Saturday we had a blast throwing a train themed birthday party for our son’s second birthday! We keep birthdays to family members for various reasons, but even so, we had about twenty people at the house!

train themed birthday party

train themed birthday party

Decorations included balloons, handmade tissue pom-poms, and hand-sewn bunting. I used gingham fabric for table cloths and runners, and accented with red bandanas! (I’m saving all this for future parties! The beauty of permanent decorations!).

train themed birthday party

Our son wore an train engineer costume, and his younger cousins joined in with fun hats and bandanas of their own for the party (which were their party favors!). Also, wooden train whistles, which kept the house sounding like a train station all night!

Dinner was a delicious BBQ of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, and salad. It was so easy because I could make everything the night before and crockpot what needed to be cooked. Definitely saved me time in the kitchen! And remember that train bib I made? Check it out on my handsome model below:

The train cake was inspired by so many great Pinterest photos… and my sister’s help with frosting was a lifesaver (I have no patience for sticky things!). I had to give an assist with the candle blowing¬†… we would’ve been there all night with how gently he blows out candles!

train themed birthday party

I saw this fun idea for mini marshmallows as “train smoke” on Pinterest and expanded it into a ‘Rail Mix (trail mix) bar for guests to snack on or take for the ride home (every train ride needs snacks, right?). Pretzel stick rails, mini marshmallow train smoke, chocolate covered craisin coal, honey roasted peanut gravel and red M&M train signals… it actually went together well for a yummy Trail (er, ‘Rail!) Mix!

Of course, cars and trains were a big part of his gifts this year, but also he got lots of summer clothes, which this mama is very excited about!

I can’t believe he’s two! It’s really gone by just as fast as everyone says it will… but hang on, because the rest of the week I’ll still be celebrating with you – look for some fun reviews and giveaways featuring several of his new birthday gifts!

What kinds of themes have you done for birthday parties? Do you do a big “kid” party or family parties (or both)?

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  • Deborah March 10, 2012, 6:57 pm

    Happy (albeit belated) Birthday to your little guy! He’s grown so much… (But you probably don’t want me to remind you about that, eh?) ;)

    I love the train theme. And the cake is very cute. (I need to get up-to-date and take a look at Pinterest; I keep hearing about it…)

    We usually do family parties — with a few friends who are “like family” added. It works best for our space and schedules right now…

    Being a lit teacher, you’d enjoy knowing that we recently celebrated with a “Little House in the Big Woods” theme for E’s sixth b-day. It was fun! :)

  • Karima March 6, 2012, 8:52 am

    Wow – everything looks great and your son looks adorable!

  • MomofTwo February 28, 2012, 9:26 am

    What a great idea! I love the train cake and the make your own Rail Mix is wonderful!

  • T Rex Mom February 28, 2012, 1:14 am

    For Lil Sister’s birthday last month, we did a Jenny Linsky cat themed party. We did that party for friends and then a smaller party for just family. This way she had a chance to get used to the attention. It was a grand party and so much fun.

    Asher’s party looks incredible. You did a beautiful job, Julie. He seems a bit overwhelmed which I would completely share with him.

  • Mandi February 27, 2012, 4:49 pm

    What a cute birthday party. I love the Rail Mix.

  • Trisha W. February 27, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I love the ‘Rail Mix. So cute and fun. One of my kiddos had a train cake when he turned one. We don’t tend to have formal parties either, so I haven’t really dealt with the whole theme thing.

    I have seven kids and I have a goal of having no repeat cakes for my kids. My kids decided once they turn 13 they can have a repeat if they want — mud pie is a favorite. For cakes we’ve done a lot of things over the years… train, a dog similar to Blue on Blues Clues, ice cream cone cakes, hot air balloon, purse, bird house, race track, carousel, hot dog with fries, hamburger with fries, pizza, Hello Kitty head, Batman logo, Elmo and Cookie Monster faces, Barbie in a cake dress, ballet slippers, caterpillar, space ship with alien, chess board with real pieces, fish…. I believe between my husband and I we have created 55 different cakes to date. (My MIL did make a couple for us. – Mater, Veggie Tales, and Superman flying across a city. She an artist.) And no, I am far from an artist or expert froster.

  • Hannah Avery February 27, 2012, 11:38 am

    Such a cute party! You did a great job! Your son looks adorable! Happy Birthday to him!

  • Sarah G. February 27, 2012, 10:12 am

    The Rail Mix is so cute and creative – love it! Looks like it was a fun party. :D
    My family has always just had a small, immediate family celebration for birthdays. The birthday person gets to pick their meal and what games to play in the evening.

  • Crunchy Beach Mama February 27, 2012, 7:44 am

    Everything looks amazing! I love the Rail Mix and Cake and your Bunting! Oh and A’s outfit and the hats. So fun! :)

  • Elizabeth February 27, 2012, 6:55 am

    Wow, looks everything is good. Happy Birthday to your son.

  • Sarah Jane February 26, 2012, 10:53 pm

    Everything looks wonderful!! You’re brave giving wooden train whistles out as party favors.