I am not one of those party planners who snubs her nose at licensed character themes. Kids love characters and guess what...birthday parties are about kids and what they love. They are not about making hand-tinted macarons and dessert shots where the spoon won't even fit into the shot glass.
Party-mommy Jennifer is one of my best clients and I have designed all of her baby Brett's birthday parties including his Jungle Safari 1st birthday and his Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 2nd birthday.
This year he is completely obsessed with Cars 2 (and I should know about that, since my 20 month old lives for it too!). But, this year Jennifer decided that she would throw his party at Kid Play, a local indoor play area for kids. This presented it's own challenge--only 15 minutes for party set-up.
So, I had to keep it simple AND cute!
So, here is what I came up with:
I started out with some Lightening McQueen fabric from Hancocks. I simply got three yards to cover the top of the tablecloth. The backdrop is black cotton fabric with yellow sticky felt cut into the shape of lines in the road. For the bunting, I spent $6 on felt and red ribbon and made my own!
For the snacks, we were only allowed to bring in the cupcakes, but I also got these cute Cars Fruit snacks to be used as a take-home favor.
Kid Play provided these squeeze applesauces, which had to have a cute name; Axelrod's Applesauce.
The Cars buckets are Easter baskets from Hobby Lobby.
The adorable cupcakes and toppers were done by Mad Lily Cakery.
The printables were from Magical Printables and I added some cute little chipboard embellishments to them to make them a little more "Cars."
The cupcake stand was created out of a large hat box, spray-painted black, and some metal racing signs from Hobby Lobby. I glued it all together prior. But, I had a party fail in the car on the way there when the entire thing came apart. I fixed it with some command strips from my party-emergency bag!
The favors were little packages of Cars markers that I found at Party City for $1 a piece.
I added some cute tags with some checkered ribbon to make for a fun, functional, unisex favor for the kids.
I displayed them in this gardening container that I got at Hobby Lobby last year. Each basket had a perfect little place to put another chipboard character.
Happy 3rd Birthday to Brett!
Even in 15 minutes, you can have a party with style!
Party Location: Kid Play Germantown
Printables: Magical Printables
Cupcakes and Fondant Toppers: Mad Lily Cakery
All Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs