He had a much smaller party than CAM did, mostly because we're now in summer and people are out of town. But it was actually just right -- kids from Kindermusik, kids from his school, kids of our friends ... a perfect mix and not too crazy! It is also perhaps the most beautiful day of the entire year -- breezy, sunny, warm, but not hot. Lots of things fell into place to make today perfect, really, except for grandparents and Aunts and Uncles that live too far away!
Here are some photos. Enjoy!
p.s. If you're reading this and want to know how I did anything or where I bought anything, drop me a comment and I will be happy to answer or provide links.
Warning: some of the first few photos are blurry. This was my fault -- I wasn't feeling well this morning and was not paying very good attention. Since I didn't notice they were blurry 'til tonight, I am still posting them here so you can at least get the gist.
|The "junk" sprinkled on the table is Thomas confetti. It looked super cute in person.|
|An idea borrowed from a friend: a snack train! Olives in the coal car, cheese cubes in the "cargo" car, pretzel sticks in the log cars, and animal crackers in the zoo cars.|
|I am pretty pleased with the cake. It didn't come together until 2am -- not from any drama, but because I didn't get to even start on it 'til 10pm last night! So I'm doubly pleased with how it came out.|
|My Plan B "Goodie Bags": hobo packs! There's another post about these coming.|
|Four candles. Three for turning 3, and one for good luck. Silly me, I meant to put a train around the bottom of the cake and completely forgot. Whoops.|
|OKay, so these are Kroger brand tubs wrapped in construction paper and then I made the labels in Word and the wheels on my Cricut.|
|Dang it, I meant to put track around the outside and have a Thomas riding in circles. TOTALLY forgot. Ugh.|
|I remembered from CAM's party that the banner was too big to hang in the kitchen. It fit perfectly right here!|
|Yep. Totally knocked off CAM's party on this one. Couldn't resist!|
|Trains waiting for kids!|
|I made the tablecloth again -- three yards of Thomas fabric and a simple double-fold edge all around. I wanted to make one long party table and not individual tables, so it was more boy-ish and not so tea-party-ish.|
|I made the banner with the Cricut. This was part of my 101 Things goals. It really came out well.|
|Grown-up (but not TOO grown-up) drinks.|
|Train engines, cars, and cabooses for the kids to color and decorate and then pin together with brads.|
|Waiting for kids. Unlike CAM's party, we didn't hang balloons from the fan -- it would have looked cool, but we wanted to keep the fan on.|
|I promise I was not drunk when I painted these tracks this morning. Not feeling well, but not drunk.|
|Did you know they make BLUE Solo Cups, too?! Not dark blue, but THOMAS blue. Had to get 'em!|
|It was a wee bit windy.|
|I love this one!|
|Oh, I forgot to say earlier: homemade red velvet with homemade buttercream filling. YUM!!!|
|The blue drink is actually just Gatorade, and the red is Tropical Punch Kool Aid. I labeled them Tidmouth Sheds Tropical Punch and Sodor Sports Drink. How Thomas-y can we get?! These were fun to do.|