Our invitations let people know the theme of the party right away! ...idea borrowed from Bliss Bloom Blog. Poor picture but you get the idea.
I am in love with my giant front porch, but I am not a huge fan of the gray outdoor carpet...or the light fixtures...both will be replaced one day. It sure did make a great road, though! I just ran some yellow duct tape down the middle and then added some blow up road signs that my mom found at Oriental Trading. If the weather was nicer, my plan was to put Denver's PowerWheels ATV on the porch/road and let the kids drive to the party...but it was about 20 degrees outside so I had to nix that idea.
Loved this idea for a door sign from Catch My Party. I was psyched when I discovered checkered duct tape from way-back-when, when Little D was just a baby and I made him a sensory nibble bag. The tape that was once used for its bold, geometric, baby-friendly design, was perfect for his big-boy car party because it looked like race flags!
The collage was a nice way to see how our little guy has grown.
Finally, something I'm most proud of...the cake. I am not a baker. In fact, I hate to bake. It requires too much precision and way too many dirty bowls, pans, and tools to clean. But, cake decorating is something I can definitely get into. I was determined to make my little guy's birthday cake...trouble was, I had zero experience. Luckily, my sister is an amazing cake decorator already had all of the right tools...money saver! I found a cupcake cake on Pinterest that I wanted to recreate, but it was just a Flickr image with no link for instructions, so I had to go it alone. I found mini cars at the dollar store and awesome novelty candles at the party store. The little road signs came from a free printable at Printablesigns.net. I just printed two copies of each one and glued them back to back on a toothpick. Then, after some practice with the cake piping bag and some cool decorating tips and dyes (and Wilton instructional videos), I created Denver's car cake! I love the way it came out!
I think the party was a big success! A great time was had by all. I can't wait for our little lady's 1st birthday in October so I can get my craft on again and take a stab at another cake. Not so sure the family is as excited for the crazy that comes with my party planning, but I only get to do this twice a year...might as well live it up.