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Race Car Birthday Party … on a budget!!

June 24, 2015
Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Well … it’s June 24th and we had Charlie’s 3rd Birthday party almost TWO months ago, yet I’m just getting around to posting about it.  Apparently … that’s just how it goes with managing three littles full time (especially now that school is out).  Since Charlie’s party, however, we have had 4 other birthdays in the immediate family (and for those counting … that’s everyone else in our family of 5), plus all three grandparents birthdays, one aunt, one uncle, and three cousin birthdays, our anniversary, Matt’s parent’s anniversary  … all in the past two months.  #ineedanap

You see, spring is birthday season around here (and anniversary season), and we’re just now coming up for air.  So I thought I’d finally share some details of Charlie’s party:

I was just a family gathering … super simple, super inexpensive, and he shared the celebration with his cousin Jackson who turned 6.  When I asked him what he wanted for his party … we pondered another Thomas the Train party, a firetruck party, a Curious George party … and then landed on a Race Car Party.

This year, I told myself we wouldn’t go crazy.  It was just family.  Charlie is only three.  And I figured he wouldn’t really care about perfect decor to go with his race car theme.

But I did want to give him something special.  Something he just might remember … or at least bits and pieces of … down the road.  And I think we accomplished the goal!

Take a peak:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget!  Via View From The Fridge

I can go a bit crazy on decorating for parties (go ahead … ask Matt), but I gave myself a strict budget of $50 for decor this year.  And I actually just made it!!  I think Matt is still shocked.

This $50 doesn’t include Charlie’s present … a DIY Racetrack that Owen and I worked on, but it does include all the other decorations.

Here’s where I spend the money (on the decor) for less than $50:

Looking at our snack table (and dining table):

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

I covered our framed artwork that normally hangs on this wall with the black and white checkered fabric from JoAnn.  From there, I printed and cut out the ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACKSON & CHARLIE’ banner, added some checkered flags, and added some red and yellow party balls (from Charlie’s Thomas The Train Party) and those black and white circles from Target:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

One the snack table, we had several ‘Race Car Themed’ items:

Veggie ‘Dip Sticks’ (carrots and celery in ranch dressing):

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Brownie Bite ‘Spare Tires’:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Cupcakes with Checkered Flag Cupcake toppers (made of duct tape and paper straws):

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

‘Stoplight’ Rice Krispie Treats:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

For the rest of the dining room, we added a chalkboard table runner, some orange cones, some upcycled aluminum can vases (see below), and a ‘car wash’ made of a blue plastic table cloth cut into strips:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Orange cones + a checkered flag from the banner and a skewer = table decor:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget!  Via View From The Fridge

I also found these simple (and super cheap) Ikea frames for the table and made simple printables to fit:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

My favorite part … and the part Charlie probably couldn’t have cared less about … are these DIY aluminum can vases:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Favorite part ….

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget!  Via View From The Fridge

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

And here’s a closer look at the ‘Car Wash’.  Charlie and Owen got a kick out of this for like 10 minutes.  Oh well.  Good thing it only cost $1.

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Our entryway was in the process of the One Room Challenge Makeover, so we didn’t do a whole lot except add some checkered flags here and there (with a couple more orange cones):

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

That’s it for decor!  Charlie thought it was great … Jackson was excited … my brother-in-law thought we were crazy for doing more ‘themed’ parties (especially because it was only family), but it was perfect!

And … like I said, the favorite part of the whole thing was this DIY Race Track that we gave Charlie for a gift:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Here’s a couple pics from the party ….

Charlie blowing out his three candles:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Charlie and Jackson opening presents (more Thomas attire for Charlie!!):

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

Thanks, Samantha:

Race Car Birthday Party ... on a budget! Via View From The Fridge

So … there you have it!  My super simple, super inexpensive Race Car Themed Party for Charlie!

Happy Wednesday!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Jamie June 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    How fun!! What great ideas for a boys birthday!! My Route 66 themed office might need a few of those ideas! :)

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