When Matthew said he wanted a “monster trucks birthday party” for his fourth birthday, I knew he REALLY meant he wanted a Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party. The thing is, we aren’t big on characters in our house and prefer to keep things more generic. Our kids don’t really have anything Planes or Paw Patrol or Blaze and the Monster Machines related, other than the movies/shows themselves. We want the toys and such to last through multiple kids, even after the fad of whatever show is over. Plus, it makes things SO much cheaper when they aren’t sponsored by Disney or Nick Jr. So, when it came to Matthew’s birthday, we did touches of Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party ideas, while still keeping most of them more generic monster trucks birthday party ideas.
The biggest thing for our family is to make sure we don’t have to tell our kiddos “no” at their own birthday party. Much like Mason’s Cookie Monster birthday party, I made everything from scratch so that it would be dairy-free and peanut-free for my boys. I wanted them to be able to enjoy all the food and beverages like “normal” kids. All of the recipes I link to in this post are just that– dairy-and-peanut free. That doesn’t mean you have to be allergic to enjoy them, though. Ryan and I have no food allergies, nor does the rest of our family, but we all thought it was tasty!
Monster Trucks Birthday Party Ideas (or Blaze and the Monster Machines Birthday Party Ideas)
When it comes to the spread, I try to have a decent balance of healthy and “fun.” We had veggies with both dairy-free and normal ranch, Oreos, chocolate covered pretzels, Gardetto’s (like Chex Mix, but better AND dairy-free), fruit, and of course, cupcakes! In order to keep with the theme, I put up a sign that said “fueling station” and labeled each item with a monster trucks-themed title.
For example, the dairy-free chocolate covered pretzels were “dipsticks” while the Gardetto’s was “nuts and bolts.” The Oreos were “tires.” (Yeah, Oreos are dairy-free… don’t think too hard on that one.) Honestly, the chocolate covered pretzels HAD to be made by me because finding dairy-free chocolate covered pretzels are next to impossible, especially when you want them to look like dipsticks. The good news is, it was SUPER easy and probably the favorite on the table so check out this recipe if you’re in need of one!
When it came to the beverages, we had three options: lemonade (“antifreeze”), Instant Pot Southern sweet tea (“oil”), and the half-size water bottles (“coolant”). I put them all in Mason jar and steel tub containers to keep with the monster trucks theme. Plus, I can re-use them over and over as we have other backyard parties and events so I see them as an investment that I’ll use again.
Every birthday party HAS to have cake. For kiddos, it’s a lot easier to have it in cupcake form. Plus, you can make two different flavors to make it more likely that every kid will find something they like! I chose to make these dairy-free vanilla cupcakes and multiplied this chocolate cupcake recipe by 6 (since it makes 2). On top, I made some vanilla bean buttercream frosting and dyed it three different colors– red, orange, and yellow– to make them resemble fire for a Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party. Using this inexpensive gizmo, I swirled two colors together on top of each cupcake to make it look even more like fire! I then took checkered duct tape and made flags out of that and toothpicks to help with the monster trucks birthday party ideas. Seriously, how cute did they turn out?!
Of course, you have to have utensils for some of the food, so I went with metallic-looking plasticware and called them “tools.” They’re sharp enough to actually be useful, but dull enough that I didn’t have to worry about them at a preschooler’s birthday party. I also grabbed some checkered tablecloths to make for easier clean up afterwards (because preschoolers) and, of course, to go with the Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party theme!
One of my biggest pet-peeves is my kiddo coming home with a goody bag of cheap plastic toys and candy that a) he may or may not be able to eat and b) just make for a bunch of crap in my house that is going to add clutter while not really being played with. My solution for our birthday parties are usually something either consumable (I did cookie dough for the Cookie Monster birthday party) or something educational/family-oriented. In this case, I went with the latter and found inexpensive Blaze and the Monster Machines books. They cost about what a goody bag would, but they’ll be read and loved for so much longer (and you only need one per family since no one needs three copies of the same book)!
Last, but certainly not least, I made sure he had his special birthday shirt, courtesy of Colleen at Lagniappe Loveys. She’s a magician when it comes to embroidery and made a shirt EXACTLY what I was hoping for. How cute is this (and the kid inside it)?! She is super reasonable when it comes to pricing and is absolutely the person I’ll be going to for all of our birthday shirts!
All in all, it was a total hit. He loved every second of the party, probably because his friends and family were there to spoil him, but also because he never had to be told that something would hurt his tummy. Most of my monster trucks birthday party ideas (and even the Blaze and the Monster Machines birthday party themed stuff) went over his head, but it sure was fun to put together!