Tim and I spent a whole lot of time getting things ready for this party. We really didn't want to spend an arm and a leg, so we ended up having to make most everything. Did you know traffic cones cost like 30 bucks each?!? Crazy. I ended up just making poster board cones and they looked great. Tim made a slew of cardboard cars that looked A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. He is quite the crafty gent. Even Oscar's Diva and Poppa (my folks) got into being crafty. Diva and I had been pinning (Pinterest) ideas back and forth and coming up with fun ideas. And Poppa made an awesome racetrack for the kiddos to have races on with some great little wooden cars for them to decorate. Really, it couldn't have been a cooler party.
I made some fun party favors for all the kids. They were simple black and white checkered bags filled with all sorts of fun vehicle things. We never could decide on a specific car theme (construction trucks, race cars, fire trucks, big rigs, etc.) because Oscar has a passion for all things wheeled. So the contents were kind of a hodgepodge. The bags included Tonka construction truck stickers, homemade car crayons, a bubble wand (dollar store find with a cool race car sticker attached to gussy it up a bit), race car tattoos, and a paper wheel filled with Reece's Pieces (idea came from this tutorial). We had an age range of 6 months to 5 years old, so these had a little bit of something for everyone.
Onto the food table... After finding tons of inspiration on Pinterest, I came up with some fun snacks. My mom and I worked into the wee hours frosting things and chopping fruit and whatnot. (You're a lifesaver, Diva!) Some of the yummy treats were "tootie fruity hot rods" (apple and orange slices with grape or blueberry wheels), Oreo "spare tires," stoplight cookies, "construction zone cones" (Doritos Chips), "veggie vehicles" (celery sticks with PB and raisin drivers and chopped carrot wheels), "PB&J wheelie" sandwiches, race car sugar cookies, pretzel "stick shifts," green (lemonade) antifreeze, and peach tea motor oil. The birthday cake was something extra special, though. Ever since we taught Oscar how to spell his name, I've wanted to make a cake like this for him. Do you get it, reader? O+S+Car...
(The lighting for these pictures was less than ideal, but you get the point right?)
We all decorated cars at the start of Oscar's party. My dad made some great basic (pinewood derby-type) wooden cars that had a base coat of paint on them (red, yellow, or white) for the kiddos and parents to decorate. They were such a hit! We had a few artists in our group, for sure. Some cars got feathers, some got foam stickers... After that, we had a few track races!
Awards were given out afterward for the best cars... best paint jobs... best attitudes...
If that wasn't already enough, Tim also handmade a bunch of cardboard cars for all the kids to drive for some road games like "follow the leader" and "red light green light." These were so fun! It was seriously cute seeing a flock of tiny drivers. And my "red light green light" sign turned out great! I'll have to post a tutorial on that soon...
Finally, we had a pinata! What is a party without a pinata?!? Really. So, I saw a great tutorial on Oh Happy Day for doing a number pinata. I think it turned out great. Making the pinata also gave me an excuse to purchase some awesome Martha Stewart fringe scissors. Oh Martha, you speak my language lady.
Anyway, I hope you lasted through the whole post, reader. I know that was a long one! And long overdue, as well. If you want to see more pictures of the party, I have them on flickr. Visit me right here...
A special thanks to Brandon Edling and my mom for taking pictures!!! You guys rock!