Ideas for Throwing a Racing Themed Party

When little boys play, they usually imagine many things with their toy cars. They crash them into one another, line them up at the floor, and race them. Is your little boy obsessed with race cars or anything with wheels? A race car-themed party for their birthday would be epic! If you need some ideas, here are some you can try for your boy’s racing-themed party:


When it comes to race car themes, there are many different choices. You can go for NASCAR, Indy 500, Fast and Furious, vintage classics, Formula One, or Grand Prix. If the celebrant loves to play racing video games, you can choose from Forza, Need for Speed, iRacing, or Gran Turismo. Younger kids love themes like Hot Wheels and Disney Pixar’s Cars.

If you are not sure what theme you should use, consider your child’s age. For example, if it’s their first birthday, the cute idea is to have a “First Race” theme and have NASCAR decorations. Once you can talk to them, you can always ask them what theme they want for their party.

Where to Buy
WERNNSAI Racing Car Party Invitation with Envelopes - 20 Count Race Car Party Supplies
Car Style 2 Happy Birthday Invitations Invite Cards (25 Count)
Let’s Go Racing - Racecar - Fill In Race Car Birthday Party or Baby Shower Invitations


The invitations are the first presentation of your party’s theme to the guests, so make it fantastically memorable! Of course, the important thing to do is to include all the necessary details for the party like what the celebration is for, date, time and place, but you can also have some fun with it by using racing puns to make it witty.

Here are your options:

  1. Be artsy and make handmade invitations using colored construction paper, pens, glue, and scissors. Decorate the invitation with cars, flags, and other racing-related elements. Send it out via mail or in person.
  2. Use a photo-editing app and design an invitation including the celebrant’s photo and some racing-themed images and elements. Send them out via email, Facebook Messenger, or other messaging apps.
  3. Buy some race car-themed invitations so you can simply fill in with the details and give out the invites. Here are some options:
Where to Buy
Unique Industries White 31052 Square Paper Plates, 14ct, 9" x 9"
Creative Converting Touch of Color Square Paper Plates, 9-inch, Black Velvet
Intex Inflatable 36" Giant Tire Tubes for Swimming Pool/Lake/Ocean (4 Pack)
Construction Party Table Runner
Letjolt Polyester Table Runner Black and White Checkerboard Racing Theme
10ft Long Racetrack Floor Running Racer Party Decoration Mat Drag Race Car Road Go Kart Theme Birthday Games (2ft Wide) by Super Z Outlet
Oringaga 50PCS Checkered Racing Car Flag Party Balloons
121 Pieces Racing Car Balloons Arch Set Racing Car Party Supplies Include Red Black Yellow Balloons and Checkered Foil Balloons, Glue Point Dots, and Roll Tape
Monster Truck Party Balloons Supplier 5PCS Monster Truck Foil Balloons
34Pcs Car Party Decoration Inflatable Tires Traffic Light Balloons Favors All-in-One Pack Party Supplies Include Balloon
Race Car Birthday Party Decoration Set Race Car Party Signs Racing Birthday Banner Checkered Flags Balloons
NAIWOXI Race Car Birthday Party Supplies - Race Car Party Decorations for Boy
PRATYUS Race Car Birthday Decorations for Kids Boys Let's go Racing Party Supplies With Banner


Party decorations can be a fun DIY project for the family. Or you can opt to buy depending on your family’s budget and timeline. As always, consider the celebrant’s age, hobbies, likes and dislikes, the season, and your venue.

Here are some decoration ideas:

  1. Create a race-themed backdrop inspired by the checkered flag by using square white and black paper plates. Patch them up together to cover a portion of a wall that will serve as the backdrop for your photo area. Then, add a balloon garland at the top. It would be perfect if you would add a podium as well!
  2. Use inflatable tires as a decoration. It’s great to hang from a tent in your backyard, but you can also attach it to the wall of your concessions or dessert table.
  3. Decorate the tables with a road or a checkered table runner
  4. Add a racetrack to the floor to lead guests to the party area.
  5. Children’s birthday parties are not complete without balloons. Use racing-themed balloon sets. Here are some options:
  1. Use a decoration package bundle to make things easier. These sets often come with balloons, banners, cupcake toppers, signs, and more. Here are some you can choose from:
Where to Buy
Race Car Fuel Can Popcorn Treat Boxes - Racing Birthday Party Supplies - 24 Pieces
Wilton Car Cake Pan, Kids 3D Birthday Cake Pan, Silver, Aluminum
POP parties Race Car Bottle Wraps - Set of 20 Water Proof Bottle Stickers
Black and White Checkered Racing Party Supplies Tableware Set 30 9" Plates 30 7" Plate 30 9 oz
BirthdayExpress Racecar Racing Party Supplies - Party Pack for 24 Guests
Racecar Dinnerware Set for Kid's Birthday Party, Checkered Design (Serves 24, 144 Pieces)
WERNNSAI Racing Car Party Supplies for Boys - Checked Race Car Plates
Race Party Paper Dessert Plates and Race Car Lunch Napkins (Serves 16)
Racecar Racing party Paper Disposable Tableware, checkered Flag Race Birthday Party Supplies Set Plates Napkins Cups Tableware Kit for boy birtyday party

Food and drinks

Nothing makes kids and guests hungry like a big race! Your food and treats must also fit the theme. These are some ideas:

  1. Serve popcorns in these fuel can-shaped popcorn boxes.
  2. Serve some brownie “stoplights.” Do this by sticking red, green, and yellow M&Ms on top of brownie bars using icing.
  3. Add some dipstick pretzels to your dessert station. Simply serve chocolate-coated pretzel sticks and label them as “dipsticks.”
  4. Serve chocolate donuts with holes in the center, and label it as “pit stop.”
  5. For your main course, there’s no need to serve fancy foods, especially if it’s a kid’s party. Hotdogs, burgers, sandwiches, pretzels, corndogs, pizza, and other kids’ favorites for lunch would be enough. Think of it as going to a stadium to watch a race – these are the kinds of food you’ll most probably see. Add some chopped-up fruits to balance your menu with healthy foods. You can have food catered if you want to elevate the party food a little bit.  
  6. Serve a race car-themed cake. You can probably find a bakery near you that can customize a cake to fit the theme. An alternative option is to bake your own cake. You may even want to use a car-shaped pan and bring the car cake to life using icing and decorations. But you can always buy store-bought cakes and cupcakes and simply top it with race car-themed toppers to decorate.
  7. Add a “Fuel” label to your bottled water.
  8. Use racing-themed plates and cups set. Here are some choices:
Where to Buy
Race Car Pinata with Pull Strings - Super Fun Game for Boys & Girls - Beautiful Birthday Party Decoration
Boley Sack Race Bag Set with Ankle Bands - 4 Pk Potato Sack Race Bags
LovesTown 12 Pcs Egg Spoon Race Game Sets, Wooden Egg Balance Game Relay Race Games
Made By Me Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars - DIY Wood Craft Kit, Easy To Assemble and Paint 3 Race Cars


Besides the food, drinks, and decorations, the party activities are what guests enjoy and talk about the most. For a racing-themed party, you can either go really big or simple, depending on your budget, duration of the party, and the personality of your guests. If the celebrants’ friends are mostly rough and tumble kids, you can host various outdoor physical games. But if they don’t like to run around, try looking up some fun activities to do indoors. Here are some ideas:

  1. Get a race car piñata and let the kids take turns trying to break it.
  2. Host a sack race or a relay race at your backyard. A simple game of Tag where kids can run around would be fun enough, too!
  3. Gift the celebrant a couple of ride-on cars (perhaps one for his sibling). Then, use it at the party for a car racing event. Set up a race track in the backyard with a start and finish line, and have guests play one on one!  
  4. Provide a couple of Hot Wheels race tracks for the kids to play on and get busy.
  5. Let the kids build their own cars and paint them. Provide at least one for each guest, and let them take it home as a party favor.
  6. Turn on your TV and gaming console and load up a racing video game. Mario Kart is always a hit.
Where to Buy
12 Pack Black and White Checker Racing Flag Pennant Treat Gift Paper Cardboard Boxes with Handles
25 Pieces Checkered Racing Treat Boxes Black and White Race Car Theme Party Favors Boxes Paper Popcorn Boxes Candy Goodie Boxes
Let’s Go Racing - Racecar - Candy Bar Wrapper Baby Shower or Race Car Birthday Party Party Favors - Set of 24
Pull Back Vehicles,30 Pack Friction Powered Pull Back Car Toys, Vehicles and Racing cars Mini Car Toy
24 Piece 2.5" Party Pack Assorted Pull Back Racing Cars. - Fun Gift Party Giveaway
120 Pc Kid's Race Car Party Favor Bundle Pack (72 Tattoos, 12 Bracelets, 12 Sticker Sheets
24PCS Racing Flag Rubber Bracelets, Sports/Racing/Dirt Bike/Baby Shower Birthday Party Supplies Decorations
98Pcs Race Cars Party Supplies Kit, Race Cars Party Favors Cars All-in-One Pack Party Supplies Include Mini Cars Race Cars Stickers
Littfun Cool Pens Fun Pens for kids Novelty Pens Cute Pens Interesting Racing Car Pens
Racecar Sunglasses with Checkered Flag Designs - Set of 12
Fun Express Race Car Notepads | 24 Count | Great for Kids Birthday Party, Racing Themed Events
24 Sheets Race Car Temporary Tattoos, Racing Checkered Flag Birthday Decorations Party Favors for Kids

Party favors

After a fun-filled day, leave your guests with little something to remember the party. Here are some ideas for party favors that fit the racing theme:

  1. Bake or buy some cupcakes, cookies, and other take-home goodies decorated according to your theme, and put them in a checkered treat box.
  2. Make some homemade trail mix and label it as “nuts and bolts,” and put them in a plastic bag placed in a checkered box. You may fill it in with candies if you prefer.
  3. Give out some Hershey’s chocolate bars and cover them in racing-themed candy bar wrappers.
  4. Fill up some party favor bags with an assortment of little stuff that kids would enjoy. Mix little toys with candies for ultimate enjoyment! Here are some racing-related party favors you can pack on goodie bags:
  1. Use racing-themed goodie bags to put your assortment of favors on. There are a lot of options out there that can double as a party decoration while the party is ongoing. Here are some great finds:
Where to Buy
24 Pack Race Car Party Treat Bags with Thank You Stickers, Racing Pit Crew Goody Gift Bags
20 Packs Checkered Racing Treat Bags Race Car Theme Party Favors
Race Car Party Gifts Bags - 12 Pack 10'' x 12'' Racing Car Drawstring Backpack
30Pcs Racing Treat Party Gift Bags, Racing Treat Gift Bags Party Supplies Birthday Decoration Gift Bags race Birthday Party Decorations
PRATYUS 12 Pcs Race Car Party Gift Bags Racing Candy Treats Bags
24 Pieces Racing Car Party Treat Bags for Birthday Party Supplies, Racing Car Party Favor Checkered Goody Treat Candy Bags
24 PCS Racing Car Party Favor Bags Racing Car Party Gift Bags Fast One Party Supplies Two Fast Party Supplies Fast One Party Favor Bags


No matter who the celebrant is cheering for or what they want to drive – they will surely love this race car-themed birthday party full of speed, snacks, and photos. Your kid will surely treasure this birthday theme. Need some ideas for adult-themed parties? Check this out.