The checkered flag is waving, and the race is on for you to plan a dirt bike-themed birthday party. This extreme sport should not be an extreme challenge for you; a dirt bike party is simple to put together. With ample planning, your event will go off with no problems, and you’ll be sitting at the finish line watching the guests have fun.
Invitations and Thank Yous
After you have confirmed the date, time and place of the party, design the invitations to reflect the dirt bike theme and word them accordingly. If the birthday boy rides dirt bikes, take a photo of him doing a trick on his bike and use it for the image on the invitation. If he is too young to ride but loves dirt bikes, use a stock image or graphic of a rider. The wording can be simple such as, “Race on Over to Help Us Celebrate (name of celebrant)’s Birthday,” along with the details of the party. Use a racing-themed rhyme, for instance, “Crank your engines. Shift into gear. Join us to celebrate (name of celebrant)’s birthday!” Decorate the envelopes with checkered flags or use a toy car and a brown inkpad to make muddy tire tracks. For the coordinating thank you notes, use the heading, “Thanks for racing by!” with similar graphics as the invitations.
Decorations and Favors
Hang pennants at the entrance of the party to create a race ambiance. Anchor black and white balloons outside so guests know they have the correct address. If you are having the event at your home and kids will be arriving on their bicycles, set up a bike parking area with cones and checkered flags for them to leave their rides. In the area where the kids walk into the party, make a line on the floor with tape and the word “START.” For an older crowd, hang posters from racing teams such as Fox, Scott, Honda or Yamaha. Play dirt-bike racing events on the TV as the guests arrive, and decorate the food tables and the tables where the kids will sit with checkered tablecloths. Place a small dirt bike toy at each place setting with a place card noting where each kid should sit. Orange cones turned upside-down serve food or hold utensils. Complete your decorations by placing large graphics or black silhouettes of dirt bike riders on the walls and a helmet or two on the tables as centerpieces. Pass out favors of dirt bike-shaped cookies, candy bags with a personalized “pit pass” lanyard or motorcycle toys.
Activities and Games
Keep the kids entertained throughout the party with some racing themed activities. Create templates of bike license plates and have the kids decorate their own; let them use crayons and markers to design the ultimate plate for their dream dirt bike. Send the kids on a neighborhood, house or area treasure hunt. Hide racing items such as, gloves, boots, helmet, and license plates in a secure place. Give the kids clues that would send them to each location until they reach the end where a “FINISH” line awaits them. Set up large orange cones in the yard and let the kids throw hula-hoops or bike tires for a ring toss: Back up the kids and see who can throw it the farthest. Play a guessing game with jars of nuts and bolts; the guests will all estimate how many nuts or bolts are in the jar, and whoever is closest will win a prize. Set up a mock race course in the yard or the street. Give larger kids small bikes or big wheel racers and have them race the course on tiny bikes. Have a friend or someone from the local track bring a real dirt bike by the party for the kids to see up close. Have him explain the bike, how it works, and what it takes to maintain it. Photograph each kid beside the bike and enclose the photo in the thank you note.
Food and Drinks
The riders will be hungry and thirsty at the party, so keep them going with some good eats. Set up a “Hydration Station” with sports drinks or bottled water. An easy way to have party-themed water is to place a piece of white-and-black checked duct tape around the label of the water bottles. Prepare a variety of sandwiches and cut them with a circular cookie cutter to simulate a wheel shape. If your crowd likes burgers, grill out and call them “grilled tires.” Use a large cup-style trophy to serve chips. Serve food that the birthday boy and his friends like, but come up with alternative names for them that go with your theme. Make your kid's favorite flavor cake and top it with a toy dirt bike. Embellish the cake with crumbled graham crackers to simulate the dirt track. Add a small line of pennant flags between two skewers that spells out his name.
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