My son's 4th birthday party was a spur of the moment decision that I had exactly one week to plan. We were originally going to leave Friday to celebrate his birthday at Dutch Wonderland for the weekend, but decided at the last minute to leave on Saturday morning. That meant we would be home for his actual birthday. For both my kids I threw a large 1st birthday party, but later decided I would much rather spend the money that we would have spent on a party to go away for a fun birthday weekend. In the past, we've been going to Great Wolf Lodge for my daughter's birthday and Dutch Wonderland for my son's.
With all these changes, I had exactly one week to pull together a small family birthday party. Not so lucky for me, the week before the party we were on vacation. We came home about 5 hours before the party, which gave me just enough time to bake a cake and throw together a few decorations.
My absolute favorite part of the party was making him a construction cake with the help of a few of my sons toys. The table was made into a road with a few yards of black fabric, some construction tape and felt strips.
I found some fun free construction party printables from How to nest for less for quick and easy decorations. I used the cupcake topper printable and colored scrapbook paper to make my own mobile. I just cut out colored circles in various sizes and glued them to string.
I also used the water bottle labels to cover up a few water bottles.
I didn't go overboard, but I did enough to make my little guy happy. He had a wonderful birthday and actually got to have three parties (one at the beach with friends, one at home and one at Dutch Wonderland)