Okay, so it has taken me forever to sort through all the bday party pics! I’m going to have to break it up into different posts.
When I asked the kiddos what type of birthday they wanted- the boys said “THOMAS THE TRAIN!” (naturally)…and Sav said “PRINCESS!”
So, I came up with: “Trains & Tiaras”.
(design by Amberle' Williams, wording by me)
Mama got busy on Pinterest and started looking up lots of fun ideas!
Joe took the kids out of town one weekend and I decided to build a castle from cardboard boxes!
Cut out some holes…
Stacked the boxes & made a drawbridge door
finishing touches on the tops
added some windows and “bricks” for dimension and personality
Sav was THRILLED when she returned home! Alas, the castle went into the garage for several more weeks until I could finish it (and so the kids couldn’t destroy it before their party)
Finally, after some gray and stone-textured spray paint and a few details, Whallah! It turned out SOOOO cute and it was MASSIVE! Sav picked out the flowers that I put in the little flower trough.
Sassy Princess Sav’s Castle
Her Royal Highness before her guests arrived…
So, Savi had her castle and I promised the boys a train tunnel- they were SOOOOO pumped! (pics to follow)
I love to doodle and draw~ so I had a ton of fun making these train signs:
Train tracks on the bar~ made from green felt and black electrical tape
I had pictures of the kids blown up to 11x14 and mounted on canvas to decorate around the party:
Here, it might be easier to give you a quick tour:
Leading up to the front door
As you opened the front door, the tracks continued and led you through the train tunnel.
Welcome tables were immediately to your right
Train party hats for the dudes (per the boys request…they LOVE party hats for some reason)
…and of course tiaras for all of the little princesses!
Directly across the welcome tables were pink plastic curtains that sectioned off the front room…
…and opened up to Princess Savannah’s Castle
Next to the castle was the girly sweets table~ full of homemade sugar cookies & princess cupcakes, marshmallow pops (made by Liz! so nice), pink candies & fresh fruit with dip tray (not pictured yet---still working away on it in the kitchen, ha)
Fluffy pom poms, made out of tissue paper, hung above the sweets table~ made by yours truly
The hutch was decorated to match the castle
Directly behind the castle was a candy necklace making station
…and a coloring page station
(again, I LOVE to doodle and draw cartoonish things)
Back to the massive train tunnel~ It was constructed out of cardboard boxes and hung from the 2nd floor balcony. Notice the “8107”?…… (The kids were born on 8-1-07)
It took 4 grown adults to cover the train tunnel in black plastic tablecloth the night before! (Thank you so much Diddy, Dan, Dani, and Joe)!
The back of the tunnel opened up to the living room
…where I had some train tracks and gobs of trains set up for kids to play with
The food table…(not quite finished yet)
The Princess partaking in the goods…
LOOOOVE this pic of the boys. Joe took it with his iphone during his father and son date: A Day Out With Thomas the Train earlier this year.
The picture with Sir Topham Hat sat nicely by a figure of Sir T…and an awesome railroad crossing light that I bought on Amazon for $10! It lights up and blinks~ so cool.
We had our bounce house and Liz’s bounce house set up outside in the backyard
…and we were so fortunate to have somewhat “cooler”… or should I say, “not as burning your eyeballs out smoldering hot” weather on that Saturday morning. People could actually sit outside and not melt (at least for an hour or two).
Next up: Party Pics with all our friends and fam!
(Thank you so much to the peeps who actually took pictures at the party while I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off and chatted with everyone. I truly appreciate YOU! and if it weren’t for you, I would have ZERO pics. So THANK YOU!)