Cars Themed Birthday Party

Kids looove having parties with their favorite cartoon character as the theme.  Now, as a mom, I love throwing really fun & budget friendly parties for my kids; as a party planner, I’m just not a big fan of character parties.  So, I try and find a happy medium. A great way to throw a character theme party for less is to create your own personalized decor.  You can add ‘character’ to the party by incorporating some of your child’s favorite toys to go along with the theme.

I recently helped my step-daughter with her son’s 3rd birthday.  She wanted to have a small party with close family and friends – nothing too fancy.  Our Birthday Boy, Little Tyrese, loves the character, Mater and the Disney movie, Cars.  So, while Mom took care of store-bought tableware, I focused on designing custom ‘no-fuss’ party-ware.  Using the Let’s Go Fast Backgrounds and Borders by JW Illustration, I was able to create a  set of decorative party items to coordinate with the theme.

To start things off, I designed this invitation to let guests know the details of the party and to hint towards the theme of the celebration.

I always start my party designs with a great festive banner.  When you’re talking Cars, you’re talking racing.  It would only make sense to use pennant flags with a checkered print.  I really loved the red checkerboard background  from the set and the traditional black and white checkerboard couldn’t be ignored – so I used both.  The racing flag image that is in the set was a perfect addition to the banner spacers.  With a little digital creativity I made a logo and personalized it by adding the age of the Birthday Boy!

As the little guests arrived, they got to grab a party hat.  Again, I continued using the red checkered background and followed through with the racing flag logo.

The food for the party table was mainly catered to the adults but I was able to throw a Cars spin to it – and created a sign that read Ka-‘Chow’ (Lightning McQueen’s famous catch phrase).  I also made food cards and loved the stop light border that was in the digital set.

After everyone ate and played, we sang Happy Birthday!  No fancy cakes here.  Mom made a delicious cake and cupcakes herself.  She topped the cake with the Birthday Boy’s favorite Cars character  and a candle.  We wrapped the cupcakes in wrappers that I designed and added the toppers them.  There was also signage for the dessert table.

As the party wound down along with the sugar high,  guests got to leave with a goodie bag.  I made favor tags for these lovely red candy stripe bags.  The little red car design is my own creation and I added borders from the digital set.  The bags were also decorated with round party labels.

So, if you are like me and want to be a bit more creative when it comes to throwing your child a character themed party, try personalizing it!  With a bit of creativity and digital know-how you too can style a party like me  – KA-CHOW!


  1. OMG – mySON would LUV a race car party!!! great job!!! XoXo, Meo

  2. What is some of the food used for the candy buffet? I am trying to throw a car themed party and so far I have chocolate covered pretzels as dipsticks, a jar a nuts and a jar of M&M’s as nuts and bolts and chocolate donuts for spare tires…just seeing if you used some others…

  3. Oreos were spare tires, marshmallows were air bags, pretzel nuggets were lug nuts…..

  4. Did you buy the hats or make them yourself? I’m having a hard time finding a printable.

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