Parties that Move – Trains & Race Car Birthdays

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I’ve got two parties for your viewing pleasure today and they are both themes that would thrill any little boy in your life….Trains and Race Cars.
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This Thomas the Train Birthday party was originally hosted by Keisha from Cupcakes and Wishes.

Enjoy the Train Birthday…..

On to the second party which was on Sunday.  I did a banner, party hats, placemat, napkin rings, treat bags and some fun cut outs for a Thomas and Friends birthday party.  I also created a standing cardboard ‘Thomas’ as a prop for the party.
I just used my computer and a page protector (I hid the hole rings tab with some tape so it didn’t show).
The placesettings were very simple and you can see my napkin ring and the finished placemat here.  You can also see the party hats – Mom wanted something very simple so I just did solid color cone hats and we put them out on the kids table next to the place settings.
Here are the treat bags (full of ‘I’m going to regret this in 20 minutes’ candy).  I created a tag using cut out circles and some Thomas and Friends stickers and tied them with a fun ribbon.
Here’s a picture of the cardboard Tomas prop that I created.  We used the top of the train to put the treats on.  We placed it on the gift table and handed them out at the end of the party when the birthday boy finished opening his gifts.  Notice the Railroad Crossing sign, someone made a comment that we must be from the south because all the railroad crossing signs are upside down.  LOL
These are just a couple more pictures from the party where I set up.
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This next party was for a little NASCAR lover. This Race Car birthday party was originally hosted by Vanessa from Seriously.

Enjoy this NASCAR birthday party…

Matthan loves race cars, so that’s exactly what he wanted to do for his 3rd birthday party.  He chose two of his favorite NASCAR drivers, Jimmy Johnson and Kasey Kahne (he has their toy cars) as the main attraction for the party – Jimmy Johnson cake and Kasey Kahne piñata – the boy knows what he wants!

I found the perfect invitation (that just happened to match the blue and red of the chosen race cars, whoo!) . . .

We ordered the birthday cake and cupcakes from the fabulous Holly (who also made his first and second birthday cake) and were not disappointed.  Her cakes  always look amazing and are incredibly delicious!

We had boxes ready for each of the kids to make their own race car.  They chose a number and “decals” to decorate their cars with, then our helpers (my wonderful nieces) helped put their tires on their cars.

Before they could head to the race track, they had to make a pit stop to tighten their tires and gas up their cars!

We planned on having some racing events, but had a few freak outs due to the many adults staring at them (I guess I can understand that).  Thankfully, at the end of the party (and after getting some sugar from the cake) they all went back outside and ran around the track while the adults chatted inside.

The party ended with a Mexican tradition (Matthan is 25% Mexican after all).

Everyone got to hit the piñata, then we had to have our friend David finish it off so the candy would fall out! These Mexican piñatas are very well made! : )

The kiddos each got a bag to put their candy in and took that, and their race car, home as their party favors.

The party was so much fun and a big success (thanks Megs for all your help).  So thankful for all our friends and family who came and showered Matthan with lots of love on his special day.  And, to make things even better, he did get to “drive” the race car like he wanted to when it first arrived! : )

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