Brothers Ash and Nic love nothing more than playing 'rescues' together. They don fire helmets, jump on the firetruck and aeroplane balance bikes and race through the house to the next emergency! So when it came time for their joint birthday party (the boys have birthdays within two weeks of each other), a firefighting theme was a clear choice.
The Brief: to create a fireman themed party that was industrial and sophisticated while still delighting the young guests. The clients were also clear that they wanted something for the grown ups as well.
As I usually do, I started with the colour palette when thinking about this party. And of course, the big decision was made for me- red, red and a touch of black! Given that fire truck and fireman birthday parties are a very common theme for little boys, I wanted to find a way to make this celebration unique. One way to do that was to include some petrol blue in the colour palette. I also decided to use a texture palette that included kraft paper, blackboard and steel to give the party an industrial edge.
From there the decisions flowed pretty easily. It was important that each boy had his own cake and that dictated the design of the dessert table.
As you'd know by now, healthy snacks are an important part of all my dessert tables. These popcorn cups, made using take away espresso cups and party printables are some of my favourite ever. The design is so hipster!
And red fruit in water pails was a cute twist on the firefighters party theme.
For entertainment, a simple treasure hunt in which the children found and exchanged three fire truck or fire helmet tokens (depending on their age) for a rescue vehicle that was theirs to take home was a great way to break the ice.
And the highlight of the party was a puppy rescue.
Each child completed an obstacle course to rescue a toy puppy from the top of a city building!
The puppy, complete with a personalised medallion was then packed in a beautiful calico bag for the kids to take home as their thank you gift. The canvas bag also contained a personalised water bottle, party blower and a gorgeous fire themed cookie.
The clients were also really clear that they wanted a way to make sure that parents and other adult guest felt welcome and enjoyed themselves. This New York Deli style cheese table was the solution to keeping the grown ups fed and comfortable while the kids enjoyed the event.
This self-serve cheese table is a great way to make guests feel well looked after when you know that hosting duties won't allow you to wait on people individually.
It was such a pleasure to plan this event and to witness the party.
And finally, there was nothing left to do, but eat cake and enjoy the festivities!