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How to Throw A Disney Cars Themed Birthday Party

If you have a child that is asking for a Disney Cars Themed Birthday Party, you’ve come to the right place!

Today, I am sharing my favorite Cars themed birthday party ideas including budget-friendly decorations, Cars themed treats, and tons of fun ideas that will make your Cars party memorable.

When my youngest son turned 3, he really wanted a Cars 3 Party because at that time, the show had just come out and it was a big hit.

So, I looked at some Cars birthday party ideas online for some inspiration and turned our backyard into our very own Radiator Springs!

I hope sharing these ideas with you will make your Cars theme party a huge success!

Cars 3 Party Ideas

From fabulous race car napkins to a Lightning McQueen Pinata, these ideas will help you throw an epic Cars party!


You can’t have a proper Cars party without party decorations! While you can certainly buy Cars party decorations, you can also utilize race car theme decorations and even items from the Dollar Store (love Dollar Tree) to add to the overall decor.

Some ideas include:

  • Checkered Table Cloths – Can use to cover tables and they can double as curtains or backdrops
  • Race car flags – You can use these around your party as decorations and even use them in games such as a relay race for the kids.
  • Car tracks – I found some Hot Wheels car tracks at Dollar Tree that would work as decorations around tables but also be a fun activity for the kids (grab Hot Wheels cars from Dollar Tree too) and they all double as party souvenirs.

For table decorations, we also used these adorable inflatable mini tires and orange traffic cones.

We also hung the inflatable tires around the house using fishing line. They were a huge hit!

cars themed party ideas

If you are decorating indoors, I love this highway hallway idea. It really helps lead guests to their destination. Next stop, party!

My Insanity


With all that racing, party guests are going to need to fuel up. Here’s some fun ideas for Cars themed party food.

If you are looking for a quality cake that is themed and not too expensive, head to your local Sam’s Club. I was able to get this cake/cupcake combo for around $60. I had priced other cakes elsewhere and they were more than that for less. 

cars birthday party cake

I also love this adorable idea for a “fill up” area for drinks.

I am sure you can spray paint gas cans to make the different colors. Just make sure these are new and thoroughly washed.

Catch My Party

You could even have guests fill up these construction cone cups that double as a fun party souvenir.

orange construction cone cups for cars themed party

These “Mack’s spare tires” are adorable. I mean, who doesn’t love Oreos? 

You can even find the red tray at Dollar Tree and then make this cut little sign on your computer, print it and add a toothpick or skewer to stick it into an Oreo to hold it up. Easy peasy!

These chocolate donuts on a tray for Luigi’s Tires is such a cute and easy idea. You can get these from the store, throw them on a tiered tray and you have an easy party dessert.

For a healthier option, you can make these Mater Dip Stick snacks

Grab some clear plastic cups from Dollar Tree and then add some ranch into the bottom of the cup and top with fresh cut veggies. So cute and easy to make!

Games and Entertainment

We had a McQueen look-a-like Pinata that we found at our local Winco. It was basically McQueen with a few things changed on it and it cost around $20. It was the closest thing we could find. You can see it in the picture below.

I would have loved to have something like this Car Photo Booth at our party. I really love people being able to take photos during the party.

One of the highlights of the party was this Cars themed bounce house we rented.

The kids and adults loved it. It also provided shade in our backyard since we had our party outside in August when it was quite hot. 

All in all, we had a very fun Cars Party. I surely hope this gives you some fun ideas when celebrating yours!

What are your favorite Cars Party ideas?