My daughter Lili Ann loves riding her bike, and was especially proud when she mastered riding it without the help of training wheels! What better way to celebrate than with a bicycle birthday party? And because little girls love crafts and decorations we decided to ask guests to bring along their bikes for a fun party of bike decorating and obstacle course riding, along with some homemade party foods! This is another one of our fun kids birthday parties!
The Bicycle Birthday Party Invitation:
I found this adorable bicycle clip art online for free, and created these homemade party invitations and stationery! You can download a blank version of this invite at the bottom of this post!
Bicycle Birthday Party Order of Events:
This was one of those parties where I did allow ambition and creativity to get in the way of my own party planning sanity- and I packed a few too many activities into the 90-minute party!
And the fact that the temperature was in the mid-90's and I planned the activities on a sunny deck rather than in the shade didn't help!
But the girls didn't seem to mind- and had a great time!
Activity #1: Make the Chocolate Cups for Dessert
We started the party by dipping balloons (water-balloon-sized) into melted chocolate to create our chocolate cups for dessert and placed them inside of the house to cool and harden.
You can see my tutorial on How to Make Chocolate Ice Cream Cups here!
Activity #2: Make Your Own Pizzas for Lunch
Next, the girls assembled their own pizzas by adding the sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings on pre-baked homemade pizza crusts. (You can see my recipe for DIY Mini Pizzas here!)
Every pizza was marked with a flag with the guest's name in order to match the right pizza with the right guest later on! (I just wrote it in Sharpie on the parchment paper that the pizzas were baked on.
Activity #3: Make Tissue Paper Flowers for Our Bike Baskets!
We then moved onto the bike decorations, which included creating our own tissue paper flowers to adorn our bike baskets! (You can check out a tutorial on how to make tissue paper flowers here!)
We threaded the pipe cleaner through the woven bike baskets This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. to attach the tissue paper flowers.
Activity #4: Decorate Handlebar Streamers
The girls then strung pony beads This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. onto streamers This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. that we later attached to their bikes' handlebars…
Activity #5: Decorate the Bikes!
Before we moved on to decorating the bikes, the party guests all re-fueled by enjoying their homemade pizzas!
Then the kids headed out to the driveway to attach their new bike baskets and streamers and they also could add spoke covers to their wheels which we had made ahead of time by cutting open dozens (okay, hundreds) of colorful plastic drinking straws This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. , and trimming them to the proper length so they would make beautiful bicycle spoke covers!
Activity #6: Riding the Bikes Through the Obstacle Course!
We created an obstacle course in the driveway for the girls to weave back and forth through cones, ride underneath pool noodle This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. “tunnels”, and pedal quickly past sprinkler waterfalls.
This was the best part of the party- they loved to see how fast they could pedal to avoid getting wet- and then squeal when the sprinklers caught them anyway!
Activity #7: Dessert!
We didn't create a traditional birthday cake for this party, instead, my daughter Lili wanted to enjoy ice cream inside of the chocolate cups we made at the beginning of the party!
Bicycle Party Favors!
The party guests each took home the bike decorations that they had made and added to their bikes.
In addition, we passed out homemade bicycle cookies as party favors! Cut from this fantastic bike-shaped cookie cutter This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. , and decorated with royal icing, each guest received a cookie in a cellophane treat bag This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. , tied with a ribbon that held in place the favor tag!
Bicycle Birthday Party Thank You Note!
Whether you decide to have the birthday child open gifts in front of his guests, or after the party- I always think it is important to send a hand-written thank you note of appreciation afterward. This free printable thank you note makes it easy for kids to fill-in-the-blanks!
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Do you think your daughter would love a bike-decorating party?
Hey Sharon it was an awesome birthday party idea.My son is 5 year old and his next birthday we are gonna celebrate as per your idea! Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas!
A bike decorating party is a good idea. Very creative way to celebrate kids’ birthdays!
Rober J says
This party is just extra ordinary You did an awesome job on those bicycle cookies.love the bike party idea.I will try it my next party.
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Extremely useful information specially the closing phase 🙂 I handle such info much.
I was looking for this certain info for a long time. Thanks and good luck.
Candace Huxtable says
Thank you! I love that you have an order of events.
Thanks so much Sharon! One last thing and then I will leave you be, could you email me the templates for these invitations ? Thank you so much! P.s. I LOVE your website and all of your advice! 🙂
Hey sharron. Did you all eat the pizzas right after making them? Before decorating bikes? Did you open gifts at party? I’m doing same exact party next month for my 6 year old girl. I’m very excited! Was the cookies the only party favor? Did you put them in a bag some how? Sorry so many questions.
I believe we did one of the crafts after assembling the pizzas which gave them time to bake and then cool. And generally- we do not open gifts at our kids parties- I save that for later after the guests have gone home. Ys, the cookies were the only party favor- but the guests also took home their decorated bikes with the new bike basket. The cookies were packaged in cellaphane bag, tied with a ribbon and a little tag that thanked them for coming. I hope that you have a great party!
Hi Sharon, I really like your inventions and printables. Would you mind if I use the bicycle invitation and personalise it? is this something that you can email me please?
I just love your site for birthday inspiration! My daughter can’t wait for her bike decorating party. I’ve been pricing baskets – do you mind telling me where you found yours? Thanks!
I am pretty sure that I purchased them at dollardays.com. Their assortment changes all of the time, so they might not have the exact ones I purchased, but they’ll likely have something that will work. Have fun at your party!
Where did you find the bicycle-shaped cookie cutter?? I want one
A great online store called Copper Gifts. Here’s the link: http://www.coppergifts.com/cookie-cutters/pc/cg_ProductDetails.asp?idproduct=3142
Love your printables! 🙂
love the bike party idea 🙂 … is there a way i can use your invitation, and personalize it for my birthday girl? …
Of course- feel free! 🙂
i”m so low tech … can you tell me how to do it? 😉
I will email it to you now!
What a fun birthday party idea!!! I’m going to have to pin this for safe keeping. We are in the process of teaching Xander how to ride a bike and it’s soooo slow going. It’s hard to believe that some day he will be riding a two wheeler like it’s no ones business.
It will happen faster than you can imagine Mindi!
Thanks Angie! I was quite proud of those cookies- that I figured out how to use the royal icing and and they actually came out pretty cute!
What a fun idea for a party. You did an awesome job on those bicycle cookies!