NASCAR & Racing Party Ideas

Everyone loves watching a race! Slick cars, going fast, bumping each other on the turn; the pomp, the pageantry, the pits, the roar of the engines. The NASCAR® circuit has become a truly national sport with the Daytona 500 kicking things off. Seems like a good reason to have a party. Get your engine started with these racing party ideas....

Race Day Party Invitations
It's a race to the finish to get invitations out before it's too late. There are some great options for any race day theme party.

I think personalized driver's license invitations are perfect. Choose your own picture and your own wording, and every state is available!

Another popular style are personalized photo ticket invitations. You get to choose from nine colors and can order as few as 30. They also have optional magnet backers or lanyards!


Or make it easy on yourself and drive your guests to your door with one of our fabulous race day personalized race day invitations!
Too late? Or a spur of the moment race party? You can also call people. Just be careful racing to the phone.

Race Day Decorations and Party Supplies


Since every major race has its own special design, shouldn’t your party? Set yourself apart with a personalized photo banner. (It is your party after all.) Your guests will love your attention to detail and start revving up to party.
The starting line is at your door with one of our race car driver cutouts, with your face (or without) providing a perfect welcome and a perfect photo op!
This might be a good place to put a race car pinata to set the mood. It's different and gives the place a race day feel.  Then add a slew of fun racing theme decorations. 
Wearables are one of the easiest racing party ideas. Decorate your guests with plastic visors (Daytona, Florida, get it?) and emblazon their choice of winner across the front. Or, just give them a visor and a marker and let them go to town.

Race Day Table Decorations and Menu


To have a really successful NASCAR theme party, you need a racetrack feel to your table. Cover all tables, buffets and bars with Nascar tablecovers. Choose from black and white checkered paper goods so that you stay in theme. Pre-set the table and stuff each cup with a napkin, plastic ware (fork, spoon and knife) and two racing flags coming out…one cup at each place. Add some black and white balloons to the table. People won't have trouble finding the food then! Your table will look fabulous.
Your guests will be thirsty from all their cheering. For the younger crowd offer water in these personalized water bottle labels. For the adult crowd offer beverages in these personalized beer bottle labels. Your guests will go wild with excitement!

Everybody at your party will want to feel like a race car driver so why not give them the chance? For centerpieces use (plastic) gold trophies. Mix in a few black and white latex balloons. Around the house, place bouquets of racecar and black and white balloons just for decoration. Another good option is some mini race cars on the table. They make a great table accent and if you have kids around they'll start playing with them eventually.

Most likely you'll want to call your kitchen the "Corporate Pavilion" and pretend it's in the Hospitality Village. Make some signs directing people to the bar and the food with that kind of thinking! What to serve? Anything really works…but make sure to give each dish a "racing car" name (e.g., Diesel Dogs) or use famous drivers in front of each thing (e.g., Richard Petty Pepperoni Pizza).

racing games and Activities
Of course, you'll want to have a betting pool. And check out for trivia…trivia games are always fun.

Or play a round of Who am I? (The Nascar® Edition):

Write the names of racing related people and objects on index cards, and tape one card to the back of each guest. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Pace Car
  • Talladega Superspeedway
  • Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
  • Checkered Flag
  • Tachometer
  • Daytona 500
  • Richard Petty
  • Roll Cage

Have everyone walk around in the same room, and instruct them not to mention what is written on each person's back, but to talk to everyone as if they are the person or thing on their card. As people begin to correctly guess their identity, they have to continue to treat the people who still don't know their identity like the character whose name is taped to their back. When everyone guesses their "true identity", then the game is over.

Race Day Party Favors
Well, you must try our personalized Race Day candy bar wrapper. Your friends will be ROARING when they read the ingredients and nutritional information that's all about you!

Or your local candy store should have foil-wrapped chocolate cars. Put a few in a goody bag and give them out during the race or as a "thank you for coming" gift.

Give a good whoop in the pit for me.
The Party Girl.