“Toot, toot!” Looks like Tootle and The Little Red Caboose are coming down the tracks, in this darling Vintage Little Golden Trains Birthday Party submitted by Royale Ziegler of But First, Party! out of Los Angeles, CA USA!
Set up in a real train car, this party, will win you over in one swift pass with its adorable vintage sweets and cute, gold train book-inspired decor! Don’t miss it!
Be sure to spot these fabulous details, featured in this memorable second birthday party:
- Train to Timbuctwo party invitation
- Layered bundt birthday cake with golden book ornament topper
- Train whistle favors with Tootle name tags
- Banners + bunting crafted from the pages of The Train to Timbuctoo, Tootle and The Little Red Caboose
- Name train circling the base of the birthday cake
- Party table lined with golden books and balloon bunches
- Vintage popcorn bags, peanut treat cups, Sunmaid Raisins and Cracker Jacks
- Vintage striped table runners
- And a radio flyer wagon filled with treats and sweets!
Event Design: But First, Party! (Royale Ziegler, Mom)
Photography: Tiffany Roohani
Cheese Sticks Lemonade: Hot Dog on a Stick
Bon Voyage Suitcase Sets: Land of Nod
Toy train: Green Toys
NameTrain: Maple Landmark
Foiled Kraft plates and napkins: Meri Meri
Peanut and popcorn cupcake wrappers: GemmedSnail
Vintage Little Golden Trains Birthday Party
Vintage Little Golden Trains Birthday Party Details:
This is what Royale shared about the party- “As the mother to a toddler son who LOVES all things BOY. His gender-neutral toys be darned, designing a beautiful second birthday party seemed even more challenging than keeping up with him! So, when he decided he MUST have a train party–on a train, naturally–I knew I had my work cut out for me. I wanted to create an experience for he and his pals that was fun and honored thirst for trains. However, I wanted it to feel unique and original. The vintage train car itself is painted brightly in red and blue, so introducing other more neutral colors to the palette was important. Because the Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park is a historical site, there were also some surprising design challenges that came with partying in the little green caboose, no tape!
Decor and Food
In order to preserve the train and honor the no-tape rule, we decided to keep the decor focused on the refreshments table. We also focused on hanging in the windows and on the kid’s table. For the food, I discovered that Hot Dog on a Stick provides party-packs. These packs came with their amazingly delicious cheese sticks and lemonade. The red, blue and yellow packaging fit perfectly with the nostalgic feel of the Coke bottles. It also worked perfectly with snacks like vintage popcorn bags, Sunmaid Raisins, and Cracker Jacks. I also wanted the cake to be reflective of the 1950’s Little Golden Book era, so the Bundt cake was perfect! We used toy train cars, suitcases and a Radio Flyer to display the treats, and neutral kraft table coverings, plates and napkins.
Invitation and Train Elements
To bring in some personal touches, I handmade two buntings from the pages of The Train to Timbuctoo, Tootle and The Little Red Caboose, one spelling out “Choo Choo Stellan’s Two.” For the invitation, a page from The Train to Timbuctoo(TWO) served as inspiration. I also used the name train he was gifted on his first birthday around the base of his cake and a Tootle ornament as its topper. On the kid’s table I placed eight different Little Golden Books, all train-related, as well as Tootle coloring pages and a Crayola train tin. Floating from the tops of cookie train boxes were smoke clouds made of balloons, and train whistles with Tootle name tags served as favors. Travel Town also offers a Thomas train setup with mats, engines and tracks! At the end of the party, it was all aboard for a celebratory train ride!”
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