Race Car Kids Birthday Party

Race Car Birthday Party

When my oldest son was about to turn 4 he loved race cars and wanted to be a race car driver when he grew up. So I decided to throw him a really detailed Birthday party. I went to Pinterest and found a *lot* of inspiration and started working on it a few months in advance.

When people walked up to the house they were greeted with a themed flower arrangement. I placed red and white flowers along with a flag garland that I made. The checkered flags were printed and cut using my Silhouette and then stitched together using a sewing machine.

Checkered Flag Flower Arrangement

Once the door was opened there were checkered flags, balloons, banners and pictures hanging. The pictures were from a trip we took to a local museum that had real race cars – Estrella Warbirds Museum & Woodland Auto Display.

Race Car Birthday Party Decorations

The Welcome Race Fans! banner was an altered version of one of the posters in the Race Car printable party kit from SIMONEmadeit that I used for a lot of the signage at the party.

Welcome Race Fans Banner

Every kid got a Pit Crew Pass with their name on it. I printed out the passes and then used laminator pouches that were sent through the laminator. After punching a hole in the badge they were attached to the lanyards.

Pit Crew Passes for Race Car Birthday Party

The pass allowed them entry into the Samuel International Speedway. I designed the signage in Adobe Photoshop Elements based on an old speedway sign.

Race Car Speedway Birthday Banner

Inside the speedway there was a stoplight repurposed from an adjustable 5 shade lamp. The lamp came with the shade colors and I replaced the white lights with colored lights. To make it look more like a stoplight I put a piece of black paper behind the 3 colored lights.

Stoplights for Birthday Party

The kids absolutely loved the small racetrack that we put down. The outer track is a big roll of black construction paper. The black lines are extra wide black masking tape and the white lines are White Duck Tape. The green middle is just the construction paper painted with green paint. My dad was very meticulous and managed to make the edges round with lots of little pieces of tape. This took hours to put down but lasted over a year with kids playing on it and an actual car parking on top of it every day!

Kids Bicycle Race Track

For decorations on the walls I wanted to put up some hubcaps, so I cut them out of metallic silver paper with a metallic red backing. The tire designs were all on the Silhouette store (1, 2, 3) and pieced together with thumb tacks in the center to look like bolts.

Hubcap Decorations for Race Car Birthday Party

My dad made a racing ramp from foam board and wood dowels for Hot Wheels to go down. To keep the cars from flying across the room I sewed a long checkered bean bag stopper. The kids loved having races together.

Hot Wheels Racing Ramp DIY

My mom made this cute race car centerpiece from star balloons bought at the Dollar Tree decorated with race car cutouts and Checkered Flag Duct Tape. For activities there were Make-a-Race Car Sticker Sheets and race car coloring pages.

Red & Black Race Car Birthday Centerpiece

The stoplight toss in the backyard was made from a cardboard box covered with black construction paper with holes cut out for each of the lights. The lights were cut out of construction paper and taped to the box. In the baskets were bean bags sewn from red, yellow, green and checkered fabric.

Stoplight Bean Bag Toss

For drinks there were bottles of Pepsi (Gas) and Apple Juice (Antifreeze) that had Checkered Flag Duct Tape taped over the label. The bottles were stored in a red divided bucket from Home Depot.

Racing Themed Drinks - Gas & Antifreeze

The cheese appetizers had little checkered flag sticks made from Full Sheet Label paper printed with a checkered pattern and cut into little strips. Since there was adhesive on the label they just had to be wrapped around the toothpick and then stuck into the cheese.

Checkered Flag Cheese Appetizers

We served a dinner of Macaroni and Cheese (Hub Caps) made from wheel pasta and cooked in the crockpot.

Macaroni & Cheese Wheels for Race Car Birthday Party

We also had Chicken Nuggets (Lug Nuts) but the only shapes I could find at the store were dinosaurs, so we had to use our imagination :)

Chicken Nuggets as Lug Nuts for Race Car Birthday Party

Our son also asked for Hot Dogs (Gear Sticks) so we had those in a crockpot as well.

Hot Dogs as Gear Sticks for Race Car Birthday Party

For deserts we had Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats with red, yellow, and green M&Ms shaped to be Stoplights.

Chocolate Rice Krispy Treat & M&M Stoplight Treats

We also had a plate of mini chocolate covered doughnuts (Tires).

Mini Doughnuts as Tires for Race Car Birthday Party

For our son’s “cake” we had a full size chocolate doughnut that I put a bunch of white frosting in the middle of to resemble a tire. The banner was designed in Silhouette Studio and the checkered posts are the same labels wrapped around wooden skewers. The final part was the candle and he loved it.

Tire Doughnut Birthday Cake

My printer really worked overtime on this party. It was really great to have a large format printer for all of the large photos and banners. The favors were Apple Newtons in snack baggies with labels.

Race Car Birthday Favors

This was by far the most work I’ve ever put into an event other than my own wedding. It’s taken a long time for me to work up the courage to want to post about it. This ended up being super hard on my family and I’ve worked really hard to reign in my ideas on future events so that it doesn’t happen again. The kids all had a great time, but I’m sure they would have had just as great a time with half of the things that were going on. The balance between being a dreamer and a doer is difficult, and if you are at all like me, I would encourage you to pray and ask your family if you are going over the line with your events :)

Note: This event happened on July 27th, 2013.

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