Race Car Birthday Party Decorations



Here’s the decorated dining room, which is party central for the kids to eat.







I couldn’t find checkered hats anywhere, so I used black and white checkered contact paper to cover plain party hats.  I then made a white pinwheel out of regular printer paper, cut the number three out on my cricut, then glued on some racing flags on as well.  I think they turned out great!




Here’s the over flow dining area since there were too many kids for the dining room table.


The food table is by the kitchen, and more detail on the food is described in a previous post.



I always like to have a welcome sign on the front door, so this year I welcomed all race fans!


The goodie bags were set up on the bookcase in the entry way.  They were personalized for each kid, and left empty, so they could put their prizes from the games (see previous post for details about the games) in their bags.



I couldn’t resist putting a “Pit Stop” sign on the restrooms.  Everyone knew where the bathrooms were, but it was too cute to pass up!


Race Car Party Games



Since this was a party for three year olds, I came up with three simple games.   The first was called “Oil Spill” and the object was to throw a ball to knock down the oil cans.  I saved up my empty cans for weeks before the party and put cute labels I made on them to make them look like oil cans.  Then I got three Lightning McQueen balls at the dollar store for the kids to throw at the cans.  This was perfect for the three year olds, although it was a little too easy for the bigger kids.  I suppose I should have had the bigger kids back up and throw from farther away.  I had orange cones that I used to show where they should throw from, and each child got to keep throwing until they knocked the cans down.  Once the child knocked the cans down, they got a gold medal as a prize (I found the medals on Amazon).


The next game was a bean bag toss.  I found a tire inner tube on Amazon and made bean bags out of beans and checkered duct tape.  Again, I had orange cones that showed where the kids should stand to throw the bean bags, and they got to keep trying until they made one into the tire.  For prizes, I gave out Hot Wheels stickers to the boys and Hello Kitty stickers to the girls.  I found all of the stickers at Michaels.20140407_2

The final game was a race!  I built a race track out of two particle board shelves that I found at Home Depot.  I spray painted the shelves black, then connected them together on the bottom with black hinges.  This worked out great, because I can fold the track up when we’re done with it to store it.  I also bought small square sticks at Home Depot and spray painted them white so that there were lanes for the cars.  Without lanes, I thought the cars would crash into each other, and also fall off of the track.


With my cricut, I cut out number for each lane, then glued them on to the track.  To keep them on, I covered them with clear contact paper, just so they’d stay down.  I also made a “start” sign and glued it onto some of the extra white sticks, then glued it onto the track.  I’ll have to take this off, probably when I store it, but it was fun to have for the party.


I also made a “finish” sign at the bottom, and covered the bottom of the track with checkered duct tape.


To make the race more fair, I used some of the left over white stick as a starting gate for the cars.  I could rest it against the start sign, have the kids put their cars in their lanes, then pull up the stick to start the race.  This kept the kids from letting go of their cars at different times, and made the race more of a race!  You could also use a ruler or any other stick.  The kids love the race track, and played with it during the entire party.  After the race, everyone got a trophy filled with M&M’s (trophies from Amazon).  I added checkered duct tape and Hot Wheels stickers to the bottom of the trophies to make them fit the theme better.  The kids loved the trophies, and they were a big hit!


To keep the kids entertained, I also set out our car rug, as well as lots of other cars and tracks that we already had.  They boys especially had lots of fun playing with all of the cars!


Race Car Party Food for Third Birthday



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!.

Race Car 3rd Birthday Party Cupcakes






I wanted to keep thing simple with the cake for my little guy’s third birthday party.  I went with cupcakes, which I made from a boxed mix, then I made up some buttercream frosting.  I found some race car cupcake wrappers and flag toothpicks at Michaels, as well as some black and white cookies and cream sprinkles.  I topped the cupcakes off with some race cars that I found on Amazon, and I was done!  To display, I just used one of my son’s race car tracks, which made an easy cupcake “tower.”.