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!
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!).
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!
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)?