While I love to create party invitations and printable party decorations I may be the worst party planner/coordinator ever. I tend to leave things till the last minute and then panic. And then hide in my bedroom.
My little Sam turned 4 at the end of January and I decided to have his party 2 days after we returned from a holiday break.
Thankfully after watching the Cars Movie (and loving the flying cars), Sam was keen to have a Race Cars party and since I had already a Race Car printable party collection in my shop, I wasn’t letting him change his mind (which he did – lots of times – from Under the Sea to Pirates and Princesses, to just Princesses, to pretty much anything and everything).
The invitations were sent out with a Pit Crew Pass.
Prior to our holiday I had already had some banners printed with the same graphics as my printables (waterproof banners are so cheap to get printed here in Vietnam – they only cost about $20 for both) and had picked up some trophies (again, a cheapish purchase from sports street in HCMC) for the little racers to take home. Half an hour and a hot glue gun later, the trophies were ready for the podium.
Some car shaped cookies in cello bags with my printable Bag Toppers were sent home with the trophies as party favors.
I found a great race car coloring page from the Coloring in Pages for Kids website. I typed over the numbers that were on the side of the cars with Sam’s name and printed it off at my local printer on their blueprint paper for a coloring in activity for the kids when they arrived (as well as some large Cars Movie coloring in pages).
The morning of the party I taped off the floor of our large lounge room and created a driving course test that the kids needed to pass to get their Drivers Licence. They went around the course using whatever ride-ons we already had – and had to show skills like reversing and parking in the designated areas.
I had previously printed a Drivers License (which is included in my Race Cars pack) for each child and I was planning to put a photo of each of the kids on their own driving license, but didn’t get around to it, so I borrowed some washable ink from Sam’s kindy and had each of the kids put their fingerprint on after they passed the Driving test.
Once they had their Drivers License, the kids raced little Hot Wheels cars down the racetrack that my husband taped together from some cheap plastic guttering from the local hardware store. This was a lot of fun – made more so by the silly string and snow-in-a-can (that I thought was silly string) that the kids sprayed onto the winning (and every other) car and, unfortunately, in a few unsuspecting eyes.
Can’t finish this post without a few photos of the food – I found the cute idea for the chocolate Race Cars (and lots of other ideas) from the Speckled Freckle website. You will also find a lot of other race car party games and decoration ideas there as well (as well as for other party themes).
I should have had some more games to occupy the kids but, really (thankfully), they were happy to race the ride-ons up and down the street, get all hot and sweaty and get holes in their socks. One of the older kids did want to know when the big race was happening – and I did have plans to have some cardboard-box type cars that they could race…but that would have required me to be a little bit more organized!