Parker is so into school buses right now, so when we were thinking of ideas for his 2nd birthday party, I knew that a school bus theme would be perfect. He always does the sign language for more whenever we pass one on the street, and is so excited when they drive by our house! There are literally days when I plan to leave the house at certain times so that we can see the school buses leaving the nearby school on our way to run errands. : )
I didn't really have a vision, I just started looking on Etsy and found some really cute invitations and from there the inspiration just started to flow. After seeing a couple of bus tables on Pinterest, like these, I decided that our 9' long dining room table would be the perfect thing to morph into a big school bus. It is at the center of our home, so it's a great spot to create a statement & also use as the entertaining hub for all the food, drinks and other decor. I placed a bunch of orders before we left for our trip to Florida, and when we got home I started getting to work for the party a few days later. The bus took WAYYY longer than I ever thought it would, but I am so happy with the way it turned out! The perfectionist in me wanted to do about 100 more things to it, but I had to just call it quits at some point. Scroll all the way down for a step-by-step on how I made it and the materials.
Invitations - these were an instant download, so I had to go to an Office Depot nearby and print them on thick card stock and hand slice them. They also came with cute, matching thank you notes.
Party favors, yellow bubbles wrapped in ribbon that coordinated with the theme. I then used the extra invites I had and cut out little buses to cover up the label on the bubbles.
I made the speed limit 2 sign out of adhesive letters from Michael's and construction paper. I hand cut the "2".
I had Amy's Cupcake Shoppe, here in the Minneapolis area, do the cake and bus cookies. I love how the cake has Parker's name in the starts sticking out, such a darling detail. The vanilla cupcakes were from Wuollet's Bakery - their frosting is SO good!
I tried to incorporate orange and yellow elements, like clementines, oranges & lemons in the water, goldfish snacks, etc to play into the theme's color scheme. I loved the bus cups with the striped straws.
I handmade the banner out of construction paper, hot glue and this striped ribbon. I just cut little triangles in yellow and white and hot glued them to the ribbon.
Once I picked the school bus party theme, I got a little carried away! I had to find a little sweater for P to wear to match.
Below are the materials I used to create the bus, and also some of the party decor that I'm still waiting for in the mail that I ordered. I ordered these cute cupcake toppers and school bus banner, but am bummed we never got to use them because they didn't arrive on time. SUCH a bummer!! If you order any of these from Etsy make sure to give yourself tons of lead time so they make it on time for your party.
How I made the bus...
I used this yellow corrugate to create each side of the bus.
Windows & Doors
Okay I think that's it! The only other thing I'd say is that I used clear packing tape to adhere the corrugate to our table and to the other corrugate pieces and I HATE that you could see the tape. I originally was going to take it down after I had built it and fix all of that but it would've been a lot of work, so I just had to deal with the fact that you could see the tape. So if you're like me and this will bug you, account for that when you are making it.
If any of you make a bus based on this, please send it to me or tag me, I would LOVE to see it!! Here are some more pictures of the bus while it was in progress, hopefully those help!
And lastly...We rented a real bus for a ride!
It snowed, so our eyes are totally squinty and shut, but it was the only picture we got! We took the whole party on the bus for a short 10 minute ride and P was a little apprehensive but when it was all over he kept pointing outside saying he wanted more bus.
Hi, welcome to my blog! I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too, like our journey to start our family. I love to share about my faith, my personal style for interior decorating, holidays and entertaining & for our little guys. too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO, Lindsay