My little boy turns 2 today! Wow, my little boy turns 2 today…
I have to admit I’m a little emotional as I type these words. I know everyone says that kids grow up fast, but you just never really believe them until yours blows through 2 years in the blink of an eye.
I’ve enjoyed these two years of watching my baby grow into a little person.
He’s funny, sweet, tender-hearted and above all, energetic. He keeps me on my toes and belly-laughing every day.
Such a cool kid definitely deserves a cool 2nd birthday party!
Z has a deep love for anything cars, so we went for a car-themed party. I’m not a fan of cartoon-type parties, so we steered away from Disney’s Cars and used more generic hot wheels cars.
First, we borrowed Little Tykes cars from all of our friends, so that the kids would have cars to drive around in. Then, we used rolls of black plastic tablecloth to make a track for them to drive on and added stripes with yellow duct tape.
The kids each received a Driver’s License as they arrived to wear around their neck – they even included their picture!
We set-up stations for the kids to stop at around the track. There were 6 stations:
Gas Station (cardboard box, old hose, water nozzle)
Drive-in Movie (TV, Disney’s Cars, Comfy blanket)
Auto Shop (tools for the kids to pretend to fix their cars)
Rest Area (kiddie pool, plastic balls)
Car Wash (pvc pipe, fabric strips)
Home (tent, play rug, hot wheels)
The kids had a blast driving, crashing and especially going through the (waterless) Car Wash.
For dinner, we served hot dogs, chili, and for sweets we served “Spare Tires” (mini chocolate donuts) and “Dipsticks” (chocolate dipped pretzels).
The cake I made was a racetrack cake that I found at Punchbowl.com. It’s just 2 round 8” cakes pushed together with a black fondant track. And the cake tasted oh, so good. One was a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake from Favorite Family Recipes (and it was amazing) and the other was a Vanilla Cake w/Raspberry filling from Food.com.
For the goodie bags, I made the car-shaped crayons from Homemade By Jill and they were super easy, but very cute (sorry I don’t have a picture).
The tables had black tableclothes and yellow stripes that matched the road motif.
It was a huge success! It was a lot, lot of work, but totally worth seeing Zander having a wonderful time. And one of the best things about the party was that we didn’t spend a lot of money, because we used lots of things we already had!
If you’re interested in downloading any of the printables (cupcake toppers, signage, driver’s licenses, etc) let me know and I’ll put them up!