Picking a theme was easy - Austin still loves Cars. Narrowing down all the options on cakes and games and decorations was time consuming! But the end result was so fun and Austin loved it! I was so glad that he had a wonderful day celebrating his amazing little 3 year old self!
Austin loved his cake! And I loved making it! I'm still learning how to work with fondant. It's not perfect but I was pretty darn happy with it!
The fixings at Flo's V8 Cafe...
We also had Mack's Mac & Cheese, Chick (Hicks) Nuggets, Mater Tater Salad, Sheriff's String 'Em Up Cheese, Francesco's Fruit Salad & Piston Cup Pizza!
The car/train table was such a hit on our vacation that I decided to recreate it for the party. And sure enough, it was still a hit!
Jack gave the little boys train conducting tips
Even the smallest guests got in on the action
This pic just cracked me up!
We also had Ramone's House of Body Art - Cars coloring pages for the kids to work on.
The main event (and my pride and joy!) was a kid-powered car race. I had an absolute blast creating these cars. I, of course, got the idea from pinterest! I thought I'd make just a few, but then I got fresh supply of moving boxes from some friends and I got a little carried away! There are 19 cars. Every main character from Cars, with the exception of Lizzie cuz I just couldn't figure out how to make her, and 3 characters from Cars 2. One for each child that was potentially coming to the party. And for the smallest guests, I put shoulder straps on their tiny cars so they wouldn't have to hold them up. These cars were no small feat - I figure I (with some help from Auntie Suz & my mom) put about 3-4 hours of work into each! But the look on Austin's face when he saw them was worth all the bruises, sore hands and long nights!
Each kid got to pick their own character and had the added bonus of taking it home with them! Austin had to be McQueen, of course!
The race, itself, was a bit chaotic and just plain silliness, so it was hard to get pics of it. After the kids went, the men did their own race, which was arguably just as cute to watch!
The cousins weren't able to come until after the party, so we needed to have another race with them too!
And if that wasn't enough to keep the kiddos occupied, we also had a pinata. Isn't he cute?
After the pinata, it was time for cake & presents.
We didn't get a lot of pics of him opening presents but I had to include this one cuz it was just so cute! My little superhero!
And some miscellaneous cute pics from the day...