On the food table, I used a simple black plastic table cloth as the “road” and using yellow duct tape, I made stripes across the middle (even though you can’t really see the stripes in this picture due to cones and platters!). I also had several Cars bumper stickers that I stuck on the table for extra flair! I found checked racing flags on sale and used those with orange cones we already had as a simple centerpiece. Lightening McQueen waited patiently between the cones! 🙂
Decorations for many of my Disney themed parties include gathering all the toys, stuffed animals, and books I can find with the movie characters. For our Cars party, that’s exactly what I did! I found all the Cars characters we had between the boys and used them on the tables and across the mantle. Big E has a Cars area rug in his room, so we incorporated that as well. Prior to the party, I found several metal Cars/ Radiator Springs signs at Hobby Lobby and used those too.
Using My Memories Suite (use STMMMS33078 for a $10 discount) I created all the food tents and the “Happy Birthday” pennant across the window.
You can easily use red, white and black balloons along with traditional streamers to add extra excitement to the decorations.
On a beautiful fall day with 11 kids ages 3-6, they really just want to run around and “play.” So that’s what we did! I had several Cars themed games ready to go, but all they wanted to do was swing, do the zip line, and draw with sidewalk chalk… so that’s what we did!
We used three inflatable tires for a bean bag toss. I also had cones set up for a relay race. I had moved several of the matchbox type cars outside on the patio too… but nobody wanted to play with cars! I wanted to do a pinata, but Big E said no. Since it was his party, I didn’t force it on him!
For party favors, I made red, yellow, and green play dough using Kool Aid. I found the recipe on the Kraft web site. I then rolled the dough into three balls to form a traffic light. I put the balls in a cellophane bag, tied ribbon to the top, and taped a “Thank You” note to the back printed on cardstock. Easy peasy.
I also made “Pit Passes” for all the kids when they entered the party. I stuck the passes in clear lanyards and they wore them around their neck.
The last idea I had, which the kids didn’t go for, was Cars tattoos. Typically Big E loves these, but on this particular day, he wanted no part of them! Oh well!
And yes, it’s next to impossible to get 11 kids to all look at a camera and smile at the same time!! 🙂
At the end of the day when you find your child asleep on his bedroom floor, you know you’ve had a successful party! Sweet dreams baby boy!
To me, the best part of a birthday party is the food! I love looking for cute, creative ways to incorporate food into a party that will also stick with the theme. There are all sorts of great ideas out there that I’ve included on my Pinterest board. Here are a few of my favorites I used at our Cars Party when my son turned three!
Mater’s Tow Cables (Twizlers)
Dinoco Dip Sticks (chocolate dipped pretzels)
Nuts & Bolts (M&Ms and Peanuts)
Mater’s Tater Chips (Ruffle) and Flo’s French Onion Dip
Finn’s Fruit Snacks (Cars Gummies)
White Wall Tires (Powdered Donuts)
Luigi’s Tire Tower (Chocolate Donuts)
Sally’s Cozy Cones (Bugels)
Motor Oil (Sweet Tea) and
Filmore’s Organic Fuel (Blue Hawaiian Punch)
Happy Birthday Big E!!
We are so excited about our Car’s/ Lightning McQueen Birthday party this weekend! Big E is finally three and can no longer get into Walt Disney World for free. 🙁 That’s the sad part of turning three!
We used the My Memories Suite program to create our invitations. Be sure to use the code STMMMS33078 for a discount! The font used on the invitation is “Magneto Bold.” The image of Lightning McQueen was part of a scrapbook paper pack from Twenty9Designs.
We can’t wait for our party this weekend! More to come…