Decorations: The Punch Out Pack from Hallmark/Party Express was such a great hit the year before with the Toy Story Birthday party that I found this set online for easy decor. It was a splurge for me at $15, but with the baby I wanted something quick and easy.
I put some of the paper 'placemats' up on the wall along with a few generic Happy Birthday Banners we've kept in our birthday box and used each year.
I put some balloons and crepe paper up and the room was good to go.
Cost of decorations: $28
Games: Hubby set up an obstacle course race for them to play. I think I'd told him a few weeks before I wanted him to run some games outside and he literally came up with this as they all walked outside.
Food: After games everyone came inside and we had snacks. Again, food is where a party budget can get out of control so we planned our party for an afternoon so we weren't serving a full meal, just snacks. We had chips and salsa, crackers, fruit, veggies, dips and juice or Gatorade. Whenever I could I tried to use Cars themed snacks like Cars CheezIts or Cars shaped Graham Cracker Cookies to add to the theme. I used the place cards in the decoration pack to make up some labels for the food. Sweet Tea-Motor Oil, Gatorade-Filmore's Fuel, Water-Red's Firehose, Ranch Dressing-Rusteze Bumper Ointment. Didn't get a picture of those things...maybe it was because I was nursing a 6 week old? Cost of the food was about $25
Gifts: Instead of having guests bring the kids a present we asked everyone to bring presents to donate to Operation Christmas Child. At the party the kids were able to pick out items and pack a shoebox to send overseas to a child in need.
Cake: I just didn't have the time and energy this year to make a big cake. But I do like things homemade so we went with cupcakes this year. It ended up saving time too because we didn't have to cut the cake and slice it up and serve it. I love doing new cakey things though so I bought some new larger piping tips to decorate them with so it was still fun and they turned out cute.
Cost for Cupcakes: $12 for two box mixes, icing, cupcake liners, candles and new tips. Plus cost of printing out the circles below and attaching them to some toothpicks I already had in the kitchen.
Here's a printable jpg:
Goodie Bags: Didn't get a great picture of them but they were just clear cellophane bags and I found little stuff to put in that didn't cost a ton. Had gotten a pack of Cars Valentines after Valentine's Day that had a pack of pencils and that was only 54 cents for a pack of 12 or 18. After each holiday I go to Walmart and look through all the kiddie toys and after Christmas I'd found some pens and rings for $2 and after Valentine's Day I found little water color sets and mazes on clearance. I also bought a pack of Cars Bandaids and Cars Fruit snacks and put one each in the bag. And lastly found some Cars Silly Bands on clearance. I generally collect a bag of items through the year that are inexpensive because I don't want to spend a ton on goodie bags. If you know when to shop you can get great stuff for cheap. Of course, you have to remember that you purchased it and where you hid it from your kids. Cost of the goodie bags: $33 for 16 bags or about $2 per child
Total party Cost: