Train party!

We decided to do Isaiah’s birthday party a little early this year. And believe it or not, he chose a “train” theme over baseball (WHAAA?!!). He definitely threw me a curve ball with that one. (See what I did there?)

We kept it small, just immediate family (his grandparents, aunts, and uncles). And the day couldn’t have been any more perfect.

I looked around a long time for invitations (I wanted something just right). And as soon as I saw these, I fell in love. They quickly set the stage for the rest of the party.

And envelope liners. I am OBSESSED with envelope liners these days.


I kept the decorations in colors of blue, dark green, with kraft paper and pops of of yellow. I even re-used a few of the decorations from his baptism party. So very special to me. ;)






One of my favorite details was the hand drawn train tracks all over the table runner. We actually left it up for a few days after the party so he could play. He loved running his trains over the tracks.


And what’s a train party without a train?


We made him his very own Choo Choo out of used brown paper boxes. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. He played in it all day long–with his very own train whistle to boot.


It was such a memorable day. We visited, played, opened presents, and topped it all off with a visit to the Trains at Northpark Center.


My boy was on cloud nine.

I also think there might be something to this “smaller party” idea. I’ve always known that, but we have SO much family in town, it’s hard not to invite them all. But for once, I got to stop, take a deep breath, and be with my boy on his big party day. And oh, how I loved it so…


You still have a few days to go, buddy. And I plan to hang on to my two-year-old for as long as humanly possible (although, trust me… you’re already showing every sign of being THREE). I don’t know where the time has gone. As I watch Samuel grow day-by-day, I keep seeing YOU at his age. How are we here? How has it been three whole years? Sometimes I mourn the loss of my “baby ‘Saiah”, but I am so very excited for the fun that’s waiting ahead of us. You are such a light in this family, son. And you always will be. 

We love you, Isaiah. Here’s to the last few days of your two’s. Let’s celebrate BIG.



3 Responses to “Train party!”

  1. Principles of Management

    beautiful party! quick question- how did you make your table cloth? I see the coal cookies- and the tracks that you’ve made- but what did you make it on? is it the brown butcher paper? and then you just drew on it? would love to find out- am doing the same exact thing for my 2 year old- party with just family. thanks in advance!

  2. Principles of Management

    and how did you make the train? its super cute!

  3. Alli Aars {You have your blog, we have Aars}

    So sorry I am just now responding! The runner is just kraft paper (wrapping paper roll) and the tracks are hand drawn. The train itself was just three packing boxes, one large, one medium, and one small. We turned the large one on its side and cut the top windows. The rest was just hand drawn as we went. Truth be told, we just worked with what we had, so any boxes will do. Doesn’t have to be exact. Hope that helps! Have a great party!