Disney/Pixar "Cars" Birthday Party Ideas

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The Disney/Pixar animated sensation “Cars” created a horde of “Cars”-loving children. Hosting a “Cars”-themed birthday party for children is great fun and there are many ways to turn traditional party foods and activities into “Cars”-themed attractions. A “Cars” birthday party can include themed invitations, cake and party games.

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The best way to introduce a theme to party guests is to start with the invitation. Homemade invitations are easy and cheap--checkered flags; "Route 66" signs; and, of course, the “Cars” characters make perfect invitations for a “Cars”-themed party. Alternatively, there are plenty of party shops or online retailers that sell customised invitations to go with the “Cars” theme.


Ideally, the cake at a Disney/Pixar “Cars” birthday party should feature the birthday child’s favourite “Cars” character. For homemade cakes, painting on the images with icing is probably the easiest method. Cake decorators with more experience can "print" an image onto a cake, and for the most spectacular birthday cake, a 3-D “Cars” character cake will delight any “Cars”-crazy child. Another possibility for the cake is cupcakes that feature different “Cars” characters on each; then every child can choose their favourite character and have an individual cake.

Party Games

All the traditional party games for a birthday party can be tailored to suit a “Cars” theme: pass the parcel can feature “Cars” presents; celebrity heads can be played exclusively with “Cars” characters; play musical chairs to the “Cars” soundtrack; hire face painters to transform the children into their favourite “Cars” characters. Pin the tail on the donkey can be transformed into pin the tire on Mater, and a Chick Hicks piñata is a fun way to deal with the film’s main antagonist.


The decorations at a “Cars”-themed birthday party should be all about racing. Streamers can be black and white draughts, and balloons could be black, white and a dash of red to represent Lightening McQueen. “Cars”-themed paper plates and cups are also widely available. Covering a table with butcher's paper and drawing on a birdseye road complete with miniature “Cars” characters is a fun way to decorate the table before the food comes out, and is also an interactive game for the party guests.

Party Favors

Inside the party favours bag can be a computer-made "driver's license" for each child. A “Cars” toy or stickers are also perfect additions. Add “Cars” erasers, pencil toppers and mini-license plates.

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