A "World Grand Prix" Birthday Party!


Like many boys {and girls!}, Noah just adores the Dis­ney “Cars” series and chose this theme to cel­e­brate his fifth birth­day! Last year, I helped style his “Under Con­struc­tion” party at an indoor play­ground, which is always a bit tricky due to the time and space con­straints. Although his party this year didn’t take place in the same loca­tion, it was still an indoor space that allowed a mere 10–15 min­utes for set-up!

We focused on the sec­ond movie in the “Cars” movie fran­chise, where the char­ac­ters par­tic­i­pate in the World Grand Prix in sev­eral dif­fer­ent cities around the world to give it a more race car flair! I designed the invi­ta­tion with graph­ics from Jes­sica Weible Illus­tra­tions, invit­ing guests to join Noah’s pit crew!


After con­firm­ing the amount of tables avail­able with the party loca­tion, we decided to include the food and desserts all in one set up for the crew to make their pit stops and fill up their tanks. Sig­nage, includ­ing the inter­na­tional film posters from the movie, were dis­played in col­or­ful frames from Ikea, while food labels ref­er­enced char­ac­ters and movie top­ics. The var­i­ous food items were dis­played in buck­ets, bowls and oil pans and though I uti­lized the same gal­va­nized cup­cake stand as last year, I changed it up by lin­ing the sides with check­ered crepe paper and cut out and glued cars rac­ing around the tiers.

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Since the con­struc­tion set up from last year’s party made such a big impact, we decided we wanted to achieve a sim­i­lar look this year and were for­tu­nate that the party place had sev­eral pic­nic tables avail­able for the kids to sit and eat. We lined the tables with check­ered plas­tic cloths from Hobby Lobby and the seats with rac­ing hel­mets from Birth­day Express. The per­fect plas­tic Cars plates were found at the 99¢ Only stores and were paired with over­sized tire cups from Birth­day Express. The cups are intended for a Mon­ster Truck party and included a cor­re­spond­ing graphic, which we replaced with tags I designed to match the rest of the decor. Toys from Noah’s per­sonal col­lec­tion were sprin­kled about the tables for an added touch! The pit crew had a blast, espe­cially when the race car dri­ver that Noah’s mom hired showed up!

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The favors were dis­played at the Winner’s Cir­cle by the front door for the pit crew to grab on their way out of the race­way, which included Cars books, crayons and tire yo-yo’s inside a re-usable bag ~ all found at the 99¢ Only store and Dol­lar Tree! The tags were paired with adorable char­ac­ter race medals from Party City. We were so thank­ful to be part of Noah’s Crew to help cel­e­brate another win and fan­tas­tic year! Ka-Chow!

17 18What do you think? Will you consider a Grand Prix theme for your little one’s party?


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