Before I begin, I thought I would mention that this is a photo overload post!
Luca’s 2nd birthday party was back in November and I have just today finished editing the photos. Not something I am proud of, but a little indication of how many photos I take and how far behind I am in processing them all.
As Luca neared two, he became obsessed with cars and Disney’s Cars, especially Lightening McQueen! The party theme was obvious for him. His party was held in the gymnasium of our Church since the New Jersey weather is usually too cold for an outdoor party in November. I also like to give the kids plenty of space to run around which means they stay occupied.
I designed his invitations to look like Pit Passes complete with lanyard. I included one pit pass in each envelope per child, and they were encourage to wear them to the party.
I covered the walls of the gymnasium with a Radiator Springs scene setter and strung checkered flag pennant across the room to create the perfect atmosphere. It took Luca’s father, my dad, and I 2 hours to hang all the pieces and we finished at 1am the night before the party. It’s funny how quickly all of the decor gets disassembled though.
When the girls and boys arrived, they went to the Courthouse to get their official Radiator Springs Driver’s License, complete with tire print (fingerprint).
Next, they went to Lizzie’s Curio Shop where they designed their own foam fingers that there parents would use later at the Grand Prix Race to cheer them on.
I created cut outs of some of the main characters and placed them around the room.
At Tow Maters, the children were given hooks with a magnet on the bottom and went fishing for auto parts, gasoline tanks, and mufflers.
Another activity was ‘Fix the Road’ I cut black foam board into various shaped pieces and the children worked together to help Lightening McQueen fix the broken road.
Ramone’s Body Shop offered car-themed tattoos and a car painting activity. I placed various colored paint with a racecar in each tub at the table. They children took the car and rolled it on the paper that was placed in a shirt box to prevent mess and spillage.
Fillmore’s featured various themed beverages includes Fillmore’s own organic fuel (water), Rusteze bumper ointment (Pepsi & Diet Pepsi), and Champions Champagne (sparkling apple cider).
Guests went to Flo’s for all their food. Sally’s Cozy Cones featured snacks such as peanuts, chex mix, and popcorn.
Another activity table featured traffic cones and a road drawn on white butcher paper with cars for the kids to drive around. There was also wooden cars to colors.
I purchased a pop up tent in the shape of Mac the Truck. The kids loved it! At one point, I think all 13 of them were trying to squeeze in.
Each guest table was covered with a checkered black and white design and a strip of black butcher paper for a raceway. I ran out of time and never drew in the white street lines when someone pointed out that a raceway doesn’t have street lines (okay, that’s the story I’m sticking too!)
Sarge’s Surplus housed all the guest party favors.
The adult guests received a candy filled gas pump dispenser. I created a Dinoco gas logo sticker to cover the generic one the pumps came with.
The children each received a burlap colored racing flag bag filled with treats including Cars fruit snacks, a wooden race car, coloring book and crayons, Speed Dough (Play Dough), car bracelet, bouncy ball, lip gloss (for the girls), and an oil can water squirter. They were also encouraged to take home some of the many cars that were all over the tables.
Even the smallest guest took a test drive!
At the end of the race, each child received a trophy.
For dessert, I baked a German chocolate cake in the shape of the number 2, and turned it into a racetrack. I also made cupcakes in red velvet, carrot cake, and devils food flavors.
Every birthday party in the family has my Mom Mom’s (grandmother) famous Italian cookies. This year, she passed the recipe on to me. Big shoes to fill, but there were only a few left so I think they were a hit!
Shortly after blowing out his candles, Luca fell asleep sitting up eating icing. Poor little guy – I think he had fun though!
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