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Thomas The Train Party {Charlie’s 2nd Birthday}

April 8, 2014
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The season of birthdays in our family has officially begun!! Charlie turned 2 on Saturday, and his cousin Jackson turned 5 last Monday, so we thought we’d have a Thomas The Train birthday party to celebrate both! Charlie’s favorite thing on earth right now is Thomas and all his train buddies. He could play trains all day long. He loves the movies, he loves the shows, he loves the books … he’s obsessed. He can name each character, and I’m pretty sure that the train names are half of his vocabulary right now.

He was actually pretty excited about his Thomas themed party (I wasn’t sure if he’d notice the theme). It was a wonderful weekend! The boys got to see all their grandparents, cousins, and aunt & uncles! And, as a fabulous bonus, the weather was beautiful (especially Sunday). I’m still exhausted, but I thought I’d share some pictures from the weekend.

I covered our large Room and Board picture in our ‘dining’ room with seersucker fabric (I reminded me of Engineer overalls) to create the backdrop to our dessert / fruit table. I made a banner (at 1am on Saturday morning) out of cardstock and chalkboard looking letter stickers from Michael’s:

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The overall color scheme was based on the colors of Charlie’s favorite trains; Red for James, Blue for Thomas, and Green for Percy. The boys helped me create some fun cupcake toppers out of cardstock, glue on eyes, and lollipop sticks. We made a couple in each color:

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I also ordered some fun PLASTIC mason jar glasses from the Party Fairy on Etsy (I originally saw these fun mason jar cups on Sonnet’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s party post). With a little color coordinated baker’s twine and some fun paper straws, these looked cute AND were a big hit with the kids.

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I also ordered those fun polka dot bowls for fruit from the same Etsy shop. Too bad they didn’t have green as an option!!

Sticking with the train theme, we also picked up some ‘COAL’ (brownie bites) and ‘STEAM’ (lemon merenges).

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Thomas The Train Birthday Party | View From The Fridge


Since the party started at 10:30, we decided to do a brunch menu. Charlie seemed to enjoy his:

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I thought about baking a cake for Charlie and Jackson … then I came to my senses, and realized baking is not my forte. Instead, I bought a delicious ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery. I meant to put a cute cake topper on it, but I ran out of time! We had sparkler candles instead. A ‘5’ for Jackson and a ‘2’ for Charlie. Who’s turning 52 (that’s what it looked like … ha!). Charlie was NOT a fan of the sparklers, however. They also set the fire alarm off … which caused Molly (our dog) to start howling for a good 3 minutes. Chaos!!

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Charlie was thrilled to get MORE trains for his birthday (including the train named Charlie!). I did get one picture with my new TWO year old (although he wasn’t going to stop playing to take it …

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Such a fun party and weekend!

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Now, to start thinking about planning Owen’s 4th birthday in just over a month! He and this new baby could possibly share the same birthday … their due dates are one day apart. Stay tuned …


Thanks for stopping by! Hope your week is off to a great start!


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  • Reply Bre @ Average But Inspired April 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Katie, this is so cute! What a fun party. The train cupcake toppers are adorable! My Charlie, also recently turned two, is also OBSESSED with Thomas! He even takes his trains to bed with him sometimes. These boys . . .
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    • Reply Katie April 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Hi Bre! HOw funny … I didn’t realize you also had a 2 year old Charlie … good name pick! :) And yes, it’s hilarious how obsessed he is with his trains! It’s pretty cute! And yes, he has also brought his to bed with him. Hope you’re having a good week!

  • Reply Savanna McCurry April 8, 2014 at 8:42 am

    This is adorable! Very colorful and great ideas! You definitely did Thomas the train justice! I love the coal and steam :)
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    • Reply Katie April 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks, Savanna! I had several ‘fails’ with this party, too which I really should have taken pictures of (cake pop disaster, small oven fire, etc …) Oh well! Thanks for stopping by today!
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  • Reply Brittany April 8, 2014 at 10:45 am

    All the decorations look great Katie!! I love the little Thomas and Percy cupcake toppers too cute, and the mason jars are adorable as well! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of use out of those. My brother and I used to LOVE Thomas when we were little, that’s awesome that its still cool today! All your posts make me excited to have kiddos of my own, and have little parties just like this one!!
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    • Reply Katie April 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      That’s so funny that you remember loving Thomas The Train! Yes, it is fun having parties for the kiddos! At this age, they really don’t care about the theme or decorations as much … it’s more for us! ha!
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  • Reply Ida April 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Such an adorable party! I love the cupcake toppers. You did a fantastic job!!
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  • Reply Amber April 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    What an amazing party! You did an amazing job on all of the decorations!! My little guy will actually be 3 tomorrow (seriously, where does the time go) and is just now leaving the obsessed with trains phase lol. Now it looks like we’re moving onto airplanes :)
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    • Reply Katie April 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Happy Birthday to your little guy!! My older son (almost 4) is a little over trains now, too. He had an airplane phase, then a motorcycle phase, now it’s trucks. We’ll see what’s next! Hope you’re having a good week!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney April 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Katie you did such a great job on his party! Thomas the train theme is a great party to have. I did one a couple years ago, yours looks way better then mine did. Plus his outfit is super cute!
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    • Reply Katie April 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks for noticing his outfit!! I forgot to mention that in the post. I thought it looked both Spring-y and engineer-y. Plus it was on sale for $12 total! I’m sure your party was much better (I’ve seen your parties!!).
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  • Reply Daniela @ Put A Bird On It April 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Wow, Katie! You went above and beyond for this party. I love each part of it. You inspire me! Pinned. :)

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    • Reply Katie April 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks, Daniela! It was fun, and really not too much work (though it would have helped to start earlier than the night before at 8pm!!!).

  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living April 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Awwwww adorable! You did SUCH a good job. I love all of the bright colors. I don’t know where you get your energy being pregnant and doing everything you do, bravo!!
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    • Reply Katie April 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Sonnet!! It actually came together better than I thought. It was a fun party!

  • Reply Nancherrow April 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    So pretty and fun! I love the color blocking and all the handmade decor. Just pinned to my Party board. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Reply Katie April 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Thanks, Alison!! Love your party … thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane April 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Looks like an awesome party. I love your cute baby belly too!
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    • Reply Katie April 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Ha! Thanks, Bette! I wouldn’t exactly call the bump ‘cute’, but it’s definitely growing!! {try} to have a great weekend (speedy recovery wishes!!).

  • Reply Carrie This Home April 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Oh my goodness Katie–this is absolutely adorable! My son loves Thomas and he’d have a ball at this party! Pinning this for a possible birthday theme for his next birthday!
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    • Reply Katie April 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Carrie!! The Thomas theme was a hit with Charlie (and my older son actually got a kick out of it, too)! Thanks so much for stopping by to check it out! Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Reply Betsy @ Romance on a Dime April 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    So so cute!! Pinning this as an idea for the future! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime
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    • Reply Katie April 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Thanks for hosting, Betsy! Have a great week!

  • Reply Katy Blevins June 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This turned out so cute! The boys did Thomas for their second birthday too and we had the cutest cupcakes made. I love the “coal” and “steam.” Adorable!
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