{Party Feature} Super Train-tastic 2nd Birthday

It isn’t quite yet 6 months since we celebrated my little boy turning 2….and as the saying goes “better late than never”, so I’m proudly sharing some pics from his train themed birthday celebration!

Selecting the theme for his birthday was pretty easy this year – he loves trains.  He has a Thomas the Train wooden railway set that he plays with every day, so the thought of a train themed party seemed to fit right along his interests.

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Despite his birthday being in November, it had been a rather warm fall (Yes, we live in California) – so we opted to celebrate at the local neighborhood park.

For the cake, I decided to order a cake from the local grocery store and accented it with a train topper that I made from gum paste.  I got the how-to tutorial from this blog post and loved the idea of adding a couple extra train cars to carry two candles!

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For extra dessert (we can’t only have cake!), we had some chocolate cupcakes and marshmallow pops!

Train Birthday

I designed some  printable invitations, cupcake flags and and then with putting some bright blue tablecloths on the benches – it brought the park right to life! For the party favors, I used some clear boxes, filled them with some train themed goodies and tied them up with red twine and blue twine!

Train Birthday

All in all, it was a great day. My little guy was thrilled to spend the day with family and friends and enjoyed several rides around the park on the Choo Choo train!

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Happy Train-tastic 2nd Birthday!!

Train Birthday

~Anu

 

{Party Feature} The Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme

A few months ago I attended a party for a very special little boy.  He turned one and his mom threw an incredibly fun birthday party with a Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme.  Like the boy, the party was AHHH-dorable.

In addition to the clown, face painting and bubbles to keep the little ones busy, the mommy extraordinaire also bought this cute pool and filled it with plastic balls and the little tots loved it.  I don’t recall there being a minute when there wasn’t a tyke or five sliding, jumping, or playing there!

Not only was it fun but it also added a huge splash of color and helped bring the theme’s colors together even more.  The birthday boy was honored with a caterpillar banner showing how much he’d grown from birth all the way to his wise 12 months:

The food was catered and no table is fully complete without buffet cards and naturally that Hungry Caterpillar showed up here too (along with some adorable snail, ladybug and sunshine friends)!

 

The thank you gifts/goody bags were colorful bags tagged with each child’s name and inside, along with the goodies, were paper animals that the kids could use at the party craft table.  Each child could attach the name tag, along with the animals to a picture frame that they decorated with markers.

Uh ya…there were a lot of kids there!

Tables were set up inside and out and the centerpieces had lovely plants with caterpillars and ladybugs matching the buffet cards tucked inside.

 

This momma definitely put her Cricut to use and it looked fantastic!

The cake was delicious and featured a fondant caterpillar upon a very artistic leaf while the birthday boy wore a Very Hungry Caterpillar crown made just for him along with a “My First Birthday” onesie.  He smiled through the whole party – that’s what I call a happy birthday!