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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 wowedand its 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 Im sharing Sams 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!

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. Heres part of our gang in the line-up; dont they look like tough characters?!

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 painters tape so removal is super easy and I dont have to worry about my walls. The poster now hangs in Sams playroom.

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 oclock shadow!

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

For the pedestal, I covered a ceramic server with a set of our napkin rings. Im 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.

Arent 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.

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 robbers getaway car. You dont see it in this picture, but the robbers car has money bags in the windows, too. With some foods, like cupcakes covered with icing, guests cant always tell whats under there. Food tent labels are a considerate way to let them know.

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

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

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 boxeswhich didnt keep anyone from eating them!

I didnt 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 bulls 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.

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

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, its 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.

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 policemans visor hat and were invited to adopt a police dog companion by choosing whatever canine they bonded with. Medallions reminded Dont forget your loot!

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.

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

Planning a police themed boy birthday party? Check out these supplies sourced by the Spaceships and Laser Beams team!

  • Kid’s Aviator Sunglasses
  • Police Uniform Tee Shirt
  • Blue & White Striped Paper Straws
  • Navy Blue Paper Cups
  • Green Cake Stand
  • Cotton Drawstring Muslin Bags
  • Clear Glass Dessert Tasters
  • Plastic Handcuffs
  • Spiral Bound Memo Notebook
  • Mini LED Flashlights
  • Magnifying Glass

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