So last year, I handmade the invitations. Now that I have an infant and a toddler, I can't be a domestic goddess anymore. Plus, it's kinda hard to draw Lightning McQueen! Here are the invitations we got from Toy Kingdom:
|Vito loves Lightning's grin. I love the reds. It's a happy invitation!|
|My added touch is coloring in the word "FRIENDS".|
|There's a lot of party giveaways at the store but these were the only age-appropriate ones for Vito's guests.|
|I put the giveaways in brown paper bags and personalized each!|
I must confess that while I love how easy party planning and decorating is with the stuff we found at Toy Kingdom, I did long for making the party more personal, the way I did with his first birthday party. So the night before the Cars-themed party, I decided—on a whim!—to make a center piece for the table. Don't think it's a big deal! It's actually kinda crappy haha. I just suddenly decided on it and made do with whatever materials I found in the house.
But first! Here's what inspired me to take on this little crafts project:
I was singing it, thought of Vito's birthday, that it's such an apt song for the passages of life and before I knew it, I was rummaging in the crafts box! This took just 20 minutes. Really easy, really for the lazy mommy! I used the BlackBerry to take photos because I was too lazy to take the five steps to my writing desk and get the camera!
|I reused the extra gray felt paper that I used for the Totoro invitations from last year's party.|
|I cut little strips of masking tape to make the broken lines in the center of roads.|
|Measuring tape is a crafty mommy's best friend!|
|One side done!|
|Here's what it looked like!|
Voila! Well, I glued the highway to a piece of heavy white paper to ground it. Then I taped the highway to the center of the table. It looked really cute!
But! But! But! It was a major FAIL! Seriously. What was I thinking?! You put toy cars on a table and what will a roomful of little boys do? Climb the table and get the cars!!!