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.
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- 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 as well as super creative “MAC wheel” macarons by Macarahrah were the stars of the dessert offerings.
“Bad boy” donuts and race car cookies were displayed on a three-tiered mechanic’s workshop cart.
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.
Planning a boy’s race car party with these party supplies:
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- Cars Fabric Wall Decal
- Wood Gas Pump
- Lanterns and Standard Wrappers
- Checkered Yellow Paper Straws
- Checkered Tablecloth
- Ecologie Tray
- Red And White Checkered Banquet Roll
- “Welcome Race Fans” Hanging Banner
- Black and White Check Favor Box
- Square Plastic Mousse Cups
- Compostable Wooden Cutlery
- Washi Decorative Tape
- Bread Tray
- Basket Buddies
- Racetrack Runner
- Checkered Flag Picks
- Checkered Pennant Banner
- Plastic Racing Flags
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