For those of you who have kids that love the garbage truck, you are well aware that there are no "Garbage Truck" themed party supplies. I discovered this upon return from the Camping Trip from Hell (hereafter designated as CTH), and promptly went nuts searching blogs and easy for ideas. Luckily, I found some!
I ordered the cutest invites from a gal on Etsy. It was a single download that I had copied and cut at Office Depot. They ended up being cheaper than purchasing store-bought invites, and of course as you know, there are no gaga tuck invitations. Here is a link to the Etsy store I used for the invites:
Garbage Truck Party Invitation
I did a few things for decorations. I collected clean trash for a few weeks before the party, and then we used a drill and some twine to make it into a Trash Garland:
I also made some cardboard signs: The Junk Yard was our food table which had lots of Junk Food, of course!
I had one activity other than the party-adjacent playground: SMASH THE TRASH! I must have called upon my inner preschool teacher for this one. We had some leftover bubble wrap from my brother's move so I taped some clean, flat trash underneath and let the kiddos smash away. Kids love bubble wrap. (We should have wrapped my husband in it, but that is a story for another day).
For favors, I ordered some of those mini trash grabbers from Amazon and little mini trash cans from Oriental Trading Company. I stuck a gummy "bug" inside each trash can toy. Then, I wrapped the favors in black dog poop bags so they would look like real trash, and topped them off by tying with a twist tie. Then, I housed them in a "Recycling Center!"
I ordered these super cute cake toppers from Toadally Cute, a seller on Etsy. They turned out fabulous!
I colored some garbage truck pictures to stick on our tables and then we let the fun begin! The kids all had a great time, until about 12:30pm, when everyone under the age of 5 either pooped or pooped out. I managed to get Jax down for his nap by 1:30pm. All in all, it was a stupendouly trashy time!
Thanks to our amazing friends and family, we are the proud owners of a FLEET of gaga tucks. I think we own 11 now. That is my life. (We also run out of the house screaming with joy three times very Tuesday morning when the Gaga Tucks come. I think the Garbage Man in our town worries that I am a weird Trash Stalker. The Gaga Tuck drivers have been looking a little concerned lately). Again, stories for another day!
Happy Birthday to my wonderful, amazing, gaga tuck loving son, Jackson!