A Thoughtful Place: Big Boy Birthday Party


Big Boy Birthday Party

So my baby boy turned three this past weekend! I have to say it was a bit tough as it feels like just yesterday we brought him home from the hospital. We had a truck themed party and he enjoyed every single second of it. We also made sure there was blue everywhere as Grady can’t get enough of the color. My husband and I reflected on the day and decided it was one of our favorite days ever. Just so fun to watch a three year old enjoying his day so much. We kept things simple with an at-home party with bubbles, treats, a truck piñata, and homemade puzzles. Prepare yourself for a zillion photos!

The Party Scene


Luckily I haven’t decorated Grady’s big boy room yet, so his Ikea Curtains {blue and white polka dot} served as a table runner and a backdrop for the drink station outside! And luckily, nothing was spilled on them during the party!



Instead of putting together goodie bags, we had a green truck piñata filled with fun items and candy. After knocking it down the children filled these bags with their finds to take home.


The Lunch



Lunch was simple with turkey wraps, blue chips {everything was blue for Grady}, and fresh fruit. I posted a sign that read, “Lunch is served! Please help yourself any time.” I wanted the children and parents to feel comfortable helping themselves throughout the party.


I covered soup cans with scrapbook paper to coordinate with the party and placed them throughout as an inexpensive and easy way to decorate. Shredded paper and cupcake toppers sat in a few of them.


If you live anywhere near a Trader Joes than  you are probably familiar with both their Joe Joe cookies and blueberry snack bars. They are both favorites of my son. I dipped some of the cookies in chocolate and some in blue candy melts.






The Sweets





The Drinks


The drinks were out on our patio. I used scrapbook paper to make the banner and the Ikea curtain as the backdrop. In keeping with the “blue” theme, the adults even had Blue Moon beer. I couldn’t resist.



Outside Fun



The best part of the day was watching Grady run around having a blast with his cousins and neighbors. He enjoyed every second of it. Especially picking out his own truck shirt to wear and trying to bust open the truck Piñata.


Towards the end of the party, I set out take out boxes with a sign encouraging guests to take home extra cupcakes and treats. The younger guests happily obliged!!!!  Great tip for making sure you don’t end up eating it all yourself!



And our little man got a bike for his birthday. He learned how to pedal and ride by himself in just about ten minutes. We can’t get the kid off of it now! And of course, big sister was right be his side cheering him on {ok, and sometimes being bossy, too!}.

I could never have pulled off this party with the help from Elizabeth from Pretty Smitten. She not only did my invitations which I posted about here, but also:

    • The Grady Banner
    • Cupcake wrappers and toppers
    • Truck Mix Tags
    • Water bottle wrappers
    • Cake Topper
    • Thank You Tags
    • Return address labels and thank you notes

She is amazing. If you are about to jump into party planning, head on over to Pretty Smitten to see what she has to offer. Thank you, Elizabeth!!!

Sharing this party with:

Keeping it Simple

Under the Table and Dreaming

Fingerprints on the Fridge

The Shabby Nest

Chic on a Shoestring Budget

Ten June


  1. Happy belated birthday to your sweet boy! I love all of the little details, it looks like it was definitely fun.

  2. Adorable. Such a fun yet classy party. Happy Birthday Grady!

  3. I love all of the cute party decor!! You have some really great ideas!!

  4. How sweet! Love all the details that you always pay attention to Courtney! Looks like Grady had a very special day!

  5. What a wonderful party! I love having parties for my kids because the joy in their face is amazing. My now 6 yr old said the morning before his party, "This is the best party ever," and that's just while we were setting up.

  6. Oh my goodness that is such an amazing party! You did such a great job, all of the details are perfections :D

    Happy Birthday Grady!!!


  7. What a fun party! I love all the little touches - take out boxes - cute covered soup cans - you did good girl!

  8. Everything looks so cute and I love the color scheme you chose. Happy birthday to your little man!

  9. Oh I just love that last picture of your babes on their bikes! So cute! The party looked great- so fun just to take it all in! I love that pop of pink flowers in your backyard too- so pretty!

  10. What a fun day! What great party ideas! And the last photo of the kids on their bikes is great! :)

  11. Looks like such a fun fun party---And beautifully decorated! Love the color scheme and theme of the party--you did awesome!

  12. Absolutely adorable! This is so up your alley Courtney. Have you considered becoming a party planner?

    Happy birthday to your sweet boy. I remember trucks like they were yesterday, sniff.

  13. What a DARLING party. I loved every detail. I also really love the plates you used, where did you find them? Sounds like it was a special day!

  14. What a special day, Courtney!! You really did it up fabulously for little G. I love the blue theme- so classic! That Ikea curtain/tablecloth idea is genius! So glad you guys had such an incredible time : ) Happy birthday Grady!

  15. This is SUCH an adorable birthday party!!! Love the blue and green and truck theme! The sweets looked delicious too!

  16. THIS is keeping it simple? It's beautiful! And I know it has nothing to do with the party decor, but I just love the pendant light over your dining room table. So chic.

    I just found your blog and will be reading along now! I'm new to the whole blogging world and just started a lifestyle blog of my own. I'd love for you to stop by! www.3pointperspective.blogspot.com.
    Thanks so much!

  17. Rene shared my thoughts exactly. Courtney, Grady's party was adorable and yes, you have a gift for party planning. How fun the day was for your little man! I love the photo of Grady in front of his cake and how precious the one is of Dad helping him ride his new bike. You put on the perfect blue celebration for Grady's big day. Happy Birthday to Grady!

  18. You are so talented! Everything looks wonderful. I'm also curious about where you got the plates.


  19. Oh wow!!!! What a great party! Everything looked fabulous... love the truck theme... perfect for a 3-yr-old! What a great idea to provide take-out containers for the guests.

  20. I should have posted about the plates! I bought a fantastic pack of Waverly items from Costco . . . believe it or not. It came with the trellis plates, striped plates, cups, and paisley napkins. It came with 24 of everything for only $15!

  21. Amazing!! I adore the cute little touches. The truck water bottles, cupcake toppers...everything. How precious...he loves his bike! Such a fun party, Courtney! I bet you're exhausted now

  22. Everything looks amazing! All of those special touches and details really make it great!

  23. great job, courtney! Love the party papergoods!

  24. Ohhhh my goodness so fun! I love the theme. You did a fantastic job!

  25. Great party! I love the simple blue favor bags :)

  26. Aww what a fabulous party! Looks like lil G had a wonderful time. Love the pic of him blowing out his candles!

  27. great job girl! I LOVE the blue mixed with green! One of my FAV color combos!! xoxo shel

  28. What a beautiful, fun party you gave your little guy! I just love all the ideas...thanks for sharing his special day with us.
    How do get the wreaths on your French doors to stay on?

  29. SO absolutely adorable! Love it!

  30. Wow! Everything looks amazing!! Love it all!

    Emily Hewett
    A Well Dressed Home

  31. Courtney, I love everything! It brings back many a memory. Birthday's are a big deal at our house. He will be sure to cherish his special day for a long time to come.

  32. Such a fun party! Seriously Courtney, you are like super woman!!!

  33. what a great party! love the wreath, how fun & creative everything was!!

  34. Oh this is so cute! I love all of your little special touches like the white oreos dipped in blue frosting.

  35. idea stealing for Audrey's first birthday coming up in june! Thanks Courtney and happy belated Grady!

  36. Darling!!!! I have three parties I am doing coming up and you guys just nailed - nothing left undone! Way to go!


  37. Oh my cuteness!!! It couldn't have turned out any more adorable...the little truck image is too precious! Looks like one happy birthday boy, too (c:

  38. Adorable. I'm not that well versed with parties so I love peeking in to see what others do! Thanks for the ideas.

  39. Courtney - this is one beautiful party for your little guy. I just adore all the little details and special touches. The pattern and colors are fabulous and fun! Happy Birthday to your little one - looks like a fantastic party. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
    ~ Stephanie Lynn

  40. So absolutely adorable! How did you update the water bottles to match? I would love to do the same for a couple of events we have coming up! Thanks so much!


  41. Oh my goodness that is the cutest birthday party setup ever!!


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