This Police Birthday Party was thrown by Stephanie, of Spaceships and Laserbeams, for her son Sam who was turning 4. He loves to play cops and robbers, so she threw this budget-friendly party “Heist” with fun activities for the kids. I am in love with the seriously cute kids in the Suspect Line-Up Photo Booth and the “five o’clock shadow” Robber Cake Pops! Read all of the details in this DIY friendly party below.
In The Spotlight:
- DIY Handcuff Toss Game made with plywood, dowels and paint!
- Cops and Robbers Cake Pops, complete with a five o’clock shadow
- Mock Suspect “Line Up” Photo Booth
- Adopt a Police Dog as part of the police party favors
Police Birthday Party Ideas
Party details in Stephanie’s words… “Do you know any little guys who like to play cops and robbers? My son, Sam, has loved playing good guys/bad guys so a cops and robbers birthday party theme seemed perfect for his fourth birthday. I used our Cops and Robbers printable collection and focused the main decorations on the dessert table.
A dessert table backdrop is a good way to feature a party theme. For this party table, I used an enlargement of our decorative paper and a cropped image from our thank you card as the backdrop (that picture now hangs in Sam’s playroom). The decorative paper can also be used as placemats; I put them under the cupcakes, too, on the dessert buffet. That pattern also appears in our napkin rings; I used them for a decorative border around the cake plate. With a little imagination, in any printable collection there are multiple ways to use the pieces. That also helps customize the party décor and it looks like it costs a lot more than it does!
Serving glasses and the cake were embellished with party decals and they also personalized the memo pads used in the favor kits. In addition, I hid dozens of the robber images from the decals around the yard to use for our “catch the thief” game.
Of course the birthday cake was the center attraction on the table. The cop and robber duo sat on top of the double tiered, red velvet cake. There were awesome cake pops made by Samantha, of Evie and Mallow which perfectly matched my cops and robbers. Cop corn (popcorn), heist cakes (rice cakes), yogurt covered nuts and cupcakes rounded out the desserts. There were vanilla cupcakes in our police car wrappers; chocolate cupcakes hid in the robber getaway car wraps.
I covered the beverage table in jailhouse stripes (actually economical wrapping paper) and used our bottle wraps and straw medallions to coordinate water bottles with the rest of the décor.
A mock suspect line-up served as a photo booth. Don’t the kids look like quite the gang?! They also played a “handcuff toss” game that was easy to make using a partial sheet of plywood, wood dowels and paint.
Everyone got to choose a stuffed animal police dog to take home in addition to the policeman’s kit I put together.
The kids all seemed to have a fun time; Sam told me “it was awesome, Mommy”. I had a good time putting the collection pieces together…and I didn’t have to rob a bank to create the party!