My son loves all sorts of race cars, but most of all, he loves Lightning McQueen, Mater and Francesco Bernoulli, characters from the Disney Pixar Cars movie series. To celebrate his 3rd birthday, we decided to give him a Disney Cars Birthday Party. But we wanted to keep it simple, without spending too much. After all, I had learned from experience that it is not the cost or elaborateness of a party, but the preparation leading up to the party and just the simple fact of having a few friends over for a few hours along with a lot of free play, are the factors that make a child extremely happy on his special day.
Having said that, the decor was very simple… checkered black and white race car flags, Disney Cars themed bunting, a few red balloons scattered on the floor and Disney Cars themed plates, serviettes and cups. And to tell you the truth, I did not spend a cent on these paraphernalia, because a friend of mine had these leftover from her child’s Disney Cars party (lucky me!).
But it was on the food that my kids and I had a lot of fun… we let our creative minds run, thinking up food that would match a particular character in the movie.
Our Disney Cars Birthday Party menu:
1. Lightning McQueen’s Race Car Academy, which were made of chocolate bars, teddy bear shaped biscuits and M&Ms. My kids had a lot of fun making this the day before the party, and here’s detailed instructions of how to make teddy bear race cars yourself…
2. Tow Mater’s Junkyard, which mainly consisted of junk food! – potato chips and cheezels…
3. Luigi’s Casa della Tires, which were simply Oreo cookies…
4. Sally’s Cozy Cones, which were really cupcakes in a cone…
5. Fillmore’s Organic Fuel, to add some healthy fruit to the super sweet menu… I will give my husband a pat on the back, because he contributed this one. I told him I wanted to add fruit to the menu, but didn’t know which character to slot that with. Then he said: ‘Isn’t there a character that’s into organic things?’ And that’s how we decided to name the fruit platter after Fillmore, the 1960s Volkswagen who was an organic, all natural advocate in the movie.
6. Francesco’s Italian Cheese Platter, which was essentially cubed cheddar cheese and biscuits… another healthy item on the menu…
7. Hot Rod’s in a Bun… I simply had to add a hot savory dish that I knew the kids would love. These were sausage rolls served with tomato sauce (ketchup).
8. And lastly, the drinks… Flo’s V8 Cafe, named after the only gas station at Radiator Springs…
KidZActivities for a Disney Cars Birthday Party:
To keep within the Cars theme, we set up our son’s race car toys, trucks and car mat inside the house to keep the children busy as they wait for other guests to arrive. We also set up the bikes and ride on toys outside.
We started the party off with a simple bubble machine, which children of all ages, but most especially toddlers and preschoolers LOVE!
Then we proceeded to do a simple race car craft. I bought foam craft stickers from Kmart, and the children constructed their own cars, sticking on their cars’ wheels and decor. This was a hit with the 3-year olds, a craft that was easy enough for them to do.
Afterwards, the kids constructed their own Race Car Birthday Party Craft. This activity involved mainly sticking the parts of the race car, which my kids and I prepared before the party. To get details on how we did it, simply click on this link. After they had made their ‘race cars’, the children ran around the pretend race course… We had made 2 oval shapes with our very long garden hose in the backyard, which then served as a ‘race course’. This activity was the highlight of the day! The children loved running around the race course with the red race cars they had made.
And the Disney Cars Birthday Party Cake:
What is a party without the cake… Again, this was so much fun! My kids helped me bake and decorate the cake, the day before. It needn’t be an expensive cake, because we made use of my son’s Disney Cars character race cars. We simply made our favorite chocolate cake recipe, then decorated the top with edible grass and a dirt race track, which we popped the cars on. Click on this link for details on how we decorated this Disney Cars Birthday Cake.
This Disney Cars Birthday Party was so simple, yet so much fun! My children and I just had to stretch our creativity and be resourceful to make a truly memorable party without breaking the budget. But best of all, we had a lot of fun preparing for the party days before and making the ideas a reality during the party itself. I must say that it is in those special times of preparation, anticipation and execution – when done together, involving even the littlest of children – is what their childhood memories will be made up of.