If your kids are in love with Mator, McQueen and the rest of the gang, this post is for you. Leslie is back today with another super fun birthday party, just as all the fun of Cars 2 comes to your house!
My 3-year-old loves cars, trucks, trains, tractors- you name it. He is the only person I know who gets excited when we hit construction while driving (which seems to be everywhere in Utah County right now)! To me it's a little truck or a big truck but he corrects me on the specifics: pumper, grader, paver, roller etc. (I'm sure the fact that we are constantly renewing the Mighty Machines DVDs from the library has encouraged this fascination).
Anyway, he also loves the Disney Cars characters so when he turned three last April, that was the theme of choice.
I was very inspired by the party featured here on the How Does She website. I love seeing other blogger's party ideas for inspiration. I thought these cars looked so fun! So, I went to work. First, I (and every friend and neighbor I could ask) collected cardboard boxes. Then, I tried to follow this tutorial but ended up with my own trial and error models. Last, I got out the paint and my son's car collection and had fun recreating the details.
I'm glad a took a few pictures the day before because party day was rainy and cold and we didn't get to race around for long. However, the cars were used all summer long and we still have one as a decoration in his room.
The decorations were simple. I made a runner and racing flags from the checkered fabric (we had to be able to wave them and say, "Gentlemen start your engines" before they began to race around), and a pennant banner with the birthday boy's name (which is still hanging in his Cars room).
I am not a great cook or cake decorator. (Sometime I should post the pictures of the melting Lego block cake that was never meant to be). But, this was easy enough and for the 2-year old and friends there were sufficient ohhhs and ahhhs. (The Oreo racetrack helped).
The treat bags were also quite simple. I searched for cars images online, copy and pasted them into Word, and inserted the guests names on the images.
Then we raced in between rain showers.