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REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

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Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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!

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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.

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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.

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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”.

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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.

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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).

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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.

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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.

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

A friend created these incredible cupcakes:

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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.

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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!”

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

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

By |2018-02-12T18:15:21+00:00September 27th, 2010|Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Jen @ The Finer Things September 27, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Absolutely adorable!

  2. Nicole September 27, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Love it! Where did the trackless train come from?

  3. Lori September 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

    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.

  4. Lane Dittoe September 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Lori looks awesome as usual!!

  5. Jeanee September 27, 2010 at 8:56 am


  6. [email protected] By Tammy September 27, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Such a cute idea!

  7. Jen September 27, 2010 at 9:49 am

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


  8. PartyMom September 27, 2010 at 10:29 am

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

  9. weddingchicks September 27, 2010 at 10:46 am

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

  10. paperdollmn September 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

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

  11. Margaret September 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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

  12. Kristen September 30, 2010 at 5:51 am

    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!

  13. Monica September 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm


  14. Sandra (Ribbons and Favors) October 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Very nice little kraft paper “To Go Bags”

  15. [email protected] October 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    OMG this is soooo cute :-)

  16. Lavern Owie October 6, 2010 at 10:40 am


    two thumbs up for this post. i really love it. i enjoy reading this post and the photos are all great!

    keep up the good work! its perfect!!

  17. KennQ October 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

    When I was a child, I am wishing to have this wonderful birthday party. I’m happy for your birthday celebration little boy.

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