Vintage trains meets the Monster Mash. That's our kind of party! Ashliegh describes: As I sent out Facebook invites to my friends and relatives to Ryder's third birthday party, I made sure to include that this would be a really laid back occasion. As an Artist and Art teacher (currently a stay at home mom of two) all it took was Ryder to say, "Mommy, I want a train party!" My right brain exploded, and his Vintage Train Theme Party was born.
The first thing I wanted to make for his party was a banner. I had made a banner for his sister, Dylan's first birthday but never for him. I bought a roll of brown packing paper and Ryder selected a train he liked and over the course of a couple nights I painted a steam engine for him in a positive negative style complete with his birthdate, 10082008.
Next up, I hand painted the names of the children party guests as favors, and wrapped up snacks in fat quarter fabric squares for the babies. The biggest hit was the 'treats table.' The entire treats table was surrounded by a track with a train running around in it. In the middle stood Ryder's birthday cake, a three layer double chocolate ganache 'Dynamite Coal Cake' and ten jumbo vanilla cupcakes baked in brown paper bags topped with Bourbon Buttercream Frosting and a gold chocolate coin for the adults, all made from scratch by yours truly.
Ryder and I also decorated the walls with black and white photographs he picked out from online of the B&O railroad. I cut them out with decorative scissors and backed them with black paper to make them stand out. Ryder's Grandfather made a cardboard train for the children to play in which was the hit of the party. And if that wasn't enough, I had to have a face painter come because I love October and this spooky time of the year!
Thanks Ashliegh! Readers, you can see more of this fun party on View from 216.
(Images: Sara Marti)