Tommy told me he wanted a ‘racing car party’ after watching his big brother and sister have their recent birthday parties. It was fun to organise a party for him now that he is old enough to understand what is happening and help with the planning. Tommy’s favourite colour is blue so a blue racing car party it was! I also wanted to stay away from the usual ‘red racing car’ imagery. His cute birthday t-shirt is from Creation Station NZ. They can custom print almost anything and are a lovely family run business.
Kimberley Nicole Photography and Design created our lovely birthday invitations. I asked for a ‘dusky/baby blue’ colour with a bit of ‘vintage’. Kimberley also designed the fabulous quote poster and tags used on the food and milk bottles. Tommy’s quote poster reads: ‘Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ It now hangs in his bedroom. I love being able to continue using party decor once the party is over.
It’s a good idea to base your party decorating around a simple colour scheme. We went for this gorgeous blue colour with silver, black and white touches. I popped onto Sweet Pea Parties online store and purchased some lovely bits from Kirsty in the checkered racing flag range and the baby blue colour scheme. You can shop by theme and colour which makes it easier.
I’m into saving money, reusing and recycling whenever I can so the kids and I scoured the op shops while on school holidays in Oamaru. We found the gorgeous ‘vintage’ wooden racing car, little white bookshelf, hub caps and wheels for the milk bottles. The bookshelf got a little TLC and I painted the wooden car with a ‘test pot’ of blue paint from Bunnings to match our colour scheme.
The mini balloon garland was super easy to make. (tutorial coming soon) I added some small paper fans for some ‘mixed media.’ The spare tyre out of Daddy’s car gave the cake some height. The silver tins are another ‘recycling’ find from the recycling haven Creative Junk in Christchurch.
I asked Tommy what food he wanted at his party. He said, ‘lollies and biscuits’ so lollies and biscuits it was!
We couldn’t really just have lollies and biscuits so we added a few fun ‘themed’ bits, a hint of fruit and veggies and some other party favourites.
We used our shortbread recipe to make number three racing car biscuits as requested from the birthday boy. I visited Frozen Direct and found cute little par baked croissants, mini meatballs and gorgeous petite tarts. All perfect for little hands, great price and easy on the mumma. I found the cute checkered racing flag picks online at Party Zone.
The main ‘party fun’ was building racing cars. Daddy Ian was ‘Super Dad’ and made 11 cardboard race cars. Not just plain ones but fancy ones! He even painted them to match our colour scheme! Lots of brownie points for Daddy. I gathered all the bits for the kids to add to their cars from Creative Junk; wheels, seatbelt, headlights, controls (old TV remotes). It was raining the day of the party but this was the perfect indoor activity. We armed the Mums and Dads with glue guns, split pins and cable ties and everyone got busy. We had a few imaginary races with Tommy being the winner of course. My kids were still playing with, and adding to, their cars right up to bedtime.
The other party fun was reading a favourite racing car book of Tommy’s called Racing Car is Roaring. We read this before making our cars to help get the kid’s creative racing car ideas flowing.
We also had a ‘Punch Hole’ board. A nice change from pinatas. We made this by gluing takeaway coffee cups to a board. We popped a prize inside and covered the cups with crepe paper and a rubber band. My kid’s loved helping to make this. We used the punch board with a racing car quiz. We asked the kid’s questions like; “What colour is a famous racing car?’ When the kid’s got a question correct they got to have a go at the Punch Hole Board and claim a prize. The prizes were things like little racing cars, bath squirting cars and racing car stickers.
Daddy Ian iced the cake and this was his first ‘drip cake’. We purchased lovely blue lollies from The Lolly Shop to pop on the cake, a tiny blue car is driving up the lollies and I made a little cake bunting from the mini flags on the racing flag picks. The cake was a chocolate cake that I had baked earlier in the week. I made two cakes and froze them. Freezing the cake makes it easier to ice and takes the pressure off party prep as you can bake the cake well in advance.
I was so excited to use stones as party favors. Kim from Rocking Tales custom paints stones so she made these gorgeous racing cars for us. Each one has the child’s name and age. It was so lovely to have something unique and special to each child. I also love that it is a natural product and a keepsake. The stones were used as place settings at the party table and then taken home in a lovely little silver bag.
Party Supplies: Sweet Pea Parties and Party Zone
Party Food: Frozen Direct
Invitations and Poster: Kimberley Nicole Photography and Design
Party Clothes: Creation Station NZ
Party Favors: Rocking Tales
Lollies: Lolly Shop
Car parts: Creative Junk
To end with here is Tommy, dancing on the furniture, biscuit in one hand, lolly pop in mouth… at the ‘head of the table’ enjoying his party which I think met all his racing car party dreams….
… he should sleep well tonight; with dreams of blue racing cars, lollypops and racing off into the sunset leaving a trail.