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{Real Party} Race Cars!

If you know someone – child or adult – who loves cars, racing, Hot Wheels, Formula One, or NASCAR, then I hope you’ll get a kick out of the RACE CAR PARTY that I threw for my son’s 8th birthday!

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We chose this theme because my son is a long-time Hot Wheels fan. In fact, when Colin was in preschool, he wouldn’t put on a pair of pants unless it had LOTS of pockets, so he could carry tiny cars with him everywhere he went.  So we stocked up on cargo pants  — and toddler belts, because the weight of all those cars made his pants sag!

Recently I took him to a friend’s birthday party, and my son spent most of the time in the other room alone, playing with some Hot Wheels and a big track. That’s when I knew that he STILL loved cars and needed to have a Race Car theme for his next birthday!

Here is a sample invitation:

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Here is the party table:

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I decided to use less of the ubiquitous checkered pattern, and more of the flames.  The flame theme also inspired the color scheme of red and orange.

I selected the flame theme because I showed my son the race car graphics that I’d created, and asked him to pick the one he liked the best for the invitation. After he chose, I asked why he liked that particular one, and he said, “Because it has HUGE FLAMES! So it must be FAST!”

I also liked the flames as a theme because when Colin was a toddler, we read a book about rocket ships, and decided that cars had flames coming out the back of them, too.  He would count the exhaust pipes on each of the cars on the road, and say things like, “That car has four FIRE HOLES! It is so fast!”

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Guests were met with a sign on the door that matched the invitations:

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Then we asked guests to put their names on a custom hanging tag. I wanted the kids to feel comfortable approaching the adults present, and I wanted to be sure I knew the names of all of my son’s classmates (invitations were given to the whole class, so I didn’t know some of them very well).  An added bonus: the kids felt very special having a personalized badge on!

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Here are the cupcake toppers. I cut most of them using a 2 1/4″ puncher, and I really like that size (versus the 2″ standard). I think the larger ones make a bigger impact.

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I made the chocolate race car lollipops using this mold, and a few different colors of Candy Melts. They were actually very quick and easy to make! (Tutorial coming soon!) You can use the same mold to make little soaps, if you want to include those in the favor bag.

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Creating car-themed foods was so much fun. These fruit cars were easy to make, especially if you buy a bag of pre-sliced apples that are already treated with lemon juice so they won’t brown quickly.

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I also made some Dipsticks (pretzel rods dipped in black candy melts),  Stoplights (brownies topped with M&Ms), and Spare Tires (chocolate mini donuts).

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I also made another version of Stoplights, out of Rice Krispie bars dipped in black candy melts. I’m glad that my sister volunteered to make some at the last minute, because they were a HUGE hit with kids and adults alike. I was surprised that they were the food that disappeared first.

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The only downside to the Stoplight Rice Krispies? The resulting black tongue!
(Though the chances are good that my 3 year old just licked the top of them, LOL).

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By the way, my mother made the shirts using the race car graphic from my collection, and it matches the invitation. She just printed the graphic onto iron-on fabric. She added the black stitches just to make the image ‘pop’ more… you could also just iron it on and call it a day.

I always fill some apothecary jars with color-coordinated candies. And here’s a tip: instead of buying the expensive single-color M&Ms at party or craft stores, just buy the jumbo bag of standard colors at a warehouse store, and have your kids sort them into zip-top baggies. It’s good for sorting and categorizing practice, and is great fine motor skill work.

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I also threw in some healthy [non-tongue-staining] food, like Cuties, sub sandwiches, etc.

a healthy snack for a race car party by Renees Soirees

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Here are the water wraps:

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This race track was made from black plastic tablecloths and tape. It was put in the foyer as a kind of welcome. 🙂

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We bought a carrying case full of Hot Wheels at Goodwill for my son when he was 3 years old. Five years later [the ones he hasn’t lost] still get a lot of play time.  This jar of Hot Wheels started out full, but little hands kept swiping them for play on the tracks we had set up. 🙂

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This beverage dispenser was filled with lemon-lime Gatorade, and it went FAST. Definitely one of the most popular items with the kids. I bought a gallon, but could have easily gone through two.

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The 4″ medallions, pre-filled with words like “TOOLS” and “ANTI-FREEZE” are included with the Race Car collection.

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I used the Race Car Kiss Stickers on some Hershey’s Kisses and put them on the buffet table as well. My kids loved the job of putting the stickers on the kisses. I’m pretty sure it turned into a game of “one for me, one for the bowl”… 🙂

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I asked a cake pop maker to make me some FLAME cake pops. I loved how they came out!

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The 5×7 printable (personalized and included in the collection):

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The part that gave me the biggest giggle… we used this red car out of Colin’s toybox. One of his classmates told him that she might bring her hamster FooFoo to the party. In his 8-year-old mind, he saw the hamster driving this car around. He made a note to put near the car that made it clear that this was ‘Fufu’s Car’… LOL!!!

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The activities part of the Race Car Party was super easy: a bunch of Hot Wheels out of my son’s room, and a few Hot Wheels tracks (one was Colin’s birthday present from Mom & Dad, the others we borrowed). I was surprised that the girls at the party loved playing with the cars and tracks just as much as the boys did!

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And here is the favor bag! Decorated with the Goody Bag Tags (included in my printable collection).

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Favor items: a Hot Wheel, Wheel Yo-Yo, bubble bottle with racing bubble wrapper, Hot Wheels Tongue Tattoos, Disney Cars puzzle book, checkered flag, decorated Hershey’s Kisses with Race Car stickers from my shop, Disney’s Cars fruit snacks, and a race car party blower.

It looked like a huge bounty to the kids, but actually each goody bag only cost me around $5. And you could easily pare it down to the $1/each range by just attaching a favor tag to a Hot Wheel car.

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We found this shirt in Colin’s closet, and thought it worked perfectly. And like the Hot Wheel toys, it was a thrift shop find!

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This is what is included in the Race Car Collection:
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Some of the printable designs used at this party include:
♥ Invitation
♥ 2″ party circles/cupcake toppers
♥ 2″ favor tags
♥ Water Bottle wraps
♥ 4″ medallions (on drink dispenser, flatware dispenser, wall & table)
♥ Bubble wraps
♥ Food Labels
♥ Happy Birthday banner
♥ 5×7″ welcome sign
♥ Hershey’s Kisses stickers (sold separately)

I hope you enjoyed my RACE CAR PARTY!! I know the birthday boy did!

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And so did his little brother!

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{Party Partners}

Race Car Printables ~Renee’s Soirees
Race Car Invitation ~ Renee’s Soirees
Cake Pops ~ Gourmet Cakes and More  (located in the Phoenix metro area)
Race Car shirts ~ Iron-On fabric, red shirt, + an image from my collection
Yellow Cake Stands ~ handmade by Bee In Our Bonnet
Flame table cloth ~ homemade by my super-talented mum, using flame fabric
Frame for 5×7″ printable sign ~ Hobby Lobby
Hot Wheel car favor ~ $1 from grocery or toy store (or 3 generic die-cast cars for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Wheel Yo-Yo ~ $1 from Dollar Tree
Bubble bottle wrappers ~  from my collection (select ‘Race Car’ from drop-down menu)
Bubble bottles ~ 3 for $1 at Dollar Tree,
Hot Wheels Tongue Tattoos ~ clearance rack at local Kroger store
Favor Tags on Favor Bags ~ Available individually here (select Race Car from drop-down menu), or as part of the full collection

Disney Cars puzzle book ~$1.50 from Safeway clearance aisle
Checkered flag ~ $2 for 8 at Hobby Lobby
Decorated Hershey’s Kisses with Race Car stickers from my shop
Cars fruit snacks ~ Kroger grocery store
Race car party blower ~ $3.99 for 8 at Party City

 

Lego 4 inch medallion as decor

LEGO PARTY: Real Parties by Real Customers

Check out the gorgeous LEGO party styled by the very talented Christie at Flaired Affairs (Jacksonville, North Carolina). She used my Building Brick collection and took it to a whole new level!

Lego party photo collage

Lego table by Flaired Affairs

There are more photos on her Flaired Affairs blog.

Follow her on Facebook so you can see more of her amazing events!

Thanks, Christie for the gorgeous party inspiration!

And here is the collection she used to create this colorful event:

Lego full collection by Renee's Soirees

fathers day party circle

Father’s Day toppers {Freebie}

Here is a tongue-in-cheek FREE printable that can be used for a variety of Father’s Day uses… punch them out with a 2″ punch of any style and mount them on toothpicks and stick them in cupcakes, or in side dishes like potato salad and coleslaw at your Dad’s Day BBQ. You can also leave them square, punch a hole in one corner and use them as gift tags.

 

The man in our house jokingly calls himself ‘The King’ (at least that’s the name of his computer login, LOL). I decided that, at least for Father’s Day, he could be King of the TV Remote, King of the Recliner, and King of the BBQ.

 

Fathers Day red and blue cupcake toppers

He has a great sense of humor, so I know he will get a laugh out of these. Especially because I stuck them in his favorite dessert, Oreo Cake! (Stay tuned for recipe coming soon!)

Fathers Day cupcake toppers stuck in a slice of Oreo Cake

Download your free Father’s Day printables HERE.

It is a PDF file and can be opened in any PDF reader (see Adobe.com if you don’t have one, but you probably do). I recommend printing them in color at home on photo paper, or commercially on 65 lb or heavier white cardstock (which you can do at UPS stores for around 39c, or approx 89c at Kinkos or Office Max).

I hope you enjoy these toppers, and I would love to see what you do with them!

Tortilla roll-ups in the shape of a Christmas tree

Let the Holiday Party season begin!

I hope you enjoy these Christmas goodies (thanks for the ideas, Pinterest!) and new HOLIDAY PRINTABLES that I created for a recent Christmas party.

I was hired to style a corporate Christmas party, and my partner (and chef extraordinaire) provided the catering.  I made the Enchanted Snowflakes printables collection that is now available in my Etsy shop.

Christmas party dessert table and tree

I used my 5×7″ Holiday Printable and made it a framed menu. You can also post it at your event and write a holiday greeting on it.

Menu with red background and snowflakes

The tortilla pinwheels in the shape of a Christmas tree was a fun project, and I kept altering the recipe as I went. So I posted the final result to my Recipes page, in case you want to make it as well.

Tortilla roll-ups in the shape of a Christmas tree

My business partner (and resident Foodie) told me that no one would eat a cheese ball, but several people told me that they loved it!

Cream Cheese in the shape of a Christmas gift

And notice the apothecary jar full of “Rudolph’s Spares” (actually cherry sours). I also had jars of red licorice (Darrell Lea of course) and cinnamon M&M’s as well as mint M&M’s.

apothecary jars full of red candy and labeled rudolphs spares

I got a LOT of requests for instructions on making these Santa Hat Pretzels. I know a lot of people love the salty + sweet snacks, but I don’t so I never tried them. But I did love the cute factor!

White-chocolate dipped pretzels that look like santa hats

Red Velvet Whoopie Cakes from Starbucks

 

holiday table red with white snowflakes

I also made Spiced Apple Cider Cookies during the party, because they must be eaten warm!

The hostess made Holiday Sangria, Christmas Chex Mix, and Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese, which were big hits as well.

Included in the Holiday Collection are Wine Tags, a Banner, gift/favor tags, and many other items not pictured in this party:

Printable Christmas Holiday items


Inspiration:

Pretzel Santa Hats idea from FreeFunChristmas
Cream Cheese ‘Gift’ dip recipe from FamilyFun
Pinwheel Christmas Tree idea heavily adapted from Real Mom Kitchen
Cranberry Bars recipe from Lovin In The Oven
Red Velvet Whoopie Cakes from Starbucks
Holiday Printables in Red or Blue from Renee’s Soirees

{New Collection} BALLOON PARTY !

This balloon collection was inspired by my toddler, who LOVES balloons and thinks they are called BOW-loons. So I knew that his 2nd birthday just had to be full of BOW-loons and bright, primary colors. I hope you enjoy some photos of Deac0n’s recent Balloon Party!

I printed up the invitations as a regular color copy, in 4×6″ size. Any bigger than that and you will have a hard time finding a balloon long enough to hold it. I rolled the invite tightly, taped it, and had someone hold the mouth of the balloon open a bit while I slid it in. Then I added some confetti and blew up the balloon. I attached a tag that said, “POP ME!” so the kids could get excited about the party.

Balloon with rolled up invitation inside

Guests were greeted by a path lined with balloons increasing in height, so as to build anticipation!

Front door with balloons leading up to it

Then came the colorful balloon wreath, created by my assistant, who was handed several bags of balloons and an 18″ wreath, and given only this instruction: “Make it purdy…” I love the outcome, and I think it really made the 4″ medallion from my collection POP! (No pun intended!)

Balloon-covered wreath on a front door

We decided to give the decorations ‘height’, just because it was a Balloon party. So we utilized the balcony (which my kids call the ‘Rapunzel Room’).

Balcony decorated with a balloon wall and streamers below

This is the ‘dessert table’, which actually had veggies on it too, in my [feeble] attempt to balance cupcakes with crudites. 🙂

Balloon dessert table with banner, streamers, cake pops etc

The cupcake toppers, which also made an appearance in several other places…

Cupcakes with 2 inch cupcake toppers inserted

Who says Cupcake Toppers are just for cupcakes?!

Crudites with cupcake toppers

These adorable balloon-shaped cake pops made the kids positively wide-eyed!

cake pops in primary colors in the shape of balloons

The balloon-shaped Fruit Pizzas were my idea. What do you think? Hit or miss?

3 plates with balloon-shaped cookie dough fruit pizza

And this may have been my favorite part of the whole party… I handed my assistant a bag of Babybel cheeses and asked her to make them look like balloons. ADORABLE! And a great way to get some healthier foods into the mix.

Babybel red cheese rounds made to look like a bouque of balloons

My Aussie mates know that no kids party is complete without FAIRY BREAD! But I decided to pinwheel them to give them a balloon look. For non-Aussie readers, Fairy Bread is very easy to make, and very popular with the Tin Lids (aka KIDS).

a tray with rolled-up Fairy Bread on toothpicks, pinwheel style

And here are the favors… the kids got a box with a water balloon kit, a helium balloon tied to it, and a Rice Krispie balloon pop. I attached the Favor Tags included in this collection to the box with a balloon sticker from Creative Memories.

3 party boxes with a balloon attached and a label that says THANKS FOR POPPING BY

A tag with a balloon photo that says THANKS FOR POPPING BY

 

And these were the cookie favors I gave out:

Sugar cookies made to look like balloons, on a stick. By Renee's Soirees

They were super easy and inexpensive. I got pre-made sugar cookie dough, and rolled it into balls and flattened them a bit. Then after they came out of the over, I stuck a popsicle stick inside (and later lollipop sticks, although they didn’t work as well on a heavy cookie). Then I frosted them in bright colors (I bought cans of white buttercream frosting and tinted them with food coloring).  Then I wrapped them and added the favor tags. Easy!

 

water bottles with Balloon-themed labels on them

I think the birthday boy had a great time! He squealed over every balloon he saw, even the one on his shirt. 🙂Birthday child in applique shirt with a balloon

Here is the invitation, it can be personalized with or without a photo.

Printable Birthday Invitation with balloons

And here are the coordinating items:

I could see this collection being adapted for many different functions: a Welcome Home party, graduation, or pretty much any occasion where balloons would be welcome (and for me, that means ALL occasions. LOL).

See my Balloon Pinterest board for more ideas!

Party Partners!

Balloon Invitation and Printable Accessories by Renees Soirees
Photos by Rule of Faith Photography, Phoenix, Arizona
Birthday Boy applique shirt by Absolutely Handmade
Balloon Cake Pops by Mind Over Batter, Tempe, Arizona
Red basket (for veggies) from Sur la Table – now on clearance for 75% less than I paid!
Red round serving tray from Sur la Table
Balloon favor boxes – Walmart party section

 

Magic Party

Even though I design my own party printables, sometimes your child requests a certain theme, and when you research it, you realize that you could never improve upon a collection that already exists. And that’s how I found myself using this amazing Magic Collection. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed throwing this party…

Here is the dessert table:

Photo of Magic Party dessert table as styled by Renees Soirees

And the amazing custom Magic Hat cake, complete with wand!

Cake made to look like a magic hat and wand

The cupcake tower, striped “6” (cardboard number purchased at Hobby Lobby and Mod Podged with scrapbook paper).

3-Tiered cupcake stand with cupcakes with magic cupcake toppers

I made some cake shooters, consisting of brownie bites and red frosting. Kids especially go mental for push pop anything!

These Top Hat Pops are my own creation, inspired by similar leprechan hats (with instructions here). They are made of jumbo marshmallows, Nilla Wafers, and dipped in dark chocolate candy melts (tinted even darker with a bit of black food coloring). I used a flat frosting tip and red frosting for the band.

Magic Hats on a stick

I made the pretzel “magic wands” by dipping pretzels into white chocolate candy coating, and sprinkling red decorative sugar on them while they were still wet.

The cutlery holder is a re-purposed container with an opening for a photo in the front. I purchased it at Home Goods and used a favor tag instead. The glass container for the pretzels is also from Home Goods.

Presto Pretzel wands dipped in white chocolate

I filled apothcary jars with red and black candy (M&M’s, licorice, cherry sours, red gumballs, etc).
I made these tags myself, so don’t be cross with Amanda at Shindig if it isn’t included in her collection.  🙂

Small apothecary jar filled with red candy and a tag that says CHERRY SOURS

Because the party was near Easter, there were bunny items galore in the stores, but most of them were the wrong color scheme. But I couldn’t resist picking up these rabbit pops from Sam’s Club. The sign is a 4″ medallion taped to a chop stick (yep!) and the can is a formula can wrapped in scrapbook paper (no kidding)! See, you can make a party as elaborate or as inexpensive as you want!

Rabbit-shaped lollipops in a can with a Happy Birthday tag

Well I can’t feed the children JUST desserts, so I had another table with healthier options.

Photo of a plate of vegetables labeled VOILA VEGGIES

The food was fun, but the REAL highlight of the party was the magician. Christopher the Magician made the kids and the parents laugh, and after the show he gave them a magic lesson and a favor bag with magic supplies. I first met him when he performed for my son’s kindergarten class on a day that I happened to be volunteering. I think I laughed harder than the kids did, so I knew we had to have him!

Here is the birthday boy with his siblings. (He looks like he’s sulking, but I think it’s just the shadows.)
He is wearing a custom shirt that I bought on Etsy from a seller who no longer exists, but there are many other cute options, for instance these shirts with a magic hat and age number or initial.
I bought a magician costume for the birthday boy’s little brother (figured I could use it again at Halloween, right?!).

3 children at magic party

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Colin’s Magic Party!

Room with 2 buffet tables, black and red streamers and balloons

 

All photos (except for the last one) by the amazing Amanda at Rule of Faith Photography.
Magic Hat by the Cake Cafe in Ahwatukee, AZ.
Magician party printables by Shindig Parties To Go

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