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Tanner's Radiator Springs Cars Party

Christilina By Christilina  in Birthday


Party Recap

For my son’s 3rd birthday we knew we had to go with a Lightning McQueen theme, his current cartoon role model. Rather then going with the race car theme, we decided to incorporate all of the characters and scenery of Radiator Springs and Route 66.

After watching the movie a million times, I noticed a vintage billboard as you entered the town that said “Welcome to Radiator Springs,” so I adapted something similar for the backdrop of the dessert table which set the scene for the entire party. We incorporated real cactus plants and other rustic elements to match the look and feel of the old fashion town. We also displayed food to match all of the characters like Sally’s cozy cones, Mater’s taters, Luigi’s tower of tires and Sheriff’s stop lights. I also created some custom labels for some soup cans to look like old vintage oil cans that said different happy birthday messages for Tanner. One of my favorite aspects of the party was the favors for the kids. We had little wooden cars that each held their own personal Radiator Springs driver’s license with their name and photo. They also received a trophy (Piston cup) with official cars pez dispensers and a little car.

For games we had pin the buck teeth on mater, a McQueen piñata, large cardboard cars to race with, a craft table to make their own license plates and everyone’s favorite, face painting at Ramone’s house of body art. We also had a photo booth, which I printed the images from and included in everyone’s thank you cards. My favorite moment was when we brought out the cupcake with a candle for him to blow out. His jaw literally dropped.


Party Highlights

  • Desserts

    Cotton candy, cake & cupcakes

  • Party Favors

    Wooden cars with custom driver's licenses for the kids and trophies with candy in them.

  • Activities / Games

    Pin the Buck Teeth on Mater, Pinata, Cardboard cars, Craft table create your own license plate and a tattoo / face painter

  • Budget


  • Best Moment

    When we brought my son his cupcake and his jaw dropped

  • Funniest Moment

    Watching kids hold the "I've got gas" sign in the photo booth

  • Most Touching Moment

    Just seeing all of the kids at the party having fun

  • What People Ate

    Guido's Pizza, Chick Hick's Chicken Strips, Sheriff's Stop Lights, Luigi's Tower of Tires, Popcorn

  • What People Drank

    Soda, water, craft beer & juice


Party Helpers



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    Tamar M wrote:

    Love, love, love the décor! Are these designs, printables available for purchase?

  • Christilina

    Christilina wrote:

    Hi Tamar, yes you can email me at Thanks!

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    Maria F wrote:

    Hello! I was wondering how you made the backdrop, and how you did the Drivers Licences! I Love those ideas and would love to incorporate them!

  • Christilina

    Christilina wrote:

    Hi Maria, I made them in Illustrator and I can send you the printables if you email me at

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    Chessnee T wrote:

    How can I make the banner? I love all this! My son loves Cars and his party is August 9th. I have some signs made but need more decor. Do you have free printables?

  • Marisol  S

    Marisol S wrote:

    Where did you find this? So CUTE

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    Jamee F wrote:

    I love this party theme. Exactly the way I want to design my son's party :)

  • Christilina

    Christilina wrote:

    You can email me at for more information about the banner and posters!

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    Marissa C wrote:

    where did you get the banner its soooo cute! :)

  • Jeannette N

    Jeannette N wrote:

    Hi! I love the custom backdrop! How did you do that? I'd like to make that for my son's birthday coming up in a few weeks.

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    Stacy G wrote:

    Hello! I first off wanna say i love who your theme came out, my son will be truning 2 in august and the theme we are wanting to do is Disney Cars since he loves all three of tve movies i was wanting to ask where did you get all the printable