A Cars Birthday: Go Cooper Go

Almost 6 months ago, my then 4 and a half year old had almost his entire 5th birthday party planned.

“Momma, all I want is for my friends to bring their bikes and cars and ride up and down our street with me!  Let’s call it, ‘Go Cooper Go!'”

And with that, a cars party was born (in the church parking lot, not our busy street!) Here’s a look at this fun party day for our sweet {almost} 5 year old!

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When I say Cooper planned almost all of the details for his party, I really mean it!  Right down to which cars should go together in the thank you favors…

…to sitting with me while we designed his birthday invitations.  “Mommy, let’s make a big 5 that looks like a road!”

And when it came time to prepping this week, he loved picking out which cars we would use for the food signs…

…and making the traffic light Rice Krispies!

Party day turned out fabulous…despite the windy day that made us need to move the food table inside! 🙂

The pennant banners were made from scrapbook paper and cardstock triangles! And I printed 7 inch circles with the words in the middle and cut outside of the edge to make some stop light banners too!

Cooper picked out his menu too!  And he made sure each of his friends knew not to accidentally swallow the toothpicks!

We saw this idea on Pinterest and Cooper could not stop talking about it!  Daddy came to the rescue and turned these {brand new} gas cans into drink stations!

We had the thank you favors on the drink table too!  You can grab these thank you cards with versions for valentine’s day and more gift tags here.

The kids table was my favorite!  The cars in the plates were necessary in the wind! 🙂  We used race car napkins all unfolded to make placemats and taped down the corners to make them wind proof.  The road table runners on all of the tables were just made out of black and white felt I had around the house {yay for free decorations!}

Have I mentioned the wind yet?  Because it completely hijacked our blowing out candles situation.  Cooper really wanted 5 individual candles to blow out.  Getting all 5 lit without the wind killing the flames was impossible…even with hands blocking the wind and whatever else we tried.  So, we finally settled for blowing out the lighter! LOL! #whateverworks

We set up a road with traffic signs for the kids to ride on.  And if you look closely enough you can see the railroad tracks Cooper taped down for the railroad!  You can find this set of adorable traffic signs here {affiliate link}.  I LOVE that they were super easy to put together, great quality and all the pieces go back into a box that’s super easy to store!

Cooper lined up all the vehicles we brought {not all from our house!} for the party… #thecutest

And then off they went!  I absolutely loved watching this kid and his friends do exactly what he’s been dreaming about doing for almost 6 months now!

I say this every year, but truely this may have been my favorite party yet.  Just simple kid fun celebrating our miracle!

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