Construction party ideas: Food, decor, games and favors

Construction theme parties are really popular, and with such good reason. They’re fun to plan and even more fun to attend! There are tons of great construction party ideas out there – here are some of my faves:

CONSTRUCTION THEME FOOD & DRINKS

1. Ice cream cones as “pylons” – via VixenMade

2. Mini chocolate donuts as “spare tires” – via Spaceships and Laserbeams

3. Cheese puffs as “wrecking balls” – via True Blue Style

4. Chex mix as “nuts and bolts” – via Catch My Party

5. Let your guests “construct” a hamburger at a build-a-burger bar – via Catch My Party

6. Bubble tape “tape measures” – via Poppy Events

7. Veggie straws as “2×4’s” – via Poppy Events

8. Rock candy – via VixenMade

9. Cups of “dirt” cake – via Catch My Party

10. S’more “paint brushes” – get the recipe at Cheerios & Lattes

11. Brownies as “rocky road” – via Short & Sweets

12. Bugle chips as “safety cones” – via Short & Sweets

13. Set up an ice cream cone station where each ice cream cone looks like a construction cone – via One Little Minute

14. Serve party guests “crew punch” from an industrial water cooler – via Blatant Borrower

Reeses Pieces as “pebbles” – via Catch My Party

Sweet tea as “motor oil” – via True Blue Style

Sugar wafers as “lumber” – via Short & Sweets

Street sign lollipops – via Oriental Trading

CONSTRUCTION THEME PARTY DECOR

15. Tie balloons to a wooden sawhorse that’s painted with caution stripes – via Juicy Bits

16. Decorate your front door with a wreath made from caution tape – via Not Just A Mommy

Construction cone drinking cups – via Birthday Express

Construction cone birthday candles – via Amazon

Label your utensils as “tools” with napkin rings – via Chickabug

Hang crew entrance, party zone, porta potty, detour, and gift loading zone signs – via Chickabug

Orange striped or yellow striped paper straws – via My Little Otter

Custom water bottle labels – via Chickabug

CONSTRUCTION BIRTHDAY PARTY GAMES, CRAFTS, & PROJECTS

17. Have kids hammer golf tees into styrofoam blocks – via Not Just A Mommy

18. Build a crane from cardboard boxes and other simple supplies, and have the kids knock piles of lightweight blocks over – via Preparing for Peanut

19. Make a cardboard box tunnel maze for the kids to crawl through – via Short and Sweets

20. Make a DIY cardboard bulldozer for the kids to play with – via Grey House Harbor

Set up a sand table with toys and tools, and let the kids dig

Decorate aprons and hard hats with markers and stickers – via Little Miss Kate

Have kids pose for pictures wearing a DIY bulldozer costume – via Mama Say What

CONSTRUCTION PARTY FAVORS

21. Construction crayons – via Ella Jane Crafts

22. Give each child their own construction gear – The Culinary Couple

…aprons from Home Depot

…hard hats from Oriental Trading with personalized stickers from Chickabug

23. Toy tool sets from Party on the 7th – no longer available, but similar sets are sold on Amazon (here, here, here)

24. DIY treat-filled traffic cones – via Disney Family

Construction machine toys – via Amazon

Construction vests – via Amazon

Construction theme party paper goods and printables from Chickabug - www.chickabug.com

Shop for personalized construction theme party paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more construction party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!



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  1. 1
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 9:36 am
    Becky says:
    Great collection of ideas!! Wish I had this when I was planning Ethan's party. Thanks for featuring the wrecking ball crane! It was a BLAST to use.
    • 1.1
      Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 12:11 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Becky! It doesn't look like you had any trouble coming up with ideas - Ethan's party was amazing! I loved that wrecking ball crane. Such an amazing idea! : )
  2. 2
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 9:43 am
    Hayley @ Grey House Harbor says:
    You've included everything for a super successful construction party! Thanks for featuring my tutorial on how to build a cardboard bulldozer - it was a huge hit with the little ones.
    • 2.1
      Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 12:14 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Hayley! I bet the kids had the time of their lives. It was a great idea and the tutorial is fantastic! : )
  3. 3
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 6:57 pm
    Shannon says:
    What size circle labels did you use? Love the ideas!
    • 3.1
      Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 8:16 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Shannon! I didn't make any of these things, they're just ideas I collected. I do sell construction theme circle stickers and party printables in my shop though: www.chickabug.com
  4. 4
    Friday, April 10th, 2015 at 2:40 am
    Trinity says:
    Awesome collection! Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm pinning now so I can get started party planning. Love it!
    • 4.1
      Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 12:56 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Trinity! I'm so glad you like it! Good luck with your planning! : )
  5. 5
    Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 8:35 am
    Jennifer says:
    hi! Thanks for posting!! I looked for the tool set on the site linked.., could not find it at all :(. Did you buy it from there recently?
    • 5.1
      Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 11:14 am
      Heather says:
      Looks like it's not available any more, but there are similar products on Amazon. I'll update the link!
  6. 6
    Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 1:31 pm
    Kelli says:
    Such an fantastic blog you have! Thanks for including me in it! Such great ideas for construction parties.
  7. 7
    Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 10:04 am
    Lloyd Claycomb says:
    Great stuff Heather! I really doubt if those (children) who participated don't ask funny questions whenever they see construction going on a road-side.
  8. 8
    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 7:34 am
    Shareef says:
    Thank you for sharing this great article i hope its work to me and its helpful
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