Fire up your engines – and your child’s birthday party – with our Car & Truck Party Ideas! We have suggestions for everything from invitations to party favors that is sure to keep your party trucking along until the very end.
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Planning & Invitations
What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Cars or Trucks party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Cars and Trucks party:
- Remote control cars and trucks
- A car-related movie such as Transformers: The Animated Series, Disney’s Cars, or Herbie: The Love Bug
- Go karts
- Car toys
- A racing video game such as Mario Kart, Need for Speed, Burn Out or Gran Turismo
- Matchbox cars and race tracks
- A pinata
Creative invitations build excitement and can increase attendance at your child’s party. If you have the time to make your own, here are some ideas to get you started:
- Fold a piece of yellow construction paper in half, and cut out a dump truck or car shape. Write “Caution! [child’s name] is Turning [age]!” on the front. Cut black construction-paper circles for the wheels, and attach them to the card with brass fasteners so they spin. Then, add all of the party details inside.
- Design your invitations to look like license plates, using your home state as the state and your child’s name as the license plate ‘number’. Write your party details on the back, or make it into a top-fold card and write your party details inside.
- Cut a circle out of black cardstock and design it to look like an odometer. In white gel pen, draw tic-marks around the outside with numbers representing the miles per hour. Write your party details in the middle.
- Include creative wording for your party details, such as:Catch a ride to Mike’s Car & Truck birthday party!
We will rev up our engines at 2 PM.
It will be time to coast home at 4 PM.
Be sure to RSVP to the main driver at 555-123-4567
If you would rather not make your own invitations, but would still like a personalized touch, consider our Personalized Car Invitations or Personalized Truck Invitations, which include all the party details for you!
- Use plenty of toy cars and trucks to decorate the party area. If you have access to larger toy trucks, consider using them to hold the birthday child’s gifts until he or she opens them.
- Set out a toy race track and matchbook cars on one of the tables in the party area.
- Hang a banner on your front door that says “Get Revved Up For [child’s name]’s Birthday Party!”. See our Personalized Car Banners for inspiration!
- Make signs out of construction paper that say things like “Start Your Engines!”, “Curvy Road Ahead”, and “Catch a Ride!”.
- Use sidewalk chalk to draw a road on your driveway. Allow your guests to draw cars, trucks, trees, and signs on the road during the party.
- Check with your local public works department to see if they will loan you street barriers, a “Road Closed” sign, a “Detour” sign, or orange traffic cones that you can set out during the party. You can purchase toy traffic cones to use as table decorations.
- Create a large car or truck from an empty appliance box. Use an X-Acto knife to cut out a few windows, and paint the box in your child’s favorite color. Cut out four equally-sized circles from a sheet of cardboard, spray paint them black, and glue them onto the sides of the box to create wheels. If desired, you can turn this into a party activity by handing out washable markers and letting your guests decorate the box. Either way, it will be a great place to take pictures of your guests!
- Place a plain, white, disposable tablecloth on the floor of the party area or across a table. Use black markers to draw roads going in different directions across the tablecloth. Add stop signs, yield signs, traffic lights, etc., using bright-coloring markers. Set a number of toy cars and trucks on the road and allow your guests to play with them during the party.
Get creative with your party food by serving theme-specific treats. For a Car & Truck Party, consider the following ideas:
- Use car- and truck-shaped cookie cutters to cut out cookies, sandwiches, and cheese slices.
- Serve chips, cookies, trail mix, and other snacks in the back of clean toy dump trucks.
- Make cars out of fruit by cutting different melons into rectangular strips for the body of each car, and then using a melon baller to make wheels. Attach the wheels to the cars with toothpicks, crossing them to look like wheel axles.
- Use a round cookie cutter or the top of a glass to cut out green, yellow, and red ‘Traffic Light’ Jell-O Jigglers.
- Frost graham crackers or other rectangular cookies in white frosting. Add red, yellow, and green gummy candies to the top to make additional ‘traffic light’ snacks.
- Serve a pasta salad made from rotelle pasta, which resemble wheels.
- Spread cream cheese tinted green with food coloring on saltine crackers. Write the name of different states on top in white decorator icing to resemble highway signs.
Car Cake Idea
Make a cake that looks like a race track filled with your child’s toy cars!
- Use our chocolate cake recipe or yellow cake recipe to make the batter for a 9″ x 13″ pan.
- Make the frosting using our Buttercream frosting recipe.
- Carve the cake into a curved oval shape and then frost.
- Use black icing to draw a race track around the perimeter of the cake.
- Draw the finish line using dabs of black and white icing.
- Add die-cast clean toy cars to the track to make it look like they are racing.
- In the middle of the track use green sprinkles to resemble grass and include a Happy Birthday message.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with action packed party favors! To find a large variety of Car-related party favors, visit our Race Car party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Pull-back cars
- Balloon racers
- Cards shaped like cards
- Racing flags
- Racing helmets
- Car craft activities
- Fun-shaped candy and lollipops
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
- Race Car Party Supplies: Includes paperware, invitations, personalized items, favors, and decorations for your party theme.
- Race Car Personalized Items: Check out our exclusive personalized items including invitations, bookmarks, stickers, and more!
- Party Planning 101: Our useful party planning guide includes cake ideas, party etiquette tips, a printable guest list, and much more.
- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
- Parties Under $100: Use this guide to celebrate in style without breaking the bank!
- Party Budget Estimator: Download this guide to help budget your expenses.
- More Birthday Theme Ideas: Browse our list of over 130 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.
Games and Activities
Guests will work in teams to get all of the rocks out of their dump truck.
Partygoers will be scrambling to get past the policeman in this game.
Younger partygoers will have a blast in this variation of duck, duck goose.
This crazy game will have all of your guests wiggling like loose cabooses.
Create a track leading partygoers to the cake or the presents.
Teams race against each other to be the first to finish all of their laps and pit stops.
The cake is missing and your guests must follow the clues to find it.
Get your guests’ creative juices flowing by giving them their very own license plates to decorate.
In this game, partygoers will have to follow the leader until rush hour.
Print out copies of our Car & Truck Coloring Page, and let the children decorate them.