the drive in – coolest party ever

Growing up in Lake Macquarie (near Newcastle) a trip to the “local” drive in was a bit of a hike but most definitely a very special occasion.  My two sisters and I loved the fancy little speaker outside dad’s driver window, buying popcorn from the kiosk and being able to snuggle under our blankets to watch Herbie the Love Bug.

Drive-ins are few and far between these days but how is this for a fab recreation of one?  Makes the perfect setting for a ‘movie night’ party for the kids.  Here, a trampoline covered with a large white sheet makes for a fab screen and the little personalised cars all lined up in a row are just too cute for words.  You could take things a step further and ask guests to decorate or personalise their own car as part of the entertainment.

Either way, this party idea gets the triple thumbs up from my three little guys.

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hey, stick to the road!

As you can imagine we have quite the collection of toy cars around here.  Not to sound irresponsible (OK, well maybe a bit), our littlest one has been playing with matchbox cars with his big brothers since he was one, or maybe even younger.  Our first born would not have been allowed anywhere near a “not suitable for children under three” toy until he actually hit the magic age of three.  Anyhoo, I digress.

Anyone who has stepped on a matchbox car or piece of Lego in the middle of the night knows that can be a terribly painful experience.  Storage is key.  Hence, we just had to share one of our all time favourite storage ideas for cars – the IKEA magnetic knife holder on the wall.  Handy, easy and looks terribly fabulous.

Do you have any handy little storage ideas for your kid’s toys?