissue paper to look like fire. Sounds like the perfect day!

  15. I am so impressed!!!! Seriously you want to come and help me plan the rest of my wedding!!!?!?

  16. love, love his birthday!! How cute :)
    Chelsea @

  17. The birthday party looks amazing! Stopping over from September Farm.

    P.S. I'm hosting a Whole Foods Market & Diestel Turkey giveaway at Ice Cream & French Fries hope you can join in the fun!

  18. What an adorable birthday party!! I don't know if I'll be able to keep up in this mommy world once I get there... I am super not crafty :)

  19. I love the theme of your son’s birthday party. The Flaming Jello in your foodstuff looking so different and delicious. You really had put great efforts in planning your party. I am sure that you have saved money of hiring a party planner so, I will also use these ideas in party of my son’s birthday which is in next month.

  20. What an amazing party theme! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photographs from this “Alarm” party. I won’t mind using this cute theme on my son’s birthday. I’ll book a best birthday party nyc venue for this party.


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