Thursday, March 12, 2015

Train Themed 2nd Birthday Party

One of my very close childhood friends asked me to help host a big birthday celebration for her son's 2nd birthday. Due to extenuating circumstances, Jesse was unable to have a celebration for his 1st birthday so to make up for it, we wanted to throw a big celebration for his 2nd birthday to celebrate all that he and his parents have accomplished this past year. 

Jesse is into all things that little boys love, especially trains. So it was very easy to come up with a theme for his birthday party. 

Here are the highlights of what I created for his party which was held at a community clubhouse.

The colors for the party were mint green, teal and hints of purple. The decor for the party mainly consisted of balloons which were purchased from Party City. 

For the table centerpieces, I used mini tin buckets that I found at Ikea for $1 each that were stuffed with silver tissue paper and the balloons.

To add the train theme to the centerpieces, I cut out these rail road and train signs that I found on Google images and taped them to the buckets. 

Photos of Jesse were showcased using this photo train made from scrapbook paper. To save time, it helps to have a paper cutter and a circle punch. 

This was definitely a kid friendly party, so we wanted the decorations to be very playful. I absolutely loved these standing railroad crossing signs (found here). They were definitely pricey, but it added to the theme so perfectly. Plus, we were able to use the yellow RxR sign that came along with it for the dessert table. To make the train tracks, we used two rolls of silver duct tape.

Photo frame guest "book" from Michaels (remember to use your coupons!)

At every party I host, I make sure to always have a photo backdrop for people to take pictures and selfies. To create this backdrop, I used my easy $5 streamer backdrop tutorial HERE and created a train theme birthday banner using scrapbook paper.

Dessert Table
At all the parties I host, I also love to have a wide dessert spread that goes along with the theme.
I absolutely loved how this dessert table turned out. 

Fortunately, we have a friend who has a printing company that was able to print out the backdrop poster. I also like to use fabric linens for dessert tables instead of using the plastic ones you find at Party City. Luckily, I was able to find this website where you can purchase linen table cloths for under $10 which is pretty much what I would  have spent to rent table linens.
To decorate the dessert table, I used one of Jesse's train sets (from Ikea).

Being that this was a kids birthday party, we knew we had to have a lot of sweets especially cake. 
This amazing cake was made by Simply Sweet Cakery 

To add to the dessert table, I made blue velvet (boxed mix) cake pops with the #2 sprinkled on over piped chocolate melts.

These chocolate covered lemon Oreos were made using this mold and chocolate melts (Merkens brand). I piped the RxR by hand using black chocolate melts and a piping bag. 

To create these traffic light rice krispie treats, I purchased pre-made square rice krispie treats from the bakery department at Ralphs (a huge time saver and it was more cost effective) and cut the squares in half. Then I dipped the rectangles in melted black chocolate melts (Wilton brand) and pressed in red, yellow and green M & Ms. You can serve them as is or standing by pushing in lollipop sticks.

To make these train sugar cookies, I used a train cookie cutter, this cookie recipe and used this video tutorial for the royal icing.

Since we were expecting more than 80 people, the families decided to cater lunch from a Korean catering company. This was a big relief to not have to cook food for 80 people.

Here is the adorable birthday boy being the center of attention.


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