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Little Blue Truck Birthday Party


A 2nd birthday party based on the book, Little Blue Truck!

Design Inspiration

I wanted to give A a truly special day, and what better way to do it than with his favorite book... Little Blue Truck! Aside from being beautifully illustrated and having a wonderful lesson in the end, it's about a truck. If you have a boy, chances are you know the importance of this. A is crazy about planes, trains & automobiles, but this book holds a very special place in his heart. He learned how to say "blue" and "beep beep" from hearing us read this over & over, and continues to request it every night before bed.

Decorating Style

Vintage, with a dash of modern. The most treasured pieces in our home have been items passed down to us or salvaged pieces that we've given a new life. But we also love using pops of color to brighten up our home.

Project Details

This year, I tried very hard to keep A's party 'green'. I was shocked by the amount of garbage we created last year with our napkins & plates, and from early in the planning process, sought out ways to change that. A sign on the table instructed guests that the paper plates could be put in our compost, the silverware was recyclable and the napkins were washable. I was very happy to see that we only had one trash bag at the end of the night - a huge improvement from last year!

Favorite Items

Needless to say, the cake was my favorite part! Deborah from Cupcake Stylist on Etsy totally brought my vision to life with recreating the cover from Little Blue Truck, and created a custom "toad" for the front of the cake! The vintage GMC pick-up was an eBay find.


My advice is to be resourceful - decorating for a party doesn't mean you have to buy brand new stuff every year. Find things that you know you love (wooden crates, mason jars, tablecloths or serving dishes) and continue to use them in a new way each year! Many of the items we used were things we had already owned, so we were able to focus our budget on the food & drinks!

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  1. avatar Karen galliano says:

    Where did you get the cute farm animals

  2. avatar Peggy says:

    Amazing! I had the idea to do this for my son’s first bday party and your tips and decorating ideas are spectacular! Thanks for posting this – extremely helpful

  3. avatar Sarah says:

    I am in love with every touch of this party. I am planning my son’s first birthday party and would love to know what some of the other foods you served were and what you have as favors. Thank you so much for posting this gorgeous party spread it has been an inspiration for almost a year now!

  4. avatar Erin says:

    What font did you use for the date?

  5. avatar Jillian says:

    Thank you, Juliana! I was so happy with the difference it made. This was my first time using washable disposable napkins… and after 4 washes, they still look great!

  6. avatar Jillian says:

    Thank you, Sabrina!

  7. avatar juliana says:

    very nice party! but the best part has to be your conscious effort to reduce the amount of garbage your party generates!

  8. avatar PN_Sabrina says:

    what a cute party idea!!

  9. avatar Jillian says:

    Thank you, Mila! And I know, right? I still have 2 of them sitting on my kitchen counter because I can’t bear to part with them ;)

  10. avatar Mila G. says:

    I admire the way you used things in your home as decorative elements for your table. Those fondant animals are also way too cute!