Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Train Themed Birthday Party!

Train Theme Birthday Party

My little guy just turned three and I decided that he needed to have a train themed birthday party. My son loves trains. He is all about Thomas the Tank Engine and is completely enamored with all things train. Picking a theme for his birthday was not a difficult decision.

I did not want Thomas the train faces plastered all over my house, but I did want there to be trains. I got a little train happy on Pinterest and found some great ideas from other people’s pins. I pinned a few of my favorites and went to work putting together my very own train themed birthday party for my little conductor.
It all started with the invitation! I made this invitation using the Paint software on my computer. The birthday invitation is based off of the train image from one pin and the actual invitation from another. I printed these invitations off on my own computer and attached them to scrapbook paper to give them some weight. {To see more about the invitation and how I made them click HERE}

Train Birthday Party Invitation

I decided that I wanted to make a majority of the decorations myself. There was nothing out there that was chic enough for my taste so I decided to create my own birthday party décor. I usually use streamers, but this time I wanted the vintage feel of pennant signs so I got crafty with scrapbook paper and twine. {To see more about the birthday pennant sign and how I made it click HERE}

Birthday Sign

With the birthday sign and decorative pennants complete I moved on to the party favors. One of my favorite things about children’s birthday parties is the goodie bag that comes at the end of the party. Usually the goodie bags are filled with rubber balls, crayons, and stickers {or the equivalent} and sometimes there is even a treat inside. I decided that the goodie bags for the train party needed to go with the train theme, so I ordered engineer hats, wooden train whistles, and red handkerchiefs to go in each goodie bag. I wrapped them in brown paper lunch bags, tied a ribbon around them, and added a thank you sticker to the top or each goodie bag. I displayed them in a vintage looking piece of luggage and displayed a “Baggage Claim” sign above.

Train Themed Goodie Bags

As the party drew closer my son requested balloons for his party. I did not really want to go and buy balloons and helium and deal with long balloon strings and children fighting over balloons so I went with the idea of balloons and ran with it in a whole other crafty direction. I made yarn balloons to be displayed over the sliding glass doors. My son got his balloons and I got to do a new and entertaining craft. {To see more about the yarn balloons and how I made it click HERE}

Yarn Balloons

There was a lot of leftover yarn from the yarn balloon project so I decided to try my hand at another craft that I had my eye on from Pinterest. I made three yarn wreaths to be displayed in the windows under the birthday pennant. Simple and easy, these wreaths were a breeze to make. {To see more about the yarn balloons and how I made it click HERE}

Train Decor

The last thing that I whipped together for this party was the train food trays. I knew that I wanted a fun way of displaying the food for the party without breaking my budget and I had a ton of cardboard boxes just waiting to be recycled that I could use for this project. I even had leftover red wrapping paper from Christmas! I wrapped the cardboard boxes in red wrapping paper and used a scrapbook punch to create circles out of black scrapbook paper for the wheels. I flipped over the wrapped boxes, taped on the wheels, and displayed the food in clear glass containers on top of the display boxes. I thought about having the food inside the boxes, but it was too much work trying to find containers that fit perfectly.

Food Train Display

I ordered my sons cake from the supermarket and picked it up the morning of the party! The cake was really cupcakes that were frosted as if it were one cake. Half the cupcakes were white cake the other half were chocolate. No silverware needed!

Thomas Birthday Cake

I made little signs for around the house to help guests find their way. I made a birthday party sign for the front door as well as a lavatory sign, a dining car sign, and the baggage claim sign. These  were quick and easy to do using Paint and kept with the train theme.

The Party Is Here Sign

Lavatory SignDining Car SignBaggage Claim Sign

I loved this birthday party and so did my son! He had so much fun running around showing off his decorations {he helped to make a lot of the party decorations and was really proud of his work}. I had a lot of fun putting this together and even more fun enjoying it the day of. Have you ever thrown a themed party? If so, what type of theme did you go with?


  1. Your party looks awesome. I'm currently planning a party just like yours. Good job on all your hard work. I'm sure everything was a big hit!

  2. I think it's an adorable idea! I bet everyone had a ton of fun! I especially like the baggage claim. :)

  3. Very creative! I love it!! My little guy is so into trains and would LOVE this! :)

  4. Looks fun to me! my grandsons love trains and I know they'd get a kick out of this!

  5. I adore this. I'm pinning it for reference. My baby boy loves trains too and I want his 1st birthday party to be special so your ideas are great! and I love the baggage claim too :) and cake is gorgeous!!! I love that it's not decorations you just got and plastered them all over, you actually took time to make it look unique and like a real train :) Love it!


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