Thursday, March 21, 2013

Vintage Train Party

My oldest turned 4 on St Patty's Day. I usually start the Birthday party planning process after Christmas, and this year he picked trains. This is actually the second time we have done trains (we did choo choo I'm 2, in 2011). 
I wanted to go for a big boy train party this year so used "Vintage Trains" as the theme. 

We knew we wanted to have a train come to the house and we used

The train was a huge hit. 
We ordered Conductor and Engineer hats from Oriental Trading Co.
I tried to do a mix of DIY and purchased products. 

Our invites came from Luc and Lilah Events, they offer couture printable invitations and paper products.
I blocked out our address and phone number, the actual invite is more centered :)

We used Bug A Boo designz for the printable package. I loved the chevron print and the vintage look of the train.

We used her printables everywhere!!

Fuel Car

lollipop favors
Choo Choo water
Juice boxes
Food table tents
Mason Jar drinks
Straws were made by the fabulous shop The Party Penguin

We served "Bar-B-Choo pork sandwiches 
And "Cams Corn"
I used dollar store containers to make a produce car, with strawberries,
a coal car with Oreo cookies/marshmallow mixture, and a log car with pretzels .

Accent signs were provided by Sittin on a Cloud

My sister Jessie-Cate Sheehy painted the backdrop for the drink table! Turned out PERFECT! She used the printable's as inspiration and added hidden details like his age and monogram to the front of the engine.
Favor Bags
Favor bags were from Crafty Clementines
Inside contained a wooden train whistle and a bag of "gold" bubble gum from Oriental Trading Co.

Vintage inspired suitcase from Michael's arts and crafts

Cake and Cupcakes were Provided from Sonia Raghunandan, if you are in the lake county Fl area and need yummy cakes or cupcakes give her a call 352-223-4288

Wood purchased from hardware store for less than $3. Reflectors
also purchased from same store less than $4 for 2.
Outside "ticket station". Red Amelia Earhart suitcases purchased
from local thrift store for about $10 for both!

Ordered the yellow flag on ebay then used
painters tape to do the X and printed a R to use
as a stencil.

More outside signs. Metal train sign from eBay

Birthday boys shirt provided by Lion and Lamb Tees

Moms shirt from Smash Transit
Dads Shirt from Atlantic Coast Images

The whole family decked out! , Dads shirtMoms shirtBirthday boy and little bro's shirts
Train track floors using painters tape (which are
still down and probably will be for a while)

A friend sent me a YouTube link for making tissue paper poms and fans, super easy to follow

The train party was a huge success and Cam had a blast! Thank you to everyone who helped and came to celebrate our special boys 4th birthday!!
Awesome custom made "thank you's" from our friends at Luc Lilah Events

How about some giveaways and discount codes :)

If you don't see your parties theme contact the shops owner and ask about custom work. All discount codes are to be used at their shop ( link is underlined)

Straws from The Party Penguin
10% off your order use the code PENGUIN

Moms shirt is from Smash Transit
10% off your oder with code NUANDNUGS

Printable signs, labels, tags from Bug A Boo Designz
20% off purchase with code NUANDNUGS20

Muslin gift bags from Crafty Clementines
20% off one time purchase with code ADVENTURE20

Birthday Boys Vintage train shirt from Lion and Lamb Tees
They would like to offer a Lion and Lamb Tee from their shop
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Invitations from Luc & Lilah Events
They would like to offer a $20 voucher towards invitations in their shop
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Accent signs from Sittin on a Cloud
They would like to offer a giveaway for one product from their shop.
                                                           a Rafflecopter giveaway

Dads shirt from Nova customts
10% off order using code 747train
They would also like to offer one reader a vintage train shirt of their own
 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also thank you to our friend Karol Porter for taking pictures

And to my mom for making the Pork in the Bar-B-Choo sandwiches

                       These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.


  1. Vintage Train Theme Birthday Banner!
    my big boy loves trains too!

  2. BTW, you did an awesome Job making Camden's Train happen! everything looks wonderful!

  3. What a fun looking party! I love it. I loved the Doc McStuffins Birthday Child Name Banner but I would want Sofia the First or Space themed as those are what my kids picked for their birthdays coming up.

    1. Thank you.. We did space last year but not on this scale.. I would love to re-do that one ;)

  4. I looked at Luc & Lilah Events invitations and if we won I would see if they could do a custom Space one for my sons party. If the theme wasn't all ready decided I would love any of the other ones. Great stuff.

  5. I'd want a sports themed birthday item for my little man-child :) The party looks amazing, great job!

  6. For the Luc and Lilah I would like some invitations that would go with a skateboard theme bday in June :)

  7. For the Sittin on a Cloud giveaway I would really like a happy birthday banner. I think it would work well will a skateboard birthday themed party too!!!

  8. For the Luc and Lilah giveaway, I would see if they could do a custom invitation for my daughter's first birthday. The theme is going to be "Cute as a Button".

  9. For the Sittin on a Cloud giveaway, I think I'd choose the food label tents.

  10. For the Luc and Lilah giveaway I love the Happy Birthday Banner. DD would love the doc theme but it doesn't fit for her next birthday, I would love it offered with other themes!

  11. Oops, my last comment was supposed to be for the SittinonaCloud Etsy Shop!

  12. Here's the Luc & Lilah Events one...I'd love a girl's birthday party one that works for 6 and American Girl!

  13. Maddox has decided on a "construction theme" for his birthday party, so for the Luc and Lilah giveaway I would totally suggest something with Construction material or caution like theme