DIY Race Car Themed Birthday Party

Recently we celebrated my son’s 5th birthday. He’s obsessed with cars right now, so we threw him a race car themed birthday party! I’ve pulled together some tips on how to create an elevated yet kid-friendly themed party.

DIY Race Car Themed Birthday Party

DIY Race Car Themed Birthday Party

DIY Race Car Themed Birthday Party

Create Your Color Scheme

  • When thinking of a color scheme for this party, I didn’t want to do too many bright primary colors. Declan loves blue and red, so I decided to focus on black, white, muted shades of blue, and pops of red. I love anchoring decorations in neutrals and adding pops of brighter color with smaller decor pieces.


Race Car Themed Birthday Party

Custom Backdrop for Photos

Themed Decorations

  • Similar to the color scheme, I like to mix themed decor in with more elevated elements. We opted for beautiful powder blue cookies and cake pops from @sweetleemade and balloons from @starsabovebaloons. I decorated the backdrop with eucalyptus bunches to add greenery- this is a great alternative to flowers. Of course we had to add some race car touches.
  • Car themed Happy Birthday banner and cutouts

Kids Catering

  • For food, we decided to get separate cuisines for the kids and the adults. D’s favorite food ever is Chick-Fil-A, so we got him a buffet fit for a king. The kids loved it- but I would suggest including another option for the adults. We got sandwiches, salad, and pasta for guests who were looking for a healthier alternative.

little boy party theme ideas


I hope these tips inspired you to throw a great themed party for your kids. Make sure to follow me on instagram @mommydiary for more behind the scenes content from all our family parties. You can also check out some other celebrations that I’ve created below:

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