Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How our backyard became Radiator Springs

I've promised you the photos from our Cars themed birthday party, so here they are. 

There were lots of misunderstandings with the invitations, since our little guests, mostly girls, not familiar with the Cars cartoon, massively called the day before, wondering where in Earth could a place called Radiator Springs be, they couldn't find it on GPRS :)) )))).

And here's how our backyard became similar to Radiator Springs. In one of the previous posts I wrote where I found the inspiration, and here's how I did it. I assure you everything was really easy and did not require a lot of effort or time.

I am very happy how the sign below turned out - it looks shabby, but  anyone who has seen the cartoon knows that's exactly the point. I made it by laying an old sheet on some non smooth concrete blocks and that's how the letters got this shabby look. I used edible paint (by mixing some yoghurt and food coloring), since my little girls were helping me and it was very important to me to be careful with the type of paint I use.

Welcome to Radiator Springs (originally written in Croatian)

 Besides decorative cushions, we also used these T-shirts as another, cute party decoration.
Cars T-shirts as wall decorations

The big hit was the Ramone's tattoo salon, even some adult guests wanted to get a water tattoo.

Ramone inviting the guests to his tattoo salon

Cars tattos

But the very best of all was this magnificent Lightning McQueen cake, made by our neighbour (the best neighbour in the world!). Although she claimed that it was "Lightning's evil twin brother who failed to get a role in the film," the guests were all amazed, especially the birthday girl, a great fan of his (even greater than Mia and Tia).

The Lightning McQueen cake

Painting with bubbles, originally meant to be done in this way didn't exactly turn out very well - one little boy, to his Mum's great "delight" painted his hair with it. Here I found a bunch of great ideas related to balloons and bubbles, I strongly recommend you to see it, it is really great.

Also, for the pool with the diameter of 150cm (approximately 59.1 in), I recommend you to use more than 100 balls, as I did. It just wasn't enough, because only a third of the pool was filled with the balls, the rest was empty. Luckily, the kids didn't mind and all the toddlers really enjoyed throwing the balls in and out, over and over again. As I guessed, all the moms were delighted with the fact it was filled with balls, rather than water.

I offered guests to choose their own favor among magnets, notes, pencils, erasers, and similar little things containing our favorite character. 

At the end of the day, my little birthday girl concluded that she had a "very exciting day, " and that was the most important thing to me.


  1. Great cake - My boys love Cars so will have to do a party like this some time

    1. Glad you like it! You can find more ideas for Cars party in my other post - http://stepfordska-supruga-en.blogspot.com/2012/10/birthday-party-theme-lightning-mcqueen.html

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you! We really had a great time! My younger daughter has a birthday in April, so soon there'll be another party to blog about.

  3. This is great! Thanks for sharing.
    Marcie @ I Gotta Try That


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