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A Modern Train Themed Boy’s Birthday Party

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It’s a fact that boys love trains!  This train themed boy’s birthday party by Sherry Turley, of Sweet Festivity, put a fun, modern twist on the theme for her son’s second birthday. Sherry incorporated vivid colors, like teal and lime green, and mixed polka-dots with chevron. While taking inspiration from her son’s favorite blue locomotive, Sherry chose to keep her printable designs free of characters. Fun train themed elements were incorporated throughout her styling with clever food choices, a fueling station for quenching thirst and a baggage claim area for party favors. Sherry even shares an economical backdrop decoration idea made from an easy party supply that you’re sure to love!

Modern Train Themed Birthday Party Ideas

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Modern Train Table Set up Display Idea

Dessert table backdrops don’t have to be complicated or break the bank.  Using blue paper plates, Sherry created an entire backdrop for her tank engine inspired treats!  Bouquets of polka-dotted lime balloons and two printable birthday banners made a fresh and festive display. I love Sherry’s font choice!
Modern Train Table Ideas Party Cupcakes
Adding energy with an aqua and white chevron runner, Sherry’s dessert table included cleverly named snacks and treats.  Some of my favorites included “lumber” pretzels and chocolate “coal” malt balls.  Pretty cupcakes were served in lime and aqua polka-dotted wrappers, topped with sweet printable toppers from Sherry’s design collection.  I love how the cupcakes were displayed on wrapped boxes for height—such a great, uncomplicated display idea!
Modern Train Boys Birthday Party Cake Ideas
Cakes just don’t get any cuter than the train inspired version by All Things Cake. Part of me expects a fondant train to come chugging through that tunnel at any moment! Chocolate candy bars rounded out the dessert table, and made an easy “grab and go” offering for any guests who needed a quick sugar fix!
Boys Birthday Party Modern Train Ideas
The beverage area was designated as the “fueling station”.  How perfect is that? Sherry served “engine fuel” water and blue Hawaiian punch with super-cute train labels.  Each bottle of “engine fuel” had a coordinating chevron straw from Sweets & Treats Boutique or The Swiss Miss Closet.
Modern Train Table Boys Birthday Party Ideas
A darling dining table was set in the predominantly aqua and lime color palette. It included perky lime polka-dotted party plates, from Birthday Express, layered on aqua plates and paired with custom napkin-wrapped utensils. I love the railroad crossing centerpiece—another idea that packs a lot of theme-coordinating punch. Notice Gordon nearby, also a fun addition to the centerpiece.
Boys Birthday Party Ideas Centerpiece Ideas
Sherry included a copy of the Railways books (precursor to the Thomas trains) that guests could sign and leave a little note for her son.  What an awesome keepsake!
Boys Birthday Party Modern Train Ideas
A “baggage claim” area was easily accessible on the dessert table as a “tank you” favor for guests.  Adorable polka-dot gable boxes from Polka Dot Market were on hand for guests to fill up with take home treats.

For birthday boys who love trains and moms who love quirky fun, this bright and modern train party hits just the right balance for a joyful celebration!

Looking for party supplies for your boy’s train birthday party?  These party sources put together by the Spaceships and Laser Beams crew will get your party right on track:

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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.