Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Disney's Cars Birthday Party

The Disney Pixar Cars movies have been racing through movie theaters across the nation. Grossing over $60.1 million from the first movie, $68 million (hollywood.com) from the Cars sequel and an additional $8 billion(hollywoodreporter.com) in global retail sales of merchandise, it's no surprise that Cars is one of the hottest trends for kid's birthday parties his year. With characters like Lightning McQueen, Mater, Holly Shiftwell and Ramone, there are endless possibilities for event decor and sweet treat ideas centered around the film. This weekend, I had the privilege of both attending and assisting with a Car's birthday party for a very lucky little boy who was turning 3. Keep reading for some of my favorite themed ideas!

At Sargent's Surplus of Sweets, guests munched on Dino's Chocolate Covered Dipsticks, Stop Lights made from Rice Krispie treats, and chocolate covered donuts made to look like Luigi's Tires. For the big finale, the birthday boy made blew out his candles and wished to dive into one of these tasty McQueen cupcakes. Funfetti cupcakes made from scratch were topped with a red buttercream icing and adorned with plastic Lightning McQueen cars. Guests had the option of choosing from 3 different cupcake flavors; Funfetti with Buttercream icing, Guinness Chocolate with Buttercream icing, and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese icing. Cupcakes were topped with images of the Cars 2 characters, and racing flags to stick with the party's theme. For the presentation, cupcakes were placed atop a three tier pedestal, lined with checkered paper and topped with an image of Lightning McQueen with a few racing flags. It was a huge hit!

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