Thursday, 31 March 2016

Cars! Cars! Cars! A Cars in the City third birthday.

Whelp, it's official. Our Vaughn-y is three, and his much awaited party post is here.

I started no less than three pin boards for this party, and ix-nayed a plethora of great options. His favourites seemed to change week-to-week day-to-day; such is the life of an almost three year old, but the constant, and his legit one true love, has, and may always be, cars. He can play with them for hours and we always have one in tow, just in cases. #namethatmovie.

Most car party inspiration seemed to be either vintage, Disney, or racetrack, which is totally cool, but not exactly what I was going for. I have, however, learned from parties past that the best inspiration comes from going out and seeing what is actually in stores. I love how it turned out. So bright and fun. Perfect for the first day of Spring.


A colourful, fun, car themed third birthday.

The main colour inspiration was a set of moulded train cake cups that I tried to pass off as cars and a paper pack from Michael's in the same hues. I used the paper to make the banners "Vaughn is three" and "beep, honk, vroom", the triangle bunting, and accents on the cars. I obviously will have a tonne leftover, but that's how I roll. Eventually, I'll be able to throw a party without buying a thing. #lifegoals

a colourful, fun, car themed third birthday.

We made the cars out of boxes bought in the packing section at Walmart, and I bought coordinating acrylic paint at Michael's. We just folded all the flaps in except one, and then folded that one flap in half to make a windshield. We primed and then painted them. They each took exactly one bottle of acrylic paint which happened to be on clearance. #score

colourful cardboard cars

Ryan added aluminum tape bumpers and Sharpied in the details. We cut out yellow and red circles for the head and tail lights, used   paper plates for the wheels, and yarn for the straps. 

colourful cardboard cars

colourful cardboard cars

The most dramatic element, I suppose, was the city streets that I taped onto the floor using electrical tape. The tile on the floor made this a cinch. If you were to try and do this on a non-tiled floor, you may go insane.(You have been warned.) The "grass" and "ponds" are painters tape/coloured  masking tape, which took a bit of effort to get off during clean up. It was a bit abstract for this age group, but it was still fun.

                          taped city streets for a car themed third birthday

a colourful, fun, car themed third birthday.

I'm more than a little obsessed with these balloons. They were beyond expensive(wtf, helium), but totally worth it. I changed out the ribbon they came with to twine and instead of spending another $5 on balloon weights I used rice bags that I made for Lilah's first birthday. I'm not normally a huge fan of balloons, but I felt like this made them way cooler. 


a colourful, fun, car themed third birthday.

taped city streets for a car themed birthday

We set up two other play areas. The baby zone, using a play rug, our crawl around car, and some chew friendly cars.

fun, colourful, car themed birthday

And train tracks city streets...because we used cars instead of trains. 

colourful, fun, car themed third birthday

Of course, despite all this, the hit of the party was....drumroll please...the ramp.

yarn tassel garland

a colourful, fun, car themed third birthday.

I used narrow Washi tape to "draw" a cityscape backdrop behind the snack table. This was met with mixed reviews. As I was taping it I thought it looked boring so I added in some geometric accents...I thought it looked cool. Maybe that one blue building in the middle makes no sense, but you can't always control the creative mind. Ryan made futuristic flying car noises anytime we talked about it...It's a tad futuristic. Whatever. It's colourful, fun, and took no time at all to put up/take down.

a colourful, fun, car themed third birthday.

Our snack table consisted of convenience store fare for our road trip. (get it? Hun? Hun?) Which was awesome because I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again, party food she ain't my forte.


a colourful, fun, car themed third birthday.


We served up: hot dogs, individual bagged chips, popcorn, gold fish and Ritz crackers, hot rods, mini donut flaming tire pile, rice krispie stop lights, chocolate pretzel dip sticks, chocolate dipped marshmallow air bags, and car topped cupcakes. For the littles: veggie sticks, baby puffs, and yogurt drops.

a colourful, fun, car themed third birthday.


Vaughn thought it was the bees knees!



I Love hosting parties for our kids and with each one it gets easier and easier to throw together. I'm learning what works and what definitely does not! I know that someday they'll want to plan their own parties, or I'll decide I don't want to do it anymore(that's kind of how I do life), but for now...Par-ty! Par-ty! 

For more car party inspiration check out my Pinterest board here.


Later Gators,


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