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How to Throw an Easy Garbage Truck Birthday Party!!

Hi Friends!  For my youngest’s third birthday he wanted a garbage truck birthday party.  He loves all trucks and anything with wheels but he really wanted a garbage-themed party.

Throwing a trash truck birthday party is super easy on a budget. You don’t need a whole lot and I ended up using some actually trash (save that recycling stuff!))

The party was supposed to be at our local park but it ended up being over 100 degrees that day so we changed it to our house. Since it was supposed to be at the park, we didn’t have a lot of activities planned but the kids just ended up playing on the trampoline and some went swimming.

garbage truck birthday party

Garbage Truck birthday party ideas

For the invitations, I cut the garbage trucks out with my Cricut Explore Air™ and printed out the invitations and then glued them to green cardstock.

garbage truck birthday party invitations

For decorations, we used a lot of garbage!  We filled black plastic bags with anything and placed them around as decorations.  I cut a few garbage trucks out with my Cricut and we also used a lot of garbage truck toys as decorations.

garbage truck birthday party decorations

For one activity we put out a bunch of boxes, paper, bottles, anything from the recycled bin and they created whatever they wanted with it.  Just give them some glue and scissors and their creativity was amazing!

We also made a banner out of recycled paper and I cut out the letters with my Cricut Explore.  (You probably notice I do a lot with my Cricut!  Check out my post here on why I love it so much!!)

garbage truck birthday party

I got the idea for the cake on Pinterest.  To make it easy, I ordered a cake from Costco with just chocolate frosting and I drew a picture for them to go by to just decorate it with a road and I did the rest.

garbage truck birthday party cake

I added crushed oreos on top for the dirt and gummy worms and M&Ms.  I put some tissue in small pieces of black garbage bags and put them next to truck.  It was fun to decorate and so much easier not to have to make it!

For garbage truck birthday party favors, I found these cute garbage pails at the dollar store.  I cut out all the kids names with vinyl from Expressions Vinyl on my Cricut and applied it.  I filled the pails with garbage bubbles, recycling coloring book, and some other goodies.

garbage truck birthday party favors
garbage truck birthday party shirt

In the front, we rolled out the garbage cans and put some balloons on them.  I also made my little guy a personalized shirt with iron on vinyl.  I cut everything out with my Cricut Explore Air™ and ironed it on a t shirt.  It was huge, which was good, because he wore it for a few years after!  Check out my post by clicking here on how to make your own t shirts!

Overall it was an easy party to put together and it turned out cute!  Gotta love garbage!!

If you’d like some more inspiration for boys birthday parties, check out our dinosaur party here and Star Wars party here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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  1. Katie says:
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    Hi! I love this party! I’m planning to make a cake similar to yours for my sons second birthday coming up. How big is the garbage truck you used? is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to