Train party: August is 4!

September 15, 2014  ·  Posted under parties for boys, party features, train

For her son August’s 4th birthday, my friend Courtney of Courtney Adams Design envisioned a train party with a chic color scheme of deep teal, ochre yellow, brown and black. I customized my train party theme to suit her custom colors, and as an ultra-talented interior designer, Courtney brought her signature sense of style to the party, layering fabrics, textures and bold details on the party table!

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The “4” door sign was made from a piece of MDF with a rusty grate material stapled to the board. The railroad were welded together in the shape of a 4, then welded to the grate. After the party, Courtney hung it in August’s room so he can enjoy it all year!

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The hanging lanterns on each side of the table came from Factory Direct Craft, and the engine front was a great find on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

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Food included “smokestack sandwiches,” “fruity freight,” “chugger treats,” and “clickety clack chips.”

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To make the popcorn cones stand up, Courtney left a small little hole in the bottom of each cone. She cut a piece of styrofoam to fill her serving dish, stuck long lollipop sticks into the foam, and placed the cones on the sticks. Paper crinkles were added last, to cover up the styrofoam.

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Courtney made adorable drink cups by putting a cupcake liner under a mason jar lid, then punching a paper straw through the liner. The front of each jar was embellished with a printable circle.

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The water bottle labels are from Chickabug.

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At the party table, each place was set with a party favor – a petite train whistle (Courtney says, “the smaller scale is perfect for a smaller lung capacity!”) decorated with a favor tag.

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The kids loved having a low dining table, just for them!

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August’s birthday banner was hung across the front windows of the house.

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Instead of regular ol’ cornhole, the kids played “Throw the Coal in the Hole”!

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Kids also played “Pin the Smoke on the Smokestack.” The sign is a printable, and the game was homemade.

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I love this!! Such a happy birthday boy!

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Thank you SO much for sharing, Courtney! Happy 4th birthday to August!

Party styling – Courtney Adams Design 
Photography – Monica Torres Photography 
Train party invitations, water labels and party printables – Chickabug
Train whistles – TrainParty.com
Fabrics – JoAnn
Lanterns – Factory Direct Craft
Engine front – Hobby Lobby

For more of August’s amazing birthday parties, check out his sock monkey theme first birthday and “London Calling” theme second birthday!

This party was also featured on Kara’s Party Ideas.

Train theme party paper goods & printables from Chickabug

Shop for personalized Train Theme party paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more Train Theme party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    Ade says:
    OMG I Love the concept. what size are the mason jars and where did you get them. Also is the yellow burlap from Joanne's also.
    • 1.1
      Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 10:02 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Ade! I'm not sure where Courtney purchased the mason jars but you can find them in most craft stores. Hope that helps! : )
  2. 2
    Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 4:12 am
    sara says:
    Where did you find the metal engine decor?
    • 2.1
      Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 8:21 am
      Heather says:
      Home Goods. : )