Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Wheels on the Bus Birthday Party

Per request, my son had a 'school bus' birthday party for his 4th birthday. And to say it was an adorable success would be an understatement.

When I asked him what kind of birthday party he wanted this year, all he would say every time I asked was "Mommy, I want a school bus to come to my house and take me and all my friends for a ride." So, that is exactly what we did. 

I snagged this pop up school bus from Target on sale for Christmas for barely $20 and it's been a huge hit, not only for the party but also before and ever since. 

We rented a bus for an hour from our local bus company and Miss Jennifer, the driver, went about and beyond making sure it was extra special for Ness. 

She even hung a banner up. Ness loves Miss Jennifer as she normally drives the little bus for his preschool friends but to see her driving a BIG BUS was so amazing in the eyes of a 4-year-old. 

The party was scheduled from 11:00 to 1:00, with the bus leaving at 11:15, going for a 45 minute drive (which ended up being an hour long drive but the kids LOVED everywhere she drove us!) and pizza and cake at our house when we got back. 

The kids enjoyed the ride SO much. Who would have thought a simple bus ride around town would be so satisfying for a bunch of toddlers?! 

Miss Jennifer had mapped out an entire route through our town as well as two neighboring towns that brought us past a few working farms, through a cow field, to the school bus parking lot, over a vintage green bridge, through a working construction zone, and more. Seriously, she MADE the day extra special. 

Our cake from Cheshire Baking Company never disappoints. Kristin goes above and beyond every time and Ness told her exactly what he wanted and she fulfilled his wildest dreams! 

"Miss Kristin, I want a rainbow cake with a choo choo train on top and a road all the way around." 

And if you ever have extra cake and want to freeze it, here's my tips:

- Cut it into pieces of the size you'd want to have at a later date. 

- Wrap it tightly in tin foil. THEN wrap it in saran wrap. Put it in your freezer. 

- When you want a piece of cake, take it out of the freezer in the morning and put it on your counter. It will thaw and be ready for dessert after dinner. 

He loved it, if you couldn't tell. 

I scoured the internet and Pinterest for ideas and decorated for the party very simply. 

I just drew a city skyline on black poster foam board and put it on our mantle along with a collection of school buses and his favorite cars and trucks. 

I also ordered a Wheels On The Bus kit off of Etsy that I could personalize which was a banner, some decor items, and thank you cards. 

Instead of a goody bag, we gave each friend who came a school bus toy. It pulls back and goes fast. Needless to say, a HUGE hit for all who came. 

For the tables, I just got black tablecloths and plates from the dollar store. I used yellow duct tape to make a dotted line down the middle of the table to symbolize a road and spread out some cars and mini street signs down the middle too. We made personalized water bottles too. 

After pizza and cake, the kids went wild in the playroom. Literally, went WILD. 

Our birthday boy loved it and it was one of my most favorite parties I've ever thrown. And easiest. AND, best part most affordable. 

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