Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Train Party - Food

When I first started looking around for train party ideas my mind went instantly to Parties by Hardie who does amazing printable parties. I fell in love with them when I did a monkey baby shower. I think the reason why I love the printable parties is they become my starting off point for me, from colors to theme and I just find I get lots of great ideas from doing them. Anyways, check Jennifer's store, you won't regret it.
I started with a banner. I almost did one of the printable ones but decided to make my own in the same colors but a little more generic, because I am doing my other son's party later this summer and I'm planning on using those and some other colors. Yea for being ahead of the game!
For the food I tried to do things that were not only kid friendly, but adult as well, so we had a variety of yummy stuff.
Drinks. I fell in LOVE with these water dispensers from Crate and Barrel. I saw other ones at other stores but they seemed cheapish. I just couldn't get the memory of the one I saw at a wedding that was leaking horribly and they had to put towels under it. So I went with the spendier ones but they are amazing quality. I think I'm in love.
Then for the bottles I found these fun straws, and printed out the labels on label paper. And if you're wondering about where I got the bottles (which you might because I searched online for them for-ev-er) they are actually Starbucks drinks. I don't drink them but my siblings do so I bought a bunch at Costco and let them have at it. I'm also planning on using these for my other son's party, so act surprised when you see them. I did find similar ones online that would have worked but with shipping they were like 3x more.
Food Train!!!! I took some time to make these, but did a little bit at a time. I made the base out of cardboard boxes, covered them in butcher paper, lined the inside with like 5 layers of foil, and added wheels. They did a great job holding up. The veggies were a little heavy but I just used a canning jar ring to keep the wheels from folding in on themselves. The kids LOVED them.
"Coal Car" was filled with olives, and couldn't seemed to stay stocked. One thing I know about kids is pretty much all of them love olives.

"Tender Car" had ranch dressing. To keep it from dripping too much in the container I made I actually put it in a ziploc back and folded the sides down. You couldn't really tell too much unless you were looking, though by the end it was looking a little sad, but not horrible.
"Station house Sandwiches" These are simple PB&J's cut in the shape of trains. I believe I got it off Amazon or you can just use a train cookie cutter.
"Log Car" large pretzels, the kids seemed to love it. In fact all the birthday boy ate were huge pretzels and a large amount of watermelon.

"Produce Car" was filled with hand cut celery and carrots.
"Carriage Cookies" I made sugar cookies with some tips and recipes from an amazing blog I've been enamored with lately called The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, you should check it out. I can't believe what she can do with a cookie. It was my first try at royal icing so I kept it pretty simple and think they turned out great. I also found an AMAZING new recipe for the best cut out sugar cookies ever, I mean better than store bought. I think the trick is the almond extract. Here is the recipe. Trust me, you'll love it.

"Caboose Cupcakes" using my favorite cupcake and frosting recipes (beware, they are very addictive) and tried something new with putting a second cupcake wrapper on after cooking and tying some bakers twine around it. It took a bit of practice but it got easier and I think was a nice touch.
Fruit Kabobs, I'm pretty sure this is the only thing my older son ate. They are simple and everyone loves them, perfect for parties.
"Wagon Wraps" A friend of mine has done these a couple of times for get-togethers and I always loved them and have been wanting to make the for some time. For a base you get a tortilla wrap, I used a couple different 'flavors' one spinach, one jalapeno, and the other sun dried tomato, and spread on some cream cheese. Layer on spinach or green leaf lettuce, put on meat, some cut bell peppers and some pepper jack cheese. Roll up and cut in half. Super simple but tastes great and looks a lot harder to make than it actually is.
I also made some pasta salad, I'll give the recipe later. It is simple, tasty and the perfect summer meal. And my little sis made two types of hummus. I'll see if I can pin down her recipe, she's told me but I have yet to write it down, but if you like hummus, you're going to want it.

28 comments:

  1. You are seriously SOOO cute! This party is amazing. Love all of it! I love how you got the bottles. I was thinking "Where did she get the bottles" so thank you for sharing :) This is being pinned on my party page at pinterest right now. I want to remember this one!!

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  2. This is amazing! I hope your train cars didn't get ruined after all the work you must have put into them. I'm sure they can be repurposed for something.

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  3. Wow Kendra. That is one amazing party. It puts any party I have ever given to shame! I'm very inspired by all of your hard work. I'll be referencing your party here for future parties I give to my kids. You have such good ideas!

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  4. Yum! I love the chew-chew on the utensils :)

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  5. I'm planning a train party for my son in a few months, and everything I've been finding is Thomas, but I really just want a classic and simple one. SO happy I found your site and such beautiful ideas! The "chugga chugga" label is too cute!

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  6. Great Party! Can anyone think of a train themed name for pizza? I am stumped! Thanks!

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  7. Thank you so much for the great ideas! My twins had a great train themed second birthday party and I utilized some of your ideas! They were a big hit! Thanks again for sharing!

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  8. How did you make your boxes for the food train? I totally LOVE this idea!! I thought I had an orginal idea thinking of a food train and when I started looking on line I found so many amazing examples and I just LOVE yours. How did you do it?
    Thanks! Danielle from OH

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  9. Wow! This party looks amazing. I'm planning a car/train theme party for my son this year and no doubt I've found loads of inspiration here! THanks, Lila

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  10. Really gorgeous execution. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Thanks for some lovely ideas, I too am thinking of a train/car themed party for my son this year and I adore your chew-chew and chugga-chugga tags! Excellent! Great photos too. Hope you don't mind I'll be pinning a few of them tonight.

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  12. thanks for the inspiration! The wraps were a huge hit at my party! Check out the post on my blog!

    http://www.thebubblyhostess.blogspot.com/search/label/Choo-Choo%20Train%20Birthday%20Party

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  13. "Chugga Chugga", "Chew Chew".. "Log Car", "Produce Car".. Seriously SO cute!

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  14. Love this party!! I am planning a train party for my son's 3rd birthday next month. Where did you get all the cute labels, like the Chugga Chugga, Chew Chew, and all the ones for the train cars? Thanks!

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  15. Did you create the labels yourself or did you order them from somewhere? If you created them, what program did you use? I am planning a party for my 2 year old and wonder if you'd be willing to share the template?

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  16. So about a year ago I pinned a pic of your veggie train on pinterest and it's seriously the most repined thing I've ever pinned! lol 1024 times! I thought you'd like to know! :)
    nicolettaleonardo.com/blog

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  17. I did a train party and used so much of your party for inspiration. I just loved the food in the train cars. I posted N's party here http://notyournormalsteam.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/all-aboard/ and linked back to your site.

    And As Nicki says. I have your party pinned and it gets pinned a LOT!

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  18. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this party. I would have loved to use this color theme. But my son wanted pink, orange, and black!!! Oy! I especially love the idea of serving food in train cars. You can see our party here: http://notyournormalsteam.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/all-aboard/

    I included a link back to your post.

    And I agree with Nicki that the pin of your party has been VERY popular.

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  19. love it... so many great ideas... i am planning my son's 2 nd birthday...
    those who are asking how to create the labels... very easy to do it in Word document with drawing tools. at least that's how am doing

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  21. So loving your ideas! This will be my 3rd train party for my 4 yr old....I need new ideas and might just steal a few! Thank you for sharing! May I pin this?

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  23. This is amazing!! I will be copying some of these ideas for my sons party in March! Thanks so much!!

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  24. Where did you get all of these amazing labels? I am not good/creative enough to make those myself! Can you buy them or can you sell the template??? Cute blog! Found you on pinterest and you have got skills girl!!

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  25. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas! Love your creativity! I am hosting a train party in May for my two little boys, 4 and 1, and have been so inspired. :-)

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  26. Great idea, I'll try some at next week's reptile party.

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