I attempted Tow Mater cupcake
I made him a birthday banner. I created a sheet of black squares on a PowerPoint slide using the 'insert shape' feature. Then I added in the letters, cut in the shape of a triangle and strung together on black and white checked ribbon. After the party, the night before his actual birthday, I moved this banner to his door. I decorated his door with streamers and the banner for a special morning surprise on the big day.
I found these really great, free, printables at http://www.sowonderfulsomarvelous.com/2010/04/disney-cars-birthday-party.html. I used the Ramone's House of Body Art sign on a table with temporary tattoos and wooden cars that the kids painted.
The Fillmore's Organic Fuel sign was used on the iced tea:
The great thing about this theme is that going through the boys' toy box there is no shortage of toys to be used as decoration. I topped the juice boxes with Mater and McQueen figurines.
Another free decoration idea. I found pictures of some of the Cars characters in a magazine ad for Disney World. I cut them out and taped them to the picture frames on the walls. Bam, free.
For the dessert I served black & white treats. Half moon cookies, chocolate donuts (tires) and cupcakes that looked like a road (chocolate frosting, chocolate sprinkles and white piped frosting as lines). The cupcakes were my plan B after deciding to only do 1 Mater cupcake.
I lined our kitchen island with a black mat with white lines to look like a road (more of the Cars figurines added in for decoration).
I also laid out a Cars rug and a basket of matchbox cars for the kids to play with. Love me some free activities/decorations.
The birthday boy in the Tow Mater hats I found at Oriental Trading. He slept in it that night :)
Brady was 'happier than a tornado in a trailer park!'