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10 {Simple & Fun!} Disney Cars Party Food Ideas

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Tow Mater Food Table

Party food doesn’t have to be complicated – especially when it comes to the kids! One of my favorite “tricks” for serving up creative food at kids parties is actually in the naming of the dishes – it’s fun to think up clever food names that tie into your party theme somehow.

For example, in our recent Disney Pixar Cars Birthday Party, all of the food and drinks were named after characters or elements of the movie. There were things like “Tow Mater’s Taters” (tater tots), “Luigi’s Pizza Tires” (bagel bites), “Fillmore’s Organic Fruit Cups” (fruit salad in ice cream cones), and more! Scroll down to check out the full list of menu ideas. :)

Everything is also homemade or store-bought, which keeps the menu affordable. It also means that if you’re reading this a day or 2 before your own Cars party there’s still time to pull these off! And don’t forget that our matching Free Printables include all of the food cards and food signs pictured here. ENJOY!

Cozy Cone Motel Cakes

1. “Cozy Cone” Cakes

Inspired by the “Cozy Cone Motel” in Radiator Springs, these sugar cones are filled with a cake pop mixture, attached to graham cracker squares, and covered in edible orange food spray by Duff. Super easy! (Recipe pictorial coming soon). If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, these would be super cute embellished with little “motel room” doors and windows!

2. Luigi’s “Pizza Tires” + Guido’s Pizza Rolls

Since these 2 work as a team in the movie, I thought it would be cute to display their dishes as a duo too! I made this DIY “tire inspired” tiered serving tray from round nesting boxes, rubbery black shelf liner material, and pizza pans.

Luigis Pizza Tires - Cars Party Food

3. Pit Crew “Toolbox”

Our food table had a “Pit Crew” vibe to it, so I decided to use an actual toolbox to hold all of the eating utensils and call them the “tools”! (Found the toolbox for less than $8 at Walmart!) The plates and napkins are from the Disney Cars Dream Party line by Hallmark, and we also embellished some “real look” plastic silver forks with colored duct tape to give them a racing stripes look:

Pit Crew Toolbox with Cars Themed Plates

4. Sarge’s “Surplus Sandwiches”

I love using cookie cutters on kids sandwiches, and stars seemed like an easy fit for this party – especially for the character of Sarge, who runs the local army surplus shop in Radiator Springs! We made grilled cheese, but you could really use any type of sandwich for these.

Star Sandwiches

5. Fillmore’s Organic Fruit Cups

I’ve seen fruit cups in ice cream cones floating around the web for a while but never found an excuse to make them – until now! Fillmore is the “resident hippie” of Radiator Springs who lives in a colorful dome and makes organic fuel… the perfect inspiration for colorful fruit cups served in edible containers! We also garnished the cones with a small band of stars (included in our free printables).

Fillmore's Fruit Cups Cars Food Ideas

6. Doc’s “Engine Dipsticks”

I was determined to sneak some veggies into the menu…  and veggie sticks sound much cooler as “Doc’s Engine Dipsticks“! They’re served individually here with low-fat ranch for dipping. And since Doc Hudson is not only the famous Hudson Hornet, but also the resident DOCTOR of Radiator Springs, it makes sense that he’d want kids to eat their veggies, right? ;)

Disney Pixar Cars Veggie Dipsticks

Disney Cars Party Food Ideas

7. Tow Mater’s Taters

Who can resist this super cute 3D Tow Mater Snack Caddy?! It’s also from the Disney Cars Dream Party line. We simply filled it with tater tots and added a “Tow Mater’s Taters” sign. Done! You could also swap out potato chips for the tots.

Tow Mater's Tater Tots - Disney Cars Party Food

8. “Stoplight” Dessert Station

Here’s a peek at the dessert station, which was very simple since our emphasis was on the regular food table this time. My living room hutch has undergone many transformations for a party, but this is the first time it had a “traffic light” running through it! ;)  I was pretty excited about how this little DIY project turned out… (the “pole” in the middle is just part of a gift wrap roll tube, spray painted silver).

Disney Pixar Cars Dessert Table

The “stoplight” is flanked by decorations from the Disney Cars Dream Party line, and I couldn’t resist putting their “speed limit” sign right in the middle of the stoplight poll… it seemed especially fitting to be near the “Sheriff’s Stoplight Brownies”!.

9. Sheriff’s “Stoplight Brownies”

These homemade brownies are always a big hit with the kids – and for a Cars party we’ve named them after the resident traffic cop of Radiator Springs! All you need is brownies + chocolate frosting + red/yellow/green m&m’s. You could also just decorated pre-made frosted brownies to really make your life easy. ;)

Stoplight Brownies

10. “Piston Cup” Popcorn

Last but not least is our “Piston Cup Popcorn”. This can be served either salty or sweet – you could even do something super fancy like this! The main emphasis here is on the name – it’s inspired by the famous racing series from Cars. We designed some free printable party circles to decorate the front of each bag. Download them yourself right here!

Piston Cup Popcorn

I hope some of these Cars food party ideas come in handy for your own celebration! Here’s an overall shot of the food table where most of them were used. You can get more details on the decorations shown here and throughout the rest of the party on the full Cars Birthday Party recap.

Cars Party Food Table

Another peek at one of the free printable signs… :)

Doc's Engine Dipstick Printable Sign


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  1. @Wedding_Agent August 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

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  2. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle August 19, 2013 at 4:34 am

    You rock!! That is all. Love the Tow Maters Taters and I love the stop light brownies!!

  3. Veronica September 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Where did you find the silver “signs” like the one you used for the doc’s dipsticks? they looked amazing! thanks

    • jenn s. September 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Veronica –
      I think you’re asking about the frames – they are actually Ikea Tolsby frames (only $1 each!) that we spray painted silver :)
      I designed the signs inside of them, and you can download them for free right here.

      Hope that helps!
      Jenn :)

  4. Anastasya October 23, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Can you send me that Pit Crew picture and stickers at present craft bags? nas_vslnk@mail.ru

    Thank you very much!

  5. Mums Lounge December 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I love the mixture of healthy and snack food for this party. It goes to show if you add a theme a child will eat it. Great imagination has come to create such a party. Thank you so much.

  6. Erika De Paz January 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I love it ! my son is turning 2 on march and im gonna be doing a cars themed!

    i have a question, what kind of paper did you use for the printout ?

    • jenn s. January 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thanks, Erika! We used Epson Premium Matte paper for these print outs – the cardstock weight (65 lb) for items like the signs and silhouettes, and the paper weight (32 lb) for the patterned papers and folded food labels. We usually order it online, but I’ve also seen it at Staples and Office Depot. Canon has a good matte paper as well. :)

  7. lilames22 May 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you so much for the free printables!! Love this party! I am throwing a Cars theme party for my boy in the next month.

  8. jen January 23, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Hi! You did such a great job. Where can I find the black tire print paper/material? Thanks

    • jenn s. January 23, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks, Jen! The black tires are actually made from heavy duty shelf liner :) It’s typically used to line garage shelves or tool cabinets. You can find it at Target or Walmart!

  9. annabell May 11, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Hello! What are the silver box looking things that the fries are sitting on? Or Popcorn is in?? :) thanks so much!

    • jenn s. May 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Annabell – Those are actually just 5″ wooden boxes spray painted silver (and decorated with colored duct tape). This is where I usually buy them: Hope that helps! :)

  10. Shaunie Davies June 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Where did you find the wheels/hub caps that are hanging on the wall??

    • jenn s. June 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Shaunie – I bought them at Walmart! Very inexpensive too – you can find them in the auto aisles. :)

  11. Jenny August 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Hello, I was wondering if the tutorial for the cozy cone cakes was up yet? Can these be made ahead or do the cones get soggy? Thank you:)

  12. Kia November 18, 2015 at 6:02 am

    I was wondering where you got the Pit Crew sign from. I would love to have it at my son’s part.

    • jenn s. November 18, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Hi Kia –
      You can find it at Oriental Trading Company right now! Click here and scroll down to the “Decorations” section of the page (it’s quite a ways down). The Pit Crew sign is actually the top portion of the “Door Curtain”. (I cut the bottom part off for our party). Hope that helps!

  13. Kelly January 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Where did you get the Mater that the tater tots are in?

    • jenn s. January 12, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Hi Kelly – I got that Mater at Walmart… This was back in 2013, and I’m not sure how often they switch their inventory up, but hopefully you’ll still be able to find it!

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