Cars Birthday Party
My daughter is a big fan of Disney Pixar's Cars, so she chose
to have a Cars birthday party when she was four. I thought I
would share with you the decorations I used, the games we played, and
the how I carried out this theme.
The colors for this theme are easy since they are common
primary colors: red, black, yellow, and white. I
have found that if I buy a pack of good quality helium balloons in the
primary colors, they can last for many parties! Same goes for
solid colored plates, napkins, and tablecloths.
Cars Birthday Cake
This party was before I really starting getting into decorating and
making my own cakes. This Cars birthday cake was ordered from the
bakery at Giant Eagle, our local grocery store. The
main colors were red, black, white, and yellow.
The decorations look simple enough to do this yourself. The
bakery added a plastic car of Lightning McQueen on top (which of
course, they charged an extra fee for).
One great thing about purchasing a cake
is it is one less thing you have to do!
Since my local Giant Eagle also has a
floral shop which sells helium balloons, it makes it very
If you have a local grocery
store that has a bakery and
pre-order your cake and helium balloons and save time by making one
Run up to the store that day, pick up
your cake and the balloons (call ahead on the balloons so they are all
ready when you arrive). The downside: Sometimes a
bit pricier. But hey, do what's best for your situation.
Sometimes it is worth the small extra money for the time (and sanity)
Cars Birthday Decorations
For the cars birthday party table decorations, I used a red
tablecloth. I have found that the color red has worked for me
for a lot of parties. I own a red fabric tablecloth that I
use for Christmas, and my Memorial Day party every year.
Placing a photo of the
guest of honor in a frame on the party
table makes a wonderful decoration!
I always like to place a recent photo of
the guest of honor in a frame on the table. I'm crazy about taking
pictures, so I always make sure I do a photo shoot with my kids each
year when they get close to their birthday (about two weeks
before). I then order the prints so I have one for the table,
one for my frame in my hallway, and wallet sizes and other size prints
to give away to my family that come to these parties. I guess
it is sort of like a party favor for the adults, ya know?
I kept the rest of the table pretty simple, with just the party
bags as the decorations. Its funny to look back at the first
birthday parties I had, as I kept things pretty simple and got a lot
more elaborate as the years went on! But hey, simple is
fine. Do what you are comfortable with!
Here's some more decoration ideas for the table: I could see
also having some miscellaneous car stuff from the garage on the
table... maybe a few tools.
Instead of buying all the decorations, you can get creative
decorating your party table with things you make, or things around your
house that fit the theme.
You could make two checkered race flags for each
side of the table. Just color (or print off) a checkerboard
pattern and glue a wooden dowel on it. Hanging pennant flags
would also be cute. You could make orange construction cones
using orange card stock. You could get really creative and
make some the signs from Radiator Springs.
Cars Birthday Party Games
We played two games for this Cars birthday party.
It was summertime, so we were lucky to be able to be outside.
The first was simply a different version of "Pin the Tail on the
Donkey" . I called it, "Pin the Tow Hook on
Mater". Instead of a donkey, I found a coloring
page on line of Mater. I enlarged it, and printed out the
tiles on my computer and taped them all together to make one large
image. I then had my daughter color it, which she loved.
Label each tow hook with the child's name ahead of time, and
have double sided tape already attached to save time during the game.
Next was to make a few copies of Mater's tow hook and cut
them out. Since the tow hook is a long cable, I left a white chunk of
paper while cutting these out so they would be easy to pin.
The second game we played at
the Cars birthday party were Mater-tow races! This is simply
the old-fashioned wheel barrow race. What I loved about this
is that I got the parents involved. Each child has their
parent stand behind them. When the race started, the parent
would pick up the child's legs while the child supported themselves
using their arms. The child would "walk" along the grass
using their arms while the parents held up their legs. What
fun this is! The first child to pass the finish line wins!
To make the finish line, roll out a piece of masking tape on
We had so much fun at this Cars birthday party!! If you are
one I hope you enjoyed this article. I welcome you to share
your ideas and photos with us too.