This was a really easy one. I made the invitations in Photoshop, using a photo of the birthday boy from a recent trip to the fire station. I found decoration inspiration on Pinterest, involving tissue paper flames and cardboard boxes transformed into buildings. Super cheap & easy! We also hung a banner (crafted from cardstock), a ton of red balloons, a vintage fire truck painting (from Tim's childhood bedroom), and some simple circle banners (punched from cardstock). Uncle Andrew supplied us with more than enough plastic fire helmets, and Everett already had fire trucks big and small that would work perfectly. I ordered fire hydrant cupcake stands and cups from Open A Party, and picked up the rest of the essentials (tablecloth, plates, cups, utensils, balloons) from Dollarama. I tried to stick to a red-orange-yellow colour palette -- very bright & fun!
The menu was simple. We did a BBQ with salads for dinner, and had some other colour-coordinated snacks for guests to munch on, including tortilla chips with nacho dip, a veggie tray, Doritos, popcorn, a variety of red candies, and fruit punch. Dessert was cherry chip cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting and red, orange, and yellow sprinkles. Simple & delicious!
The star of the show was the antique fire truck that we hired to visit during the party. The kids (and some of the "big kids") were all very excited & happy to climb in, ring the bell, and take it for a pretend drive. It was so much fun, and we loved seeing our sweet birthday boy in his element, "driving" a big truck and getting to be a real fireman for a day! "Anybody need help?" he yelled. "Get out of the fire!" (Did I mention how much I love this kid?)
Here is the big day in photos: