Start your engines…it’s that time of year again—racing season! Beginning in May and running through the summer, professional races will be televised and what a great occasion for a party. Whether you and your friends fancy the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, Daytona 500 or any other race, it’s certainly cause for celebration! Now that the weather is nice and everyone is beginning to emerge from winter’s hibernation, gather everyone together to commemorate racing season!

Your race party can be as simple or as intricate as you desire. Whether you decide to keep the gathering low-key or pull out all the stops, is totally up to you. You may choose to hold your get-together in your home, or select an Indianapolis party venueorbrewery to host the shindig. First, determine the number of guests and your overall budget. If you would like to be as cost conscious as possible and have plenty of room, you may opt to host the party in your home as an alternative.

Weather permitting, this is a great opportunity to fire up the grill for an outdoor BBQ. You may also consider planning a bash that is held partially indoors and partly outdoors, with an “open floor plan” concept offering various spaces for guests to congregate. You could set up food stations and drinks inside in a buffet style layout with seating near the TV for guests to utilize as the race is being broadcast. The backyard or outdoor patio could be set with tables and seating for guests to eat and socialize before, after and even during the race. If children will be attending, race-themed games could be positioned in the backyard area for use throughout the party.

Whether you choose to host the party at home or at an Indianapolis venue, be sure to adorn the space with festive racing decorations. Take a look at these unique race party décor suggestions to add style to your celebration:


Track Centerpiece: Cover the main buffet table with a section of green indoor/outdoor carpet and cut roofing shingles into an oval “track” as a centerpiece. Place miniature racecars at intervals around the track.



Bowl Display: Use the small replacement tires for hand trucks and wheelbarrows as inexpensive bases for bowls of dip, salsa or other side dishes.


Serving Trays: Line serving trays with NASCAR-themed wallpaper borders, black-and-white checked contact paper or racing images from your favorite racing magazines.


Screwdriver Skewers: Use new, clean small screwdrivers as “forks” or skewers to spear pickles, olives, cheese cubes, strawberries, pineapple chunks and such on antipasto, relish or fruit trays.


Toolbox Serving Dish: Serve a variety of chips and salsa or dips from clean toolboxes, which can be bought for between $10-20. Line the bottom of the toolbox with black-and-white paper or cloth napkins and fill to the top with chips. Use the top tray for a selection of nuts.


Drink Buckets: Use galvanized aluminum buckets, found in home improvement stores and in craft and garden shops, to ice beverages. If the buckets have handles, wrap them with yellow and black electrical tape to add color.


Racecar Salt & Pepper Shakers: Turn small toy racecars into mobile salt and pepper shakers by gluing miniature shakers to the tops of the cars. Guests can roll them across the table to each other.


Hose Clamp Napkin Ring: Secure napkins with hose clamps from home-improvement or auto-parts stores instead of napkin rings.


Race Flag Décor: Purchase mini-flags at party stores or cut black-and-white contact paper into various-sized rectangles. Peel away about an inch of the adhesive backing and attach the rectangles to the ends of thin wooden dowels. Orange or yellow and black caution tape, found in the hardware department, also can be used for streamers.


Tread Beds: Decorate the patio or front porch with “tread beds” — colorful flowers potted in the center of an old tire. Some old treads can be had for as little as $1. Call ahead to a tire-related business to make sure they have some on hand.


Regardless of which direction you choose for your party, consider hiring an event planner to aid you in preparing for the celebration. Take a look at Snappening’s venue search to provide you with some inspiration if you’re contemplating hosting your bash at an Indianapolis venue.

If you follow our tips, your guests will surely wave the checkered flag, designating you the winner for planning such an incredible gathering!