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Vintage Train Party for Under $100 (Food & Decor)

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If you have been around for a while, you know that to promote every new collection, we do photos to promote them. Several have even been dessert tables featured on Sweet Designs by Amy Altas herehere and here. (Super exciting and flattering!)  

With Janelle‘s new vintage train collection, I decided I wanted to do something a little different and throw a party for my son and his little friends on a budget. The reason? As someone who sees a lot of children’s parties, I too feel the pressure of spending a lot of time and money to make my son’s upcoming second birthday extra special. I wanted to take a step back and remind myself of what’s really important — and that you can have style, cuteness and fun on a budget. 

Because we took hundreds of photos, I thought I would split them into a couple of posts. Up first is the decor and the food after the jump as well as a few tips about keeping things on budget. Just wait until I post ones of the kids as well as them playing with the cardboard train!  (They were so cute!)

TIP: To keep things inexpensive, create one strong focal point rather than decorating the whole room/house. That way your decor is focused in one area with huge impact not scattered. In addition to our vintage train party printables, I borrowed old trunks from neighbors to use instead of a table as I thought it really worked to reinforce the look of a platform at a rail station. One of the most impactful and inexpensive things I did is lay duck tape on our hardwoods to create a railway track. I was a little nervous pulling it up but no harm done! (On my floors at least.) This idea came from here.

TIP: For food, again, inexpensive was the name of the game. I’m lucky that Janelle created those super neat train cupcake wrappers so I didn’t need to spring for an expensive cake to get high impact. I am not a baker…at all. I am a buyer. But I am so proud to say that I made the cupcakes using Swedish berries for the coal and mini breadsticks for the logs. We also had cookies, cheese as well as other snacks for the kids. In addition, I made turkey/cheddar/cucumber sandwiches to look like trains.

The loot bags I did were a huge hit and cost about $3 per kid. I’ll post more about them tomorrow. 🙂

I have to admit that it was very hard to stay disciplined. I kept seeing stuff I wanted to buy. And even at the 11th hour had to resist the urge not to add more desserts. But, the party was a ton of fun for the moms and the kids and it could have easily been my son Sam’s birthday and I would have been proud to host it.

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.