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custom inspiration board: classic trucks


Christina is throwing a 'classic truck' 2nd birthday party for her son in March. She wanted to focus on 50's chevrolet pickups using the colors cherry red, deep grey and white. The theme left me with the image of a country drive in the spring, so I thought it would be fun to create the party like an outdoor picnic with diner style food and rustic details...

Theme: Classic Trucks

Party Ideas
Colors: red, white and dark grey
Setting: a rustic, country style backyard party
Decorations: create a logo of a single classic truck and use it for the invitations and party printables. for the tables, use red and white patterned tablecloths and wildflowers in mason jars to lend a rustic outdoor feel, and search ebay for vintage truck toys and models to be used as centerpieces. consider using wagons to hold party supplies and let kids take rides. set out some rubber tires that can be stuffed with toss pillows for seating. write the food menu and other notes on chalkboards, diner style.
Food: if possible, consider using a food truck to cater the party or a retro ice cream truck for dessert. otherwise, set up a buffet on the edge of a truck's flatbed using a board underneath to create a smooth surface. consider american home-style foods like mac & cheese, baked beans, potato salad and apple pie, with lemonade to drink.
Activity & Favors: purchase small simple wood trucks from a local craft store and have kids decorate or paint them to bring home. if dry in time, you could even hold a soapbox derby for the older kids.

Photo Credits
Row 1: truck print via
etsy; invite via etsy; wood truck via spearmint baby
Row 2: wagon via
brides; centerpiece via snippet & ink; cupcake toppers via paper & pigtails
Row 3: candy jar via
our semihomemade life; sandwich cut outs via jack & izzy; picnic table via the party dress
Row 4: child via
imprintables; setting via snippet & ink; gable box via tomkat studio; food truck via unruly things

Mama Bird (September 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM)  

so adorable! can't wait to see the actual party!

Save the Date for Cupcakes (September 26, 2010 at 3:19 PM)  

I love the wooden red truck~ such a fun theme for a boy!

PartyMom (September 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM)  

Sounds so adorable. I love the idea of a soap box car derby!

Sandi (September 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM)  

so many cute ideas! i hope you can share pic of the actual party!

Caroline (September 26, 2010 at 9:49 PM)  

I would want this party!! I have always loved classic trucks. I so enjoy this site of yours! XO

JC's Loft (September 27, 2010 at 7:25 AM)  

I'm loving those sandwich cut outs!

Christina Dann (September 27, 2010 at 9:33 AM)  

Yay! Thank you so much! It's so perfect and I will definitely send you pictures from the party :)

Kori Clark (September 30, 2010 at 9:27 AM)  

What an adorable board! Thank you so much for including our cupcake toppers!

aroundmytable (October 4, 2010 at 6:23 AM)  

That's something every little boy dreams of! Great ideas!

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