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21 Top Thomas the Train Party Ideas

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Table of Contents
  1. 1. Thomas the Train Cookies
  2. 2. DIY Train Track
  3. 3. Train Track Banner
  4. 4. DIY Fruit Trains
  5. 5. Thomas the Train Dessert Table
  6. 6. Toss The Coal In The Hole Game
  7. 7. Birthday Crossing Sign
  8. 8. Train Coal Shovel Game
  9. 9. In TRAINing Obstacle Course
  10. 10. DIY Thomas the Train Storage Crate
  11. 11. Thomas the Train Favor Bag
  12. 12. Train Car Snack Display 
  13. 13. Train Ball Toss
  14. 14. Thomas the Train Cake
  15. 15. DIY Cardboard Thomas the Train
  16. 16. Railroad Crossing Fruit Kabobs
  17. 17. DIY Thomas the Train Photo Prop
  18. 18. Thomas the Train Dessert Table
  19. 19. Train Birthday Party Dessert Table
  20. 20. Train Whistle Party Favor
  21. 21. Train Shaped Sandwiches
  22. Be sure to check out more train birthday party ideas here:
  23. Plus, check out 15 Train-Themed Birthday Parties

These Thomas the Train party ideas will have you on track for a perfect celebration for your train-loving little girl or boy! This wide variety of ideas includes fun DIYs like making your own train track, fruit trains, and a train car snack display. Or, how about putting together a whole Thomas the Train dessert table? Toot sweet.

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Thomas the train cookies

1. Thomas the Train Cookies

These wildly fun Thomas the Train decorated cookies were made for a little boy’s second birthday party! Iced with royal icing, they are decorated to resemble Thomas the Train, railroad crossing signs, train ride tickets, and more. We love the personalized touches with the birthday boy’s name and age. These tasty treats would look amazing presented on a dessert table or given to guests as party favors.

2. DIY Train Track

Complete your Thomas the Train party and add a fun activity for the kids by creating a train track right in your driveway. This brilliant blogger laid down strips of black duct tape in a ladder pattern to make their very own railroad. Add some railroad crossings for guests, ride-on train toys for kids, and some fun obstacles along the way. Any birthday kid would go crazy for this DIY train track.

A group of people sitting at a table

3. Train Track Banner

All aboard! This train track banner will hang perfectly over your dessert table or party space. Crafted in matching party colors, this banner was printed out with a train car on each paper with each letter of the birthday child’s name inside. Hung with ribbon and displayed perfectly in honor of the special day.

DIY Train Fruit

4. DIY Fruit Trains

Make healthy snacks adorable and exciting for your party guests with this fresh fruit train snack and craft. They are so much fun to make and surprisingly don’t take that much effort to make! Set out fresh fruits including bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple buffet style for the kids to come up with their own fruit train creations. If you are nervous about using toothpicks you could also use popsicle sticks.

A colorful toy on a table

5. Thomas the Train Dessert Table

The bright colors and details make this train stand out. Train tracks are laid out across the table where a train holds all the dessert choices like jello, macaroons, popcorn, and more delicious treats. Simple blue buckets are transformed into train cars when red paper wheels are attached to the sides along with a label for the food it is hauling. A blue plate is placed on the top to display the dessert choices for the guests.

Toss the Coal in the Hole game

6. Toss The Coal In The Hole Game

Party guests will have all kinds of fun playing this creative “Toss the Coal in the Hole” party game. It is easy to recreate for your Thomas the Train party with a recycled cardboard box, brown paper, Styrofoam balls, and a little bit of paint. Let the kids take turns tossing the lumps of coal, aiming for the hole cut out of the center of the box. Adjust the size of the whole for different age groups.

Birthday Train Crossing Sign

7. Birthday Crossing Sign

Birthday crossing on track three! Add a personalized and crafty touch to your Thomas the Train-themed party by making a train crossing sign to decorate the dessert table or photo booth. Most of the pieces can be printed on cardstock or made using poster board, and the final result looks so cute in the background of the party.

Thomas the Train Party Game

8. Train Coal Shovel Game

Put your train engineers to work with this fun coal shoveling party activity. This blogger brought their creative vision to life with a crazy cardboard train cut out complete with LED candles that light up to look like flames in a coal compartment! The coal is made from cut blocks of black foam. Let the children take turns shoveling coal into the train. It is a favorite for the kids!

A stack of flyers on a table

9. In TRAINing Obstacle Course

Looking for an activity for your train party? Plan an obstacle course full of great activities and lots of fun. Coal (bean bag) toss, “hauling” freight, shifting gears train race, boulder pit dig, Clarabel’s crossing maze, badge quest, and lots more activities included in this fun In TRAINing Obstacle course everyone will love.

DIY Thomas the Train Crate

10. DIY Thomas the Train Storage Crate

Fizzling Fireboxes! After Thomas is done helping his friends on Sodor, let him help you and your little conductors and engineers with some space-saving storage. This DIY Thomas the Train Storage Crate is perfect for a gift table at a party and can be used after for toy storage in the playroom. It is a creative project that is pretty easy to put together and can be used for years to come.

Thomas the train Favor bags

11. Thomas the Train Favor Bag

Spruce up some plain colored paper bags from the dollar store by transforming them into your child’s favorite Thomas the Train characters including Thomas, Percy, and James. Print the characters’ faces and attach them to the bag along with a bow of ribbon and a thank you tag. After decorating the bags fill them up with your child’s favorite treats. Toy trains, bubble wands, wrapped candies, and decorated cookies all make great fillers.

Thomas the Train Snack Display

12. Train Car Snack Display 

Planning a snack table at your Thomas the Train-themed party? If you answered yes, you have to check out this brilliant and adorable train car snack display! A Thomas the Train toy leads the way, pulling a train of snack cars behind him. Each car is a plastic container decorated with printed train wheels and filled with tasty snacks. This blogger made a coal car for chocolates, a log car for pretzels, and an animal car for animal cookies.

Thomas the train ball toss game

13. Train Ball Toss

Ready, aim, fire! Have your guests step right up to this station to try their hand at tossing foam balls into the different colored train cars. Each train car is made from a recycled cardboard box covered with plain wrapping paper, with a differently shaped cut-out on the top. After the birthday celebration, it is also a fun way to practice color recognition and shape recognition with your little ones!

A birthday cake made to look like a train

14. Thomas the Train Cake

This two-tiered Thomas the Train cake is perfect for train lovers. Made with tunnels and tracks, trees and clouds, and even includes a hill for the train to climb all made from fondant. Thomas the Train characters complete the details for a great centerpiece for your party.

DIY Cardboard thomas the train

15. DIY Cardboard Thomas the Train

This DIY Cardboard Thomas the Train is such a fun project to make for a Thomas the Train-themed party and it is basically free. It takes some time to cut all of the pieces, but your kids can help with painting and assembling. Fill it with plastic ball pit balls or even balloons for a fun and colorful decoration. Your little Thomas the Train fan will love it!

Railroad crossing fruit kabobs

16. Railroad Crossing Fruit Kabobs

Add some healthy sweet treats to your party menu with these adorable railroad fruit kabobs. This genius blogger stacked a green grape, piece of pineapple, and strawberry on a skewer then topped each one with a railroad crossing side for an excellent train-themed treat. You can display them upright by sticking the skewers into a foam block. Wrap with a fun scrapbook paper that matches your color scheme.

DIY Thomas the train photo prop

17. DIY Thomas the Train Photo Prop

Photo booths and photo props have to be one of our favorite ways to make memories at a birthday party. You can get pictures of all your guests to remember the special day. This DIY Thomas the Train photo prop is perfect! Draw Thomas the train or trace using a projector, then cut out the face for a spot to have party guests pose. How adorable of these pictures? You need to find a reason to recreate this.

Thomas the train dessert table

18. Thomas the Train Dessert Table

This dessert table is stocked with delicious treats and the most adorable printable graphics. The cake is front and center, with three delicious layers of cake and a fondant Thomas the Train nested right on top. Tubes of M&Ms, customized chocolate bars, and chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops are among the other treats perfectly perched on the tabletop. The simple backdrop ties this whole dessert table together.

Train birthday party dessert table

19. Train Birthday Party Dessert Table

This modern train-themed third birthday party is right on track. One of the most amazingly unique ideas for this dessert table is a “build your own train” station. Party guests can top their railroad track sugar cookies with mini-train cakes, then fill them up with an assortment of candies! Other sweet treats scattered around the dessert table include train-themed cupcakes, black and white lollipops, and fun party favors.

Train Whistle Party Favor

20. Train Whistle Party Favor

Thanking guests with a thoughtful gift is always a great party practice. This blogger colored plain favor boxes with cute thank you labels and a strip of polka dot ribbon, then nestled a wooden train whistle and red and white peppermints inside. The kids at the party will have so much fun tooting a happy birthday message to the birthday boy!

Train shaped sandwiches

21. Train Shaped Sandwiches

Peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, or Nutella and banana – sandwiches make the perfect lunchtime snack for party guests. Use a train-shaped cookie cutter to turn your average sandwiches into train-themed treats that no kid would be able to resist. These sandwiches look great on the food table at a party, and would also be an awesome way to get picky eaters to finish school lunches!

Be sure to check out more train birthday party ideas here:

Plus, check out 15 Train-Themed Birthday Parties

A close up of a sign

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