Chugga Chugga Two Two!

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My baby bear recently turned two.  I wanted to do something special for him this time around.  For his first birthday we had family come and watch him open some presents and smash his cake (which did not go over well, he hated getting frosting all over).  It was fun, but I wanted to go all out this year.  Cakes ccttHe is now old enough to enjoy opening his birthday gifts and recently took a liking to Thomas and Friends. So I decided to give him a Thomas themed, train party.  We did mail out cute invitations, but I let everyone know when and where the event would be over the phone and set a Facebook event to reach the family and friends I have on there.  It wasn’t anything too extravagant, but it was so much fun.
 Everyone “oooo-ed” and “aaaaah-ed” over the little touches I added to the party to give it a Thomas feel.  We had Thomas and Friends hanging decorations and streamers, a nice Thomas and Friends table cover, and I made some light snacks and baked a cake and cupcakes.  I knew a lot would be coming so I made extras.    Luckily, Karissa is trained in cake decorating, so she decorated our fabulous cake and cupcakes.Cupcakes2
For the cakes, I used box mixes (this was before I learned how easy it is to bake from scratch).  But I added my own little touch to the cakes and cupcakes. I floured some mini chocolate chips and added them to my batter for the cupcakes. We had white cupcakes and dark chocolate cupcakes.  The cake had two layers.  The top was white cake, and the bottom was chocolate with added peanut butter chips.  I do not recommend adding standard size chips, because mine sunk to the bottom and made it very difficult to get the cake out.  But it turned out just fine, thank God!  Karissa arrived early to decorate the cakes and cupcakes, I don’t know what I would do without her. We topped the frosted cupcakes with an M&M and I bought a Thomas and Friends cake decorating set to put on top of the cakes for about five bucks.  It was my son’s favorite part of the whole party.  He loved everything Thomas.  We had to leave the decorations up for a few days following the party.Choo choo ChexSnacks were very simple. 
There was a football game later that afternoon, so the party was at 11 in the morning.  I made sure to offer enough snacks to keep everyone filled up before lunch.   I made a “Chugga Chex Mix”, some “Engine Coal”, and had some “Conductor Candy” out as well.  Diesel fuel2The candy was just my son’s favorite, M&Ms.  I also whipped up a batch of “diesel fuel” 7UP punch.  I loved seeing how excited my son was over the “choo-choos” all over the house.Coal2

I ordered party favors to give out to everyone.  They of course were Thomas themed.  Everyone got little paper train tickets, kaleidoscopes, tops, Thomas medallions, a Thomas and Friends maze for later, and little Thomas and friends Frisbee discs, all in a nice little Thomas and Friends loot bag.  Favors2Had I been more prepared for DIY projects, I could have made some cute party favors of my own, I am just learning how to throw good parties.  I was pleased with how it turned out, and it cost me under fifty dollars for everything.  I now know how to cut costs a little more, but with so many people that came to celebrate, I wasn’t concerned with what we spent.  It was a great time! Tell us about your train party!

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