My son, Cameron, and his friends had a chugga chugga, choo choo good time at his 2nd birthday party. One of Cameron’s favorite TV shows is Thomas & Friends, so it was a no-brainer to go with that theme for his party. With the theme picked, I then got started with creating his invitation, which I jazzed up with train images from My Grafico and a home photo I took of the birthday boy in his train gear.
To stay in line with the kid-friendly vibe of Thomas, we chose to have the party at the Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, MD, which features a miniature train, carousel, playgrounds and a train station party room. With the many amenities the park provided, this served as the perfect venue, especially since it rained prior to the start of party (so happy we had the indoor room). The birthday boy and his friends had such a wonderful time, and no rain could rain on our parade! The kids enjoyed the activity stations to include face painting and balloon twisting (by Signs, Wonders and Gifts Artistry), train play, train tunnel, coloring and more.
For décor, I chose to stick with the red and turquoise colors of Thomas the Train. Lots of crafting and design went into the overall fun flair I was going for, but it was all worth it for my little man and actually tons of fun. One special touch that both the kids and their parents enjoyed was the dining cart I designed that featured a custom train cake stand, train cart snack trays, kid friendly snacks and more. We also had some yummy sweets to include: Cameron’s Thomas the Train birthday cake (Kake Korner in Laurel, MD), customized cake pops (Kedawalk Cupcakes of DC) and cupcakes made by me. The guest tables were decorated with everything Thomas the Train…from Thomas embellished spinwheel centerpieces, to balloons, to lunch boxes and confetti. First class seating signs and Cameron’s birthday shoot portraits were added to include personal touches.
We wanted the kids to feel like a train conductor, so each child received their own conductor hat, bandana and train whistle. At the end of the afternoon, everyone departed with a goodie bag, picked up at “baggage claim.” The smile on Cameron’s face when he walked in the party room and throughout the party was priceless! Photos from the party were captured by Paparazzi Pictures.
Thomas the Train cupcakes and a Thomas the Train birthday cake
Personalized luggage tags, customized cake pops, train conductor hats and bandanas, train lollipops and Thomas the Train bubbles
Activities / Games
Face Paining, Balloon Twisting, Miniature Train, Carousel, Thomas the Train play tent, Pin the smoke stack on Thomas game, Coloring Station and Play Card Board Train for the kids to color and play inside of.
What People Ate
Our snack station included popcorn, oreos, peanut butter crackers, teddy grahams and cheezits. For lunch, we served pizza.
What People Drank
Juice, water and soda
Thomas the Train Cake
Signs, Wonders and Gifts Artistry
Face Painting and Balloon Twisting