Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Party Planner: Choo Choo Train 2nd Birthday Party

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!


  1. Another smashing success for a birthday party!! I adore the theme!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. How PRECIOUS is this party?! I'm sure he had the most wonderful time!

    Diary of a Debutante

  3. I love all of the little details of Little M's party! You seriously thought of everything! The photo wall is such a fun idea! The photo booth is one of our favorite things to do at weddings, so I could definitely jump on board with a photo wall.

  4. OMG what an adorable party! Love every single little detail and the tent ended up being a smart idea! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. look at all the great details in this party - you did a great job! and that cake - i'm impressed!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. Such a cute party, and he looks like he had a blast!

    - KatiAnne
    The Raindrops on Roses

  7. This party looks fantastic - such a cute idea! As always you nailed the party theme and every little detail!

  8. Oh my gosh, what a fantastic party idea!! As always with your parties, I love all of the details!

  9. ahhh love all the little details! what a fun party.

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  11. Everything is just perfect, as usual!! Little M's face tells it all :)

  12. What a fun party!!!!!!!!!! One of my little nephews loves trains and he would have loved that party! So awesome that you had an actual train there! You throw the best parties :)

  13. So much fun! You seriously throw the BEST parties! So many amazing details - love the wet your whistle straws <3

    Green Fashionista

  14. You know I LOVE details...so so so cute. The choo choo train is so awesome, who wouldn't want to ride that for 2 hours?! What an awesome party, he's such a sweetie!

  15. What a great party theme. Looks like it was fun for little ones. Photo prop booths are always fun.

  16. This is ADORABLE! I would expect nothing less from you, of course!

  17. Wow! This is such a perfect 2nd birthday party, such a lucky little guy. I adore the ticket invitation. So so sweet!

  18. This is adorable Train Birthday Party. You really arranged such a huge party. The venue is also very spacious. If I get such a spacious event space San Francisco at inexpensive prices then I would love to host train party for my son’s 5th train themed birthday bash.


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