A Modern Boy’s Race Car Birthday Party
Set your cruise control and race over to check out the stylish details of this modern boy’s race car birthday party by Lisa Plafadellis of Lettuce & Co. Planned for her son’s second birthday, Lisa created a handsome and unique spin on a popular boy’s party theme. From speedometer themed invitations to helmet cake pops to DIY cardboard race cars, this celebration is slick! Lee Bird Photography captured it all.
- Rev up your party planning engine with these vintage race car birthday ideas.
- Get inspiration from the bright colors and fun patterns used in this vintage car party.
Little boys (and big boys too) love cars! Lisa’s son, Leo, began his car love with Lightening McQueen, which grew to include all cars. That made a car theme a perfect fit for his second birthday. Lisa paired her son’s interest in cars with her event stylist flair for design and put together a party plan that was fresh and modern.
So the inspiration for this party started with a car, but not just any car — a shiny and sleek blue race car with loads of style! Lisa curated a vivid and stylish color palette, mixing black, white, yellow and blue with hints of red. She then incorporated a black and white striped pattern as a nod to the traditional checkered car flags, but with an updated look.
Being a creative thinker, Lisa designed a unique dessert set-up, foregoing the traditional table to house the sweets in favor of a winner’s podium. She painted poly blocks to create the dessert podium, which featured an amazing cake by Sweet Tiers as the focal point. I love the speedometer detailing on the front and race track finish line on top! The car was a perfect cake topper.
The different podium sections gave rise to additional racing themed sweets by Sweet Table, including speedo x-l-r8 chocolate covered Oreos and scrumptious looking cupcakes topped with themed printable party circles. Helmet shaped cake balls, bad boy donuts and race car cookies were displayed on a three-tiered mechanic’s workshop cart. Super creative MAC wheel macarons by Macarahrah and striped treat cups filled with popcorn topped off the assortment of refreshments.
I can’t think of a more fun activity at a boy’s race car birthday party than racing DIY cars made from cardboard boxes! Another great DIY by Lisa, racing the cars on the race track was said to be the highlight of the day. Drivers didn’t want to leave the track but prize trophies for all made the conclusion of the races sweeter.
Racers zoomed home with their new Hot Wheels cars as a party favor. White window boxes were dressed up with hand-drawn road tracks to tie into the theme — awesome idea!
Fueled by so many creative and well-executed details, this was a fabulous race car themed birthday party!
Need great sources for planning a boys race car party? Zoom on over and check out these party sources put together by the Spaceships and Laser Beams crew:
- Cars Fabric Wall Decal – Vintage car decals
- Deco 79 Wood Gas Pump CD Holder, 33-Inch
- Party Bundle with Lanterns and Standard Wrappers, Race Car
- Checkered Yellow Paper Straws
- Checkered Tablecloth 60-Inches x 102-Inches.
- Now Designs Ecologie Tray, Sunshine
- Red And White Checkered Banquet Roll
- Pack of 6 “Welcome Race Fans” Giant Hanging Party Decoration Banner
- Black and White Check Birthday Party Favor Box Party Supplies
- Red Cutlery Set – Birthday and Theme Party Supplies – 24 Count
- 2 oz Square Plastic Mousse Cups 10 Count
- Compostable Wooden Cutlery Knife, Fork and Spoon Kit
- Washi Decorative Tape for Gifts/Favors, Circus Stripes, Yellow
- Fiesta 12-Inch by 5-3/4-Inch Bread Tray, Scarlet
- Regency Basket Buddies, Red Check 24-pack
- Racetrack Runner (poly w/double-stick tape) Party Accessory
- 50-Pack Checkered Flag Picks, 21/2-Inch
- Checkered Pennant Banner Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg)
- Plastic Racing Flags (6 dozen) – Bulk
Be sure to check out more boys race car themed party ideas here:
- Dessert Table for a Vintage Race Car Birthday Party
- Vintage Racing Party
- Cool Customers: Vintage Race Car Party
- Vintage Car Party Tablescape
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