When Cooper's birthday rolled around, it was during a bad week for me. LOTS of stuff going on, and not a lot of time be be all creative with the party theme.
Cooper is O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D. with Cars (with a capital "C"). Lightning Mc*Queen. Finn Mc*Missle. You name it. He loves it.
I liberally feed his obsession because a) I'm a complete sucker for him and b) I might be a recovering Cars-aholic myself. I decline to say more about that, but suffice it to say, the cars don't buy themselves. With Sawyer, my excuse was "potty-training rewards". I have yet to find my excuse for Cooper. Does "I think he's wicked cute so when he asks for something small I can't refuse" count?!?!?
On the afternoon before the party and the morning OF the party though, I felt a bit guilty that I had not come up with the personal touches for Cooper's party that I had for Chloe's party. So, I quickly whipped up some things.
And, I was even impressed with myself- maybe I haven't lost my innate ability as a teacher to create something pretty cool out of nothing in a very short period of time. It also helped that I've seen the movie and read the books nothing short of a billion times.
First, I printed the signs I knew I wanted to use off the internet. I have NO idea where I got these pictures. I literally used a search engine to find what I was looking for and printed off what I liked. No time for bookmarking.
I put a sign over the goodies table to make it into "Flo's V8 Cafe". (As you can see, I purchased a banner for Cooper at his request. Have I mentioned I'm a sucker for him?)
On the goodies table, I brought back the apples and dip after it was a huge success at Chloe's party. This was even more popular with the boys I must say! I put some cones from our home-made "Cozy Cone Motel" around it just for fun.
My favorite thing was our "Casa Della Tires" plate. Also a huge hit!
For refreshments, I had two options: Fillmore's Organic "Fuel" (water or juice)..........
.....OR "Allinol" (soda), the Official Fuel of the World Grand Prix (in Cars 2).
I put the goodie bags in an actual army footlocker that my Father-in-Law has restored for each of the boys with a sign designating it as "Sarge's Surplus Hut".
As an added bonus, I got the Cars Pe*z dispensers for $0.75 each after Christmas! AWESOME!
I set up another coloring station with printables from the official Cars website.