Looking to plan a train birthday party for your little one? After celebrating Jack’s 3rd birthday, I have a few inspiration photos to share with you – complete with decorations, party favors and food ideas.
Party planning is a fun creative outlet, but it usually ends up taking more time than I think. So I’ve included pictures and links to some of my favorite train party decoration ideas to help get you started with a celebration your little one will love!
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One party planning hack I’ve learned over the years is to focus your efforts on one or two main areas. That way you can maximize impact with a little less effort.
For this party, we pushed our kitchen table back against the window and focused our main decorations there. We also used our dining room table for the cake lighting and serving since it’s one of our favorite areas and makes for great photos. You won’t see a ton of food photos here because we had a taco truck outside, which makes food prep easy and is always a huge hit with guests.
Train Party DECORATIONS
And now for the decoration inspiration and links to help get you on your way! One of my favorite finds for this party was this letter lightbox. For $30 it made a huge impact, and is something I know I’ll be using for many parties to come.
This train cookie cutter was also a fun way to theme the typical PB&Js for the kids. A couple tips to help the sandwiches come out looking great: 1) use the wider rectangle sandwich bread vs square and 2) refrigerate the PB&Js for a bit before cutting to make cut smoother.
I was so happy with the way Jack’s train cake turned out! At the time of the party we were new to the area, so I wasn’t familiar with any of the bakeries. I spent a lot of time looking at local bakeries Instagram accounts to see if I could find any who made a train cake I liked with no luck.
So I just brought I picture of what I was going for to a local, reasonable bakery that had great reviews. They pulled off just want I wanted for only $40!
OTHER TABLE DECORATIONS
I wanted to make another themed food item in addition to the cake. The food itself can go a long way toward filling the table and elevating the overall look.
I created stoplight brownies with green, yellow, and red m&ms. You’ll need icing to help the m&ms stick. If you buy a multi-colored bag, sorting the m&ms by color with your toddler is a great activity to help them feel a part of party planning!
Railroad Crossing Sign
I was really happy with this Railroad Crossing Sign from Amazon. It really popped on the table and makes actual light and noises, so Jack has loved playing with it post party too.
Last but not least, this tablecloth brought the whole look together and added a pop of color in blue gingham
…and that’s a wrap! Hope you found some good tips and sources for your little one’s train party