Rev up your engines, we’re going full throttle to share with you our colorful and fun Disney Cars party! With the new Cars 3 movie coming out this Friday, I surprised the kids with a Cars party and movie night to get us ready.
Our friends at LEGO sent us one of the brand new Disney Cars LEGO sets for my Cars-loving son to play with! I even incorporated them into our Disney Cars party after my son put them together. LEGO toys are fun to play with, but did you know that they make great cake toppers too?
If you want a cute cake, but don’t want to fuss with all the frosting details, just buy a plain store-bought cake and dress it up with LEGO toys!
My five-year-old was more than happy to put together the LEGO Juniors Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 Race set. He was so excited, in fact, that he insisted he do it ALL by himself. The LEGO Junior sets are great because they are specifically designed for kids ages 4-7, and are a nice bridge between LEGO Duplo and the regular LEGO sets.
If you’re going to have a Cars movie night, then you definitely need popcorn. I placed a cake stand inside a big drink tub, filled a the tub with lots of popcorn, then placed the Disney Cars LEGO cake on top. I love the fun texture and look that this gave the cake, and we all loved how it tasted!
To serve the popcorn, we used some plastic orange cones turned upside down from Oriental Trading. I printed out some Dinoco labels, even though I’m a Rust-eze girl myself. 😉 I couldn’t resist that bold Dinoco label that matches the cones perfectly!
Did you notice the cans that the popcorn tub and cake were on top of? These are vintage motor oil can labels that a designer reproduced and shared as a printable. I love the bright colors and graphic style they add to the party!
To wash that popcorn down, I had cold bottles of Rust-eze bumper ointment (aka root beer) available for all the thirsty cars. I found the free labels here.
Now for one of my favorite parts of our Disney Cars party- the donut cars! I found some awesome cars party favor boxes and assembled them. I placed two big chocolate donuts on either end of a large pretzel rod to create wheels for the cars.
Why have regular wheels when you can have donut wheels, right?! The kids loved our donut cars and loved the fact that part of them were edible!
Did you notice Lightning McQueen’s number 95 on the side of the red donut car? That was another printable I printed, cut, and taped onto the side of the car to make it look more like Lightning.
More Dinoco cones were also lined up at the back of the party table. I poked out the top of one of the cones on each side and added some black and white checkered racing flags in through the tops of the cones.
A black and white checkered racing flag bunting was also hung across the front of the party table to add to the Disney cars party and racing theme.
Because so much of the first Cars movie takes place in Radiator Springs, I added a couple of cactus plants to the table because they reminded me of the city.
The blue sky backdrop with clouds also reminded me of Lightning McQueen racing through the desert, and was the perfect background for the party.
I even placed a cactus and donut car on the top of the cake at first, but ended up using the LEGO cars instead.
One of my son’s favorite things about his new LEGO set is pulling all the pieces apart, then putting them all back together again. He even made his own video about it!
He used the instructions to put all the characters and pieces together the first time, but after that he remembered where all the pieces went and put them back together without them.
Sometimes he will notice that he put a piece in the wrong spot, then will analyze what he did wrong, and try it again until everything fits correctly. He’s learning great problem solving skills, along with developing his fine motor skills.
I love watching him play with LEGO toys because I can just see the creative wheels turning in his head as he plays. Right now as I’m typing this he just told me that he is pulling all the pieces apart again, but this time mixing up the different car pieces to create new cars. Love that!
I hope you enjoyed our Disney Cars party as much as I enjoyed putting it together. We can’t WAIT to see the new Disney Cars 3 movie, and I can guarantee that my son will be playing with his Disney Cars LEGO set for months after we see the movie. It’s been the first thing he does in the morning and the last thing he does at night. 😉