Since this was a party for three year olds, I wanted to keep the food fun, and find things that they’d like and actually eat. I also wanted the adults to eat as well, and not be stuck with only kid food. I made up cute little food labels to make the table look nice, as well as identify what everyone was eating. This can be especially helpful for party goers with allergies so they know what they’re eating (or what they shouldn’t eat). I also titled the food table “Refueling Station” to keep with the race car theme.
I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cut them in the shape of race cars, because what kid wouldn’t love a race car sandwich? I also made up a huge crock pot full of home made mac and cheese. The kids and adults loved this. To keep with the race car theme, I used wheel shaped pasta, and called it “spare tire mac and cheese.”
Since there’s usually so much sugar at parties, I tried to offer some healthy choices as well. I made up some celery “roadsters” with carrot wheels, hummus and cherry tomato drivers. They were really cute, although be sure to warn parents that there are tooth picks holding everything together so that they can remove them before giving them to small kids.
Popcorn seemed like a natural fit for a race car party. It was great for the kids and adults to snack on all throughout the party.
I made up some apple buggies out of sliced apples and grapes for the wheels. Again, be careful with the toothpicks for small kids.
Even though I had cupcakes, I also offered some chocolate “Indy Cars” because they were just too cute! They’re super easy as well. Just get the fun sized Milky Way candy bars. I microwaved each one about 10 seconds to soften them up, then poked two holes in the middle with a skewer, then inserted a Teddy Graham. I glued the M&M wheels on with chocolate frosting, and they made for a cute and yummy treat!
For beverages, I offered apple juice, or “motor oil” and water “coolant.” I didn’t feel the need to go crazy with the drinks, since most kids love juice, and the parents were happy with water.
I used checkered duct tape to decorate the water bottles, and stuck on a hot wheels sticker to make them more festive.
And there you have the food for a race car party. The kids loved it, and actually ate the food, and it was all pretty simple and looked great!.