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Full-Throttle Decorations for a Race Car Party

Most three- to seven-year-olds are flat-out crazy about auto racing. When it’s time to celebrate your son’s or daughter’s birthday, call playparty.net and book the Ultimate Race Car Party.

Then have fun decorating. Bring the excitement of the speedway to your home! Here are a few suggestions.

Pave the way for your guests on race day. Tie black-and-white checkered flags to your mail box. Hang a banner that says,“Welcome, Race Fans!” or “Start Your Engines!” on the porch.

This cars-and-balloons wreath adds a cheery automotive element to the front door.

Cars-and-Balloons Wreath
Image from palomapaperdesigns.com

As guests arrive, give each child a personalized “Driver’s License” or “Pit Pass”.

Or make your own. Start with this free template; add text and images.

Turn a patio or hallway into a race track. Make this floor runner with a black plastic tablecloth, strips of white felt, and white adhesive tape. Accessorize with orange traffic cones, home-made traffic lights, and empty motor oil or engine additive boxes.

Let the kids draw on the wall — yes, really! Oversized coloring pages make easy, inexpensive decorations and a fun party activity. When taped to glass doors, the pages also help to protect unwary guests from accidental collisions.

Coloring Wall
Image from simonemadeit.com

There are so many options for table-top decorations. Create a race track with a black plastic tablecloth, white or yellow window marker, and color coding labels.

For the centerpiece, use shiny gold trophies, die-cast toy cars, DIY (painted bathroom tissue rolls) race cars,

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Image from kiflieslevendula.blogspot.com

or colorful race flags.

Race Flags Centerpiece
Image from mommysideabook.com

Don’t forget to stake-out the pole position for the birthday child. Tie green, yellow, red, black and white balloons to his or her chair!

 

Happiness Isn’t Measured in Dollars: Fun and Frugal Birthday Parties

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The U.S. economy is steadily expanding but for many workers, paychecks barely keep ahead of inflation. During these financially challenging times, smart moms and dads carefully monitor household spending.

A birthday party needn’t be an extravagant affair.  You can create a fun and fabulous event for your child at a reasonable cost.  Here are a few tips from playparty.net.

1. Sharpen your pencil; be realistic. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on the party. Then, stick to your budget.

2. Use your home or another low-cost location as the party venue. For example, the neighborhood park is free and offers plenty of space for the kids to play.

3. Consider scheduling the party on a week day. Ask prospective vendors if they offer discounts for events held between Monday and Friday. (Hint: playparty.net’s Mid-Week Discount saves you $50.)

4. Before selecting a time for the party, think about the type of refreshments you’ll serve. Does your budget permit you to provide a meal? Or are snacks a better fit? Meals are appropriate for parties held between 11 AM and 1 PM or between 4 PM and 6 PM. If the party is scheduled for mid-morning or mid-afternoon, snacks may be sufficient and acceptable.

5. Send invitations electronically if you have email addresses for all of your guests or their parents. (Hint: Check out paperlesspost.com, evite.com and punchbowl.com.) Not only will you save on postage and stationery, but on-line services make it easy to track RSVP’s and send reminders.

6. Try to prepare most of the refreshments yourself. (Hint: Don’t be afraid to ask family members for help. Your child’s favorite auntie would probably be thrilled to make the birthday cupcakes.)

7. Purchase food, such as crackers, pretzels or fresh fruit and vegetables, in bulk.

8. Serve beverages, such as juice or soda, from large bottles instead of purchasing individual-sized containers.

9. If possible, use items that you already have at home as part of the decorations.

10. Buy decorations and other party supplies from a discount store.

11. Prizes and party favors are optional. If you choose to provide them, keep in mind that they needn’t be elaborate or expensive.

12. Use paper bags to hold party favors. During the party, have guests decorate the bags.

13. If your child wants to celebrate his/her birthday at an amusement park, allow him/her to invite just one special friend.

14. Remember what’s most important about marking your child’s birthday — honoring his special place in the family, and reminding her how much she is loved.  Savor the sweetness of the day.

 

Contact us for more birthday party tips and to book the Best LEGO Party or the Ultimate Race Car Party .

Kids on the Move: Planes, Trains and Cars

Kids love being on the move —  racing down the street, rolling along train tracks, soaring above the clouds.  It’s no wonder that “Transportation” is a popular birthday party theme.

If “Planes, Trains and Cars” are what you have in mind for your child’s celebration, call on us for the entertainment.  We’ll bring the Ultimate Race Car Party to you. Then set your imagination free as you playfully decorate your home.  Here are some suggestions to kick-start the fun.

Welcome SignWelcome guests with a humorous greeting at the front door.

 

 

 

 

BannerHang a banner in the entrance way.  Let photos of the birthday child trail behind an airplane.

 

 

CloudsMobiles create a cheerful party atmosphere.  Fluffy clouds will make the kids smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Air Balloons DIYColorful hot air balloons add a touch of whimsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrange classic wooden toys or hand-crafted items into a centerpiece.

Wooden Train Orange Car Red Plane

 

Shelf DisplayTo decorate a smaller space like a shelf or mantel, display an assortment of printable traffic signs.

 

 

 

 

Use PrintablesAnd individually, the signs are perfect as cupcake toppers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Flight Meal

Serve “In-Flight Meals” for lunch.  Guests will say the sandwich, chips and fruit are extra-yummy.

 

 

 

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In the end, when your birthday kiddo is whistling’ with joy, you’ll know the party was a success —  and that all of the planning was worth it!

Contact us for more help and suggestions.

 

 

 

 

Party in a Flashback to the Past!

What a fun idea that both the kids and the parents can enjoy!  Throw a 50’s themed party with LEGO stations as the entertainment.

Start with the invitation using a fun retro font like Veer-HappyHourJF and invite your son or daughter’s friends to celebrate his/her birthday at “Johnny’s” Soda Shop (using your child’s name).

Be sure to make a big banner for the  soda shop at the front door, living room or backyard.

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Serve up a cheeseburgers, hot dogs and fries in red and white checkered paper trays, along with coca cola in vintage bottles.  Serve condiments in retro plastic squeeze bottles and  use fold-out napkins in old-time dispensers.

Have a gumball machine for some self-serve treats.

Instead of a birthday cake, serve up ice cream sundaes, complete with whipped cream and cherries on top in sundae fountainware.

What could be more fun?  LEGOs!!!  Perfect retro entertainment that’s STILL POPULAR!

Playparty.net  would love to set up and help out with LEGO stations.

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And send the kids home with a LEGO mini-figure or mini gumball machine party favor to keep the fun going.

Love the idea, but don’t know where to start? No problem, here are some links* for your birthday party 50’s themes shopping:

 

Coming soon: Planes, Trains and Automobiles Birthday Party!

*Playparty.net provides these links as a convenience for its readers and does not guarantee products or service of any third parties shared here.

 

Happy Decorations for Your Child’s
Best LEGO Birthday Party

1 WallLet’s get the party started!  Decorations set the stage for the birthday celebration and encourage young guests to jump into the festivities.

Start by selecting two or more LEGO brick colors— yellow, orange, red, purple blue, green– and carry that color scheme throughout the party décor.

To create the effect of stacked LEGO bricks, Toni of Coffee and Chocolate attached plastic tablecloths to a wall, then taped matching paper plates to the tablecloths.

 

 

2 Mobile

This graceful LEGO-inspired mobile was designed by Joanne of Week of Menus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Laundry Line

Use wooden clothespins to hang LEGO bricks from a “laundry line”.  Amber of Crazy Little Projects  made this charming, eye-catching streamer.

 

 

 

4 Kirigami

Jessica of Zakka Life shares this kirigami template.  Use it to make a chain of LEGO guys.

Tape the LEGO guys in “hand-holding” mode to a wall or stand them up on a table.

 

 

 

5 Peeking Out

Or cut them into individual LEGO guys as Delia did.  Guests will be delighted to find a LEGO guy peeking out from behind a picture frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Mason Jar Close-Up
Balloons always create a festive touch.  Don’t you agree?

Carolyn of Silly Happy Sweet weighs balloons down by tying them to a Mason jar filled with LEGO toys.

 

 

 

 

 

7 Mason Jar on Table

Expand on this idea by gathering a bunch of LEGO bricks and accessories.  With your child’s help, construct some wild and crazy objects.  Cluster your creations around the Mason jar to make a unique and colorful centerpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

9 Base Plate
Delia spray-paints a length of bubble wrap and uses it as a table runner.  It really does look a LEGO baseplate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Soap
With LEGO bricks floating in the soap dispenser, kids are happy to wash their hands before eating.

 

 

 

Photo from Silly Happy Sweet

 

What’s Next?

Come visit us again.  Next time, we rev up our engines and zoom into the exciting world of Ultimate Race Car Birthday Parties.