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I had the opportunity to shop for Disney Pixar Cars and Disney Planes toys at WalMart recently, which was fantastic because it coincided with the start of school. Since Eva and her cousin were both headed to preschool at the same time, we decided to throw together a little Cars and Planes themed party to celebrate!
The first thing I did was put together the gift baskets, since shopping is always the fun part. I bought a Disney Cars Stunt Racers race track to be their “big” present and got each of the girls their own Stunt Racers race car, which went into their party tote along with crayons, a doodle pad, hand sanitizer, a notebook, and some Disney Pixar Cars fruit snacks.
To decorate, I put some paper down on our table and drew out a racetrack to represent the school year, noting all of the things that they’d be doing along the way. I also grabbed some Disney Pixar Cars party supplies while I was at WalMart. I wanted the party to be simple, since it was just a back to school dinner, so the party plates were a great way to theme the night without going overboard. For dinner, we had school-inspired food: sloppy joes, tater tots, apple salad, and a pan of frosted brownies. (Note: this was Eva’s first time using sprinkles. It turns out you shouldn’t give a two-year-old a container of sprinkles if you don’t want her to dump the whole thing out…)
The girls love the movie, so they were excited about the Disney Pixar Cars theme. They dove right into the gift bags and the biggest hit was definitely the Stunt Racers (although they made a thorough inspection of all the other items).
I wasn’t sure if the girls would like the race track, since I never had one when I was little and it always seemed like a bit of a “boy toy”. Well, it was a huge hit!! Every time the cars took off the girls just laughed and laughed. I think the parents had almost as fun watching them play with it as they had with the actual track!
Since I was able to check out the Disney Planes line of toys as well, I grabbed a special surprise to welcome Eva home with after her first day of preschool. It’s a fighter jet and it’s one of those toys that races off on its own if you pull it back and wind up the wheels. There’s also little flames that spin on the tail so I knew Eva would be excited about it. The girl loves her planes and her fire. (And that doesn’t make Mom nervous at all…)
I did wonder what I was going to do about her “congrats on a great first day” gift if she had a horrible day and was terrible to her teachers and absolutely hated school, but of course I was worrying for no reason and she had a great first day indeed. We took her out to lunch to celebrate and she was very entertained with her surprise!