Tonka construction party ideas! - LAURA'S little PARTY

Tonka construction party ideas!

July 17, 2014

Recently, I’ve partnered with Hard To Find Party Supplies
and I couldn't be more thrilled! 
They specialize in party items that are vintage, newly released party products, 
and some that are, well... hard to find!
I was asked to style a party using their Tonka construction line.
I was excited for the dirty job, partly because I’ve never thrown a
construction party before, and also because my 3yr old LOVES trucks!

It was really fun putting this Tonka party together!
I love to scour places for fun party props. So I didn't waste any time!
I found a real Detour construction sign, and a flagman sign. 
I thought they were pretty neat.
The coolest prop I got to use was an actual working digger!

The party was set up at my sister & brother-in-law’s house.
I was thrilled that they let me use their digger for my party!
It served as the perfect construction party backdrop -
and held up the “Happy Birthday” sign very nicely!

The invitations are what sets the tone for parties.
How fun for all the guests to receive a mini construction vehicle. 
You can send them right along with their invite!
I found them at Dollar Tree.

I created the main party table with plastic saw horses from Lowes.
{these were SO cool, and transport very nicely!}
The neat part about this table was, I didn’t have to do anything fancy.
I added a piece of plywood, and set it on top of the saw horses.

I used tool boxes to display the treat bags, hostess cupcakes, 
along with some pretty cool looking chocolate covered Oreos!
The detail on these delicious treats are just amazing!

 The favor bags were filled with an assortment of candies, 
canvas tool pouches, and mini tape measures.
I displayed them inside a mini tool box, found at the 99cent only store.

I filled a Tonka dump truck with party hats!
The guests had their choice of Tonka themed cone hats, or
plastic construction hats where I attached a fun “play zone” sticker.
They’re actually t-shirt emblems, but I used them for the hats as well.

To quench the guest’s thirst, I served bottles of gatorade.
And the large orange drink dispenser spoke “construction theme” to me!
I added fun labels to the gatorade bottles by printing out digital paper 
from - I also found really great construction themed clip art!
I created mini signs for the table that said: “Party ahead”, and “Fueling Station”
For added detail, I set out a roll of Caution tape, and a cool plastic level.

And did you see that huge nut & bolt on the table?
I had that from a previous party, and used it to hold one of the cupcakes.
All the cupcakes were topped with a super cool dump truck topper!

The construction themed table cover was topped with matching napkins,
Tonka themed plates, matching Tonka cups, and yellow construction hats.
I wrapped utensils inside the napkins, and wrapped with a napkin ring.
These were also printed from digital paper.
I sprinkled construction confetti on the table, and we were ready to party!

For seating, I set out tool boxes for the guests.
They served as super sturdy seating, and continued with the construction theme.

The guests also played along with a little construction game.
Very similar to pin the tail on the donkey, but all construction themed.
I attached the game onto a small poster board, and
wrote the names of each guest on the caution cone stickers that were provided.

 I had a great time constructing this Tonka themed party!
And you can find all the Tonka & construction paper party items at 
Hard to find party supplies.

Vendor Credits:
Invites, birthday banner, tshirt emblems, plates, cups, napkins, table cover,
treat bags, party hats, and game: hard to find party supplies.

Construction themed digital paper, and clip art:

Yellow construction hats: Oriental trading

Construction themed chocolate covered Oreos: Bella’s Bakery & bowtique

Dumptruck cupcake toppers: Creativities Galore


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  1. Such great ideas!!! You did an awesome job, so many cool details :)

  2. Laura... I am speechless! This party is rocking! I'm totally digging the on-site shoot, cupcake toppers, chocolate wheels, the hard hats, the way you styled the Tonka party supplies, and really just EVERYTHING about the entire construction of the party! The blue and yellow colors and the down and dirty appeal would be perfect for any boys party! LOVE love LOVE!

  3. Super cute! My cousin would love a party like this!

  4. What an awesome set-up! How cool is having a real digger as a party prop? Too cool! Loved the themed tableware too!

  5. There are so many amazing details in this party! I love it!