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The Heist – Sam’s Police Themed 4th Birthday party

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When it comes to our boys’ birthday parties, we moms want our guys to be thrilled, their guests to be wowed…and it’s always nice if the other parents think your decorations are awesome, too! There’s an extra pressure on moms like me who work in the party industry, but I am determined to remain true to the idea that stylish boy birthday parties can happen while remaining within a tight budget. Today I’m sharing Sam’s Cops and Robbers themed 4th birthday party. Of course I’ve used our Cops & Robbers printable collection. I’ve incorporated fun cake and cupcakes, cool favors and an invitation to you to come see our dessert table {you are going to be amazed by the cake pops}.

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I like to pull guests into the party atmosphere as soon as they arrive, so this crime scene body marker points the way, with a grin. No blood in sight!

police birthday party photo booth

We set up an informal photo booth where guests could have their photo taken in front of a police line-up as they made their way in. Here’s part of our gang in the line-up; don’t they look like tough characters?!

police birthday party dessert table

For the dessert table, I opted to set everything up on my antique wood buffet. I really like the way the wood tones complement the colors in the Cops and Robbers Collection.  I think a table backdrop is a great way to pull all of the theme elements together and establish the color scheme.

For the backdrop, I enlarged the decorative paper and thank you card (cropped) from our printable collection using I just adhered it to the wall using green painter’s tape — so removal is super easy and I don’t have to worry about my walls. The poster now hangs in Sam’s playroom.

police birthday cake

Atop the cake, which was red velvet, were polymer figures of the policeman and the robber — they were captured perfectly right down to the 5 o’clock shadow!

police birthday party decorations

The top tier of the cake references the boys in blue and the bottom layer, of course, the robbers. They’re almost exact replicas of the food labels from the collection.

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For the pedestal, I covered a ceramic server with a set of our napkin rings. I’m always trying to show pieces of a collection in more ways than their original intent. The police “badge” that ties it together is a cut-out from our 4” party decal.

police party food cake pops

police party food robber cake pops

police birthday party cop cars cake pops

Aren’t the mini-money bags great? They are cake pops from Samantha at Evie and Mallow and when I saw them it was a spur of the moment decision to add them to the cake. She actually did all the cake pops for the party. Samantha always does an excellent job; her artistry is amazing!  Styrofoam blocks hold the cake pops erect and are camouflaged by color-coordinated jelly beans in clear glass containers.

police car birthday party cupcakes

police party cupcake ideas

cupcakes for police birthday party

I used our decorative paper/placemats under the cupcakes to balance the money pattern displays. Vanilla cupcakes are displayed in our “cop car” wraps; a dollop of frosting and a red candy flashing light garnish are worthy toppings. The chocolate cupcakes are in the robber’s getaway car. You don’t see it in this picture, but the robber’s car has money bags in the windows, too. With some foods, like cupcakes covered with icing, guests can’t always tell what’s under there. Food tent labels are a considerate way to let them know.

police birthday party food

Simple glass cups of yogurt covered nuts were made party ready by using our 1” party circles.

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party food ideas for police party

Our “Cop Corn” and “Heist Cakes” bags are filled with popcorn and caramel rice cakes for munching between party games…and they did disappear quickly!

police birthday party dessert table ideas

For sure donuts had to be served at a Cops and Robbers party, but the cops’ donuts were freely offered on a pedestal and the robbers’ were displayed on a stack of locked, metal boxes…which didn’t keep anyone from eating them!

police birthday party games ideas

I didn’t have a ton of activities because the kids are still very young but I did want to start to introduce some games. One of the activities the kids played was a variation of the classic horseshoe game, “toss the handcuffs”. The board was easy to make with wooden dowels and a partial sheet of plywood.  The center red post was the bull’s eye and worth the most points. The kids had fun with it.

I also cut out dozens of the robber decal from our 2” decals and hid them all over our yard. The kids were given little bags and told to go “catch the robber”.

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The party horns were a play on policeman whistles; they were embellished with 1” decals—and yes, they were noisily blown.  A lot.

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police birthday party supplies water bottle wrappers

police birthday party printable supplies

The beverage station table was covered in jailbird stripes, which was actually wrapping paper. I often use wrapping paper as a table covering because there are now great pattern choices, it’s much cheaper than fabric and clean-up is easy. Water bottles featured a policeman motorcycle brigade.  I opted to only use the cop version of my straw medallions because of my blue color scheme on this table.

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police birthday party favors

Before going home, each guest was awarded with an official looking “Certificate of Completion” for “strength in body, wisdom in mind and courage in character”. Then they received a policeman’s visor hat and were invited to adopt a police dog companion by choosing whatever canine they bonded with.  Medallions reminded “Don’t forget your loot!”

police birthday party favor kits

police birthday party favor kit ideas

The take-home favor was a police kit that included an ID badge, flashlight, magnifying glass, memo pad (personalized with a 2” decal), aviator sunglasses, moustache and a mini lock and key set. Boys also received a police car while girls received evidence, aka costume jewelry.

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Sam thought his party was “awesome, Mommy” and the kids did have fun!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.