Lucas’ Birthday Party! Race Car Theme Birthday Party Ideas

As you guys already know, Lucas’ birthday this year was {loosely} race car themed! He loves cars so we thought it was appropriate and we were right–the kiddo and everyone loved it! We had the actual party outside on our wraparound porch and turned it into race car central!

Store Bought Decorations:
100+ red and black balloons.
Black and white checkered pennant banner
Black and white checkered race flags
Welcome Race Fans sign
Orange traffic cones

Homemade Decorations:
For the wine charms {pictured below}, I found a place online that has all the state highway signs. I saved the images and then inserted each one into a word document. I played with the size until it was the right size for a wine charm and then I printed them out on red cardstock. I cut them out and attached wire hoops {bought at a craft store in the jewelry section} to them. Easy and super cheap!

We also made “traffic lights” to use as decor throughout the party. We saved up milk cartons, instant oatmeal boxes {the ones that come with packets}, and other rectangular boxes around the house for a week or two. Mike spray painted them black and glued red, yellow, and green circles to the boxes. Voila…free traffic lights!

The napkin rings were a combo between homemade and store bought. We purchased some black and white checkered streamer {under $1} and cut out strips long enough to wrap around our rolled up napkins. We attached them at the seam with a little bit of double sided tape.

The cake was also a combination of homemade and store bought. I’ll be showing you guys how to do it later this week!

The favors were car shaped cookies {recipe coming later this week} for the adults and goody bags for the kids. The car shaped cookies I placed inside cellophane bags and tied them off with a red ribbon. I happened to have an antique tool caddy that I bought at a garage sale years ago so I used it to display the cookies.

The kids’ goody bags we super easy too! I made the label myself and used red paper sacks {5/$1 at Walmart}. Inside the gift bags, I put candy, car shaped cookies {like the adults}, and a Hot Wheels car.

The racetrack was the main attraction! It was really easy and cheap to make! We bought a black, plastic table roll {50 yards} for $14.99 at Party City. Mike unrolled it onto our deck {had a TON left over} and taped it down with masking tape. The tape worked double duty–it adhered the “racetrack” to the deck and made the “lines”. Then, he also used masking tape to make the dashes in the center of the road and the finish line. Make sure that you do not use low tack masking tape–get the sticky kind and get the lightest color masking tape that you can find–Mike was able to find one that was almost white.

Another thing that we did was use a lot of silver or “chrome” accents throughout the party. Here are some examples:

The boxes that you see lying around we got for free. Mike stopped by an oil change shop and asked them if they had anything that would work for the party. They had a bunch of boxes so Mike brought them home and we used them as decor. We also called our local racetrack–Atlanta Motor Speedway and asked to speak to their media department to see if they would give us promotional materials–signage, pamphlets, anything that we could use. Unfortunately, we didn’t do this soon enough so we weren’t able to get anything in time for the party.

For food, Mike grilled some yummy hamburgers.

We also had potato salad, deviled eggs, green salad, baked beans, chips, watermelon, and some other goodies. It was delicious!

Everyone had a wonderful time. The adult boys {lol} even got out in the yard and threw the football around.

The kids played in the kiddie pool, playhouse, and slide.

They LOVED riding up and down the racetrack with a few ride-on toys I had out there for them. I also placed a big bucket of Lucas’ cars for them to race up and down the track.

And, Lucas {as you can see} had an amazing time. I can’t believe my sweet baby is two. Truly. I can’t. This little boy has brought me two years of pure joy that I didn’t know was possible.

Happy Birthday, Buddy! Mommy loves you!

Comments

  1. Vanessa galindo says:

    Your party came out awesome!! Congrats!! Where did u get the chrome plates/chargers??

  2. Great racetrack! Those were some lucky little race fans! : )

  3. Missshopaholicherself says:

    Where did you get those caution cones? :)

  4. It is so difficult to find genuine race car birthday items (other than the Disney Cars ones). Yours looks amazing!

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