For Hunter's 2nd birthday, I kind of had to do a Cars theme. The kid is mildly obsessed not only with all things motor vehicle, but the Disney movie as well.
After going all out for his first birthday, I wanted to keep things low key this year. Just immediate family and neighborhood friends, I said. We will keep it small, I said.
I should know better. 30 adults and 14 kids later, we had ourselves a guest list.
To keep costs down, I relied heavily on Dusty from All Things G&D and her list of free printables. They were a life saver.
For food, I kept it pretty simple with chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese (for the kids) and sandwich sliders and pasta salad for the adults.
I also added in some Chex Mix as something to nosh on the go.
I snagged the sandwich sliders from our local grocery store, Giant. It's the same place I got the 6ft hoagie last year, and man am I glad this is the route I went. I thought about pizza, but the boxes take up so much room, and you never know if you have enough plain for everyone. I didn't want to get another 6 ft hoagie because transporting it was a bitch, and so was cutting it into individual sizes. With the sandwich platter I had a nice mix of chicken salad, egg salad, ham & cheese, roast beef & cheese and turkey & cheese on potato rolls. They were a huge hit.
Instead of having doing one big cake and having to cut it, I opted for more grab-and-go options of cupcakes (red velvet and strawberry), Twizzlers, and of course Luigis Casa Della tires made of chocolate donuts.
So a race track he did build.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Falconhead 500
|I had to take the picture from Hunter's room so you could see the whole thing|
This was such a huge hit for the kids! Not only did they use the boxes, but they took any wheeled vehicle Hunter had for a spin around the track, ran three-legged races and just chased each other around! It was a great way to keep them occupied AND burned off energy!
|Abigail and Wyatt dominate the three-legged race|
|My nieces Skylar and Bridget take Chick and the King for a spin|
|Hunter runs around with Lighting|
|..but ultimately balloons win out.|
|Gabe of Shannigans fame even made an appearance|
In the 'Winners Circle' I had favor bags for the kids. I glued VIP pit passes to the front of the bags, and inside was a Matchbox car, M&Ms, and Cars stickers.
I am really happy with out everything turned out. Many thanks to all our friends and family who made it out!
Always & Forever,