Garrett’s Digger Party

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A fun and functional construction-themed party to celebrate our little boy’s second birthday.

Design Inspiration

Garrett's love of construction vehicles served as my inspiration for the party theme.

Project Details

All stationery items were DIY. I created the birthday banners and signage using yellow and orange scrapbook paper. I downloaded a free font and printed everything on my home computer. There was a lot of cutting and crafting involved, but I was very happy with the end result. The cupcake tower was also DIY - decorated with construction-themed scrapbook paper and ribbon. Miscellaneous party décor was purchased from, and a local party store.

My husband bought Garrett a Power Wheels dump truck last summer, so I used this as the  focal point of the party décor. We disconnected the battery so the kids could sit on it, but not move it.

The main party activity was the digging pit. I found the large plastic tray at Tractor Supply and filled it with aquarium rocks. Garrett already had several construction vehicle toys, but I purchased a few more, along with some small plastic shovels for digging. I created the mat underneath using a black plastic tablecloth and “birthday zone” construction tape. And of course we had to have traffic cones and hard hats to get the full construction zone effect.

I made up a snack plate for each kid with construction-themed food: lumber (pretzel sticks), rock fill (raisins), bricks & mortar (pepperoni and cheese). We also had buckets of traffic cones (Bugles) to snack on. Dessert was cupcakes with traffic cones (candy corn) on top. For Garrett’s cupcake, I found these adorable construction vehicle candles (an excavator and bulldozer).

For favors, each kid got a little yellow box with bath supplies: a construction rubber ducky, a bulldozer soap, a washcloth, and a magic towel that expands when you put it in water. Each favor box had the child’s name and a note that said “Thanks for digging in the dirt with us!”

Favorite Items

The digging pit! The kids loved it! I thought maybe they’d play in it for a few minutes and then be bored, but it was definitely the hit of the party. I was also a little worried that the one girl who attended the party wouldn’t be into it, but she dove right in just like the boys.



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    The party favors (especially the bulldozer soap) and the boxes are so cute. And I think the digging pit was such a wonderful concept.

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    I know this is an old post, but my son’s 2 year birthday is coming up. I love your ideas here! But I can’t figure out how to find a tub like that. Can you tell me what it’s called or what it’s original purpose was? Thanks!

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    I love this idea. I struggled finding a good container without spending $20+, but I finally came up with using a large concrete mixing tub. I got mine from Home Depot for $12 something.

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