Lightning McQueen Birthday Party Snack Ideas

Updated November 21, 2016

If your child is a fan of "Cars," a Lightening McQueen birthday party theme just might be the perfect option. While you may have worked out the decorations, invitations and even games, you may find that you are at a loss for creative snack ideas for your guests. But by putting a creative twist on some traditional party snacks, you can whip up plenty of enjoyable treats.

Motor Oil

Lightening McQueen requires the best motor oil to keep running at top speed, and so do your little ones. Try mixing up a big pitcher of grape Kool-Aid or chocolate milk to make up "motor oil" for your guests to drink. Grape juice also is a healthy option for motor oil.


Dipsticks are a great way to serve vegetables to children who might be reluctant to eat them otherwise. Slice carrots and celery into kid-friendly sticks and arrange them on a tray. Fill a cup or dish with vegetable dip or ranch dressing and stick that in the middle of the tray. Let the kids dip their veggie "dipsticks" in the dip for a healthy treat.

Tire Cookies

Use chocolate sandwich cookies to make "tires." Apply a small dollop of frosting to the centre of the cookie, then stick a round, hard candy (peppermints or fruit ring candies) in the frosting to create hubcaps.

Car Sandwiches

Make sandwiches your child or guests will enjoy. Ham and cheese, cheese, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are child-friendly options. Cut sandwiches into the shape of race cars using car-shaped cookie cutters.

Nuts and Bolts

Fill small plastic baggies with "nuts and bolts" snack foods for kids. Examples include are nuts, pretzel sticks, dried fruits (cherries, blueberries, raisins) and small chocolate candies or chocolate chips.

Pit Stop Sundaes

Give each child a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add a squirt of chocolate syrup (motor oil) and sprinkles and nuts (nuts and bolts) to the ice cream for a pit stop sundae.

Race Car Dogs

Prepare hot dogs as you normally would for guests. Use toothpicks to attach black olives or carrot rounds to the buns where tires would go on a race car. Stick an olive on the front for a steering wheel, and cheese triangle on the back for a tail. Finally, use ketchup and mustard to pipe racing numbers onto the hot dog.

Grilled Tires

Prepare grilled hamburgers for guests. Arrange a table of hamburger fixings so guests can build up their "tires" just the way they like. Fixings to include on the table are buns, pickles, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, cheese, ketchup and mustard.

Filmore's Fruit Salad

Filmore the van is all about health food, so whip up a healthy fruit salad for your guests. Combine oranges, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pineapples and any other fruits your guests may enjoy in a bowl. Serve cold with a dollop of yoghurt.

Luigi and Guido's Pasta Salad

Luigi and Guido are the Italian tire specialists in the movie, so cook up a pasta salad in their honour. Cook pasta in the shape of wheels and use that in place of traditional pasta in your favourite pasta salad recipe.

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