As I said in yesterday’s Train Birthday Party Food post, it is possible to create exciting and fun birthday parties for your children without paying a lot of money.
Cake as a Centerpiece
If you’re already spending the time and energy to make a themed cake for the party, then show it off!
Use the Food as Decoration
As I wrote yesterday, you can put the food in loaf pans and line them up on the table like train cars. For added flair, use brown and black or grey construction paper cut into rectangles as railroad ties to create tracks along the table that the loaf pans are “driving” on. In party decorations, I find that sometimes subtlety is key. Being creative about how to set up your food can add to your theme without cluttering up your table or emptying your wallet. Plus it puts the attention where attention is due – the food!
Railroad Crossing Signs
Apologies for the lack of photos, but this party was long before I started photographing everything I make! I used old cardboard boxes and a black Sharpie to make railroad crossing signs. You can make the station names something related to the birthday boy or girl – for example, “Theresa Station” or “Station in x Miles.”
Use What You Have!
Set out wooden train toys or electric rail trains if you have them. Depending on the age of the children at the party, they could be centerpieces or simply toys available.
At the time of the party, we had a large appliance box. We decorated it as a train car (again, very simply with Sharpies) and cut a few window holes. It was a hit with the kids at the party! Do whatever you want with your decorations. Give the kids a box? They’ll be good for the whole day!