Thomas The Train Birthday Party

My wonderful son is turning 3!!!  


Because of his love for trains and Thomas, we selected to do a birthday theme all around Thomas the Train.  It's going to be a Train Party!!!




We have invited family and friends to come over to celebrate and play trains.

I've made lots of fun decorations (Choo Choo Snack Train, Thomas themed cupcake tower, banners, and more!)  To keep the kiddos entertained, we decided to let them play trains on the living room floor.....because that's what you do at train parties, right?

The past few years, I've always ordered a cake for the adults paired with a few cupcakes for the little ones.  So no cake this year, it was all cupcakes :)  Saved me a lot of money, too! 

We ordered half vanilla and chocolate.  White frosting with red and blue ribbons on top.  In the box, the cupcakes looked patriotic but once they were laid out on the table with the other stuff, they fit right in! Cupcakes were a great choice.  No one had to cut and serve the cake.  So much easier.


With cupcakes, comes a cupcake tower.  I found so many ideas online to add the cupcakes to your table with a Train party theme.  One idea I first considered was to lay out the train tracks on the table, then add the cupcakes as "cars" behind the engine.  But I found another website I came across, this mom made her own tower out of Styrofoam and other materials.  Loved the idea and went to my local hobby store to pick up the materials to make one myself!

For each base, I bought 3 circles, each one slightly smaller than the other. I covered the top with a patterned scrapbooking paper, cut to size.  I found some ribbon to cover the rim for all three circles. 

For the base, the top was an empty soup can , the middle was a another empty tin can that was slightly larger than the top, and then the 3 legs for the base was a white tube you would use to ship something like a blueprint, cut 8" inches tall.   The height gave me just enough room under the cupcake stand to place a Thomas the train on top of a bridge.    Then more cupcakes within the circle of train tracks that were laid out on the table.












On top of the cupcake stand, I added a card my Dad sent, another Thomas the Train, and a cupcake for the Birthday Boy with 3 blue candles.  Super cute!

The fun continued with the party favors.  Each kid received their treats that included a ready-to-paint wooden train engine found at my local hobby store, with other sweet treats such as chocolate foil wrapped gold coins (train fare). 



     












My local hobby store had more fun things to pick up.  I was on cloud 9 when I  discovered these small little buckets that where red on the out side and trimmed with blue on the handle and rim and blue on the inside!  A perfect match to the theme.  For "Train Smoke" I added mini marshmallows in one.  And the other, Twizzler candy as the "Train Tracks".     The labels were made using publisher.  Same style and font for the banners.  They were printed on white card stock at the local office printing store.  (you can even bring in your own cardstock to save a little, too).                                                         


\We cleared out the toys and set out all of our fun Thomas toys and puzzles that we've collected thus far.


                                                                                         




                                                                       











For the older kiddos, I set out some paint markers and let the kids design "paint" their own train engine.  The wooden train engine was part of the party favors.
Water Tower!













The snack train!  For the Coal Car - Oreos; Produce Car - Veggies; Animal Car - Animal Crackers; Log Car - Pretzel Rods.


23 comments:

  1. I'm planning a Thomas birthday - Are you willing to share the files for the banner and such - you would be a life saver!!! :)

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    1. Sure, I don't mind. I created them in publisher. Is that a program you have on your computer? I printed on cardstock and liked the results. What is your email address?

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  2. Hi Kristi! I am in awe of your Thomas party. Would you be able to share the files with me as well?
    My address is mcliette@hometowncable.net
    Thank You!
    Carli - Ohio

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    1. Can I also have this banner please?? I'm in such a jam my email is encisol1@aol.com thanks Laura

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  3. I would love the banner files as well if you wouldn't mind. I have publisher. Thanks so much!! email: annathetweety@aol.com

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  4. Britteny.smith1221@gmail.com please send to me as well! Your son's party is awesome!

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  5. I to am planning a Thomas the Train party for my son in February. Could you share the banner with me as well. alhaigler@aol.com

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  6. Love it!! Awesome job! I would love the file! villarmar@hotmail.com
    Thanks in advance!

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  7. Love, love this idea. My son is turning 2 and I would love to do this for him. Can you please email me anything you have Thomas such as invites, banners, display cards, etc. I would be very grateful. Thank you very much.

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  8. I'd love to have the files as well! Thomas party tomorrow! Ccjones524@gmail.com

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  9. I love all your ideas! Could you please send me the files as well? nevprice@yahoo.com

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  10. Love this!! Could you send me the files for the banners? Thank you so much! My email is lenay.graham5@gmail.com

    LeNay

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  11. Love this idea!! could you send me the files for the banners? Thank you so much!! my email is cindypetitte@gmail.com

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  12. Would love to have the banner files, they are so cute!
    patti.stewart16@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  13. IF you are still sharing files? schneidett@yahoo.com please and thank you!

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  14. Could you please share the files with me too? They are great! My email is doniettam@gmail.com

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  15. So many cute ideas!!! Would you be willing to share the files for the food labels and birthday banner? If so, it would be greatly appreciated! My email is brandie_ballard@ymail.com :) TIA

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  16. Are u still sharing the banner files? My sons party is in 2 weeks. My email is lindsay.tallarida@gmail.com

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  17. What an awesome party! You've given me some very cute ideas. Thank you. Are you still sharing the banner file? If so, it would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail is amkeller10@gmail.com. Thank you in advance.

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  18. If your still sharing Giles I would love to use thrm. Beautiful party thanks so much

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  19. How did ou do the wheels on the back cars?

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  20. I would love the banner as well.... Kelsey.paul88@gmail.com

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