Indianapolis 500 Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Indianapolis 500 event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


Throwing an Indianapolis 500 party is a great way to gather family and friends and enjoy some cold drinks, hot food, and cool music. Select a party music playlist that is appropriate for fest, FAST, FAST! racing. Use playlists from popular video games such as Need For Speed, Grand Turismo, Burnout, Test Drive, and Midnight Club. For those seeking even more music to listen to include Presidents of the USA - Mach 5, The Beatles - Drive My Car, Billy Idol - Speed, Gary Numan – Cars, Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55, Guns N’ Roses – Nightrain/Welcome To The Jungle, Cake – The Distance, Cake – The Distance, Rage Against The Machine- Bulls on Parade, Judas Priest – Turbo Lover, Metallica –Paul Oakenfold – Ready Steady Go,, Paul Oakenfold - Switch On (Featuring Ryan Tedder), The Prodigy - You Will Be Under My Wheels, and Juno Reactor - Master Of The Universe. Add some diversity to the playlist as much as possible. Shuffle the songs in a way they blend seamlessly with one another. The party supplies for a Indianapolis 500 party should include checkered flags, team racing colors, and banners. Quick tip: Avoid any shopping on the day of the gala to ensure being the hostess with the mostess as with having a stress free relaxing time. Have delicious food at an event and always give guests a few healthy alternatives to high fat, high calorie foods. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests.

Homemade party goods and party supplies such as black and white checkered flags, handmade Indianapolis 500 banners and Indianapolis 500 black and white balloon bouquets, as well as other party goods such as Indianapolis 500 tableware (Indianapolis 500 paper plates, napkins and cups) will get your engines started. Sensational get-togethers of this type often involve designing and preparing in advance for the occasion. Most often color arrangements and other needed supplies will add to the celebration and make a great addition to the event. Nearly all hosts will find that fun décor and color schemes are the perfect perks for the event. This addition will give the celebration a really cool appearance. From making homemade checkered flags to hanging handmade black and white party streamers preparing for your Indianapolis 500 party takes a lot of work.

Most Indianapolis 500 fans enjoy a good race and homemade party supplies will make cheering on their favorite Indianapolis 500 racer will be a lot of fun. Therefore, handmade party supplies such as homemade Indianapolis 500 signs and handmade Indianapolis 500 banners are ideal additions to the party.

Many people will enjoy a variety of homemade party supplies while they review and do an analysis of all the current race car drivers. Homemade party supplies such as homemade Indianapolis 500 door curtains, handmade t-shirts and homemade Indianapolis 500 hats are comparable to others, but having handmade party supplies will make them more special.

Furthermore, most Indianapolis 500 parties may include handmade racing signs, tablecloths and racecar centerpieces. These homemade Indianapolis 500 party supplies and party goods such as Indianapolis 500 hats, noise makers, black and white glow sticks, race car paper plates, temporary tattoos and sunglasses will keep the Indianapolis 500 party on track.


The Indianapolis 500 theme is all about cars, checkered flags and fun; an Indianapolis 500 car shaped cake is the perfect choice for any birthday or sports celebration! This fast paced celebration is the ideal time for creative desserts and other party foods designed especially for this celebration. These items are always a great addition to a celebration and most often fun like cakes that are designed especially for this celebration will make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these great party foods and desserts will add a lot of fun to the celebrated event.

Creating a Car Shaped Cake:

3 layers or cake (whichever size you need)

A bread knife

Enough icing to ice in between the cakes as well as the completed cake

Different colored icing or gel

Icing bag

Variety of icing bag tips

Wooden dowel

First lay each layer on top of each other with icing in between. Next, cut a wooden dowel so that a piece is stuck in the hood area of the car, the trunk area and the center. Make sure they are no higher than the top layer of the cake. This will help hold it together.

Next, use the gel to outline where you will want to cut the cake in order to make it a car shape. After you have your shape, cut it with the bread knife. Make sure you slowly cut the cake so the finished product does not look jagged. Finally, ice the cake with the color icing you want the race car and then add details with icing such as the wheels, side designs and more.

The average Indianapolis 500 party is either held as a theme for someone’s birthday or as a pre-race event before and sometimes during and after the big race. However you can add a dash of country western style and make the party even more interesting and fun, because an additional theme adds a plethora of new activities for guests. From making a guest list to preparing the food, having a plan will make the celebration go off without a hitch. Simple hostess tip: Prepare for the entire celebration in advance and avoid adding any extra commitments or stress on the hostess during the preparation period. This simple tip will ensure that the hostess has a stress free and very entertaining time during the actual celebration. Why not open up a dance floor and blast out some good ole’ country music for the guests to dance too? Doing the electric slide sure builds up an appetite and the guests will be craving your delicious BBQ. Of course any party with a country western twist and Indianapolis 500 fans need to have some great BBQ.

For the menu try cooking up some western style spare ribs on the grill. Baked beans are easy to open and add a little beer to for flavor. Mashed taters fit the bill for filling treats, but you may need to make up some gravy for them. If you just want to serve up some appetizers try putting out a large tray of Nachos, western style, with pulled BBQ beef, lettuce and extra sharp cheddar cheese.

To decorate your Indianapolis 500 party you can add a mix of both themes. Use the Indianapolis 500 paper goods, such as napkins and plates and try putting up some wall hangings of racecars and driving teams related posters. You can also pick up some inflatable guitars and country boots to blow up and leave around the room. Play that country music in the background to add to the atmosphere and greet your guests in a cowboy hat and boots for fun. Cheap cowboy hats bought in bulk can make for great party favors to give to the guests. For entertainment there’s food, line dancing competitions, poker, Texas Holdem and of course the Indianapolis 500.

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Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Indianapolis 500 theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Drivers start your engines!! Keeping the celebration lively and very entertaining as well as educational is important for guests of all ages. Sensational activities and other worksheets are a great way of bringing fun and entertainment to the event. More often than not, these activities will add a great deal to the overall celebration. Are you and your family getting ready for the Indianapolis 500? This annual event give fans a reason to get together, meet up, eat great food, throw a few back and basically, have a party or great social gathering at a local venue, or right there at home in the living room in front of the big screen. If you are fortunate enough to be the one in your family with the big screen TV, bring over the friends and family and set the checkered flag in the driveway and let the race begin. In history there have been more sell-outs for the 500 than any other race in history, in fact tickets are often sold for the following years race 2 years ahead of time.

As you plan your Indianapolis 500 event get out there send out party invitations designed as raceway tickets, decorate in checkered flags and wear the attire sporting your favorite driver. The fact is this is one of the most competitive sporting events out there. Food can consist of popcorn, alcoholic beverages, and other fun quick hands on treats. This can be a party for two, or a large gathering of your choosing, this is the kind of event that can make a great family Sunday afternoon social gathering, as most often the race is going to be on a Sunday afternoon each year. Something that most families would be envious to have, to be able to share one day a week as their family event week. A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas. Good organization is the key to planning an occasion with less stress, so may lists and check things off as you go. A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas. The history of Indianapolis 500 has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Indianapolis 500 to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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