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A train birthday party can involve many different ideas and themes. Thomas the Train is one of the most popular topics today. Other great train parties can include an engineer theme or even a Polar Express Party.

To make the party unforgettable, you could even hold the party at a local theme park that has a train ride or rent one from one of the local party rental stores.

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Train Birthday Party Invitations

A train shape is ideal for a train birthday party invitation.

First, cut out two identical shapes for the engine from colored card stock. Cut out shapes for windows and a number (the age of the birthday boy) to add to the train. Cotton balls can be pulled apart and glued to the top of the stack for smoke. On the inside, you can add the birthday party information for the party. For the RSVP, cut out two shapes for the caboose and decorate it in a similar way. Holes can then be punched in each and tied together with a pipe cleaner.

For rectangular invitations, try some of these great ideas:

Take a picture of your toddler in his favorite engineer out fit next to a train car (at a safe distance) or with his favorite train set. Then, you can purchase black and white striped card stock or make your own to mount it on and make the invitations.

Design a logo for your son for his very own rail line. It can then be mounted on matching cardstock. A separate one can be made for the RSVP.

Let your son decorate his own invitations with Thomas the Train stickers, crayons, and buttons.

Writers block? Try some of these train sayings:

"Hitch a ride on the party train! The (your child's first name) the train leaves (your last name) station at (the date and time) sharp. Aboard the train, you will enjoy fine dining, games, and cake! You can then include a hand drawn map to your home drawing a train at the start, track for the path, and a little station for your house."

Print off an imitation boarding pass with a picture of the Polar Express or Thomas the Train. All you need to do then is fill in the blanks.

"Calling all engineers" can be written on the face. On the inside, write: "The presence of the city's best engineers is required at (your last name) station to help wish (your child's first name) a happy (age) birthday. The party starts at (date and time) at (address)."

Don't forget to check out these cute & printed train Party invitation:

Two-Two Train 2nd Birthday Invitations

Two-Two Train 2nd Birthday Invitations
Price: $3.59

Train Party Personalized Invitation

Train Party Personalized Invitation
Price: $0.99

Train 2nd Birthday Personalized Invitations

Train 2nd Birthday Personalized Invitations
Price: $ $7.99

Fun Stix Magnetic Deco Over The Hill Set

Train Conductor: Chartreuse
Price: $0.99 each

Terrific Train : Surf

Terrific Train : Surf
Price: $0.49 each

Train Birthday Party Decorations


At the end of the driveway or at the entrance to the train birthday party, use lengths of balsa wood (it is light and economical) painted white attached to the middle of a short post to make a railway crossing. To make it look more realistic, add an X to the top for the sign and a small red balloon to the end of the arm.

Use cardboard boxes to make a delivery train to chauffer your guests to the door in style. To make these, cut holes in the bottoms for the child's legs to go through and old suspenders or lengths of fabric to hold up the box. Then paint it up to look more like a train and less like a box. To make this even more fun, connect the boxes together before starting off down the track.

Use chalk to draw train signals and track on the cement up to the door.

Inside (The Party Area)

Hanging up a train personalized birthday banner is a great start to get the little engineers into the party mood.

Some Thomas removable wall decorations, a train door hanger party activity, and a train piñata are great to spice up the room.

For fun, add a Thomas play tent for the boys to play in while they are waiting. Complete the look with large cutouts of trees, benches, and train cars. You can add the guests name and a number to each one of the train cutouts so that each engineer has his own train.

For the table, the ultimate Thomas party pack is truly the ultimate in Thomas the Train birthday party decorations. It has plates, cups, cutlery, and napkins for the fine birthday cuisine as well as a tablecloth and placemats to keep the mess in check. It includes several decorations such as a centerpiece, balloons, and crepe paper to decorate the tables. It also has items such as dress up items and a pinata for the kids to have fun with while they are waiting.

Check out these following train birthday party decorations kits:

Two-Two Train 2nd Birthday Foil Balloon

Train 2nd Birthday Foil Balloon

Two-Two Train 2nd Birthday Sticker Sheets

Train 2nd Birthday Sticker Sheets
Price: $1.99

Thomas and FriendsT Wall Decals

Thomas and Friends™ Wall Decals
Price: $19.99 pkg/27

Thomas the TrainT Wall Border

Thomas the Train™ Wall Border
Price: $14.99 each

Fun Stix Magnetic Deco Over The Hill Set

Mid Blue with Trains Matte Balloons
Price: $2.49

Train Party Personalized Stickers

Train Party Personalized Stickers
Price: $2.99

Train Birthday Party Costume

All aboard for crazy fun aboard this train—dress the part! You can really get together some fun and simple homemade costume ideas for kids with this theme. You can either dress up your little one as the engineer or as a worker on the train. Consider putting them in a striped outfit with a hat to complete the look. Otherwise you can dress them in a suit all in one color, preferably blue with little red accents. This can be fun as they will truly feel like a part of things and you can put it all together without much effort at all! Consider using some simple items that you have around the house to make the look complete and then send them on their way aboard a train to fun!

I found this train engineer toddler costume in instantly fell in love. It was SO cute on my 5 years and he LOVED wearing it, even the hat. My husband and I liked the quality of the costume.

Here are some cute train theme costume ideas for kids:

Amtrak Train Engineer Toddler Costume

Amtrak Train Engineer Toddler Costume
Price: $24.99

Jr. Train Engineer Suit Toddler Costume

Jr. Train Engineer Costume
Price: Price: $34.99

Train Party Icebreaker Activities

A train party icebreaker gets everybody on board and riding towards fun! A train birthday party is such a popular one with little boys because it seems that all of them love them at some point in time. Not only is this a popular theme but it's quite easy to plan for as you can really turn your home into a train and have some fun games to go along with it. You will find all of the supplies that you need quite readily and will likely find that you get quite creative when it comes to the planning. It's so fun to watch your little boy's face light up as the train theme comes alive and he can share it with all of his friends. So if you have a little boy (or girl) that adores trains, consider using this as the theme for your next birthday party and including some super fun activities for all to enjoy.

Ride Your Very Own Train

Sure you won't have access to your very own train, but you can certainly make your own and the kids will love it! In this train party icebreaker you can create a train out of old boxes that you have around the house from appliances and larger items. You paint each box to look like a train car and be sure not to forget the caboose or front car! You can either let the kids play in the boxes and pretend that it's the train or put chairs next to them to make it look like actual seats. Then have tickets for every kid to get for a ride on the train and be sure that you have some train sounds recorded like the whistle for an authentic feel. Kids have such great imagination and this is a great way to get them all involved and having fun with this great train birthday party activity!

Train Building Bonanza

Kids that love trains love everything about them, and they are sure to love being involved in building one. You can find some pretty simple but fun train kits out there or you can get creative and buy all of the elements on your own for the kids to enjoy. No matter which route you take, in this train party icebreaker you let the kids all have a part in building up their own model train. You put out everything that they need and create an area for them to go crazy with the fun. Be sure to include the tracks and anything else that they might need. You may very well need to be involved in the process and offer some help, but it's all worth it to see how excited they get in creating their very own train together!

Find the Hidden Trains

Kids love to find hidden items, and if it happens to be one of their favorite things then it makes it that much more fun! In this train party icebreaker, kids are all challenged to go throughout the house and the backyard and find the trains that are hidden. Get creative with the hiding places and you can even give each child their very own train whistle so that they can blow it out loud when they find one! This can be a noisy but super fun activity for kids to be a part of, and they will get really excited when they uncover a hidden gem. Though it's a more traditional game in nature, it will be a lot of fun for the kids since it keeps with a train theme and doesn't require any special skills.

Train Birthday Party Foods


Use two 9x13 pans to make a train shaped cake.

First, trim approximately four inches off one end of the cake and trim about two inches off the long side. Then cut a triangle off the narrow piece for the front grill and the top of the train can be cut out of the larger piece. With the second 9x13, cut out a caboose shape by drawing it out on paper and using it as a pattern.

With a single 9x13, flip it out onto a cake board and coat it in green grass icing. Then, use a round tip to make a track from one side of the cake to the other. Hills can be added with cake scraps covered in icing, signs and flowers can be added to the top of the cake. Then purchase a small plastic station, Thomas the Train, Percy and other items to set on the top of the cake.

Meals, Treats, and Drinks

Miniature bread sticks can be notched in the top to become "Train Whistle Treats." Pizza sauce or cheese makes a great dipping sauce.

  • "Conductor Cracker" can be made from snack crackers, meat, and cheese
  • Hot dogs with macaroni and cheese make a great "Engineer's Special."
  • "Train Wheels" can be made from large chocolate cookies. You can add icing to look like spokes.
  • "Choo-Choo-Chewy Popcorn" can be made from caramel corn.
  • Juice or flavored milk can be "Power Punch."
  • "Thomas' Chug-a-Lug" can be made from soda pop.

Train Birthday Party Favors

The train favor boxes have a keychain, rolling pin, play dough, and cookie cutter as well as a blowout, stickers, and train whistle for the little guests to take home with them.

You can also include costume items like hats or a bandana, miniature train toys, and even gourmet train candies or homemade train chocolates in the box. You can even add pictures taken of the guests at the train birthday party.

Don't forget to check following train birthday favor ideas:

Train Ultimate Favor Set

Train Ultimate Favor Set
Price: $9.99

Train Sucker Assorted Flavors

Train Sucker Assorted Flavors
Price: $4.99 dozen

Train Party Personalized Luggage Tag(Each)

Train Party Personalized Luggage Tag (Each)
Price: $2.99

Train Party Deluxe Favor Set
Price: $6.79

Train Whistles (8 count)

Train Whistles (8 count)
Price: $9.29

Toddler Birthday Party Games

Here's an excellent selection of printable birthday games you can buy and print out right away:

Pinatas are a great addition to the toddler birthday party and a wonderful activity for the childrens. Pinatas are always a "hit" ;).

Here are some great pinatas that fit for a Train birthday party:

Train Pinata

Train Pinata
Price: $15.99

Train 18 Pinata

Train 18" Pinata
Price: Price: $17.99

Your Train Birthday Party Ideas

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Some of our visitors have gone the extra mile and written up their complete Train Birthday party story with photos and everything they did. We call these stories "Party Tales" and they serve as a great inspiration!


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