Archive | February, 2011

Lightning McQueen Birthday

1 Feb

This past weekend we had a Lightning McQueen birthday party for my three year old at our home. Guests were welcomed with a sign on the front door “Welcome to Radiator Springs Gateway to Cyrus’s Birthday.” From there they came through the house (which was decorated with red and black streamers) to the backyard, or should I say our Radiator Springs. The yard was decorated with over 100ft of black and white race flags, balloons, bails of straw, oil boxes, orange cones, road signs, 2 bounce houses and 3 cardboard boxes decorated like Lighting McQueen, Chick Hicks and The King. Everything from the decorations to the food screamed a day at the races. We served hotdogs, corndogs, steak sandwiches, popcorn, etc. I even gave the food fun names, like my chocolate dipped pretzel “dip sticks.”

The kids were entertained by running around the yard like race cars, jumping in the bounce houses, and doing art at the craft table where they could paint and decorate their own Lightning McQueen.

How was it done?
Most of the decorations were bought on-line for a discounted price, and I also went to a local auto parts store (“thank you Advantage Auto”) and got free empty oil boxes that we used for decorations. The invitations were made at home with a little help from Photoshop and the cute thank you tags and hanging “3’s” were all made and printed at home on a color printer. Bounce houses came from Wild and Crazy Jumps. Cake was purchased from the local Publix bakery. Cupcakes and cupcake decorations were also homemade. It is amazing what you can do with a computer and printer!

The party was a great success!

I made these on the computer and printed them out on a color printer. Print, cut, whole punch, ribbon, done!

These are brand new gas containers washed out and filled with juices and water.

Bounce houses provided by Wild and Crazy Jumps

I got this from a local auto parts store and made a few minor changes to fit the theme.

These cars are made from 3 paper boxes and construction paper

Homemade goodies with a Raditor Springs twist!

I set up an art station for kids to decorate their own "cars"