I’ve had a little break from birthday parties, but there are a couple right around the corner now. Before my son celebrates his 3rd birthday, it might be a good idea to blog his 2nd birthday. It hit at a really busy time last year and I just didn’t get a chance to get the post up. It was a small-mainly family-event, but it made a certain 2-year-old train-enthusiast very happy.
Of course, a ticket makes the perfect invitation to come aboard the Birthday Express! I printed these on cardstock and then used a circle punch to cut out the notches on either side.
It was kind of a no-brainer to have the party at our friend’s home. They are the ones that have the train made of water barrels and the huge backyard in which to drive it. And they happen to be some of my son’s biggest fans! They have been so generous to let us use their property for lots of parties (like the Rapunzel, and the County Fair parties).
I wanted the party tent to feel like an old rural train station. I had my printing friend print up a couple of these big signs identifying it as “Alecville Station” I hung one in front of the entrance to the tent, and the other on the side, where the passengers would be loading and unloading from the train. I used a couple of vintage suitcases to collect the presents and help set the atmosphere.
Inside the station we find the sort-of complete food table. For some reason my husband and family were hungry, and were a lot more interested in eating, than in letting me meticulously style and photograph the table. #realpartyproblems
Anyway, we set up a couple of tables underneath a railroad crossing sign, and had a couple of trains getting ready to cross. One was the birthday cake (more on that in a minute) and the other was a SUBWAY train. (Get it?)
We set out the long sub sandwich on the table, using toothpicks to help make a train shape in front. Each train car got cucumber wheels and the subway drove past some broccoli bushes.
We ate off of yellow railroad crossing plates. Since I hadn’t found any like this to purchase, I bought plain yellow and black plates. I cut X’s out of the black paper plates and glued them to the yellow plates. The red napkins tied in the red bandana favors.
For refreshment, our little engines (engineers) headed to the water tower or to fill up on some diesel fuel (rootbeer, I believe).
Washi tape and railroad crossing signs on the cups to further the theme.
Perhaps my proudest moment of this party was the 3D train cake that I made. I will give directions for the cake in another post if there is enough interest. I had to get creative about how to make the train shape I was after.
But despite being handsome, I wanted my cake to be a useful engine. So, it carried the party favors in its cars (baskets from the dollar store). Also it carried a supply of black coal (licorice), in case it ran out of steam.
The track was also made of strips of black licorice.
The hats, bandanas, and train whistle favors were big hits with the guests and the birthday boy!
Besides eating, the main event was riding on the train–which was just what this two-year-old wanted to do all night.
But just incase that wasn’t enough fun–or enough sweets–we put together these little candy train favors, too!
Everything is left in its packaging so it is still edible. The body is a lifesaver roll, held up by a small pack of gum.The wheels are individually wrapped life-savers and the top had a Hershey’s kiss, a caramel, and a package of chic lets. The moms and big kids put these together since we used a glue gun to attach it all.
And here is a happy 2-year-old, surrounded by all kinds of trains!
Make a wish!
Any guesses what theme I have up my sleeve for birthday number 3 next month?