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I always go "theme extreme" with parties, and this train party was no exception! Everyone LOVED the long train cake that curved down the whole table.
Everyone's reaction to the cake
Most Touching Moment
Seeing how happy my son was with his very own Thomas cupcake
All the kids wanted the train cars with the most mini M&M's
My son wore his Thomas Halloween costume
What People Ate
My son's favorites - egg salad sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit
What People Drank
We had a few drinks to choose from, but each child also got a train-shaped sipper cup to drink from (so it didn't really matter what was in it, they loved it)!
I had one pan that makes 9 train cars. I wanted both yellow cake and chocolate cake, so I made 4 batches of cupcakes. It took FOREVER because after they bake, they have to rest in the pan before dumping them out, so it basically doubled the baking time for EACH batch. Decorating them didn't take too long, about 3-4 hours. I used 4 frosting colors and mini M&M's. I put each one on a square graham cracker so I wouldn't have to touch them after they were decorated (and the crackers acted like a track for the train). But by the time the party started, the crackers absorbed moisture from the cakes and got soggy. So I would recommend doing something similar, but maybe chocolate-covered graham crackers or something to act as a moisture barrier.
Long, winding train of cupcakes
Activities / Games
Playing on ride-on toys and other activities outside and on our porch
Train engine sipper cup, train engineer hat, train-shaped whistle, train-shaped sucker