Vintage Racecar Birthday Party

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ok. This post is long over due. Like five months overdue. And I, for one, am happy to finally have it up so I can officially scratch it off my 'Things That Are Currently Making Me Feel Guilty 'Cause I Haven't Done Yet' list.
The list is much too long for my liking.

Pierce turned five last November and I always try to incorporate some theme that my kiddos are interested in for their birthday parties. Genius, I know. 
I have to laugh at this right now, because five months ago, he was ALL about racecars. Right now he is ALL about Angry Birds. We'll see if that sticks around in time for his next birthday. He's already set his sights on an Angry Birds pinata and he can't be swayed from it as of yet.

So, anyway, this past year it was racecars, and we went with a vintage feel of sorts. I wanted his invitation to kind of mimic an old racing poster format. So, I started playing around with it just to gather up my ideas on what might look nice. I just kept going at it and by the time I really decided on a look, hours days had passed and fonts were painstakingly picked out. I figured I had already come this far, so I just saw it out to the end. It kind of became one of those "I wonder if I can do it" things. 
Having them professionally printed on linen paper made me just plain happy. I was never so excited to see something come in the mail!

While there are a few things I might go back and change if I could, overall I'm still pleased with how they turned out, which is something that rarely happens. Five months after doing anything, I generally loathe everything about whatever it is I created. This time, not so much. Yay! 


I saw this idea somewhere of the photo addition to the envelopes and loved it, so I encorporated it for Pierce's invitation as well.  

My husband did a great job building a racetrack for the kids. Wish I had more detailed shots of it to share. It had all the bells and whistles a little boy's racetrack ought to have. I think my boys and husband had the most fun building it the weeks before the party than actually playing with it on the day of the party. I guess much of the fun is in the "getting there". 

Coordinating party signs, food labels. I had a great time creating all the signage.

Notice the old school balloon decorating. Kind of reminds me of the big dance scene on Footloose.

Here's what I learned:
LOTS of balloons = cheap and super cute party decorations
What's that? You already knew this? I'm late to the party once again.

I highly recommend putting together a balloon banner and making your own balloon columns using round white cakeboards as the base. Don't snicker. The 80's were on to something and it's time to bring it back.

It really was super easy and makes a big statement. Just don't do it too early. I made these two days before the party, but the night before would have been optimal.
Another tip....wind is not a balloon column's friend. Enemies they are.

The kids took part in a little obstacle course.
Tire and potato sack racing.
We kept it simple.

My son loves that bubble gum tape that comes in the roll. Oriental trading had some that came in a car tire little case, but they got really awful taste reviews. So I found some bubblegum tape of a blue variety and created some labels for them. They kind of look like tires, right? Close enough.

The candy cart that my husband built for this party had to make a reappearance. I just changed out the awning for a racing flag print and added the sign to turn it into Pierce's Pit Stop....a one stop shop for all of the things that he loves most in this world...the sweet stuff!
It worked out ok, and I just wasn't ready to let that cute cart go yet from Reeves' party.
Consequently, my precious cart is now 3 hours away being used as a flower holder. Not sure she'll ever make it back on the party scene again.

Although it was more than five months ago now, the kids seemed to have a fun time at the party from what I can remember. I think all the adults were just happy that it wasn't 100 degrees like it was for the last one.

Pierce still occasionally talks of his racecar party with a big smile on his face.
And in the end, that's what it's all about.

1 comment:

mylittlegems said...

Super Cute party!!
Love it all. Where did you find the tire intertubes?
Thanks for sharing! I love it! Planning a Disney Cars one for my son and you have great ideas!

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