July 15, 2022Review Recipe
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Set your cruise control and race over to check out the stylish details of this modern 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 party theme. From speedometer-themed invitations to helmet cake pops and DIY cardboard race cars, this celebration is slick.
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Little boys and girls love cars! Lisa’s son, Leo, began his car love with Lightning 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’s flair for design and put together a party plan that was fresh and modern.
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 to nod to the traditional checkered car flags, but with an updated look.
Appropriately, the party was set up in the garage. Two racing-themed tables were attractively designed for Leo and his friends so they could race cars while they feasted. We love Lisa’s heart for a DIY project…Armed with paper, tape, lots of time, and patience, she created an attractive tabletop that resembled roads and side streets. The kids loved it. Place settings featured color coordinating layered plates topped with napkin and utensil bundles, embellished with striped racing twine, and a printable “vroom-vroom” label by Ham & Pea Paperie.
Water bottles wrapped in custom labels fueled thirsty guests. Overhead, a custom-designed race car piñata and colorful flag bunting added juiced-up flair. 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. We love the speedometer detailing on the front and the 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.
We can’t think of more fun activities at a 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.
Be sure to check out more race car-themed party ideas here:
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