Picking a theme for this year’s party was simple. This boy loves his trains. Big trains. Little trains. Real trains. Toy trains. TV trains. Train Whistles. Train Tracks.
You get the idea.
But we also wanted to keep the party low key. All he cares about is having fun with his family. He won’t remember how much time and money was spent making him an elaborate birthday cake. Or how many people were there. So no going to Pinterest for ideas. And repeating the mantra…keep it simple…keep it simple…keep it simple.
The invitation was a quick and easy find off Etsy.
Carter loved his and carried his own personal copy with him for several days. While the making the proper “choo choo” sound effects. I took that as his approval.
We reused the the fabric buntings from last year’s party. Simple party tip-keep the color scheme the same and reuse all of your crap. This kid is going to have a blue party until he is 15.
I appliqued a “2” on a blue t-shirt for the birthday boy. In case any one was going to forget how old he was. I had not done applique before and it was quick and easy.
Well after I remembered to make a mirror image of the “2” I printed out. Otherwise it will be backwards. Not that that happened.
Instead of a cake, we ordered cupcakes from a friend. And I constructed a train out of cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, and foam. Much easier materials to work with than cake and fondant.
The table runner is made out of felt. I bought a half yard of the blue from a craft store and cut it into a long strip. Then I used three pieces of gray felt that you can buy in the squares to cut railroad ties. A couple of strips of black later we had a railroad track.
My original intention was to make it no sew and just use heat n bond to attach it. With the idea that I would just sew it later if he really wanted to play with it.
I had gotten to the third track with heat n bond when I decided that was a stupid idea. Was there any doubt that Mr. Train would leave it alone? Out came the sewing machine. And it was a good decision considering this was the scene in our family room the day after the party. He may have that at his parties until he is 15 as well.
In the background we played Carter’s favorite movie of all time. Volume 2. Like last year it was a compilation of pictures and video clips from his past year. It took quite a long time to organize all the pics and put it together so this may not be a tradition every year. But he was enthralled. Even when there were presents to be opened.
And since most of the guests were grandparents or other family members that would be interested in watching a hour long Carter movie, we also had some as favors. They at least pretended to want to watch it again.
For food, we had a pizza bar. We made crusts ahead of time and everyone did their own toppings before we popped them on the grill.
The strawberry basil margaritas were also a hit.
Overall I think he had a grand time with all his favorite people and a little bit of choo-choos thrown in.
Happy 2nd birthday Carterman!