15 Jul

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

Melisa from the ultra-creative Little Apple Design and Project Nursery sent in this adorable party she created for her son’s 3rd birthday that features a Thomas the Train theme with a modern, updated twist. This is such a great example of how you can “style up” any sort of theme to fit your own personal taste!

(Added bonus: – find free printables of the candy buffet labels below!)

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

Read on for all the details and LOTS more pics, as told by Melisa

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REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

“My son Austin’s obsession with Thomas The Tank Engine is going on 2 years now and before he grows out of it, I just had to throw him a Thomas & Friends party! The decorator in me, however, couldn’t bare to use the commercial cartoon Thomas. Don’t get me wrong – he’s really cute – I just thought he could use an updated, modern twist.

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

With a brand new baby, I really didn’t have the energy to creatively pull together a birthday bash, so I turned to my party inspiration board guru and contributor, Kelly from WH Hostess. She took my idea, ran with it and pulled together an AMAZING Modern Train inspiration board that I could follow in just a short amount of time.

Kelly also created all the crafty party details – from logos to stickers to banners and much more.

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

I set the tone of the party with custom paper invites for close friends and family and saved money with free personalized online invitations by Pingg for my son’s preschool class.

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

The menu consisted of gourmet sandwiches, crust-less cream cheese and jelly sandwiches for the kids, mac & cheese squares, Chinese chicken salad in takeout containers, logo cups filled with baby carrots, snow peas and individual hummus disks.

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

Some of my favorite decorative touches included the use of 3 foot balloons for a modern statement and simple centerpieces that consisted of of  eco-friendly blumebox vases, shredded tissue paper and clever signs on a stick.

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

A major party hiccup was the sugar cookies from the bakery. My husband picked them up the morning of the party and they looked absolutely awful! Thank goodness I took a cue from The TomKatStudio’s Blog and ordered fondant cupcake toppers from etsy shop Two Sugar Babies, which saved the day!

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

Charynn did an incredible job of creating monogrammed fondant toppers and even a 3D train to spruce up my inexpensive yet tasty chocolate Costco cake – as requested by the birthday boy himself!

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

The big hit of the party was the trackless train that rolled through the neighborhood.

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

We passed out engineer hats and whistles as the kids boarded Austin’s party train. The children brought them home along with Thomas tattoos, coloring paper, homemade train shaped crayons and bags FULL of candy. Heck, someone had to take the 28lbs of candy display ordered from the Sweet Factory off my hands and far, far away from my house!”

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

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Thanks again to Melisa for sharing this party with us – and to Kelly for offering up free printables of her candy bar labels!

You can download the exact labels (with the candy titles) or blank versions of them below:

REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

Click here to download labels with candy names
Click here to download blank labels

ENJOY!

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33Comments

1
Kelly SAYS:

Thanks for the LOVELY feature, Jenn! This was such a fun party to work on and Melisa did an amazing job pulling it all together!

Reply July 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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Victoria SAYS:

LOVE it! My friend Claire was at the party, she said it was the cutest!!

Reply July 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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Adriana SAYS:

I love this party, it’s amazing and the photography is incredible!

Reply July 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm

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Joyce SAYS:

This looks great!!!

So glad to be getting the feed again. =)

Reply July 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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dana SAYS:

LOVE it all. . . . the cute decor, yummy food and a TRAIN ride to boot!! Those kiddos must’ve been in birthday party heaven!!

Reply July 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

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Melisa, Project Nursery SAYS:

Wow Jenn What a great treat to see today on HWTM. Thanks so very much for sharing with your readers!

Reply July 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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Victoria SAYS:

Fabulous! Love the adaptation of the cartoon.

Reply July 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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Ruby SAYS:

Such a cute party. Great inspiration for any boy birthday.

Reply July 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

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Nancy Pfeifer SAYS:

WOW! Fantastic party for a boy!!!! LOVE it! She is amazing!!!

Reply July 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

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Holly of So Chic Decor SAYS:

What a great post! My son would absolutely love this for his birthday party!

Reply July 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

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Stacey SAYS:

That train is amazing! I’m sure the birthday boy and all of his friends had such a fun time! Everything coordinated so well. Any little guy would love this party!

Reply July 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

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Tara SAYS:

Thanks for sharing this. Melisa – you rock. This party is sooooooooo incredible. How did you get the trackless train for the neighbourhood? Where did you rent it from? Kudos

Reply July 16, 2010 at 1:34 am

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bridal girl SAYS:

This is such a lovely party! My son Loves Thomas as well so I can appreciate the design of your son’s party. Really cool. My son would also love to have that trackless train for his party.

Reply July 18, 2010 at 3:15 am

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melissa v SAYS:

I love the twist on Thomas the Train idea. My son is turning 4 in two weeks and his party theme Thomas. I already bought party favors, ballons, decorations and made my own invites yet I would like to make some of my own labels and banners. Could you suggest a do it yourself website where I can print and modify some basic designs seen on your blog?

Thanks for your wonderful ideas and photos on your blog,
Melissa

Reply July 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

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Lara SAYS:

Hi there! Loved checking out your party! The menu sounded great…any recipes that you can post from it??? Thanks!

Reply July 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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