Full Steam Ahead To The Thomas the Train Birthday Celebration!
Turn the party venue into Knapford Station with the party decorations and party supplies in the Thomas the Tank birthday theme! With a little 'engine'uity, you can create your own Island of Sodor! Thomas the Tank and his friends, James the Red Engine, and Percy the Small Engine chug down the line on the party supplies and decorations in the Thomas the Tank birthday theme. Here are some ways to incorporate the Thomas the Tank Engine party supplies and decorations into your own celebration, along with some fun crafty do-it-yourself ideas!
- Create train tracks through your own Island of Sodor! If the party is being held outside, spray paint train tracks on the grass using black spray paint. Wind the tracks around the yard to create a twisting, turning path. For an inside party, use black mechanical or duct tape adhered to the floor to create the train tracks. Accessorize the track with stand-up railroad signs!
- Cover the tables with the Thomas the Tank tablecover and add a solid color table runner down the center. Set each place setting with a Thomas the Tank cone hat and blowout included in the Thomas the Tank party supplies.
- For a unique Thomas the Engine centerpiece, take colorful red, blue, yellow and green rectangular plastic bins and turn them into Thomas the Tank cars! Make train wheels out of construction paper, card stock or poster board and attach two to each side of the bin. Next, create signs to attach to each bin. They can read, "Animal Car", "Log Car", "Coal Car", for a few examples. Align the "cars" down the center of the party table for a unique centerpiece. Fill the cars with fun surprises for the kids to enjoy: packaged food such as fruit snacks, cookies, and chips, juice boxes, and candy. You can also use the "cars" to hold bulk foods such as popcorn, chips, pretzels, cheese puffs, and other snack items. Just be sure the bins are food safe. If they aren't, line the bins first with paper towels or waxed paper.
- Place the Thomas the Tank large centerpiece, part of the Thomas the Tank Table Decorating Kit, on the gift table and use the smaller two centerpieces from the kit at the front and back of the Thomas the Engine train car centerpiece (in the idea described above). Scatter the 2 inch confetti pieces from the kit on the top of the party table(s).
- Tether the Thomas the Tank balloon bouquet to the guest of honor's chair. The bouquet is a mix of a SuperShaper Thomas the Tank balloon, two Thomas the Tank 18 inch circular metallic foil balloons and 2 red star 18 inch metallic foil balloons.
- Display red, green, and blue latex balloons, part of our solid color party supplies line, around the party venue to complement the Thomas the Train party decorations.
- Hang the Thomas the Tank foil swirl decorations, part of the Thomas the Tank party decorations, over the buffet table, party tables or in doorways.
Thomas the Tank Engine Party Activities!
Plan fun party activities to complement the Thomas the Tank party theme!
- Make each party guest a locomotive engineer! Provide each with one of the brightly colored Thomas the Tank Vac Form Hats included in Thomas the Tank party supplies!
- Create a box car for each little engine! Using cardboard boxes big enough to accommodate a child fitting inside, remove the top and bottom of each box. Cover the outside of the boxes with pieces of blue, red and green posterboard cut to size and glued on. Punch two holes on the front and back sides of the boxes and thread through lengths of ribbon to create shoulder straps that will rest on the child's shoulders and secure the box around them. Draw Thomas the Engine's face on a white paper plate using a black marker and glue the paper plate to the front of the box.
- Hang the Thomas the Tank Wall Decorating Kit, part of the Thomas and Friends party decorations, and use it for a photo op! Take a picture of the conductor (guest of honor) and with each engineer (guest). Have copies made to send out with the Thomas the Tank thank you notes!
- The Thomas the Tank Pin the Stack Game has the little engineers pinning Thomas's stack on him so he can get chugging out of Knapford Station and moving on down the line. The game accommodates 2-12 players.
Thomas and Friends Fueling Station!
Little engines get hungry! Set up a Thomas and Friends fueling station to get their boilers full again! Here are some fun food ideas:
- Using a train shaped cookie cutter, cut a variety of foods including: Rice Krispie treats, Jell-O, PB & J or other kid-friendly sandwiches, or frosted sugar cookies.
- Pizza slices can be served as "spokes" of the train's wheels!
- Pretzel sticks can be "logs" that are being hauled in one of Thomas the Engine's cars!
Use your imagination to see what other foods you can incorporate into your Thomas and Friends Fuel Station!
Don't Leave Knapford Station Without A Pail Of Thomas and Friends Party Favors!
The Thomas the Tank Engine party theme offers a large selection of Thomas the Train party favors that will have the little engineers shouting, "Whoo Whoo!" Fill the Thomas the Tank Favor Pails with a variety of trinkets and treasures, including mini crayons, notepads, kazoos, bubbles, bracelets, whistles, stickers and tattoos!