Two weeks prior

Choose the date and the location.

The first thing to do is choose the best time for the party and decide if you want to have it at home or somewhere else.

Make the guest list and send the invitations.

Let guests know ahead of time so they can save the date. Print, personalise and send out the invitations, to match the rest of the printables (stickers, labels, little boxes for sweets, etc.) (download).

Piñata. A piñata is a must at children’s birthday parties. We encourage you to make one out of cardboard. In this tutorial you’ll see how to make one in a bee shape, but you can make it in any shape you want. A car would look great!

One or two days prior

What to serve?

Kids play lots at birthdays so they’ll have to stop to refuel! For this party we suggest an express race car cake. They’ll love it and it’ll only take you a few minutes to make (watch tutorial). Think about what else you need to buy for the snacks: you could make some sandwiches, and don’t forget the sweets.

Cut out and personalise the printables (if you can print them on card, even better).

The design of the printables can serve as inspiration for the rest of the decorations.

    • Table labels for the food.
    • Little boxes for sweets and other snacks.
    • Labels to put on the straws and in the glasses where each guest can write their name.
    • Finish line sign for the cake.
    • Bunting: put one letter of birthday boy’s name on each bunting. You can glue them to the rope or use a hole punch to make two holes in the top of each bunting to string the rope through.
    • An A3 size sign with the name of the birthday boy and a car for their age: make a little area to hang it and add decorations to do a photocall.
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DIY decorations

We suggest making a balloon arch. It’s not too difficult and looks great as a finish line. You’ll need a wire as long as you want the arch to be (if it’s thin you’ll have to double it), rope, and black, white and red balloons.

The day of the party

Make the food.

You’ll love the express cake we suggest here. It’ll only take a few minutes and your child can help you; it’s as easy as decorating a sponge cake. Afterwards you’ll only have to make some sandwiches -a must for any birthday party- and put the sweets in the little Comic-cars boxes.

Party decorations

Start with the table; we used a dark-coloured tablecloth and a artificial grass table runner. Since the cake is long you can put a race track like Comic-cars! Roads around it and put out some Comic-cars! to play with. But watch out! They are for playing on the track, not on the cake (some will definitely get chocolate stains). We recommend putting out black and red plastic plates and cups.

You can set up a photocall in one area, hanging the A3 printable sign with the name of the birthday boy and the car with their age. Use a box to make a podium for the kids to get up on.

Arrange the balloon arch in a visible area where it’s out of the way and hang up the bunting, on a wall behind the table for instance.

Games and activities

In addition to doing the photocall and playing with the Comic-cars, you can organise a race using some balls, Comic-cars! and electrical tape. Make lines on the floor using electrical tape to create the race track lanes, one lane for each guest. The kids will each choose a Comic-car and a ball, put the car at one end of the track, and hit the car with the ball to move it along, without touching it with their hands. The first to get to the other end (the finish line) wins. Anyone who goes outside the track will have to start over.