We quickly learned that the first birthday party is a little more for the parents and less for the one year old. He would've been just as happy (or maybe more) playing with his toys by himself at that point.
So after the party, we stashed the carwash in a friend's garage because we were in a condo with minimal storage. Fast forward a year, we are now in a house with a garage of our own and the carwash was returned to us (thanks for keeping it so long, Beth and Ed!!).
It was a hot morning and we decided to bust it out.
Look at that face!!! I'd say he is a little more interested this year! He had sooo much ... as did Matt and I. And he had to bring ah - ah (the monkey) along for the ride.
Here's a pretty good shot of the whole thing. We don't have the sponges this year but honestly, with the little tykes truck, it's not as necessary. It comes apart into two parts for easy, flat storage.
If you're interested in making one of your own, Matt claims it was pretty simple. Here is a tutorial from Lowe's that spells it out pretty clearly. If you have any questions, let me know!