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The day we loaded our moving truck in San Diego we held a little last minute party. A play date for the kids with cardboard boxes, duct tape and a 26 foot moving truck.

Having a party with kids the day you move is awesome because everything they could get into is nicely packed away. We didn’t leave out a single toy, just packing supplies, balloons and a big bag of bright balls. We moved most of the furniture outside to make a good play zone. Although the party was not perfect, having a last hurrah with their friends helped my kids adjust to leaving our home.

We sent out hand striped invitations the week prior and striped white favor bags that held little goodbye presents for each of their friends. I bought four rolls of bright neon duct tape (find online here) and used it to decorate the room. Words were traced onto the tape and cut out to add a bit of festive flair. The duct tape was great to use, it took about three minutes to take everything down once our friends left for the day.

The party was in the am so I bought doughnuts (easy since all our kitchen pans were packed) and I made sure to have extra white bags on hand for the left over doughnuts to be taken home. Sparkling Izzie sodas with straws from Sweet Lulu always look nice and bright for a party. The dotted coasters are from the Martha Stewart Crafts, they lent a perfect contrast to the straight duct tape lines laid out on all our tables.

As a final sweet goodbye, I had each of the kids write out a note to my twins about their time together. We read them out loud after leaving and I am saving them for when they are older so the kids can remember who some of their earliest friends were.

The streamers on the walls and ceilings were my favorite touches of the day. I was surprised at how easily the duct tape stuck and how quickly it came right down. Even if you are not moving, the bright ease of this decor could be perfect for any kids party.

Before everyone left we had a bit of fun in the moving truck. Chasing plastic balls and watching them bounce around the huge, open interior. I am pretty sure this was the best thing that has ever happened for our toddlers! Instead of a bounce house at your next kids party why not try a moving truck?!? They are cheap to rent for the day and you will be astonished at how much they love it.

Photography by Jackie Wonders.

blessings.

29 Comments

  • And So I Whisper
    June 21, 2011 at 6:07 am

    This looks like real fun. Will definitely show it to my kids… we have moved a few times in the last couple of years.

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  • Rebecca
    June 21, 2011 at 7:08 am

    This turned out really cute, and what an awesome gift to the kids before saying goodbye!

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  • Lisa
    June 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Awww! I love this! I don’t know how you come up with such creative parties haha… I’m glad I have your blog to read and be inspired by!! :)
    Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
    Lisa

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  • Jackie | Sweet Little Thrills
    June 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Incredible ideas + execution! Love the colors, the simplicity of the elements you used, and of course, the photography. Good luck on the big move!

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  • Gloria
    June 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    if only moving day could always be this much fun! hope unpacking goes just as smoothly :-)

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  • Lena
    June 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    You guys are just too cool! A moving party is the best idea I’ve heard in ages.

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  • colores
    June 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    colourful party! love it! You have always such nice proposals!!!

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  • jenn
    June 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I LOVE this! What a great way to celebrate a usually really tiring and sad event. I hope they move went well!

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  • Giulia
    June 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Love it! I’ve heard of having a party once the house is empty, but not an actual moving party. Did you put the duct tape on the cake? did you pack your platters after the party?

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  • Melanie
    June 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I can’t believe you pulled this off while you were moving. Only you would think to throw one last party. I love the use of the colored duct tape! Very cute.

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    • Matt
      June 22, 2011 at 6:09 am

      I can’t believe I agreed to it.

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  • [email protected]
    June 22, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I LOVE the idea!! But I think my husband would have killed me if we had tried this in Morocco! Heehee! Maybe it would have worked if I had promised him enough cake and donuts!

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  • very married
    June 22, 2011 at 6:10 am

    what a great way to make moving a positive experience!

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  • LisaDay
    June 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Duck tape as a decoration. I love it. What a great party. As always, I LOVE your site.

    LisaDay

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  • chelsea
    June 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Only you would do something like this Vicki! ;) Moving causes enough anxiety and stress, for me, let alone throwing a party for it! But you pulled it off! You work best in complete chaos! That’s your style and it suits you well! You’re great at your job!

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  • nancy pfeifer
    June 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    wow!!! super creative!!! I love it!!

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  • alli
    June 29, 2011 at 7:27 am

    this is adorable!

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