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How to Throw a Food Truck Birthday Party

Serve up a deliciously fun birthday party with these easy ideas

From DIY pizzas and hamburger cupcakes to sweet decor and "saucy" splatter paint art, these easy food truck birthday party ideas will give you everything you need to celebrate your kiddo's big day! 

Food Truck Party Invitations

Download the food truck party invitations and print at home or at a print shop. Make the invitations double-sided if you'd like to include the (optional) pattern of food-truck treats on the back.

Cheeseburger Cupcakes

The secret to these cupcakes is a brownie sandwiched between two pieces of a vanilla cupcake!

You’ll Need:
white cupcakes
brownies, baked in a 13x9 pan
orange melting candy (12 oz)
green melting candy (12 oz)
corn syrup (1/2 cup)
white frosting (1 tub)
red and yellow food coloring
sesame seeds
circle cookie cutter (about the same diameter as the cupcakes)
rolling pin
wax paper

Start by making candy clay to use for the “cheese” and “lettuce.” Melt the orange candy melts according to the package instructions, then add 1/4 cup corn syrup and stir lightly. Pour the mixture onto wax paper and let it harden for at least 30 minutes. Repeat with the green candy melts. Once both clays have hardened, knead them until smooth and pliable. Then, working with about 1/3 of each clay color at a time, use a rolling pin to flatten the clay into thin sheets. (Wrap the rolling pin in plastic wrap to prevent sticking.) Cut "cheese slice" squares from the flattened orange clay and "lettuce" circles (using the cookie cutter) from the green clay. Use your fingers to pinch and ruffle the edges of the lettuce.

Use the same circle cookie cutter to cut “hamburger patties” from the brownie pan, using your hands to round them out a bit. Tint half of the frosting red and the other half yellow. Add the frosting to plastic sandwich bags with the corner snipped off for easy piping. To create the cheeseburger “buns,” cut the cupcakes horizontally into thirds, discarding the middle piece.

Assemble the cupcakes by layering the lettuce, patties, and cheese on the bottom part of the “bun.” Pipe red and yellow frosting (for “ketchup and mustard”) on top of the cheese, then cover with the top part of the “bun.” For the finishing touch, brush a bit of corn syrup on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Spill-Proof Smoothies

Serve smoothies (or other fave drinks) in toddler-sized to-go cups with lids and colorful straws. For the healthy party treat shown here, blend frozen strawberries and bananas with Greek yogurt and milk.

Pint-Sized Pizzas

Turn lunch into an activity by letting party guests choose their own toppings.

You’ll Need:
refrigerated biscuit dough 

pizza sauce
pizza cheese
pizza toppings
paper plates

Preheat the oven to 350º and set out bowls of toppings and cheese. Have a grown-up prep pizza dough for each guest by pressing refrigerated biscuit dough out into a 6-inch round and cover it with sauce. Then let kids go to town adding their own toppings.

Serve in Style

Once the mini pizzas are baked, serve them up “food truck style” in paper food trays with checkered liners. For smaller party guests, cut the pizzas into easy-to-pick-up slices.

“Saucy” Splatter Paint Art

This playful art activity is the perfect excuse for kids to play with their "food!" 

Fill condiment squeeze bottles with washable tempera paint: red for ketchup, yellow for mustard, green for relish, and white for mayo. Fill salt and pepper shakers with white and black glitter. Give kids white paper plates and plastic spoons (for painting/smearing), and encourage them to have fun decorating their plates and creating artwork using the “ketchup,” “mustard,” “salt,” and more!

Play Food Fun

Keep the party going with play food toys that fit the theme! We're partial to the Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck, of course.

Food-Truck Treats Garland

Set the scene with this easy (printable!) decor. 

You’ll Need:
printable food & drink silhouettes
white card stock
tape and/or hot glue
plastic straws

Print and cut out the food and drink silhouettes. Arrange them on a flat surface, then flip them over and lay the twine (or string) on top. Tape or hot glue the twine to each silhouette. Trim a plastic straw for each drink silhouette and tape or hot glue it to the back.