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NASCAR Racing Party Tips and Race Car Cake Ideas

Updated on October 23, 2017
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Faye has lots of experience planning all types of parties for her children and grandchildren. She worked as a cake decorator for 24 years.

Are You Planning a Racing Themed Party?

In this article you will find party tips for a fun racing themed party, including ideas for decorating, games and activities, favors, food, and of course, the birthday cake! I've also added my suggestions for the party supplies you'll need, including: black & white checkered tableware.

Race fans of any age will love this theme for a birthday party or for a get together while watching a race on TV. This is a great theme for child or adult.

The Invitations

Suggest to your guest that they wear their favorite driver's t-shirt, hat, or team colors.

Decorating Tips

Decorating Ideas for a Racing Themed Party

Room Decorations:

  • NASCAR or Racing Posters
  • NASCAR Tin Signs
  • Balloons in team colors
  • Race Car Pinata
  • NASCAR Collectibles

Table Decorations:

  • Themed plates, napkins, and cups.
  • Toy cars
  • Birthday Cake
  • Favor Pack

Race Car Party Supplies
Race Car Party Supplies | Source

Cool Party Supplies

These Racing Party Supplies are so cool! They feature black and white checkered flags, flames, race tires, and race car dashboard. The party kit includes dinner and dessert plates, hot/cold cups, black napkins, red cutlery and red plastic tablecover. These will double as a decoration!

The Menu

Race Fans Love to Eat!

Serve the usual racetrack concession style food:

  • Soft pretzels
  • Nachos with cheese dip
  • Hot dogs
  • Variety of chips
  • Popcorn

If you want a heartier fare, the following ideas will make great racing theme party food:

  • Pizza
  • Chili beans
  • Hamburgers on the grill

If it's a nice day, you can have a cook-out and pretend you're at the race track.

I love the black & white checkered plates, napkins, and tablecover for a NASCAR party. It is suitable for any team, and no one can complain. :)

Activities & Games

Activity and Game Ideas

  1. Stock Car Pinata: What's a party without a pinata? Add candy and small toys, provide a blindfold and bat, and you're ready for some fun!

  2. Movie Time: Watch a movie(s) about NASCAR at your party, or a race that's on TV. If you're having a sleepover, have a movie marathon!

  3. HOT Car! Play the NASCAR theme song or CARS song. Have players sit in a circle and pass a toy car until the music stops. The player left holding the car when the music stops is out. Keep passing until only one player is left. He is the Race Winner!

  4. Red Light! Green Light! This classic is the perfect game for a racing themed party.

Favor Ideas

A Few Favor Ideas

You can also use these for game prizes

  • Die Cast Race Cars
  • Silver Trophy
  • Checkered Flags
  • Lollipops

The Birthday Cake

Make Your Own Birthday Cake

I've made many race car cakes by simply making a round track on the cake with black or chocolate icing, surrounded by a field (green icing) and adding those little Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars you can buy almost everywhere. You can usually even find a car from your favorite race team. I've also made them using cake topper kits, edible images, and shaped baking pans. Or, you can order a theme cake from your local bakery or grocery store. Be sure to order early!

Race Car Cake Idea #1

Decorate the top of your own cake with a race track and green grass. You can add trees or a pond if you like. This is easy to do for even a rookie cake decorator!

You can get an idea in the video below. I love the way she has made the race track into the shape of the child's age. But, you can just go with a round or oval track if you prefer, using a round layer cake or sheet cake.

Race Car Cake Idea #2

The race track cake in the video below is made using a round layer cake. The sides are decorated with black and white checks and the top has a round race track made with black icing with the sides and middle filled in with green grass (icing). You can top it with your choice of race cars or motorcycles. You could also add flags or other embellishments. You do not need to be a pro to make this cake.

Race Car Cake Idea #3

In the video below, the cake is a sheet cake with green icing for the grass and it looks like cookie crumbs for the race track. (I would recommend using black or chocolate icing.) This cake is decorated with several of the NASCAR collectible cars. (Of course, their favorite team's car is winning!) There are even cars piled up in a wreck on the back side (you can see this in video). This is such a unique idea, I had to include it.

This cake would be perfect for any age NASCAR fan.

Race Car Cake Idea #4

The video below shows how to make a race car shaped birthday cake by cutting out cake layers and used fondant icing to decorate. This one is for a more advanced cake decorator, but it gives step-by-step directions if you want to give it a try. It looks awesome!

Making this cake would be much easier by using a race car shaped cake pan, rather than cutting cake layers. I'm not talented in carving a cake, so I always use shaped pans. You can then decorate it by starring in with buttercream icing or using the rolled out fondant, like the video shows. The fondant makes a smooth finish that you can even add decals to.

© 2009 Faye Rutledge


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      WaveWriter 4 years ago

      wow these are some great ideas! i've been trying to come up with some, and this really helps. awesome lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the NASCAR party theme for the sports fans.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! Go Dale Jr. 88!One squid thumbs up vote given!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great ideas for a wonderful NASCAR party ~ I'm featuring this page on my NASCAR party supplies lens! Thanks for some fun party ideas!

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      its4hry 6 years ago

      this is just awesome

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      [in reply to Annie Robinson] These are some very cool tips! I love them! Thanks so much for sharing! It's nice to get other people's ideas. I'd love it if you'd send me a photo of the race car cake you make, and I'll post it on this lens, if you don't mind. Just use my contact link. Thanks again!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm celebrating my husband's 50th with a Nascar Party! He love's Jimmie Johnson, so we made invites with the #s 48 and 49 "torn" off the car and replaced with the #50 and advising that his favorite number is changing! We will be serving the usual race food and and a race car cake that I will be making. We will be bagging up Oreo cookes as a package of "spare tires" for guests to take home!