Otis 3rd Birthday – Trash Truck and Rainbow Themed Birthday Ideas

So… this post is a little late. I blame the cross country move madness!!! This party was our last hurrah before we moved out of the house! So wild. We had a small get together with some of Otis’ good friends outside in our backyard. Of course Blake said, “DONT GO OVERBOARD” but you know… I always get a little carried away. Nothing wrong in spoiling our little ones. It was easy to combine 2 of Otis’ favorite things: Trash Trucks and Rainbows. I didn’t have much time on my hands with a newborn this year so I knew no matter what we planned it needed to be simple to execute. So instead of take on all the DIY I outsourced. MeriMeri always has great party goods and mix and match well together. They had alot of primary rainbow paper goods and some killer rainbow balloon arches so I started there. You know I love a balloon arch and Blake is Dad of the year and created them all for me. If you don’t have a balloon pump, and are planning to make a balloon arch, stop what you are doing and BUY THIS NOW. It’s a game changer. Next up was the trash truck decorations. I actually found a shop on Etsy that sold Trash Truck show artwork. Otis LOVES that show and kept calling it, “Funny Trash Truck.” So I asked him if he wanted Funny Trash Truck to come to his birthday and of course he said yes. They sold a template for a cut out photobooth sign so I bought that and the artwork to create garland to hang up. I sent these files to a local printer to have them print and make the sign and garland. This saved me alot of time but still gave the party a really fun DIY element. The cake was another easy project that I outsourced to my local supermarket! I bought a small trash truck toy on amazon and brought it to the grocery store bakery and showed them an inspirational picture of the truck dumping sprinkles onto the cake. I also ordered some cupcakes so we could save the cake for our family birthday singing for him at night and cupcakes are just easier than chopping and handing out cake. I set up grab bag snacks: chips, goldfish, and veggie sticks for the kids along with some juice boxes and adult beverages. We ordered pizza which is always a hit with everyone. My friend had some pallets and I knew they would make the perfect kids tables. So I put two together and put a linen + natural fibered runners down the middle to pull it together. For entertrainment, I set up our bouncy house and it was a big hit! Another special treat for all the kids was gift bags provided by Waste Management to each of Otis’ buddies that came to the party. They kindly send along the bags with a few goodies inside. Basically Otis had a blast (after first having a melt down when everyone went inside his bouncy house!! TODDLER FEELINGS!) and I am so glad we got to celebrate with some of his friends before our move. Linking everything I can below if you want to recreate some trash truck and rainbow magic for your littles ones birthday.

MeriMeri: Big plates / small plates / napkins / cups / party hats / Rainbow balloon arch / balloon bunch / flag garland / wood cutlery / Confetti garland / happy birthday garland

electric balloon pump / Table runner / Trash truck balloons / trash truck show garland / trash truck show photo booth
Cake: merimeri candles / trash truck toy / flour shop cake stand
bouncy house / waste management gift bags

For fun, here are some of Otis’ other bday parties:
Otis’ 2nd Trolls Themed Birthday
Otis’ 1st Modern Mickey Themed Birthday

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