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I love crafty moms. Seriously, they are the heart and soul of creativity! My friend Stephanie Miranda-De Lucia is not only a crafty mom, she’s also a big time news producer for NBC LA. Some how she finds the time to produce news and create adorable crafts for her son Jason. So I asked her to share how she put together this perfectly trashy birthday party theme for her son who is obsessed with garbage trucks. Here’s how you can make a Trash Bash Party!
It’s Friday. A day, in our house, that is filled with lots of excitement and anticipation. It’s trash day and my 3-year-old son is in love with garbage trucks!
No, we’re not those “average people” that, kindly wave to the man picking up our trash then, go about our day. We’re the family that literally waits for the big arrival. My son, dressed in his garbage truck t-shirt, eats his breakfast outside so he doesn’t miss a single moment.
Salvador, yes we know our garbage man by name, holds a special celebrity status in our son’s life. And Jason, is by far, his biggest fan. So when it was time to start planning Jason’s birthday party, I was faced with a very unique theme and challenge. How do you make trash look fun and festive?
Apparently, this is a challenge many of you are facing because so many kids these days love garbage trucks! My friend Heather, who runs this amazing blog, and her daughter attended my son’s “Trash Bash” and said to me afterwards, you’ve gotta tell other moms how you did this. They all want to know! So here are my “secrets”…
My first stop was Pinterest. I started a board and collected a few ideas. By the way, this process starts about 6 months before the party. About a week into my planning I hit the jackpot. A mom friend of mine just threw her son a trash truck birthday party and offered to “free-cycle” her leftover supplies.
So, I take zero credit for the centerpieces. But to break it down, it was a dollar tree plastic trashcan, filled with rocks (for weight), stuffed with paper from the brown bags at the grocery store, and a large party pick sticking out of the top. The outside of the trash can has a printed image of a garbage truck. Easy peasy!
Now it was time to figure out the invitations. I mean, it’s not like you can walk into a party store and just pick up garbage truck invites. I know. I tried. That’s where my best friend comes in. She is Mrs. Crafty McCrafterson and came up with the best design ever. She created a garbage truck and a recycling truck with a pull out card that detailed the party information. She and her husband are the brains of that entire operation.
I made my own Happy Birthday Jason banner with green card stock, used newspaper and orange letters that I printed and cut out. I used recycled twine (the stuff Home Depot hands out for free) to connect the banner. I ordered a custom t-shirt from Etsy for the birthday boy that had a garbage truck on it, his name and his age. Super cute! And only .
I have a friend, who is a graphic artist for a living, and helped create a large garbage truck poster that I had printed at Costco for . I decided on square dinner plates (I mean garbage trucks are pretty boxy when you think about it) and napkins with an orange zig zag. And we decided to serve “Junk food” (oh yes, I really take these party themes to the extreme) and put burgers and dogs on the menu.
Cake is cool but since I love cooking and baking I tend to go all out for the dessert table. I always order a small cake for the birthday boy to put his candles on it. But for the guests I always make a tray of cupcakes. I decorated half with little orange #3 cutouts and the other with little garbage truck prints that I printed out on our home printer. I glued each cutout to a toothpick and stuck each one into a cupcake. I also made a tray of rice crispy treats and used a #3 cookie cutter to cut out #3 treats.
I filled the rest of the table with chocolate cake pops. Chocolate cake covered in white chocolate, green sugar sprinkles and a small wrapper with the recycling symbol that I printed on regular address labels and cut out.
I also spray painted three recycled tin cans, orange, added foam to the bottom and use those to display my cake pops. PS. I love cupcakes because I’m not stuck having to cut a large cake and serve it.
For the centerpiece on my main food table, I recycled Jason’s Halloween costume. He was, you guessed it, a garbage truck for Halloween! That was made with a leftover diaper box and some green and orange spray paint.
Finally, I found an idea on Pinterest that I just couldn’t live without…a Little Tykes truck converted into a garbage truck with just a couple of modifications. First of all, the truck comes in blue so I spray painted the entire truck green. (Be sure to use spray paint that is meant for plastic) I then added a grey plastic bin to the back and printed a recycling symbol and stuck it on. My son now has his own garbage truck that he can’t wait to show off on Friday.
I hope I have inspired you to plan your own “Trash Bash”. I just want to say that I am a full-time, working mom. My husband is a stay at home dad. I tackle these projects in the evening when I get home from work and can’t sleep. Jason loved his party and what mom could ask for anything more? Maybe next year he’ll have a new “thing”, a new “passion”, but for now it’s garbage trucks and maybe someday, as a teenager, he’ll take a bag of trash out for me and I’ll hear his crackling, changing voice still say hello to Salvador.which statement would not fit the definition of a tumor marker? http://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/how-to-make-grilled-cheese-for-a-crowd-in-the-oven What channel is the ravens game on today? What does low oxygen level mean? how to improve at rhythm games when does extra snap benefits end in new york How to dry oregano? What is a rapid antigen test? how long does it take to get unemployment benefits What does hail mean? What do bartenders to with tips? what is the difference between translation and transcription biology advice how to be a man, walk with your head up How lomg beef tips low crockpoy? What are alkaline batteries? Which of the following words does not have the same meaning as renaissance? what are the skills needed for basketball what is the best definition of family planning what is the difference between american age and korean age What does substantial mean? How to know if you need stitches? How to change chrome background? what benefits do plums have What does element mean? How to do butterfly knife tricks for beginners? What are gel x nails? What does bby mean? what is the difference between micro usb and usb c what child care benefits am i entitled to what is the difference between crowns and veneers how to improve sandy soil for garden How to make cream corn? what are the benefits of fig leaf tea How to see if you have a warrant? what should you make the move to get a live in helper What are important tips to know about greece? what is the difference between ostomy and colostomy Tricks on how to fall asleep quickly? how to improve finance processes What is the newest spiderman movie? what is the main difference between a bill and a resolution How to satisfied a woman in bed tips in hindi? how to improve wrinkles around mouth What does the d in d-day stand for?