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choo choo party


My daughter is obsessed with trains. As in, she can sit and watch you-tube videos of stationary cameras watching trains go by for hours. Really. So, for her third birthday party, we rented out the train-themed party room at THIS PARK in Maryland not too far from our house in DC. It has a carousel and a little choo choo that winds through the forest. Now, we visit said park at least once a week, but not with 18 of her closest friends. I suppose I should spare you the downside, but to spread the woe, a recent storm damaged the tracks, so the train (a crucial element of our train party) was closed. Yep. Closed. But we still enjoyed the room and several carousel trips.

some details from the party:

for favors, we passed out engineer caps and I packaged little coloring books and matching bubbles in cellophane bags with ribbon

I stamped “t i c k e t s” in red and blue on these little drawstring pouches so guests could easily carry their train, oh wait, no, carousel tickets

And of course cookies! I made train sign cookie pops (with “3″ in place of the “RR” and “choo choo crossing” Xs) and stuck them in styrofoam blocks wrapped with light blue tissue paper.

And I topped the cupcakes with these bite-size fondant train cars I drew with edible markers and arranged the cupcakes on this cupcake stand.

It’s hard to see the detail, but the cars included the engine, the coal, a passenger car, a zoo car (with monkeys, giraffes, elephants or lions) and cabooses.

This photo was taken by my uber-cool friend, Danette.
You can see the passenger car and the zoo monkey.

Another Danette pic (clearly she has greater photography skills than I) of the cookie pops.

More cookie pops (a Danette pic).

A picture of the room (from my mother-in-law, Shirley)
We lined the tables with paper and markers, punching balloons and engineer caps to give the kids something to do during non-train time.

I love this picture from Danette of the birthday girl. From the window you can see the (nonfunctioning) choo choo track. There are actually lots more cute kids in the picture, but I cropped it to respect the privacy of said cute kids. That’s her cousin on Maeve’s right.

The birthday girl and her Dad heading to the carousel.
Don’t know why she’s looking wary.

Maeve with her cousins, Ashley and Allison.
Feel free to contact me with modeling inquiries.

the carousel
(for anyone visiting DC, I can give you detailed pros and cons on all 3 carousels in the area)

the choo choo that didn’t run

And I made this image for the evite.

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14 Comments

  1. ♥peachkins♥
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    everything is cute!!!

  2. Marian (Sweetopia)
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    How completely adorable! I LOVE everything about this party!

  3. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Aren't you the best mom ever?!?

    And Maeve! Little sweetheart! And I love her NAME!!! (Maeve Binchy is one of my absolute favorites!)

    How cool that she loves trains! My 3 y. o. nephew is obsessed with trains, too.

  4. Lisa Berkery
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    So cute! I love it all!

  5. Jessica
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Looks like you give her a fabulous birthday party! Lucky girl!

  6. Shellie
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Looks like the party was a TOOT :)

  7. cookies and cups
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    What a fun party!!
    Love the cupcake toppers and stand…how great!

  8. ZUHAL
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Çok güzeller.ellerine sağlık…

  9. Pink Little Cake
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday to your little girl. What a wonderful party, I love all the details!

  10. Lorraine
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Such a great party. I love the theme! My two sons both love trains since one since age 2 and my second son now following in his big brother's footsteps right on cue – almost age 2! I love the cupcake toppers and cookies – awesome!

  11. Lorraine
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi again – also wondering if you used a rubber stamp with an ink pad for the bags you used. Thanks again.

  12. Chic Cookies
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I'm sure you could Lorraine. I used fabric paint and brushed it on each letter stamp, but you could probably just use an ink pad. I don't know why I took the time for fabric paint….the only benefit is so the paint won't come off in the wash, but who is going to wash an inexpensive little bag?

  13. J+S
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Two words for your party: COMPLETELY AWESOME! Great job on everything.

    ~Jenifer

  14. Sue
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    I love it! What a great party! The cookie pops and the cupcakes are darling, as well as the cupcake stand! Maeve is a cutie:)

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