Construction Theme Ideas for a 40th Birthday

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Construction Theme Ideas for a 40th Birthday
A construction worker themed birthday can include games and friendly competition. (construction worker image by Greg Pickens from

Themed birthday parties aren't just for kids; adults can get into the swing of things too. A construction worker themed party gives you many creative ways to decorate, entertain and feed your guests. Although there are definitely women in this field, the general idea of construction work creates a manly and tough vibe that should be present in your party. No pink for this birthday theme.

Construction Contests

Liven up the party with a show of skill and endurance by having a few contests ready for the guests. Depending on their skills and experience, you may have to temper the contests. Have a race to see who can hammer together two boards the fastest, or build a certain item using only the supplies given. Team up and test their sawing, drilling, hammering and lifting skills. Make it a relay race where they have to put on all their construction gear, run to the first challenge, finish it and run to the next. Have some prizes ready at the end.


Divide your party into teams and have an old-fashioned trivia game. Different construction-related questions, such as regulations and tool use, could be included. If the party includes couples, especially those who are not construction workers, try mixing up the questions or teams. Have all the construction-savvy people on one team and everyone else on the other. Ask construction-related questions to the non-professionals and other, maybe more domestic, questions to the construction crew. Have a laugh and give out some prizes or ribbons.


Regular streamers and balloons might not cut it at this party. Instead, use yellow caution tape as well as black and yellow balloons. Hard hats make great table decorations, as do toy dump trucks. Use sawhorses and boards to build a refreshment table, especially if the party is outside. A vase or pail full of tools could make a fun centrepiece, and giant thermoses full of drinks are an alternative to jugs. Paint up some cardboard to look like large warning signs, such as "Road Closed" or "Construction Site," and hang these up around the room or yard.

The Menu

Consider an outdoor barbecue style party if the weather permits. Large steaks or hamburgers fit the bill, as well as potato salad and fried chicken. Stay away from salads and fruit plates for this particular celebration. The cake can be especially creative with such a fun theme. Use candy and cake bits to build a construction site on a sheet cake, complete with small plastic trucks and construction vehicles.

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