Hey Gals! Today I finally wanted to share the details from Little M's big choo choo train themed birthday party. Originally we weren't going to do anything big, but the party planner in me just couldn't resist, plus Little M and GG share the same birthday, so why not have a party?! Since Little M is completely obsessed with trains, we decided to do a barbeque at home in our backyard, and go with a choo choo theme. You know once we commit to a theme over here, all bets are off, so while we kept the party fairly low-key, I did craft up a storm and tie in the choo choo's wherever I could. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking - and apologies in advance for the photo overload!
I designed the invitations in Photoshop and decided to do more of an old-timey classic train theme vs. going the Thomas route. I made them to look like a boarding pass, and printed them right on my home printer onto brown kraft card stock and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!
While we kept most of the party pretty low-key, our big splurge item was renting a large ride-on train for 2 hours to take the kids on rides around the block! It was definitely the hit of the party, and I don't think Little M got off of it for the entire 2 hours we had it.
I mean, look at that face of pure joy (from both Little M and GG - haha!)
Since we held the party in our backyard, I printed up a coordinating sign to alert our guests to head on back
We ended up renting a tent since the weather was threatening rain (and it did end up drizzling, so I'm so happy we got it!), and I added a little signage to the front of it with a 2-year old crossing sign
I put together some super easy centerpieces taking vases I found at Dollar Tree, and adding a tall birthday sign, along with some decorative blue and red streamers
Of course it isn't one of our parties without a photo wall and lots of fun props (and an official party hashtag!)
After a little prodding, we were able to get the guests in on the fun
I kept the drinks pretty simple - a big pitcher of B's Apple Cider Sangria, and beer and wine for the adults, with soda and water for the kiddies.. and of course, a fun sign for the cooler!
And of course The Printable Gal had to make some custom train party straws
I also added a cute "Fueling Station" sign to our food tent.
For dessert, I decided to tackle the cake myself and I'm pretty proud with how it turned out! I used a 2 shaped pan for the top layer, and made the track out of Oreo cookie sticks - add in one of Little M's toy trains, and instant train cake!
For favors, I took some kraft bags and filled them with a train whistle, bandana, and striped conductor hat
The party was definitely a huge hit, and the choo choo theme was a blast to put together. And seeing Little M's face light up with all of the trains was priceless!
And of course, B and I had to take a whirl around the block on the choo choo also!