The other day I mentioned that I was disappointed about the goodie bags I had planned, and because I waited too long (not really, but apparently) to order what I wanted, the items I'd planned on were unavailable. Well, I wanted to give each kid an engineer's cap and a red bandana, but the caps were unavailable unless I wanted to pay close to $5 per cap, plus overnight shipping. (Um, no thank you.) So, naturally, I freaked until I could think of of a Plan B that would make me happy.
I went to Hobby Lobby the other day and although I wasn't looking for them at all, I happened upon bandanas for a price I thought was reasonable. I already had the bubbles for the goodie bags. I bought some Thomas stickers and used the "ticket" stickers I bought ages ago, and decided to make hobo packs as goodie bags. I had a big old canister of craft dowels in the basement, and it worked out perfectly.
Of course, I also had Thomas fruit snacks that I forgot to put in the packs (what's a hobo pack without a snack?!) but that was fine.
|One of the worst photos ever, I know. This was a morning one, when I was feeling so crummy. Anyway, the individual hobo packs were pretty cute and it was obvious what they were. Phew.|
I also had to make trains for our races. I mean, what can you do with a bunch of three-year-olds at a birthday party? We needed to have activities!
I went to Home Depot and bought three of their small moving boxes. I think they were 70 cents each, or something like that.
|The bigger boxes are two that I bought to test for our move. They had nothing to do with the party.|
|Note: I really should have primed the red box first. The blue covered super well, the green pretty well, but the red? Not so much. Took an entire can of paint, almost.|
|And then this ...|
|... turned into this!|