My sweet daughter was turning 8. After much deliberating she decided that she wanted to bring a few of her friends to the local race track. She has always loved watching racing and thought it would be fun to share that with her friends, most had never been to a race.
We sent out the invite, got the head count and started prepping. We found a great deal on hearing protectors that were yellow (favorite color of my daughter). We bought all the snacks and drinks you could want for a race. We got mini note pad/pen sets so the kids could write notes back and forth to each other during the race(it’s too loud to talk). We had everything set except……the weather.
As the date approached, so did storms. I started to realize that there was a high chance that the race was going to be rained out. I need a backup plan. Here comes the love of children’s creativity.
I went to our local Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and asked if they had any big boxes that I could have. Thankfully they had a big refrigerator box. This box would now become our contingency plan. Who doesn’t love a big box?
My next stop was our local dollar tree. I picked up balloons, glow sticks, tape, string, and boxes of aluminum foil and precut aluminum foil sheets. My kids have always enjoyed playing with aluminum foil but it’s always been something that I’ve given out sparingly. Well, my thought was that IF we can’t go to the race and IF we want to build a racecar ourselves , then why not let the kids go to town on playing with materials that they don’t always get to have free reign on.
The day of the party arrived and just as I had feared the chances for evening storms were just too high to chance it.
We got the box out and precut two windows in it. We folded it back up and put it away till later.
The party got started at our home instead of the track.
Balloons in the basment…then a pizza party picnic stye(notice the sheet…super easy clean up;-)
After dinner, out came the race time party favors and THE BOX!
Seriously…They were all so stinking cute! They were all being so creative and working together so nicely to make the best racecar fort EVER!
After a while we sang happy birthday then it was time to break out the glow sticks. All I can say is that I was completely shocked by what they did with the glow sticks.
I’m so happy with how everything turned out! The best part was that at the end of the party, my now 8 year old daughter was radiating joy! My heart is so full!
While going to the race would have been a blast, I’m thankful that our box racecar fort party at home was just as fun.
Remember…they will love your effort!
These last two pictures are from after the party of the racecar fort.