If you’re thinking of hosting a transportation birthday party for kids, I’ve got you covered! I decided on the transportation party theme when my twins each wanted different types of vehicle decor for their birthday. Oh, the challenge of pleasing two people with one birthday!
Below is a short list of transportation party theme ideas, sure to please even twins. I’ve also included a simple checklist to keep your event organized. For a more detailed event organizer, be sure to check out my party planning printables.
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Transportation Birthday Party – Paper Goods and Utensils
Amazon and other sites offer a broad selection of paper goods with planes, trucks, and other vehicles. For the boys’ party, I found a great “Traffic Jam” line of plates and napkins that set the color scheme for the party. Fortunately, I already had plenty of plates and utensils in primary colors. (We did a Cookie Monster and Elmo party theme last year, which I’ll highlight in a future post.) I always like to take inventory of my hodge-podge of party supplies before hunting for more! I even found leftover red and blue balloons with my kids’ names on them. Score!
Transportation Birthday Party – Cakes
So, here’s the deal. I left myself very little time to find a beautiful cake for this party. You can buy some great vehicle-themed frosting sheets online…if you haven’t procrastinated like me! My solution was to modify a Paw Patrol cake from my local grocery store and add some vehicle-shaped candles to the scene. Voila! You can take a look at the original Paw Patrol cake and order it here.
Etsy also offers transportation frosting sheets like the one below by EBDesignandPrint.
For other transportation cake ideas, check out my curated list of Etsy picks below.
- Amanda’s Parties to Go: transportation party decor you can download and print at home; kit includes cake/cupcake toppers, party signs, centerpieces and more ($19.99+)
- Paper and Rock Party: 12 cars and truck cupcake toppers ($7)
- The Party Penguin: 12 vehicle cupcake toppers ($10)
To add a little pizzazz to my own cake, I also created a “Happy Birthday” topper using kebab skewers and glitter card stock we had around the house. I’ll soon post a tutorial on how I did that using a Silhouette Cameo.
Transportation Birthday Party – Gift Bags
Since I had many blue paper sacks leftover from our Cookie Monster party, I decided to create my own gift bag labels. Using card stock and simple truck images I found online, I designed my labels (again using a Silhouette Cameo). Then, I simply hole-punched the top and tied a bow so our little guests could easily open their goodies. I’ll post a full tutorial on creating your own labels soon. Stay tuned!
My favorite party favors usually include a few “disposable” items, like stickers, stamps or mini coloring books. I also found adorable block vehicles and pull-back cars that would have fit our transportation theme. See below for some of my top transportation party gift picks. We even had enough stickers left over to keep the boys busy during church for many weeks! Can I get an “Amen”?
Party Planning Checklist
I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a list person. That’s why I’m sharing my party planning checklist with you. This is my attempt at preserving your sanity while you plan your shindig. For a more detailed version of party planning printables, see this post.
Even if transportation doesn’t float your kid’s boat, hopefully you found some useful nuggets for your next celebration.
What should our theme be next year? If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments below!