Thomas and Friends Themed Birthday Party

Thomas Display

Oh my how time goes quick—I can’t believe I have a 3-year old! Last month we celebrated my son’s 3rd birthday and it was lots of fun. For his 1st birthday we did a theme based off of Eric Carle’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, for his 2nd birthday we did a Construction theme, and this time around we did a Thomas and Friends theme.  Several months prior to my son’s birthday I started thinking of different themes that he might enjoy for his party. I narrowed it down to Thomas and Dr. Suess (Cat In The Hat) because he enjoys both of those things. I asked him several times which he would prefer and each time his response was the same:

“Can I have a Thomas party, and a Percy party, and a Diesel party, and a James party, and a Gordon party pleasssssssssssssse!”

So we went with the Thomas theme! 🙂

Like his past parties, this was a fun one for me to plan…

mama and bday boyHere’s the birthday boy himself all grown up and I’m one proud mommy!

Thomas Invite2I looked online for invitations but my budget didn’t like the upscale prices so I decided to create my own. I used PicMonkey to create these invitations and yes it took a little time, but they were much friendlier on my budget. I printed them off as 4×6 prints at my local Costco for 14 cents an invite—super thrifty way to do invites if that’s your thing! CLICK HERE for the blank version of the invite without all the wording.

door signOur guests were greeted with this colorful door sign. Again, something I made using PicMonkey.

Happy Bday SignI also designed this Happy Birthday sign using PicMonkey—in case you can’t tell I’m a HUGE fan of PicMonkey 😉 because there’s a free version and it’s very user friendly!

Choo ChooI printed each part of the sign off on card-stock. Then came the tricky part because I don’t have one of those nifty circle cutters (and I should have spaced the circles out a little more). I used a large coffee mug to trace a circle around each letter/picture and then I hand cut each circle. Then I made 2 hole punches at the top of each circle and weaved some blue ribbon through to make my sign. There are printables for this sign at the bottom of the post! You will just need some white card-stock.

Birthday CrossingI made this birthday crossing sign with supplies I already had at home: cardboard, acrylic paint, and a wooden stick. I stuck it in one of our flowerpots in the backyard (our first year having a backyard for a birthday party so I was thrilled about that!).

Table displayI used a light blue and red theme to decorate. I found the little railroad crossing signs on PBS’s website and I glued them onto cake pop sticks. PBS’s site has some other fun printables too. I found some of the other Thomas decor at my local party store.

pom pomsTo add a little pop of color I made some red and blue poms which I hung from the chandelier and also displayed on the table. Find the tutorial for how to make them HERE. They are so fun!

postersI made 2 posters of pictures from my son’s past year. I made a label for the top which said, “Choo Choo, look at me when I was 2!” I laminated them and posted them on the wall for our guests to enjoy. Great keepsakes that he will probably enjoy seeing again when he’s older ;).

Front food train frontLooking around on Pinterest, I saw this cute idea for a food train and I knew I wanted to do something like it. I found several examples where people used black tape to create a train track (great idea)—but once I saw the price of black tape I decided to go a different route. I bought a piece of black poster board and used it to create the vertical part of the track. Then I used some jumbo Popsicle sticks that I already had for the horizontal bars. I used bread size foil tins for the cargo carts and I used Oreo cookies for the wheels (stuck on with peanut butter). They got filled with fruit, veggies, etc. It was a cute and organized way to display some of the food!

Back food trainA back view of the train.

Food DispayNot sure all the food was out at this point but here’s another view of the main food spread.

Birtday CakeWhat party would be complete with out a cake?! I’m a baker at heart so I usually go the homemade cake route. My sister-in-law makes awesome cakes and she was kind enough to let me borrow some of her cake stuff so I could pull-off a cake like this. I learned from past years that’s it’s too much work to make a homemade cake and also to make a bunch of homemade party food. So I choose to make the cake and opted for things like pre-made sandwiches and fruits and veggies that I could cut up the night before. This was a more stress-free way to go—it only took me 3 years to figure that out!

waiting for his cakeMy sweet boy eagerly awaiting his cake…

cake yeah I’m not sure that I’ve ever met a kid that enjoys singing “Happy Birthday” as much as my son does. He gets so excited about this part of birthday celebrations! He clapped and yelled “Yay!!!” after we finished singing to him.

cut cakeMy son is a chocolate fan so I went with a chocolate cake with a butter-cream frosting.

Baggage ClaimFor party favors I set up a baggage claim station and I found the tags for the “baggage” on Passion for Savings. There’s some more free printables there as well.

with daddyWith Daddy post-party. I’d say we had a wonderful time celebrating this special boy Chugga Chugga Choo Choo style!

Printables for Happy Birthday Sign:

Birthday Sign 1

Birthday Sign 2

Birthday Sign 3

Birthday Sign 4

Birthday Sign 5

Choo Choo

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Thomas & Friends

Party Planning Tips:

  • Plan Ahead! Start looking for ideas a few months ahead of time.
  • Keep a running record of party ideas as you find them. Utilize places like Pinterest, other Blogs, etc. to find ideas.
  • Take advantage of FREE printables. Several websites and blogs offer printables that you can download for free and print at home.
  • Start making decorations a month or two in advance. This will make things a lot more stress-free closer to party time.
  • Save some money by shopping for things like tablecloths and plastic ware at places like the dollar store or the $1 spot at Target.
  • Make a Food Menu and be realistic. A combination of homemade food and pre-made food is a good medium.
  • Prep food and hang decorations the night before the party.
  • Most of all Have fun and enjoy party day!



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Construction Themed Birthday Party

collageI am excited to be back in the blogging world today after a short absence, and I am even more excited to share this post! It seems like just yesterday I was holding my little 7 pound newborn in my arms for the first time, and last week he turned 2…Where does the time go?! Well, I wanted my special little boy to have a special 2nd birthday celebration, so I decided to do a construction theme with lots of trucks. My son is “ALL-BOY” and this theme just seemed to fit him. I worked on the details for this party over the course of a few months. It took a lot of planning and time, but I had a blast putting it all together!


Birthday Sign BlogFor the Happy Birthday Banner I traced different sizes of circles onto card-stock and then cut them out by hand. A circle cutter would come in handy for this, but I made do with regular scissors. I drew the dump trucks and cut them out as well.  I found some black stick-on letters at Hobby Lobby that I used for the words. Then I assembled the banner with a little glue, a hole punch and some ribbon.

diamond signs blogI made these diamond-shaped signs with yellow card-stock. Yes, I stocked up on card-stock for this party ;). Free Printable Below!

Door Sign BlogI made this welcome sign for the front door by printing the words on orange card-stock. I completed it with a truck and some more card-stock. Free Printable Below!

kid table blogI set-up a kid table with some hard hats {from the dollar store} and some construction trucks that I found on Amazon.


Table spread blogI looked around on Pinterest for inspiration for this party, and I found several creative ideas for the food.

Dessert Table BlogEvery food had a “construction” related name.  I made the food labels with card-stock, mason jar labels and truck stickers.

nuts and bolts blogNuts and Bolts = Trail Mix, Lumber = Pretzel Sticks, Pebbles = Recess Pieces

Boulders BlogBoulders = Grapes

wrecking balls blogWrecking Balls = Nectarines

build a sandwich blogBuild-a-Sandwich = make your own sandwich

rocky road and spare tires blogRocky Road= Marshmallows dipped in chocolate and nuts

Spare Tires= Mini Chocolate Donuts

fuel station blogFuel Station = Drinks

cake collageLast but not least…the cake! I made a marbled chocolate and yellow cake to mimic black and yellow caution tape. I decorated the cake with dirt {a combination of cake crumbs and crushed snickers}. I found a set of mini construction trucks on Amazon, and I used one to top the cake.

Tools blogOf course, “tools” to eat it all with! Free Printable Below!

Micah and Mommy for blogSuch a fun party and my little 2-year old had such a fun time!!!







(C) Pocketful of Motherhood, 2013