27 Sep

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

Lori from Paper Thread Studio sent in this adorable – and extremely chic! – Vintage Train Birthday Party that she created for her son’s 2nd birthday.

From the use of vintage suitcases to display the party favors and “train ride treats” to the ridiculously cute cupcakes topped with candy trains on chocolate tracks and handmade food flags, there are so many stylish details to admire here!

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

Read on for lots more pics and all the creative party details, as told by Lori

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

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For my son Ben’s birthday party, we knew it had to be train themed. He’s slightly obsessed with them.  Strangely, he doesn’t much enjoy the Thomas show,  so I didn’t want to do Thomas the Train, so we did a vintage train theme since he’s super into the real trains.

The first thing I found was a shirt on Etsy (by Cantaloupe Corner) that read “Choo Choo I’m 2!“, and the rest of the items were based on that concept and phrase.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

I designed the invitation and printed it on grey linen cardstock. We mounted it on chipboard and then wrapped it with train fabric.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

On the back there is a picture die-cut in the shape of a ticket.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

The decor was the most fun to create! My husband’s DIY project was the Ben’s Bday Crossing” signs that greeted guests as they came up our driveway.  He painted two pieces of wood and then screwed them together to mimic a train crossing sign.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

We created felt koozies for the juices that had paper labels stitched on them for the purpose of identifying the drink’s owner.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

I did the same for the water bottles, but with just a slight variation of design. The pens were housed in a paper mache box labeled “name your juice” or “name your water”.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

The banner reads “choo choo I’m two” and is tied with coordinating felt strips and ribbon.  The same felt ties adorn simple white twinkle lights that were strung across our patio.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

The favor bags were displayed in a vintage suitcase and included a train whistle and engineer’s hat for each child (found on Oriental Trading website).

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

On each table, we used a yellow table cloth and then I handmade a felt train track runner using strips of felt. Sunflowers in vintage mason jars provide a pop of transportation yellow throughout the party.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

Since many of our guests were toddlers, we wanted the food to be kid and party friendly. We created little to-go bags filled with toddler appropriate snacks (raisins, noodles, goldfish, etc) that they could take on their train party adventure. The bags are tied with vintage-inspired train fabric and displayed in another suitcase.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

A friend created these incredible cupcakes:

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

The trains were molded out of caramel candies and then dipped in colored chocolate. They sat atop the cupcakes on their chocolate tracks.  I stitched some cupcake flags using felt and train fabric.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

The main activity of the party was a trackless train which took the kids and some adults around the neighborhood.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

Images are from Lane Dittoe, and I’d like to note that all of the images are film.  We love Lane and his talent with film!”

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

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P.S. Check out more of Lori’s beautiful invitation designs on her website and blog.

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17Comments

1
Jen @ The Finer Things SAYS:

Absolutely adorable!

Reply September 27, 2010 at 5:43 am

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Nicole SAYS:

Love it! Where did the trackless train come from?

Reply September 27, 2010 at 6:14 am

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Lori SAYS:

Thanks for the feature and sweet comments.

Nicole…the train came from http://www.kidsloveus.com/ (we’re in Southern California) We just did a search for trackless trains in our area and this company did a great job.

Reply September 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

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Lane Dittoe SAYS:

Lori looks awesome as usual!!

Reply September 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

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Jeanee SAYS:

adorable!

Reply September 27, 2010 at 8:56 am

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Tammy@Events By Tammy SAYS:

Such a cute idea!

Reply September 27, 2010 at 9:12 am

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Jen SAYS:

Too cute!! Can’t wait to try some of these :)

Jen
http://www.monogrammedeverything.com

Reply September 27, 2010 at 9:49 am

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PartyMom SAYS:

How cute! Love the different take on a classic theme.

Reply September 27, 2010 at 10:29 am

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weddingchicks SAYS:

yay! two of our favorite people! lori & lane! (:
xoxo
wedding chicks

Reply September 27, 2010 at 10:46 am

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paperdollmn SAYS:

Those cupcakes couldn’t be any cuter. Great photos, great theme.

Reply September 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

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Margaret SAYS:

I have 2 girls (6 &3) and this wonderful party just makes you want to have a boy! Lovely!

Reply September 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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Kristen SAYS:

Wow! I just started looking for inspiration for my son’s 2nd birthday. He too is a train addict. Love love love your party you have definitely inspired me! Thanks!

Reply September 30, 2010 at 5:51 am

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Monica SAYS:

adorable!!!

Reply September 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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Sandra (Ribbons and Favors) SAYS:

Very nice little kraft paper “To Go Bags”

Reply October 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

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Jo@partyperfect SAYS:

OMG this is soooo cute :-)

Reply October 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm

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