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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,

TP Race Cars
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!

 

Happy Halloween, Birthday Ghouls and Boys!

Happy Halloween!
Image from eurobricks.com

Was your child born on October 31? Throw a Halloween birthday party mash-up for your little ghoul or boy!

Add our secret ingredients, entertainment by playparty.net and DIY race car driver and LEGO brick costumes. Celebrate with a few tricks and lots of treats. Here’s how…

 

Race Car Driver Halloween Costume

Book the Ultimate Race Car Party.  Then, go from 0 to 50 in a jiffy with this easy homemade costume from Real Simple.

Materials

  • Track suit or matching sweatshirt and sweatpants
  • Baseball cap or painter’s hat
  • Black and white checkered duct tape
  • Black masking tape
  • Race car iron-on patch
  • Race car stickers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White ribbon (about 2 yards)
  • Black ribbon (about 2 yards)
  • Dowel

Jacket

Affix a length of the checkered duct tape down the middle of each sleeve. Use the black masking tape to make a horizontal stripe across the middle of the jacket. Glue the iron-on patch to the front of the jacket on the top left side.

Pants

Affix a length of the checkered duct tape along the side seams of each pant leg. Start from the waist and work your way down to the hem.

Cap

Decorate the front of the cap with the checkered duct tape, black masking tape and race car stickers.

Flag

Cut strips of black and white ribbon to the desired length of the flag. Weave the ribbons together and glue at each end. Cut off excess. Cut and sand the dowel. Glue ribbon flag to the dowel.

MetroWest-Mamas added a few special touches of their own.

More ideas for kid's race car driver costume
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Shoes

Sneakers or slip-ons go great with this costume. Checkered duct tape and race car stickers are optional embellishments. Even better if your kid already has a pair of Lightning McQueen sneakers or slippers!

Trick or Treat Bag

As a birthday present for your little speedster, get the Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels ZipBin Wheelie Car Case. The perfect accessory, it completes the race car driver costume and holds plenty of Halloween goodies. When Trick or Treat is over, it’s a storage case and two-lane race track.

 

LEGO Brick Halloween Costume

LEGO Brick Costume
Image from countryliving.com

Book the Best LEGO Birthday Party.  Then, check out Country Living‘s directions for turning an ordinary cardboard box into a fun costume for the LEGO brick lover in your house.

Materials

Cardboard box, about 16” W X 29” H X 11” D
Utility knife
Packing tape
8 round craft boxes, 2” H X 4” diameter
Wood glue
Spray paint

Instructions

1. Cut off the bottom flaps of the box with a utility knife. Tape down the top flaps.

2. To create openings for your child’s head and arms, trace a dinner plate on the top of the box and saucers on each side of the box. Cut out the holes with the utility knife.

3. Place the box on a flat, hard surface. Use wood glue to affix the round craft boxes — without lids— in a 2 X 4 arrangement, as shown. Make sure the bottoms of the craft boxes face out.

4. Allow the glue to set. Then, spray-paint the entire box a bright, glossy color. Let dry and apply multiple coats as necessary.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Turbocharged Fun for Your Child’s Race Car Birthday Party

Good job, Mom! Junior’s birthday party is next week and you’ve made all of the arrangements to ensure the celebration is fun, fun, fun.

The cake has been ordered and the decorations are ready to go. For entertainment, you’ve booked the Ultimate Race Car Party with playparty.net. The backyard looks great — it’s the perfect setting for the Roller Coaster Race Track, Giant Oval Race Track, All American Drag Strip, and LEGO Car Building and Racing Track.

Just one more thing to do…

Plan a few activities to bracket the main event entertainment.  We suggest the following crafts and games to help youngsters warm up to or cool down from the excitement of the Ultimate Race Car Party.

 

RC Coloring PageIf a guest initially hesitates to join the festivities, give him or her time to acclimate to the environment.  Offer a race car coloring page and an assortment of colorful crayons or markers.

 

 

 

Traffic LightsPre-schoolers enjoy making stop lights from paper plates, construction paper, paint, glue and yarn.

 

 

 

Tattoo 2Create a race car-themed Tattoo Parlor with kid-friendly, non-toxic temporary tattoos.

 

 

 

Tattoo 1Ask a friend or neighbor to help the little ones, and stock the “Parlor” with cotton pads, rubbing alcohol, wash cloths and warm water.

 

 

 

Auto Paint_DetailSet-up an Auto Body Repair Shop and invite guests to paint and decorate little wooden cars.

 

 

 

Tire BB TossIf the kids over-indulge on cake and ice cream, burn off their excess energy with a Tire Bean Bag Toss.  Take the spare tire out of your car.  Put uncooked rice in sandwich-size plastic bags, and wrap each bag in a bandana, napkin or wash cloth.  Start the game with a wave of the green flag.  Your guests will love the challenge.

 

 

Traffic Light BB TossIf you’d prefer an indoor version of the game, consider this hand-made Traffic Stoplight mat and four “car” fabric bean bags.

 

 

 

 

Balloon 1Here’s a clever idea. Slip a miniature car inside a balloon; then, blow it up.  Give an inflated balloon to each of your guests.  Tell them to to pop the balloons —  by sitting on them, squashing them or whatever — to find their party favors.

 

 

Balloon 2Have your camera ready to capture the moment each balloon pops. The kids’ reactions are priceless.

 

 

 

Race Car DriverWhat’s next?

Book the Ultimate Race Car Party with playparty.net, Southern California’s premier provider of children’s birthday party entertainment.  And come back soon for more birthday planning tips.

 

playparty.net loves Torrance City Parks

For nearly all of his life, Mike Southgate, founder of playparty.net, has called the South Bay of Los Angeles “home”.

After he got married, Mike and his wife had two daughters.  They chose to continue to live in the South Bay.   As a husband and father, Mike has developed an even deeper appreciation for Torrance’s family-friendly environment.

“Torrance offers recreational activities for kids of all ages — year-round sports, outdoor movies during the summer, The ATTIC Teen Center.  And of course, we have so many beautiful parks with wide-open spaces.”

Parents often ask Mike about having a Best LEGO Party or Ultimate Race Car Party at a Torrance City park.  He tells Moms and Dads to visit the Park Information page and skim through the Map of City Parks, the Park Amenities Grid and the FAQs.

Mike adds, “There are a few things to consider.  First, not all of the parks have restrooms and for a kid’s birthday party, you’ll want the convenience of a nearby bathroom.  Second, some parks offer reservable picnic areas while others do not, and lastly, the limit on the number of guests is different for each park.”

Want to have your playparty.net event at a Torrance City Park?  Here are Mike’s top spots in alphabetical order.

 

Alta Loma Park, 26126 Delos Drive, Torrance 90505

Alta_Loma

Located on 5.5 acres, Alta Loma Park is an accessible venue with spectacular views of Torrance and the South Bay area.  Fittingly, its name means “rising ground” or “high hill”.  Previously used as a sand and gravel pit, the park now shelters a flock of wild peacocks.

Alta Loma has a pleasant picnic area with tables, benches and BBQs.  Reservations are not accepted so seating is first-come, first-served and the maximum capacity is 25 guests.  An open meadow provides ample space for setting-up LEGO stations or race car tracks, and restrooms are located next to the playground.

Other amenities include a recreation building, a basketball hoop and a quarter-mile walking path.  With just one park entrance/exit, it’s easy for parents to keep an eye on their little ones.

 

Columbia Park, 4045 190th Street, Torrance 90504

Columbia

Columbia Park, the largest (52 acres) park in Torrance, was named after the Columbia Broadcasting Company because of its on-site radio tower.

The park is accessible and offers reservable picnic areas (capacity for 400 guests), BBQs, restrooms, a gazebo, a playground and an open grassy area.

Additional features are a 1.33-mile exercise path and facilities for soccer, softball, youth baseball, bocce, sand volleyball and horseshoes.  The park also boasts an amphitheater, a 125-plot community garden and a grove of 110 cherry trees.

 

El Nido Park, 18301 Kingsdale Avenue, Redondo Beach 90278

El_Nido

El Nido (“the nest”) Park sits on 12.3 acres in Northeast Torrance.  The reservable picnic area (capacity for 300 guests) offers BBQs and plenty of shade.

El Nido is accessible and includes restrooms, a large playground, basketball and volleyball courts, softball and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, and a community building with a meeting room and kitchen.

 

El Retiro Park, 126 Vista del Parque, Redondo Beach 90277

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Situated on an old 4.8-acre tree nursery, El Retiro (“the retreat”) Park serves South Torrance neighborhoods and abuts the El Retiro Branch Library.  The park has a reservable picnic area (capacity for 50 guests), BBQs and restrooms, as well as a rotunda, a playground, a small softball field, a basketball court, tennis courts and two recreation buildings.

 

Paradise Park, 5006 Lee Street, Torrance 90503

Paradise

Located next to Anza Elementary School in West Torrance, 4.7-acre Paradise Park is often the site of picnics and school activities.  Its name was selected from entries in a park-naming contest for local school children.  When Sepulveda Elementary School closed, a 70-foot mosaic sidewalk made by Sepulveda students was donated to the park.

Paradise Park has a sheltered, reservable picnic area (capacity for 50 guests) with BBQs and restrooms.  Other amenities include basketball and tennis courts, and three sets of playground equipment.

 

Torrance Park, 2002 Santa Fe Avenue, Torrance 90501

Torrance

Torrance Park was built between 1932 and 1934, and is the City’s first public park.  Tranquil and majestic, the park features paths and plantings arranged in the formal, historical style.  Neatly trimmed hedges and a charming rose garden distinguish it from parks of more recent vintage.

Torrance Park encompasses 10.2 acres in the South East section of the City.  Along with tall shady trees, it has secluded picnic niches with BBQs for small groups and for bigger groups, a spacious, partially-covered picnic area with more than 20 tables.  The large picnic area includes a band shell with plenty of spectator seating and handicapped access.  Reservations are accepted (capacity for 300 guests) and restrooms are available.

The park also has a baseball field, a small rock climbing wall, a 1955 fire engine truck, a basketball court and horseshoe pits.

 

Victor Park, 4727 Emerald Street, Torrance 90503

Victor

Victor Park’s 6.6 acres border the Isabel Henderson Library and contain a reservable picnic area (capacity for 50 guests), BBQs and restrooms.  A one-fifth mile jogging path encircles a large open grassy area in the middle of the park.  Victor Park is accessible and also offers a basketball court, sand volleyball court and softball diamond. To the delight of Victor Elementary School students and the local community, the playground equipment was recently updated.

 

Walteria Park, 3855 242nd Street, Torrance 90505

Walteria

Walteria Park consists of 4.5 acres in South Torrance and is located on land that used to be a celery field.  The park’s namesake is Captain A. Richard Walters who moved to the area in the 1880s and built the Walters Hotel on the road connecting the Redondo Beach salt works with the San Pedro harbor.

Walteria has two picnic areas, the larger of which is sheltered, reservable (capacity for 50 guests), and adjacent to the playground.  A joyful sky scene mural by painter Jo Ann Citrowski wraps around the picnic tables.  Amenities also include BBQs and restrooms.

The park is accessible and contains a softball diamond, tennis court, basketball court, handball wall, and horseshoe pit.  A recreational building with a kitchen is used for preschool programs and senior citizen recreation activities, and may also be rented by the community.

 

Wilson Regional Park, 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance 90501

Wilson

Charles H. Wilson Regional Park is situated on 44 acres, which formerly housed a United States Naval Annex.  The land was purchased from the Federal Government with the assistance of former Congressman Charles H. Wilson, for whom the park is named.

Originally envisioned as a “central park for all people”, the park is accessible and enjoys a variety of uses.  Facilities include:  four softball diamonds that double as soccer or flag football fields; two outdoor basketball courts; two sand volleyball courts; two paddle tennis courts; eight horseshoe courts; three tennis courts; a universally accessible tree house, an amphitheater and gazebo; a pond; a shy-one mile walking/jogging path; a state-of-the-art roller hockey rink; batting cages; and playground equipment.

Reservable and non-reservable picnic areas are plentiful (capacity for 1,000 guests), as are BBQs and restrooms.

Wilson Park contains the Dee Hardison Sports Center, named after the former Mayor of Torrance.  The Sports Center features a gymnasium, two basketball and volleyball courts, a multi-purpose room and a landscaped patio/plaza.

(Photo Credits:  City of Torrance)

 

What’s Next?

Race Car DriverVisit us again soon for more birthday party ideas.  Book your Best LEGO Party or Ultimate Race Car Party now in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley with playparty.net, Southern California’s premier provider of children’s birthday party entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BIRTHDAY PARTY TO REMEMBER

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When Jacob was in third grade, his class studied autobiography.  As a part of the unit, he was asked to write an autobiography —  his very own “Story of Me”.

The first time I read it, I savored every word.  I laughed out loud as Jacob sweetly chronicled his birthday parties — a Sesame Street-themed party when he was four; the Ultimate Race Car Party for birthday number five; a “Dress Up as a Dinosaur” party for his sixth birthday; and when he turned seven, the Best LEGO Party at fabulous Charles H. Wilson Park in Torrance.

Now, years later, Jacob is a young man and from time to time, I enjoy re-reading his “Story of Me”.  My heart is filled with love and gratitude as I realize how much these celebrations meant to Jacob when he was a little boy.

With a bit of planning, you too can create a fun and memorable birthday party for your child.  Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PARTY PLANNING 
WHEN? THINGS TO DO TIPS FROM PLAYPARTY.NET
4 to 6 weeks before your child’s birthday
  • Set a budget
  • Identify a date, start time and end time
  • Decide on the number of guests and make a guest list
  • Pick a theme
  • Choose a location and make a reservation if necessary
  • If you plan to hire entertainment, make a reservation
  • If your child is a racing fan, go with a race car theme and book the Ultimate Race Car Party for entertainment
  • If your child loves LEGO, build the party around LEGO bricks and book the Best LEGO Party
  • Take advantage of our Mid-Week Discount by scheduling the party on a weekday
  • For convenience and affordability, hold the party in your yard or at a nearby park
  • Select a back-up site in case of bad weather. Could you use the garage, living room or family room?
2 to 3 weeks before the party
  • Send out invitations and set up a system for tracking RSVPs
  • Select games, crafts and activities
  • Decide if you want to provide prizes or party favors
  • Plan the menu including food and drinks
  • Order the cake if you don’t plan to bake it yourself
  • Ask others for help
  • Communicate a warm welcome with a cheerful invitation. Click these links for examples of fun LEGO party invitations and Race Car party invitations
  • By booking the Ultimate Race Car Party or the Best LEGO Party, you can check “games and activities” off your To-Do list. Hurray!
  • Create a menu based on the theme. Click here for creative Race Car party food ideas.
  • For a LEGO party, feature food shaped like LEGO bricks. Serve rectangular sandwich stackers, block-shaped JELL-O Jigglers, musubi and skewered cubes of cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon and pineapple.
1 week before the party
  • Decide on the order of activities
  • If necessary, do a trial run of the games and activities
  • Select and design decorations for the party area
  • Make a grocery list
  • Buy plates, napkins, balloons and other supplies
  • Confirm your reservations for the party location and entertainment
  • Kick off the festivities with games and activities. Then, move onto lunch or snacks, piñata, cake and ice cream, and party favors.
  • Let the theme inspire the decorations. Click here for suggestions for LEGO party decorations.
  • For a Race Car party, turn a hallway into “lanes” with a black plastic runner and white masking tape. Place orange traffic cones around the lanes. Make traffic lights by painting empty shoe boxes with black spray paint. Then, glue red, yellow and green paper circles onto the boxes. Ask the auto parts store for empty cases of motor oil or engine additive. Stack them up to boost the automotive vibe.
2 to 3 days before the party
  • Call guests who haven’t yet responded
  • Shop for food, candles, candy and party favors
  • Check the camera
  • Assemble the party favor bags
  • Click here for suggestions for Race Car party favors. Home-made car-shaped cookies are also popular with kids.
  • LEGO toys are the perfect favors for a LEGO party. You could also use a mold to make chocolate LEGO mini-figures.  Wrap the mini-figs into individual packages or place them on top of butterscotch brownies or Rice Krispies treats.
1 day before the party
  • Clean the party area and remove hazardous or fragile objects
  • Bake or pick up the cake
  • Order take-out food, if applicable
  • Discuss appropriate party behavior with your children
  • For younger children, practice saying, “Thank you”
  • Prepare a space about the size of a two-car garage to accommodate the Ultimate Race Car Party or the Best LEGO Party.
  • Decide if you want to publish party photos and videos on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and website.
On the day of the party
  • Inflate a balloon and tie it to your mailbox or porch
  • Move pets out of the party area
  • Decorate; set-out materials for games, crafts and activities
  • Set the table; put candles in the cake and make sure you have matches
  • Set aside paper and pen for recording gifts
  • Bring out a recycle bin for disposing of wrapping paper
  • If necessary, help the birthday child to get dressed and ready for the party
  • We’ll arrive 30 minutes before the party begins to set up the Ultimate Race Car Party or the Best LEGO Party.
  • Red and black balloons complement the Race Car party theme. Cover the table with a black-and-white checkerboard tablecloth and accessories like toy tires, mini-trophies and “chrome” items. Display the party favor bags in a tool box or tool chest drawer.
Party time!
  • Position yourself and the birthday child near the front door to welcome guests as they arrive
  • If a parent is dropping a child off, confirm the pick-up time and emergency phone number
  • Take photos and videos
  • Have fun!
  • Want to give the kids more time to play?  Consider Optional Overtime.
  • Ask your guests and their parents for permission if you’d like to publish your party photos and videos.
1 day after the party
  • Help the birthday child with thank you notes
  • Relax and enjoy the memories
  • Send your photos to us and we’ll create a photo album for your party and publish it on our Facebook page.
  • Send your videos to us and we’ll publish them on our YouTube channel, Facebook page and website.
  • We’ll send you the links so you can share the fun with your guests, family and friends.

Party Favors for a Race Car Birthday Celebration — Simply “Engine-ious”

It’s another sunny day in Southern California.  The Ultimate Race Car Party is going strong in your backyard.  Boys and girls cluster around the LEGO Car Building and Racing station, chatting excitedly as they pit their creations against the laws of physics.

Later, guests sing “Happy Birthday” while the birthday kiddo makes a wish and blows out the candles.  Everyone enjoys a piece (or two) of birthday cake.  All too soon, the party comes to an end and it’s time to say goodbye.

Thank guests for helping to celebrate your child’s special day; send them home with a thoughtful treat.  Here are some suggestions for fun, easy and affordable party favors with a race car flair.  playparty.net is delighted to share these ideas with you.

 

RC Party Bags InFour-year-old Max and his mom, Sarah Nielsen, hand-crafted their party favor bags.  Max selected the favors — punch balloons, bouncy balls, race car pencils and toy cars.  Then, Sarah printed race car graphics on colored paper.

 

RC Party Bags OutMax cut out the cars and glued them to the front of brown paper lunch bags.  He put the favors inside the bags.  Finally, Sarah made handles by tying jute beneath the folds.  As you can see, Max’s party favor bags are charming and sweet.  And what a great project for parent and child to do together!

 

RC Party Boxes

 

Black and white checkered boxes from Birthday Express are bright, cheerful and easy for kids to carry.  They’re perfect for holding toys and snacks.

 

 

 

Lunch Box OutDusty Rogers threw a Disney PIXAR “Cars” party for her daughter’s third birthday and bought mini “Cars” lunch boxes as party favors.  She printed a personalized Radiator Springs license plate for each guest and tied it to the lunch box with a pretty ribbon.

 

 

 

Not sure what to put inside those bags and boxes? 

Rechargeable RC ToyGuests will be thrilled to take home a rechargeable race car — the same toy car that generated so much excitement at the Giant Oval Race Track.  Each car comes with its own charger.

 

 

 

 

RC 12 Sticker Sets

This 12-pack of race car party favors includes race car stickers, race car tattoos, race car pencils and race car erasers.

 

 

 

 

Trophies2Gold-tone trophies from the Oriental Trading Company are popular with kids.  Design and print your own labels or order stickers like these through Etsy.

 

 

 

 

RC Crayons 1Homemade by Jill offers a tutorial on DIY race car crayons.  She used a chocolate mold and a new box of 120 crayons to make 46 race cars.  Cute, easy and inexpensive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RC CandyLastly, be sure to include something sweet.  This racing car is filled with fruit-flavored candy and it’s also a pull-back toy.  Two treats in one!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Next?

Do you live in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego?  Are you planning your child’s birthday party?  Book the Ultimate Race Car Party with playparty.net, Southern California’s premier provider of children’s birthday party entertainment.  And come back soon for more party planning tips.

 

 

And Now For Some “Wheel” Fun… Race Car Party Invitations You’ll Never “Tire” Of

The Ultimate Race Car Party delivers thrilling, action-packed entertainment for boys and girls in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Orange County and San Diego.  Hot WheelsⓇ hurtle down the All American Drag Strip,  competing head to head, while miniature stock cars loop-the-loops on the Roller Coaster Track .

Rev up the excitement with race car-themed invitations.  Use automotive or racing words and phrases as teasers–  for example, “put the pedal to the metal”, “start your engines” or “get into gear”.   Don’t be afraid to be ridiculous.  Goofy puns are part of the fun.

Need help with the wording on your invitation?  Be inspired by these silly couplets penned by playparty.net:

“Power-glide and over-drive  /  Little Danica is turning five”

“Hurry, hurry to the starting line  /  Mario Junior will soon be nine”

 

Announce the date, time and location of the party by saying something like:

“Race on over to the Montoya Family Speedway at …”  

“The starting flag will be waved at 1:00 PM”

“The final lap is  at 4:00 PM” 

 

RSVPs may be worded as:

“Call … to reserve your seat in the grandstand”   

or

“Get your ticket to the races by e-mailing …”

 

If you prefer to manage your invitations and RSVPs on-line, take a look at Evite’s race car invitations, including Racing, Checkered Flag  and our favorite, Animated Race Track.

 

Tanner2Want to include a photo of the birthday kiddo?  Etsy has a wide selection of printable race car invitations.  Here are a few suggestions.  This invitation by Classic Party Designs has a high-octane race car vibe.

 

 

 

Cooper5Lollipop Prints playfully welcomes guests to “race on over” to the celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler4We like the way Trendy Butterfly asks for a “red or green flag” response.

 

 

 

 

 

Ticket

“Tickets” are clever and fun.  This charming invitation by Story Book Lane Crafts phrases the RSVP as “reserve your seat in the pit crew”.

 

 

 

 

AR VintageIf vintage car racing is the theme of your party, then Anders Ruff’s turquoise and red ticket invitation might appeal to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney CarsPartygoers will get their kicks on Route 66 when you send them Disney PIXAR “Cars” free printable invitations.  They’re “tow-tally awesome” and feature Lightning McQueen, Mater and other Radiator Springs characters.

 

 

 

 

 

Candle Favors Kenzie

We’re sharing these last two invitations just because they’re so darn cute!  This cheerful design by Candles and Favors makes us smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Adele DrawingAnd Amy Adele’s drawing has a sweet, hand-made quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race Car DriverWhat’s Next?  

Come back soon for more race car party ideas.  Book your Ultimate Race Car Party now in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles or  San Fernando Valley  with Playparty.net, Southern California’s premier provider of children’s birthday party entertainment.

 

Recently in Playparty.net’s In Box

We’re tickled to share with you some of the latest letters that have come in from our happy parents!

Colorful paper sheets with words Fun, Thanks and smile

Everyone loved the race car activity and I will be sure to recommend you to all my friends and give the reviews.

Jane, Altadena Country Club – Cub Scout Event

We just celebrated my son’s 4th birthday and the race car party was a huge success! I love that the little girls get just as excited about it as the boys! We have used Playparty for several parties now since we have two boys, and have always been very pleased.  The staff is courteous and great with the kids. By the end of the party they know everyone’s name.  I highly recommend Playparty!

Jennifer D., La Canada Flintridge

My son and his friends had a blast at the Lego party.  Thanks!

Kelly S., North Hollywood

We had 20 kids at our house for my son’s three year birthday party. Boys, girls, ages 2-11 and everyone had a blast! One parent stated the race tracks were a “boy’s heaven.” We extended the time to 2 hrs and everyone was thoroughly entertained the whole time. My son couldn’t get away! Mike was prompt in responding to emails and questions. His assistant came the day of the party, was early and promptly set up. He was wonderful and interactive with the children. We would definitely recommend and use again.

Bill and Connie Picket

My son’s 4th birthday race car party was PERFECT thanks to Mike and his cool race car ramps! The kids, boys and girls, absolutely loved it. It kept them occupied the entire time. The party could have been double the time and they still would have been playing. I highly recommend getting the extra long gravity track and doing an hour and a half. An hour seemed too short! And Mike is the NICEST guy and very hands-on. Very reliable, showed up early to set up, etc. Made everything wonderful. I am sure I will use him again and try the Lego party next! All the adults asked me where I found him and raved about the party! Thank you Mike!!

Allison S., Los Angeles

This was such a great fun party! Mike was very helpful with information and tips about party favors, number of tables needed, and so forth. He is very experienced and knowledgeable and he responded to all my questions and calls in a timely matter. Not like some other vendors that are a no show or take forever to call you back. Very reliable person to make the party as stress free and fun as possible. Definitely would call him up again!

Caroline L., Pacific Palisades

AND FROM ALL OF US AT PLAYPARTY.NET, THANK YOU TO EVERY FAMILY WHO HELPED US CELEBRATE YOUR CHILD’S SPECIAL OCCASION!

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