My son loves cars and has seen quite a few movies for kids at least a handful of times, so I decided on this kind of party.
Invitations: I took 8 1/2 x 13 sheets of card stock, turned them on their side so I was holding it vertically, made a long slit on top from one end o the other. I cut car shapes and placed a slit in the car and a brad fastener through the car and through the card stock so the kids can have fun moving the car back and forth.
I added the party information with street light bullet points. First, I placed a green circle and then wrote: Race on over to Michael's 3rd race car birthday party. Then I added a red circle and wrote: Stop by and have some fun. Then I added a red circle and wrote: Slow down to have some food and cake.
Decorations: I tied green, yellow and red balloons around our front yard. I used his easel to place a sign outside that said “Race On In.”
We took red, yellow and green balloons and taped to the walls like stoplights. Placed stoplights all over with green, red and yellow circles on black back drops. Used green, red and yellow tablecloth, plates and cups. We created a road on the table with black tape. Then I took a piece of black card stock and glued red, yellow and green circles on them and placed them on both sides of the tables in place card holders. Then we placed cars on both ends facing the lights.
Activities: As each kid came in, the joined the group who were making their own custom licensed plates. I gave out foam sheets and foam letters and numbers so the kids got to make their own license plates.
Then it was time for some action with a red flag, green flight relay race. I had them run across downstairs in our basement and when we called out red flag they would have to stop, and if they continued running after we yelled red, they would have to go back to the starting line. The first team that made it all the way back, won toy race cars.
Tire Changing Area Relay-I took two shoeboxes and punched four holes in them and made a set of wheels for each kid, all different colors. I put a set of tires on the boxes with brads. We divided everyone into two teams and we gave both teams a shoebox and their wheels. Kids took out the brads holding the wheels in place to change their tires and then moved the car to the next person who would change the tires. The first team to finish changing the tires won.
Tire beanbag throw. Then I cut a large circle out of a piece of cardboard and cut a large hole out of it and painted it black. I gave out beanbags for the kids to throw through it.
We played Pin the Wheel on the Race Car.
We had a Car Mud Race. I placed large aluminum trays out, added single layers of chocolate pudding and gave them cars to race through them. through it.
Food: They had pizza squares that looked like race cars. Oreos (for wheels), chips and dip, cookies that I colored with icing and sprinkles and jello-o jigglers cut with car-shaped cookie cutters.
Cake: I made a chocolate sheet cake and made it look like a race track with white icing. Than I placed checkered flag cupcake toppers and car-shaped cookies on it.
Goodie bags: matchbook cars, race car stickers and race car gummies for all the kids.