Oscar's car party

Top:  1.  race car coloring track  2. decorated styrofoam cooler  3. paper pennant bunting
Bottom:  7.  race car water bottle labels  8.  race car crayons  9. cupcake toppers

Oscar's birthday party was supposed to be at the park, but the weather was uncooperative.  :(  We moved the party inside to our apartment to avoid the rain, and although it was close quarters, we all had a great time.

 

I used Pingg.com to send out invitations.  Normally I am not a e-vite sort of girl, but it really kept things simple and it was nice to have the rsvp's tracked automatically.   Did you know you can use your own image to create your invitations?  I designed the little red race car using a combo of MS Paint and Picnik.com and then used it in the invitations and party decor.



All of the little guests were 2 years old, so we avoided organized games and activities.  Instead, we set out a large piece of craft paper with a painted road to color with race car crayons and Oscar's new car playmat with a big bucket of matchbox cars to zoom around.

My Silhouette craft cutter saved a lot of time with the party decorations.  I used it to cut the pennants for the bunting, the backing for the watch-me-grow birthday banner, and the little cars that decorated the styrofoam ice cream cooler.


I ordered a giant red balloon in hopes of extra cute birthday photos.  In my mind I pictured a bright sunny day at the park, little boy, big balloon.  Instead, it has rained for the last 4 days straight and I don't have a good photo of Oscar with his balloon, which is now sagging.  :(  Oh well, you can't win them all.  You can find big round balloons HERE at Darlybird.


Oscar's birthday shirt was a 90-minute shirt with a big number 2 appliqued on the front.  It matched his car playmat because yes, I am that crazy.

Here are some images I created for Oscar's car party, which you are welcome to save for personal use.  Upload them to a photo editor (I use Picnik) and they are easily customizable to any age party.

  





38 comments:

Marina said...

This is FANTASTIC!!!

boomie said...

So many ideas! I can't wait for my son's birthday...

Laura said...

It all looks great! You put such thought into all the details. :)

cooperl788 said...

What an awesome party! It's giving me a ton of good ideas for my daughter's 2nd bday party coming up in December!

CreativeMama said...

Belated Bday wishes to Oscar. Nice party ideas and thanks for sharing those images. my DD's 3rd birthday is coming up in a fortnight, but i guess i can't use the car theme as she into Doras and Barbies.... Girls are Girls aren't they and i love her for being very girly, coz i myself am one big dreamy girl (ok! grown up girl alright!)

CreativeMama said...

oopsy... see i was dreamy as i typed, it had a typo it will be my DD's 4th Birthda taht comes up in 2 weeks to coincide with Diwali....

Erica said...

I love the look of your party! It's so classy- you should seriously go into business- if you lived around here I'd hire you! Thanks for the downloads...my son is just getting into matchbox cars so maybe next year he'll have a cute party like Oscars!

Danielle said...

Everything looks awesome! You are like super mom - don't you have a new born too? I don't know how you do it!

Jess said...

adorable party! love blue and red together!all the details are just so cute!!

Melanie said...

How fun! I've been too lazy to host birthday parties, but you are always on the ball with fun party ideas.

Jessica said...

What a fun party! I love how you decorated. It looks like Oscar had a great birthday party.

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Emily said...

Perfect party for two year olds! I love that little shirt. Sorry the weather didn't cooperate.

Belly Feathers said...

Everything about this party is so cute!!! Love the car crayons, especially!

Lindsay said...

Thanks for sharing the images! I've got two boys...and cute boy party ideas are hard to come by. Thanks!

Liv said...

how on earth did you orchestrate such an amazing party with so many details while you have little ruby?! my baby girl is going on 3 months and i've just barely gotten back into a cleaning routine!

Kimberly said...

this turned out so cute!! You know what's funny? My son asked for a car party for his third birthday and I chose the same colors you did! It isn't until December, so I may be using some ideas from you. Thanks!

Nikki said...

What a cute party! We had a 2nd birthday party for my son over the weekend too. Our theme was puppies, but it looks like you and I have the same color palette. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

Kama said...

Oh man! My little dude just turned 2 and we had a car(ish) birthday as well! Wish it would have been this cool--I'm not much for planning or executing especially while they won't remember it! :) So bad!!! Super cute. Maybe he'll be into cars for 3 and I can use it then...

Paula -- CutieFruity said...

My lil guy turns two in a few weeks and he LOVES cars! I am almost tempted to throw a party just because you have already done so much work for me. Yeah. almost.

luv_Js said...

Oh what a party and so many great ideas! Did you see that Oohdeedoh mentioned your car crayon idea. http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh?page=2 Check it out!

Megan said...

What kind of bags did you use for the crayons? Everything looks great!

Emily's World said...

Wow! I really do love the crayons idea. Going to have to borrow that idea down the road. How much time did you spend on this party? So cute!

G. said...

It has been awhile since I've stopped by here, and now your little guy is 2...and so cute! I love the car theme- I'm convinced boys never grow tired of cars. :)

Rachel said...

SWEET!!! Oh this is going to make me look like I'm super talented and creative. ;) Thanks!!!

Катаринка said...

Я тебе уже писала комментарий несколько дней назад ,но сегодня его почему-то не нашла .
Видимо , он не отправился .(((
Напишу еще раз , что у тебя гениальный блог ! Посмотрела его от начала до конца ! Столько интересных идей .
Спасибо за вдохновение !
А ты просто красавица !
Я тоже люблю что-нибудь делать для своих детей.У меня их трое.)))
Заходи ко мне в блог.
http://rigierukodelki.blogspot.com/
С горячим сердцем из холодной Сибири )))))))

Jennifer DeDonato said...

great ideas...great job!

Leptir said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing labels :-)
My nephew is turning 2, so I might use some of your ideas. Thanks!

Cheryl said...

This is crazy awesome adorable! And look at his gorgeous hair! You are giving me some great ideas for my daughter's 4th birthday coming up.

So Jill, I'm getting into the world of printable paper for craft projects - actually planning on making a version of your photo memory game for christmas gift. Can you recommend where you get your graphics or printables - free or purchased? Thanks!

Chiara said...

FANTASTIC!!!

Alex Truck said...

This looks like a really fund party :)

alexandra said...

where did you find those cool peace sign balloons?! they are too perfect for a 2nd birthday, and I have one coming up for my little guy next month!

homemade by jill said...

That balloon was just from the grocery store, and on the other side it said, "I'm 2 today!"

mamatree said...

Hi Jill, I love this! My son's 2nd birthday is this Saturday and it's going to be all cars. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Question for you: Where did you find the red and white tablecloth? Thanks for sharing! Everything turned out so great!

homemade by jill said...

I made the tablecloth out of red and white striped fabric (that I inherited from my mother in law - not sure where she bought it).

mamatree said...

Ah, thanks for the tip!

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Hraccus R said...

How long did the balloon last? it was giant. I know my message is late but i was curious