Remember Noah's invitation? It's available in my shop now HERE.
As guests arrived at the party, they were greeted by the railroad signs I made (with some handy-man help from Sam).
the door sign welcoming guests to Noah's Station
When the little conductors came in, they received a customized Boarding Pass, a personalized conductor hat (found at Target Dollar Zone) and a choice of a teal or red bandana (found 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree). I added the kids' names to the hats with a red paint pen.
Adult guests were asked to write a birthday greeting to Noah in his new book.
a closeup of the Boarding Passes ~ I made a template for the cover and printed them as stickers.
For the inside, I added each child's picture, name, and date issued. Then, I printed them as 4x6 pictures, and folded them in half. After I added the cover sticker to the front, I had a boarding pass. After the kids rode the train, they were given a passport sticker that said, "I rode Noah's party train," to complete their boarding passes.
I set up two tables with markers and stickers for the kids to decorate a paper train. This kept them busy while we waited on everyone to arrive.
I used my dining table for the food & layered it with a white tablecloth and red fabric. I wanted the food to be served in a "train," so I found the teal polka dot fabric boxes at Dollar Tree for the train cars. I added silver cupcake liners with black construction paper circles as the wheels. For the engine, I used my handmade candy jar full of red Twizzlers for the smoke. My hubby attached two foam boards together with strips of wood for the backdrop. I covered it with teal fabric and added Noah's name banner. I found two baskets at Jo-Ann's for the plates and silverware, fancied up with teal wooden trains (also found at Jo-Ann's). I flanked the table with cute polka dot balloons.
The train cars were filled with applesauce, chips, and carrots. I found the wooden letter train cars to spell Noah's name at Hobby Lobby.
We also served train-shapped sandwiches (that my sweet mom & husband graciously cut out for me).
We served Locomotive Lemonade, Steam Engine Sweet Tea, and juice boxes for our beverages.
I wrapped the juice boxes in red and teal cardstock and added my "Little Chugger Fuel" stickers to the front.
I finally got to use my new cupcake stand found at World Market, embellished with red ribbon. I added my cupcake toppers and adorable teal and red striped liners to fancy up my cupcakes.
Noah's cupcake was delivered on top of his Thomas toy (the only place I used the actual Thomas train). I simply attached his plate to the top of the train with a glue dot (love those things)! I ordered a cute train candle for an extra special 3rd birthday wish! :)
I decorated our mantle with lots of train toys and pictures of Noah with trains throughout the past couple of years.
For the highlight of the party, we rented a trackless train that in Noah's words: "pulled right into his station!" Noah pulled me down the driveway to get on the train...he couldn't get their fast enough! :)
Kids & adults alike enjoyed their train rides!
As guests left the party, they were given a wooden train whistle (found at Target Dollar Zone).
They also got a cookie that was customized with edible stickers. I made the design, and was mailed the stickers to add to my cookies (so awesome)! I put the cookies in clear cello bags and tied on my favor tags with cherry divine twine.
My happy 3-yeard posing with Mommy & Daddy at the end of the party
All the stress, sleepless nights, and work paid off to see Noah's beautiful smile all day as he enjoyed his train party! I hope the memories of a fun 3rd birthday day will last him a lifetime! :)
-Photography: Leverton Photography
-Noah's Birthday Shirt: The Sew Cute Boutique
-Polka Dot Balloons: Polka Dot Market
-Edible Cookie Stickers: Ali's Sweet Treats
-Cupcake Liners: The Birthday House
-Cherry Divine Twine: Endless Inkabilities
All the paper goods were designed by me and are included in my LITTLE CHUGGER party collection.
They collection includes the following 11 files...
- Cupcake Toppers
- Favor Tags
- Flat Food Labels
- Tent Food Labels
- Railroad Crossing Signs
- Door Sign
- Large Table Signs
- Boarding Pass Cover Stickers
- Boarding Pass Template (inside)
- Juice Box Stickers
Click the picture to view the collection.
Matching invitation is available HERE.