Since little buddy is into all things automotive, locomotive and wheeled, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with a train-themed birthday party! The basic invite set me on a blue and red kick and the coach got rolling! The original plans included a ride on the Berkeley steam trains but thanks to a forecast of 10-plus days of rain, we opted for a chaotic, noisy indoor party at home.
The stars of the show, mocha cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. Amazing and adorable cupcake wrappers and toppers by the incredible Scrapbooking Stuff.
Scenes from a party, clockwise from top left: peanuts, table with handkerchief pennants, closer view of table, and hobo sack party favors.
Other decor around the house included red gerbera daisies with extra train toppers, drinks and fun paper straws by Hey Yo Yo, hobo bag close up, & beautiful red flowers.
Look closely: this may be the only time you see my child drinking a blue beverage. I got a little carried away with the turquoise and red theme, I admit, putting color coordination before nutrition. But how cute can a soda bottle get?
After some playtime and loading up on train snacks (kettle corn and peanuts), we gathered 'round the table to sing a birthday boy his birthday song.
It was so fun to see how much he appreciated the party. He knew we were singing to him, and he smiled all the way through.
I love this next photo. Sam is trying with all his might to get that candle while Tyler and Maddie help (not so subtly, and thankfully, as they got it blown out for him).
Cupcakes were handed out and gobbled down. Or licked clean. Seems the kiddos just wanted hearty helpings of buttercream. Can't say I blame them.
Sam going in for the frosting takedown.
A sweet moment caught on camera!
Claire-bear the wonder girl!
CHEESE! Complete with cake-filled chompers!
To burn off some sugar, we headed outside for a spin with Thomas pinata. I was so proud of all our little friends who waited patiently for their turn while cheering their buddies on.
Clockwise from top left: Bear, KK, Claire, Coley, Maddie, Wy, Lils, Tyler, Tyler, Jacob, Sam and Sam again. After two full rounds, our resident 9 year-old managed to break that puppy open, raining skittles, train lollipops, train stickers, and bouncy balls down to the ground.
Inside we opened lots of new fun presents, as seen with Grammy & Papa below:
And thanks to Mel, we managed to sneak in one family shot at the end:
I am beyond grateful for our family and friends who feel like family. I am SO blessed to have these mamas and papas, aunties and uncles, and buddies who are more like cousins. My children are loved and cared for by an entire community! Thank you Lord for my sweet baby boy and his amazing support network.