Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ryland's 3rd Birthday Party - Trains!

Ryland is all about mighty machines.  He loves construction vehicles, planes and trains.  Therefore we decided on a train theme for his 3rd birthday.  I found some cute ideas online and Pinterest for the cake/food/decor and we rented a barrel train for the activity.  The kids had a blast and we had one very happy 3 year old.

The evite:

All Aboard!  Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

The birthday train is coming fast
Climb aboard, we'll have a blast!
Ryland's 3rd birthday is already here
Let's celebrate another big year!

Confirm a seat with Conductor Christina (RSVP)

Cake and light refreshments will be served.
Express Kids Train will arrive at 3:30pm for rides!

At the entrance to the house we staged the goodie bag items.  I had engineer hats and train whistles in baskets for the kids to choose from, as well as giant Thank You lollipops.  I skipped the arts n crafts this year as we had a train to ride.

I had the cake and cupcakes displayed on the island in the kitchen and all the snacks were set up in the breakfast nook.  I especially liked our food train.  I found some toy engines (Thomas and another train) from Ry's game room and set them up pulling tin loaf pans.  I even attached Oreo wheels to the pans with icing.  In each loaf pan we had a different snack:  cheese balls (boulders), mini corn dogs, chips, grapes, blueberries, pretzels (logs), animal crackers and carrots.

The birthday boy!  Ready to party 4/19/2014
He really wanted those cupcakes, it was hard distracting him while we waited for his guests.
cake and cupcakes
My first time making a number cake
Food train and other snacks

Train plates and napkins (also had matching paper cups, not pictured)
The real fun was outside.  In the backyard we had Ry's birthday gift, his new playscape!  Plus various other toys for the kids such as a basketball hoop and cozy coupe.  And of course there was the main attraction, the train!

Blowing out the candles.  Happy Birthday!
birthday boy and mommy

The train was a big hit, we rented it for over and hour and half and they rode it the entire time.  We waited until the very end to open gifts.  Ry definitely knew what he was doing this year.  All the kids would gather around him as he tore off paper and pulled items from bags. As soon as he unwrapped a gift he'd put it off to the side in a pile and grab the next gift.  I thought for sure Ry would crash as he didn't nap, but he was happy and probably on a sugar high and stayed up until 10pm!  A huge thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated Ry's birthday with us.

Engineer hats and train whistles -
Cake and food ideas - Pinterest
Plates, napkins, cups, plastic utensils and lollipops -
Loaf pans - Walmart

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