First, the kids all decorated their own hardhats and toolbelts. Next, they (with the help of some adults) built a large "house" from appliance boxes, and then painted it.
The kids played a game of demolishing a cereal-box tower in the order of which the boxes were numbered, without knocking the wrong box down.
I made a pinata that looked like a construction cone. The kids pulled on strips of "Caution" tape, only one of which opened the trap door in the bottom and let the candy out.
For decorations, I put yellow "Caution" tape all around the front yard, and also used it for streamers. It was funny because all morning as I was setting up for the party, people who drove by stopped and stared at our house. I'm pretty sure they thought that it was cordoned off by almost identical looking "Police Line - Do Not Cross" tape.
I served the food in paint trays and buckets, with putty knives for the serving utensils. Instead of cake, I made dirt cupcakes with construction-themed toppers, and brownies that were made to look like a dirt pile.
As we usually do, we invited everyone in our church, although they were not all able to come. But we did had some special visitors from California...
... and most importantly, my Dad, from Hungary.
After the party was over, he made us real Hungarian goulash in a kettle over an open fire pit, which was the best meal I have had in years. Seriously! Needless to say, it was completely gone very quickly.
Of course, the evening would not have been complete without making s'mores over the open fire.
I love our church, and I love that so many of our members were able to spend their Saturday afternoon and evening with us. The last few weeks have been especially exciting, as there have been many new and returning visitors, some from around the world as I mentioned. Our attendances to the services have been bigger than usual, and while we always enjoy a kindred spirit in our church, this has been even more true this last month. Everyone is excited about church and serving God. I truly think that our church is the best church in the entire world!
The play house is still gracing our front yard, and the kids have played in it for hours every day since the party.
If you find yourself thinking, "Wow, she is so creative" please let me tell you that I am not very creative at all. I myself would never have thought of any of this. BUT I do know how to find party ideas on the internet as well as in my favorite family magazine, which anyone can do.