Planning a Tractor Themed Birthday Party for a Toddler
Here are the details of our son’s tractor themed second birthday party! See what we ate, what we played and what we decorated with.
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Tractors are my toddler’s absolute obsession. He also loves Thomas the Train, any sort of vehicle, Daniel Tiger, and books of any sort. But he will choose to watch, read, or play with a tractor over every single one of those.
So it was a no-brainer to plan a tractor-themed birthday party for Camden’s 2nd birthday. I wanted to share with you how I did it – and how I kept to my budget – so that you can get some ideas too.
Tractor Themed Birthday Party – the paper goods
Invitations and Thank-Yous
I’ve got a Cricut, which I knew would save me some money when it came to decorations. But, honestly, if you’ve got scissors, you can save money. Let’s face it – all of those Etsy decorations are so cute, but it’s easier to make the decorations yourself. Even if you buy the files on Etsy for a couple dollars and make it yourself, it comes out to be a huge savings.
To start with, I searched Pinterest for a free tractor themed invitation. It was simple, and I just printed them on regular cardstock, filled them out and sent them with our Christmas cards (I saved money on mailing, because I was sending Christmas cards anyway. But I know that’s only an option for December/January birthdays.). Save money by hand-delivering as many invitations as you can, or by just sending an e-vite instead!
I’ll do the same thing for our thank-yous after the party.
I did order a birthday banner instead of making one. It cost me about $20 BUT I got a burlap banner with tractors and Camden’s name instead of a ‘happy birthday’ or ‘two.’ That way, after his birthday, we can hang it in his room as a decoration. Then I just bought a few cheap balloons at Party City (one is a Thomas the Train balloon because Camden was sooo excited when he saw it. Gotta do what makes the toddler happy).
I bought this party set from Amazon for around $20 as well. It included a tablecloth, as well as cups, straws, napkins and dessert plates for 16 people. My general rule is to buy enough themed stuff for 16 people, and then, if you’re having more guests, fill in the rest with plain colored supplies from the grocery store. I just grabbed plain green dinner plates and some extra green napkins and cups.
Other than that, I just used the tractors we had around the house to decorate the table and such.
Tractor-Themed Birthday Party – the Food and Cake
Food and Snacks
I wanted to have tractor-themed food – and I knew we’d be serving lunch, because the party had to be from 11-2 to accommodate nap time. I also decided to use my Cricut to make cute little signs for the food with tractor-themed name. So here’s what I ended up doing (the parentheses are what I called it):
- sub sandwiches (feeding trough)
- Annie’s tractor mac and cheese (Tractor Mac and Cheese)
- cheese cubes and crackers (hay bales and tractor wheels)
- drinks (Easy Lemonade Party Punch + crockpot hot chocolate) (fueling station)
- veggies + fruit (the garden)
- deviled eggs (the hen house)
- the cake (working the fields)
Last year, I made a healthy banana smash cake for Camden. This year, I debated doing an actual cake, but he’s only going to be two. He doesn’t need some crazy, sugar-loaded dessert, and he won’t know the difference if he doesn’t have it. So instead, I healthified my Brown Butter Banana Bars and made those for everyone instead. We did have to call it Banana Cake, because Cam learned from Daniel Tiger that we have cake for birthdays!
I decorated the cake with a set of John Deere tractor toys. Rather than buying cake decorations that I’d just throw away at the end of the party, I used real tractor toys and included them as one of Camden’s birthday gifts. More savings. Cha-ching!
Toddler Tractor Themed Party – the Games and Activities
I knew the kids would be happy to just play with the toys that Camden has. But I wanted to do a game or two to keep Camden excited about the whole party and tractor theme.
Pin the Wheel on the Tractor
My mom drew us a tractor on poster board. I used paper plates as the wheels to pin on. We actually didn’t get around to doing this at the party, but it was planned! And now Camden is playing with it on his own.
I decided to splurge a little on this, since once it’s broken, it’s just garbage. But it was cute, and I was pretty sure Camden would love it. I found this tractor pinata at Party City for less than $20, and then I filled it with a $10 bag of candy. Camden thought this was so cool! All the kids had fun with it, so I feel like it was money well spent.
And there you have it – that was Camden’s 2nd Tractor-iffic Tractor-Themed Birthday Party! It was fun, but also easy to get ready for because I kept it simple.
What theme did you do for your kid’s second birthday? Do you like to do themes?