Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Disney Cars Birthday Party

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.

This little one and Sally could hold their own against all those boys!

Now that Cars 2 was released on DVD, I've got to remember that for a certain someone's stocking stuffer!  Thanks for reading!

Thanks Leslie, that is one super fun party! Kachow!

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Vicky said...

Oh my gosh, I love this! I am a pinning and stumbling this great idea. Everything came out perfect. You are so talented. I am a new FB follower from Reasons To Skip the Housework. Vicky from Mess For Less

Erin said...

What a great idea! My little guy loves Cars 2. I think I just found the theme for his 2nd birthday party coming up!

Evie said...

Wow, what a great mommy you are!!! I can't believe the amount of work that must have gone into the cardboard cars...what lil boy wouldn't go nuts over that!?! GREAT job!!

evie @ bronw paper packages

~Joy-N-Jesus~ said...

I found you through Simply Sweet Home when she tried your Hostess Cupcake recipe! I so love that and I am going to try it out! My hubby is also a huge fan of those. Me, not so much. I do like them though, but he.... he loves them! SO thanks! Glad I found your blog and will be back! I am following you :) On your way to 100! You go girl!

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

So cute! We are doing CARS for my girlfriend's son's 2nd birthday! Thanks for sharing

Mama Max said...

Hi! Saw your post on the Blissful & Domestic linky and was immediately drawn to your image! My 3 boys LOVE cars and your party ideas are great! I actually made Lightning McQueen sandwiches for my kids the other day and they were given the thumbs up by my fussy eaters, but I'll be bookmarking your page to borrow some ideas when it comes to their next birthday party!

Susan - The Weekly Sweet Experiment said...

Wow - Love this idea. My son would be in heaven! I like your blog - found you at Happy Hour Projects - Freestyle Friday!

Sarah said...

Hi Kimberly,

The party looks great! I will have to pin this. My son turns 4 next month and he's having a Cars party!


PS. I am a new follower :)

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

Super cute activities & GORGEOUS cake!! Love it! I wanted to invite you to link up at TGIF Linky Party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties - Beth =-)

Marie said...

Such a fun party! Thanks for linking up!


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Jennifer said...

Way cute and fun!
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

Kara said...

Everything looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday!!

Jamie said...

What a great idea! Looks like the kids had a blast!
Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Love it! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday! Adding your party to my directory!!

Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the cardboard cars! What fun!

Anonymous said...

Love these cars, did you download the rustese logo for lightening McQueen's car too?

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