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40 Best Race Car Party Ideas

Race to the finish line with our Best Race Car Party Ideas and throw a birthday party of a lifetime.

Best Race Car Party Ideas

Are you excited to plan a race car birthday party for your race car loving child? Start your engines and get inspired with these Best Race Car Party Ideas round-up.

The race car party theme is cool, fun and fast. The color theme is often red, black and white, but orange, yellow and blue colors can also be incorporated depending on your inspiration. The must decorations are racing flags, checkered backdrops, balloon arches, tire inflatables, racetrack runners, podium stands and trophies.

There are also more specific themes you can explore when planning your race car birthday party, some of which are Ferrari, Pixar Cars and Hot Wheels. Scroll down below and get inspired with our best selection of race car party decorations, party food, favors, printables, invitations and fun activities. And if you’re after an amazing race car birthday cake to complete the look check out our Cool Race Car Cakes Ideas round-up. Race you there!

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Race Car Party Decorations

Welcome Station

Welcome your guests with a ‘Welcome Racers’ sign and have their pit passes and lanyards ready for the race.

Race Car Party Food Table Setting

Create a race car birthday party themed display with a checkered backdrop, balloon arch, tire inflatables, racing flags and a podium stand to set the scene and display your party food.

Fueling Station

Set up a fueling station for all those thirsty car racers. This one is just so cool.

Race Car Party Decorations

Your guests will feel like they won the race with this amazing racetrack runner and podium stand display.

DIY Traffic Light Box

This DIY traffic light box is such a great decoration idea. You can simply make one with a tall cardboard box, paper plates and some paint.

Race Car Party Food Table Setting

This is a fun simple race car party decoration with a red and orange tablecloth, a name banner, a tire and a backdrop with racing flags.

Race Car Party Food Table Setting

Get inspired with this striking race car party decorations with a checkered tablecloth, red podium stand, and checkered seven number. Complete the theme with trophies and race car cupcake toppers.

Race Car Party Food Table Setting

This Ferrari-inspired display will take you straight to the finish line. It’s immaculate.

Race Car Party Table Setting

You might love this blue, red, black and white colored themed table setting. Start your engines now!

Race Car Party Table Setting

This Cars-inspired party set up looks the part. At this party, your guests will feel like real race car drivers.

Race Car Party Food

Racer Burgers

Fuel your party guests with some ‘racer burgers’. The racing flag toppers perfectly complete the look.

Pizza Tires

Mini ‘pizza tires’ anyone? Perfect for those race drivers to satiate their hunger.

Steering Wheels

These ‘steering wheel’ wraps are such a great savory food idea for your race car party. Fill them with some veggies and a healthy spread and cut them small for an easy grab.

Fruit Cups

Keep it healthy with these fun fruit cups made with ice cream cones and a selection of fruits.

Fruit Racers

These fruit racers made with apples and grapes are such lovely party food idea. Especially amazing for younger kids.


Make these delicious dipsticks with some pretzels and melted dark and white chocolate.

Spare Tires Doughnuts

Don’t these chocolate-covered doughnuts look just the part? You know you need these at your sweet table.

Race Car Cupcakes

Bake your own or have them custom made these race car cupcakes are a must at your party.

Race Car Cake Pops

These race car cake pops with gearbox decorations are a simple yet very cool idea.

Hot Wheels Cupcakes

Learn how to make these fun Hot Wheels Cupcakes by Mom vs The Boys. This easy recipe will be the hit by your little speedsters.

Fueling Station

Quench the thirst of your race drivers with these fun race car themed water bottles.

Race Car Party Favors

Trophy Party Favors

Trophies are one of the best party favor for your race car themed party. Fill them with chocolate or sweets and top them with racing flag kids will love them.

Sweets Party Favors

All you need for this simple party favor are cellophane bags, a selection of sweets and these fun printable thank-you tags.

Trophy Party Favors

Here’s another inspiration for a trophy party favor filled with gold chocolate coins and thank you tag.

Racing Flag Cookie Favors

These delicious-looking racing flag cookie favors made such sweet race car party favor.

Race Car Party Favors

If you’re still unsure about the party favor, these customizable race car party favors from Etsy are all done for you.

Race Car Party Printables

Race Car Party Signs

Get all set for your party with these downloadable race car party signs.

Race Car VIP Pass

Create cool race car birthday party VIP Passes with these printable personalized templates.

Race Car Party Favor Tags

Your party favors are sorted with this fun instantly downloadable race car party favor tags template.

Race Car Party Printables

Use these fun race car party printables as centerpieces, cupcake toppers or hang them on walls for decoration.

Race Car Birthday Party Printables

This instant download collection of printable templates has everything you could possibly need and you can personalize it at home using Adobe Reader.

Race Car Party Invitations

Race Car Party Ticket

Race everyone to your party with these cool race car party ticket invites.

Car Racing Birthday Invitation

Start your engines and shift into gear with this fun invite for your race car birthday party.

Race Car Party Invitation

Set the mood with this modern boys’ race car party birthday invitation. 

Race Car Birthday Party Invitation

Ready, set, go! Get everyone excited for your party with this fast party invite.

Race Car Party Activities

Race Track

Get ready for the race by building your own DIY race track. It’s the best activity to offer your race car loving guests.

DIY Pull String Car Pinata

Learn how to make this pull-string piñata for your party guests. This fun alternative to a traditional pinata is great for younger kids because it has a trap door on the bottom to release the candy when the right string is pulled. For instructions on how to make it visit Vicky Barone blog.

Cardboard Box Race Car

Get your party guests to make their very own race car from a cardboard box with the help of Red Kite Days.

Painting with Wheels

If you’re not afraid of things getting messy set up a Painting with Wheels art activity for your party guests. If you need little help visit Artful Parent for instructions.

Race Day Craft Activity

Take race day to the next level with this race day craft activity. These super easy and fun-to-make paper roll race cars by Mommy Bunch will make a fun activity for your race car party.

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