Did you know New Jersey is home to the only construction themed amusement park in the country? When thinking about Emmett Layne’s first birthday, I knew we had to mirror the time capsule we did for Weston (his Back to the Future 1st birthday here) so what better theme than construction –- so he can dig it up in 2038 on his 18th birthday! Because we were moving 750 miles away from our home in NJ a few weeks before Emm’s birthday in July, we headed to Diggerland with a few friends & family in mid June. Caution for the cuteness overload!
I found the adorable construction name banner on Etsy. The balloon garland was a DIY first but honestly it wasn’t that hard and only took 1.5hrs to complete, my 3.5 yr old even helped blow up the balloons using this pump. I saw the idea for the number road balloon on pinterest but couldn’t find a source, so I purchased the black mylar #1 and yellow tape and made my own. I didn’t have any instructions but just mixed the colors & sizes through the strips provided.
We did a breakfast before heading to our adventures at Diggerland. Munchkins served by Tonka Truck, Quiche, Banana Bread and juices served in tire containers I repurposed from Weston’s Monster Truck 3rd birthday.
The birthday treats; large cupcake, cake pops and breakfast baked goods all came from one of our local favorite bakeries Splurge. The photos I print every few months with Artifact Uprising for my husband’s desk frame and I love displaying them on these wood blocks from Etsy.
I made two series of invitations, one for the few that would join us at the amusement park and one for friends & family to contribute to Emmett’s time capsule.
The birthday crew! Can you dig it? We can dig it. Can ya’ll dig it?
Diggerland did not disappoint… the kids loved riding the tractors, working the digger and it was great to cool off in the splash pad. The sweaty, smiling, popsicle dripping family selfie is proof!
To carry Emm’s theme to his actual birthday, we sent him to daycare with treats and a take home toy for he and his classmates.