Workin’ at the car wash after the birthday party

Matchbox cars or Hot Wheels ideas for boys' birthday party race cars theme

I’ve been washing frosting from tiny cars. These are the remains of what turned out to be a smokin’ good time of a birthday party for a six year-old. I sent the birthday boy and his siblings fishing with dad the day of the party. While they caught big bass and little bluegills, I constructed cupcakes and race tracks, chilled the antifreeze look-alike punch and prepared for a party he’d never forget.

Hot Wheels, Matchbox Cars or race car birthday party theme ideas for boys

To make a tabletop race track you need:

  • Black plastic tablecloth
  • White and/or yellow window marker
  • Color coding labels

I purchased all supplies at the Walmarts. Spread the $1 tablecloth on the kids table. Grab the window marker and draw a curving road from one corner of the table to the opposite corner. Use yellow stickers to create passing lanes and bright orange double lines so they know to slow down on those sharp turns!

Birthday party favors

Goodies for each child were served in plastic “burger baskets” with napkin liners. Cars gummies, Cars noisemaker, Cuties orange, miniature Play-Doh and a snack bag.

Spare Tires & Go Juice - donuts and drink for car, race car and Hot Wheels birthday theme.

I wrapped small bottles of Hawaiian Punch in themed labels created on my computer. And every driver needs a spare tire on occasion!

Race Car Cupcakes - Boys' birthday cake and party favor rolled into one. Top each cupcake with a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car!

For the kids, of course. Hot Wheels cars are 88 cents each at the Walmarts.

I also made cupcakes for the adults in attendance.

Chocolate Oreo cupcakes

These are chocolate cupcakes with an Oreo in the center. I purchased a can of buttercream frosting and mixed it with the remains of the chocolate frosting from the kids’ cupcakes. Then I whipped in about 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping. The frosting was light, airy and delicious. A bit of grated chocolate over the top for effect.

Stop light birthday cake for race car or Hot Wheels or Matchbox party theme

The birthday boy still wanted a cake. I used one cake mix and baked it in a loaf pan. I spread Nutella on the top and used canned frosting tinted yellow for the sides. Place three Oreos across the top, spread with a bit of Nutella and use M&Ms to make the lights. Funky candles really make this traffic signal light up!

Hot Wheels or Matchbox or Cars birthday party theme for boys

And that’s a party!

Don’t forget to organize a few fun party games …

… and of course, stimulating conversation for adults — preferably about crops, cattle, gas wells or fracking.

But perhaps most important — aside from the cake, of course — is the food. Be sure to have lots of food for these hungry drivers.

And last, but certainly not least …

Birthday cake and guitar serenade

Let the boy blow out his candles. If he’s simultaneously serenaded by a sister playing the birthday song on a pink pony guitar, even better!

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  • comment-avatar
    Melinda May 3, 2012 (8:29 am)

    Getting frosting out of wheels is not easy. Just as bad as getting it off Legos! But what a fun party!

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    Robyn May 3, 2012 (10:48 am)

    Fun birthday party ideas! You need to put this on Pinterest, if you haven’t already.

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    Melissa Wells May 3, 2012 (8:10 pm)

    Awesome!! so creative… you should start a party business.. you can test any cake type recipe out on me.. I am totally game.. on another note , some day I really want to come check out that kitchen you overhauled!! Pictures surely don’t do it justice and that wine bottle apparatus.. yes please!!!!! Lovely

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    Bernadette March 4, 2013 (3:54 pm)

    I loved everything you did for your son’s party. I am going to do the same for my grandson’s 7th birthday. My biggest challenge right now is the label for the bottles. Did you just find the right size labels at a Staples and print them out with clip art and text? I would appreciate your help!!! Thank you.

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      Farmgirl March 4, 2013 (6:25 pm)

      Thanks, Bernadette! The bottle labels are just plain old paper. I measured around the bottle, then the height of the “label space” on the bottle. Made my box the same size in word and created a label with clip art and text. The ends are taped. Hope that helps and I wish your grandson a very happy birthday! 🙂