Cars Themed Birthday Party

posted on October 11, 2010 by  |  posted under Birthdays, Boys, Fun With Kids, Halloween  |  43 Comments

Cars Themed Birthday Party

When my little guy was invited to this ‘Cars’-themed birthday party, I almost left my camera at home.  I thought to myself, “Commercialized theme parties are hard to pull off without looking,…um,…commercialized.”  Boy was I wrong!  I was so glad I brought my camera.  Does your child love Spiderman, Dora, Cars, or Barney?  Well…don’t rule them out until you see this creative event.

One Cars themed birthday party coming right up!
cars themed birthdayI love the stacked doughnuts that look like tires. cars themed birthdaycars themed birthdaycars themed birthday

The food and decor were pretty dang cute, but the games…INCREDIBLE!!!  Each of these cars were hand-crafted out of simple boxes.  The children raced around the yard, each in their own car.  I don’t think I have ever seen so many smiles. cars themed birthdayOn your mark, get set, GO!!!!
cars themed birthday This little ‘TOE-MATER’ car was my themed birthdayYou’d better believe after the kids left, our husbands had to join in the fun.  Nothing better than seeing grown men act like a kids.  Did my heart themed birthdayWouldn’t this make the best Halloween costume?  You can learn how to make cardboard box ‘Cars’ here.

Let’s meet the face behind this adorable party.  One of my dearest friends, Tamra.

{I snagged this picture from a much-needed cruise vacation we took together last week. So fun! :)}

5 Fun Facts about Tamra:

1. Tamra was my college roommate. Technically, my husband picked up on her before he did me!  At a dance club!

2. She likes to dance (um, ya,…obviously!) 😉

3. She knows how to stretch a dollar better than anyone else I know.  She usually makes money when she goes couponing.

4. She is an athletic girly girl. (Seriously?! Ugh). –She just ran her first half marathon and is an accomplished swimmer.

5. She loves almond extract.

When asked, “What ‘Super Hero Power’ would you want?”  Tamra replied:

“I’d like the power to be able to read people’s minds. Nevermind. I don’t.”

Thank you, Tamra, for sharing this adorable Cars themed birthday party with us.

Do any of you have fun ‘commercialized theme parties’ you’ve tried?  We’d love to see them.  We just received a submission for the cutest Hello Kitty party ever! We can’t wait to share it.  Soon!

cars themed birthdayJust in case you didn’t catch Good Things Utah this morning, here is the video clip. Go Alison!!!!

    1. October 11th, 2010 at 1:18 am
      Momma says:
      Oh my word! My son would LOVE that. Every morning he wakes up and the 1st thing out of his mouth is, "Cars? Oovie (movie)???" Very very cute!!!!!
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    2. October 11th, 2010 at 1:26 am
      Cathy says:
      So cute Tamra!!
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    3. October 11th, 2010 at 6:44 am
      Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says:
      Oh the games!! Fantastic! My 2 year old is obsessed with Cars. The other day all he would say is "kachow!"

      Looks like a fabulous party!
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    4. October 11th, 2010 at 6:55 am
      Kati says:
      Awesome party!! :) LOVE those cardboard cars. They look just like the movie!
      .-= Kati´s last blog ..Christmas Present Planning =-.
    5. October 11th, 2010 at 7:15 am
      beth says:
      i feel the same way about commercial parties. unfortunately, kids love their characters and it's their birthday right? i'd love for you to check out my parties. i have pinkalicious, little mermaid and cinderella. but most recently toy story!
      .-= beth´s last blog ..trick or treat! =-.
    6. October 11th, 2010 at 7:25 am
      Infarrantly Creative says:
      Wow she put a lot of effort into it making all those cars. WOW! Impressive.
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    7. October 11th, 2010 at 10:23 am
      Jill Jackson says:
      Such a well done party. I can't believe how many individual cars she made for each of the kids! Thanks for sharing!
    8. October 11th, 2010 at 11:13 am
      LeAnna says:
      Please please please share the Hello Kitty party very soon! My soon to be 3 year old has decided that she wants a Hello Kitty party which is in December. I would love to see some great ideas!
    9. October 11th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
      Amy says:
      This is absolutely amazing! Will you please convince Tamra to provide a tutorial complete with information on the size of boxes she used and how she made them. I would love to try and do this for a future birthday for my twin boys!!!
    10. October 11th, 2010 at 2:49 pm
      Kristen says:
      I agree with the pp! My son is still in love with Cars and has been since the movie came out right when he was born! I would love to know how she made those Cars since it would be great for his birthday.
    11. October 11th, 2010 at 3:27 pm
      Noreen says:
      Very cute! What a super job she did, and totally creative!
    12. October 11th, 2010 at 7:34 pm
      Amy @ Blowout Party! says:
      Those cardboard cars are incredible! So fun and creative!
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    13. October 12th, 2010 at 6:40 am
      jill says:
      thanks so much for the great ideas. I have been looking for the cardboard car boxes how to! The Cars ones are the best :)
    14. October 12th, 2010 at 9:44 pm
      Katie says:
      Oh wow!! I love it! Those cars are the cutest thing ever! How amazing!
    15. October 12th, 2010 at 10:41 pm
      Lacey says:
      OMGOSH I LOVE the cardboard cars.. going to attempt this for Halloween!!!
    16. October 16th, 2010 at 1:56 pm
      carrian says:
      Stop it! Tamra!!!! Woohoo! Loved your birthday bash! Way to go! We never had any fun parties like this when we were college roomies!!!
    17. October 21st, 2010 at 1:25 am
      Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 says:
      Wonderful party -- love the details. And those "box-cars" are positively amazing!
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    18. October 21st, 2010 at 1:27 am
      Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 says:
      I'm just curious how long it took to make all of those cars. Curious, because I'm tempted. Tempted to show this to my 5-year old as a possibility for her January birthday.
      .-= Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17´s last blog ..Easy Felt Trick or Treat Bucket - Guest Post from ModistaModesta =-.
    19. October 21st, 2010 at 6:47 pm
      aaron says:
      This is a great idea and something easy enough for me to do thanks!
    20. October 24th, 2010 at 12:11 am
      Val says:
      Oh my son LOVES CARS! Anyways you can ask your incredibly talented friend how she made the cardboard CARS or if she found the "how-to" on a website? I'd love to know!!!
      • October 25th, 2010 at 4:38 pm
        Shelley says:
        I'll ask her! :) You can look at basic instructions in the link here in the post. :) I'd love to see them if you do them! :)
        • July 12th, 2011 at 4:17 pm
          AN says:
          These cars are fabulous! I saw the link in the post but there are many different shapes, etc. represented. Did she use another resource for instructions? We would love to make these for my son's party but didn't have much luck with the link. Any help or other references would be appreciated.
        • July 15th, 2011 at 10:19 pm
          Amy says:
          Her cars are amazing! The link in the post references one of the shapes but there are many others in the picture. Is anyone aware of a resource for other patterns? I would love to make these for my son's party. Thanks!
    21. January 25th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
      Tom @ hello kitty costumes says:
      Wow!! that was a great idea. i like the idea of the games.
      children race while holding their cars.. Great post!!
    22. January 28th, 2011 at 9:03 pm
      sara england cunningham says:
      oh my goodness! (late to the party, but how fabulous!!!)

      i am doing research on how to throw a fabulous 'cars' party -- children's bday gathering are not ctd's usual event! -- we have offered our services pro bono for a little boy who is seriously ill and would like a 'cars' bday party (his 10th, dr's said he would never make it, but he has!!. may we use some of these ideas? they are really wonderful.

      many thanks, sara england cunningham connect.the.dots events (
      • January 28th, 2011 at 9:42 pm
        Shelley says:
        OF COURSE you can use some of these ideas! We would be honored. Please send pictures. We would love to add them to this post. :) -Shelley
        • January 28th, 2011 at 9:49 pm
          sara england cunningham says:
          hi shelly, thanks very much for your speedy response and permission! will def. send pics (event date: april 30).
          such a privilege to be invited to help bring a smile to this little boy (he made it -- one decade!!!).

          best! sara
    23. March 1st, 2011 at 12:46 pm
      melissa says:
      Adorable cars party...
      However, I would love to see that "Hello Kitty" party... I am in need of some cute, fun, non-commercial ideas.
    24. May 24th, 2011 at 10:09 am
      Julie says:
      One month until my son turns five and guess what kind of party he wants?! I hope your friend doesn't mind if I use a lot of her ideas!
    25. June 20th, 2011 at 10:46 pm
      Kate says:
      I figured you on my blog!
    26. October 7th, 2011 at 7:08 am
      Martha says:
      This is SOOO awesome!! I am totally doing this for my son's third birthday next month! Cant Wait!
    27. October 16th, 2011 at 1:52 pm
      Tiffany says:
      Love the idea for the box-cars. Made them this weekend and posted them on my blog.
      Thanks for the great inspiration!
    28. January 14th, 2012 at 11:06 pm
      Jessica says:
      This is amazing! I'm planning my son's 2nd bday and it's Cars themed! Where did you get those tires from? Can you get them from the junk yard?
    29. April 13th, 2012 at 11:50 am
      gina love says:
      super cute!! my son is crazy about "wah wah deen" lightening mcqueen and would LOVE a party as cool as this one! thank you so much for sharing...i am going to nab a few ideas, if you don't mind!!!!
    30. January 2nd, 2013 at 7:40 am
      Lori says:
      OH EM GEE! this party looks A-MAZE-ING! I'm in the begging stages of planning my 2 going on 3yr old's party and "cars" is what I was going for! this has helped me SO MUCH! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
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