Kids’ Birthday Themes – Train Party Ideas

Some fun tips for parents planning a Train Themed Birthday Party!

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Little boys love trains.  If you have a young son and need to find a theme for his birthday party, then come aboard and try out some of these ideas.  Some of the ideas are inspired by a few clever members from as well as from my own party that I threw for my son when he turned 2.  

There are several kinds of train parties you can create such as Thomas the Tank Engine, The Little Engine that Could and Polar Express just to name a few. 
To make your party special here are some fun ideas.  If you have some great ideas to share, please post it here or contribute and add to our community under clever parties ideas.
Invitations: Send out tickets that announce the party.  I love the ideas from Invitation Consultants
Decorations: For the little ones set up some wooden train tracks on…

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Train Track Illusion DIY Party Craft for Train Parties

Here is a fun, magical,  and easy to do craft project at your child’s train party.  Just print out the sheet and have the children cut out the train tracks.  Which one is bigger?  No matter how many times you try it, it will always fool your eyes!

Below is the PDF, just click it and print as many as you need and be sure to save it to your computer for future use!

train track illusion

Plan the most amazing Train Party ever for your child!

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All Aboard! 16 Ideas for an Outstanding Train Party


It may be because your child has reached the age where that little blue engine named Thomas has entered their life and become their whole world.  Or possibly you just have a future little Conductor on your hands?  Either way, if you have a Brisbane Kid that is obsessed with all things trains, railroads, steam and tracks then below are some fun and fantastic train-themed party ideas that they will adore for their next party.

1. Train Ticket Invites

These train ticket invites found at B. Lovely Events are adorable and set the theme perfectly.


 2. DIY Train Tracks

There are a lot of great ways to set your space up with a train theme.  Outside, you could make some basic train tracks using black gaffa tape and put up some simple crossing and stop signs for navigation.  The kids can then either ride their bikes over these or run along them in makeshift train carriages during the party!  We love how they have done it in the examples below found via Jessica Fitzgerald and at Kara’s Party Ideas.


3. Table Decoration tracks

Inside you can continue with this idea by running tracks along the floor or tables that are set up.  We found some great examples below at Catch My Party and Project Nursery.  It’s easy to do and looks very effective!  By putting out some small play trains at each chair the kids will have a ball driving them around and playing with them while sitting down to eat too!


 4. DIY Place Cards

We also love Catch My Party’s simple but fun placemats.  An easy DIY project, these work well as both a table decoration and a place card.


5.  Dressing the Part

Train conductor hats and scarves like these ones found on Fort and Field are a great accessory, work well as a table decoration and also double as a great gift for each guest to take home.


6.  Printable Conductor Accessories

Another fun item are these cute printable conductor accessories from learnist that can be used for photoshoot fun and also just for a giggle for the guests.


7.  DIY Train Photo Prop / Backdrop

You can even create your own cardboard train like this one seen at On To Baby that the kids can peer out of or sit around for some fun photos on the day!


8.  Food Trains!

All aboard the food train – toot toot!  Here are some cute ideas for displaying your food.  Simply line up some cupcake holders (as seen on Catch My Party), tin foil take-away containers (Jocelyn Harrington) or small boxes (found on Kara’s Party Ideas) as makeshift train carriages, add some cardboard wheels, put an engine on the front – voila! – its an instant food train!


9.  Train-Shaped Goodness

Cookies and sandwiches can also become instant trains with the help of a train-shaped cookie cutter!  Make eating even more fun – thank for the inspiration B. Lovely Events and Hostess with the Mostess!


10.  Stoplights and Cupcake Toppers

We think these cute chocolate-dipped pretzels seen at Catch My Party look awesome as stop light treats.  Cupcakes with train designs like these from Your Cupcake Story on etsy would be super popular too.


11. Tim Tam Baggage Claim Treats

Love, Love, LOVE this cute little idea for a food table item found on Catch My Party’s page.  Mini suitcases in a baggage claim display!  These could be made pretty quickly with some Tim Tams, icing and decorative edible balls….


12.  Train-Themed Table Signs

You can also have a little fun with the table signs for the food, drink, presents and favour sections like these ones seen at Catch My Party and On My Side of the Room sites.


13.  Cupcake Train Birthday Cake

There are so many amazing cake ideas out there for train parties and you can even get tutorials from online blogs like My Cake School.  But sometimes simple is just as effective and I love the idea of this cupcake train cake from Best Decorated Rooms.  No slicing or plates needed – guests can just pick up a cupcake and munch!


14.  Fun and Games!

Add a touch of fun with games like “Throw the coal in the hole” seen on Catch My Party.  It may be a simple game but the kids will love it and that you can make it up yourself from an old cardboard box.  You can also set up a craft table with train cutouts and some paints, pens and other craft bits and pieces and each child can make their own train!  An example from


15. Guest Message Storybook

For something a little different why not buy a train storybook for your little one and get all their guests to sign it with a message. This is a great keepsake idea we found at The Cards We Drew and as all kids love books a great gift as well.


16. Train Puzzle Favour

If you are looking for a favour to give to the guests that fits the theme, is a learning toy and something they can keep then look no further than these aweseome wooden train puzzles from nwtoycrafters on etsy.


So if you have a little person who you know would LOVE this theme for their next party – what are you waiting for?  Get on board and start planning today!

Come out and Meet Steve the Magic Conductor
Come out and meet Steve the Magic Conductor

Steve The Magic Conductor be performing at the following libraries in November:

Washington Public Library – Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 2:00PM

Radnor Memorial Library – Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1:00PM

Catherine Dickson Hoffman Branch – Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:00PM

Fairview Public Library – Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 6:00PM

There is still time to schedule a date for your school, library, or child’s train themed birthday party!

I have a Golden Ticket for your child and their friends!

I always wanted a Golden Ticket, and could never get that song out of my head, “I got a Golden Ticket…” Well, now that I am older I realized the easiest way to get my own “Golden Ticket” was to create my own.  This is not just any ordinary golden ticket, it’s a Golden MAGIC Ticket and the only way to get one is to be at a train themed birthday party or other event that Steve the Magic Conductor is performing at.  Children will love these authentic looking jumbo sized golden train tickets and there is even some fun on the back to keep them busy!
Golden Magic Train Ticket