It is the time of year when I start thinking about J’s birthday. This year he will be 4 and has already started talking about his birthday party. This threw me a bit as I hadn’t actually planned on giving him one so I will need to get my thinking cap on. Last year for J’s third birthday, we had a small party at home with close friends which we themed as a Thomas the Tank Engine party. Here is a selection of my favourite Thomas the Tank Engine inspired ideas for your child’s birthday.
There’s such a great selection of Thomas the Tank Engine party games and activities online. I loved the Pin the Number One onto Thomas the Tank Engine adaptation from Aggieland Mommy. Crafty Party has some great Thomas game ideas, including the Musical Trains game with printed train pictures instead of chairs and the train ball toss game. I also like their train track leading up the path to the front door. If you have the budget, you could play pass the parcel with a larger Thomas toy in the centre and little trains from Thomas the Tank Engine for each child. This could be used instead of a party bag gift to help minimise costs.
Since it was a Thomas the Tank Engine party, I decided to add Thomas colouring pages into the party bags for the children to take home. I could have used them for a quieter activity during the party itself, but with a smaller party and a mix of ages I decided to send them home with the children instead. I also popped some bubbles into the party bags for the children to blow which represented the trains blowing out steam and smoke. Finally, a piece of Thomas the Tank Engine themed cake went into the party bags too. I kept the party bags simple because it was only a small party and it helped to keep the costs down but the children loved them.
My favourite birthday party aspect is always the cake. I think this is probably because I don’t eat cake very often so it is a great chance for me to over indulge in cake yumminess without feeling guilty! I was very excited about making my first themed birthday cake for J’s Thomas the Tank Engine party, but I didn’t want it to be a total disaster and I am not a baker at the best of times and certainly not artistic so the pressure was on. Thankfully, I was partly saved by the lovely Emma from Free From Farmhouse who happened to have made a train cake herself that I used for inspiration!
I made a simpler version of Free From Farmhouses cake as the train track on the cake itself was wonderful but beyond by beginner skill level so I kept the cake super simple and then decorated the cake base instead.
For the green grass I used green sprinkle beads from Sainsburys. I used a toy Thomas train and made two carriages using Bourbon biscuits and Oreo biscuits, chocolate icing to stick it all together and then I filled the carriages with free from chocolate buttons and Skittles.
I was very happy with the end result and J loved it which was all that mattered. Plus the cake tasted AMAZING! I used Free From Farmhouse’s vegan chocolate cake recipe to make the cake and it was so delicious that everyone loved it!
So now I need to have a think of what to do for J’s birthday this year. I will definitely do a theming of some kind. I have lots of ideas saved on my Pinterest Children’s Party Ideas board if you want to have a look for more Thomas the Tank Engine party ideas and alternative party ideas.
If you have any party tips or tricks please share them in the comments below.
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