I love birthdays! I also love throwing my kids birthday parties that they will be excited about. I don’t love spending an arm and a leg on disposable party decorations and store-bought processed themed foods. There are ways to throw a fun party that will both celebrate your child’s birthday and not break the bank by being creative with a theme and homemade food.
Katie listed some ideas for a Football-themed party, and here I have some ideas for a Train-themed party from my son’s first birthday. These ideas could also be used for someone taking a trip or vacation, particularly if they may be fortunate enough to be going by train! I apologize for my lack of pictures – this party was from long before I started documenting everything I make and eat!
TRAIN BIRTHDAY PARTY FOOD
An easy way to make a party less expensive is to schedule it during off-meal hours. That way you can prepare hearty snacks and goodies without having to worry about feeding everyone there a sit-down meal. It also frees up the schedule of the party to allow flexibility for games and socializing.
- Put snacks in loaf pans, lined up on the table (Train Cars), use black paper circles taped to the outside of the pans as wheels
- Use brown and grey construction paper to make train tracks on the table, put loaf pans (“train cars”) on top of the paper “tracks”
- Name the snacks train related words:
- Pretzel rods = Train posts
- Label loaf pans as different “cars” = Produce cars (fruit and veggies), Animal car (animal crackers), Coal car (black olives or Oreos), Log car (pretzel sticks or rods)
- Wagon wheel-shaped pasta/pasta salad
- “Oil” = Iced Tea
The All-Important Cake!
Rather than buying a bakery or boxed cake, simply make a regular cake recipe in loaf pans and cut it into the shape of train cars.
I used a template for cutting the cake from here, but I did not use their actual cake recipe. To help with the cutting process, freeze the baked and cooled cake for at least an hour before cutting. Put a “crumb layer” of frosting down first, which is just a thin layer of frosting that you will frost over again. While it might seem like overkill, it is to prevent crumbs getting caught in the frosting when you are decorating. Trust me, it’s worth it! I also froze the cake after the crumb layer of frosting before frosting it again so that everything was very user-friendly and not messy.
Use licorice (I used chocolate licorice) to line the train cars and fill them with other candies. You could also pipe frosting around the edges. Oreos or gummy peach rings can serve as wheels. For presentation, I used two pieces of wood (I think one was an old bookshelf shelf?) covered in aluminum foil.
Check here tomorrow for ideas for Train Birthday Party Decor Ideas, and check out our Pinterest board Birthday Party Ideas!