If you or someone close to you has a love of motorcycles, bring the free, adventurous spirit of these machines to your next party with a motorcycle theme. Incorporate classic biker iconography into your decor, serve treats with a motorcycle theme, and belt out your best rendition of "Born to Be Wild." Whether your party is for children or adults, it's sure to be as fun as cruising down the highway with the wind in your hair.
Decorate your party invitations with Harley-Davidson logos, a handmade motorcycle stencil or a picture of your favorite type of motorcycle, and list the party details underneath. Come up with creative wording that reflects the motorcycle theme, such as "Put the pedal to the metal and cruise to Jim's birthday bash," or "You're invited to join Billy's biker gang at his fifth birthday party!" For an alternative to the traditional card-shaped invites, make circular invitations that look like motorcycle tires and list the party details in the center of the circle.
Cut red, blue and black bandanas into triangles; then glue them along lengths of ribbons to make biker-approved pennant banners to hang over doorways and windows. Decorate the walls with framed photos of vintage motorcycles or photos from classic biker movies such as "The Wild One" and "Easy Rider." For a table centerpiece, glue a flat wooden base to the top of an upturned toy motorcycle helme; then fill the helmet with flowers or succulent plants. Park a few toy motorcycles on side tables and serving tables, and rent a selection of motorcycle-themed books from the library to stack up under serving trays. Make fake labels for "motor oil" and "gasoline" to paste around large cans, and place napkins, cupcakes or other party goodies on top of the cans.
Food and Drink
Make a custom sign to hang above your food serving area, such as Bobby's Biker Cafe, and list the daily specials on a blackboard. Give your food items motorcycle-themed names, such as "biker burgers," "hot-rod hot dogs" and "burnt rubber brownies." Serve macaroons and cookies decorated with icing to look like motorcycle tires, and make tiny flags with photos of motorcycles glued to toothpicks to stick in the tops of cupcakes. Use a toy motorcycle cake topper, or have a custom cake made featuring a motorcycle made out of icing. For beverages, label non-alcoholic drinks such as juice and punch as "unleaded fuel," and label beer or wine "high-octane gasoline."
Activities and Favors
If you own a motorcycle or have a friend willing to loan you one for the party, set it up in the corner and have guests take turns getting their picture taken with it. For a children's party, set up an arts and crafts table and give the kids simple black-lined images of motorcycles that they can color in with markers and decorate with glitter and stickers. For an adult party, crank up the karaoke machine and sing along to biker-themed anthems such as, "Born to be Wild," "Motorcycle Mama" and "The Ballad of Easy Rider." When the party's over, send your guests home with motorcycle-themed temporary tattoos and a pair of cool sunglasses.
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