Luke and I ready for the party!

I was so excited when my sister-in-law called me and asked me to do her little boy’s 3rd birthday party. She wanted to do a Vintage Fireman theme and I knew we could come up with all kinds of really cool decorations and activities.

I love doing parties and am always looking for ways to make the details on an economical budget. I’ve included tutorials at the bottom for other crafty moms out there! Overall, I was so pleased with how everything turned out and both the kids and adults had a blast! Enjoy the pics!

The Details:

Key for good pictures is to have at least one, color-coordinated table.

You can purchase drinks in all kinds of colors at your grocery store. Just remove the label and replace with one that you've designed for the party. Colored straws can be purchased on

I propped up the candy bar on old wine crates to give some height to the table. Candy can be purchased at your grocery store or Party City. To add some other sweet snacks dip pretzels or marshmallows in white chocolate and then cover with sprinkles in your selected color.

For affordable centerpieces, I cut out circles from paper and glued together. I then covered old baby formula tins with paper, covered with the label I had created and then glued poms made from tissue paper to wooden sticks. A lot cheaper than flowers and a good option for boy parties!

For hanging decor I sewed paper garlands and made pom poms in a variety of sizes (see tutorials below).

Tie utensils and napkins together with a label matching your theme.

I purchased small favor boxes from Hobby Lobby for 50% off and glued the party label to them. The kids filled the boxes with goodies from the candy bar.

I spray painted boxes and glued paper to them to turn them in to fire engines. The kids got inside of them, picked them up and ran around!

My neighbor is a fireman and he was kind enough to come to the party with his gear for the kids to try on. Made adorable pictures!

The Birthday Boy, Cash, and his AMAZING CAKE made by Kosmic Custom Cakes!

Tutorials and Information:

Tissue Pom Poms click here.

Paper garland click here.

Marshmallow Pops click here.

Meet the awesome Kristy Chapman Tuttle from Kosmic Custom Cakes.

11 Responses

  1. Sharlene Russell Johnson

    I could go on and on…every detail was just beautiful . The kids had a blast!!! Great party and thanks you so much for all the effort you went to …!!! Yeah Tori!

  2. Teri Fuchs

    I just love the personalized glass soda bottle label idea. How would i go about creating something like this?

    • torijohnson5

      Hi Teri! It’s very easy! You just measure the area of the bottle where the label is going to go and then create the design in any design program you have. I recommend printing on a full-sheet of label paper (the kind that just peels off to reveal the sticky side). You can buy it at any office supply store. If you are working on a party, I’d be happy to talk with you about designing something for you. Email me at if interested.


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