Workin’ at the car wash after the birthday party
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.
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!
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.
I wrapped small bottles of Hawaiian Punch in themed labels created on my computer. And every driver needs a spare tire on occasion!
For the kids, of course. Hot Wheels cars are 88 cents each at the Walmarts.
I also made cupcakes for the adults in attendance.
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.
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!
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 …
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!