Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Train Birthday Party for the Little Ones

Boys and girls of all ages have a deep and abiding love of trains. From Thomas the Tank to The Little Engine that Could, trains make an excellent theme for a birthday party for your favorite youngster. The great news is that there are plenty of great party favors and decorations on the market to make your train theme carry through all aspects of the birthday party.

You can purchase invitations that are shaped like a train and appropriate for the specific train theme you have in mind. Even old-fashioned steam engines make a fascinating setting and theme for little ones who are filled with imagination. You do not need to go overboard on the decorations for a train themed party in order to get the theme apart but there are some great goody bags that can be made in keeping with the theme.

A train piñata is a great way to get the kids in on the action and having a great time. You may also choose to have all the little ones dress up as a train engineer for a little interactive fun with your train birthday party idea. You can also choose to play a DVD of your favorite train story for the entertainment of the little ones and in hopes of a little bit of quiet time before the sugar induced highs of after cake time.

Speaking of cake, there are plenty of cake forms and cake themes that are ideal for train cakes and children’s birthday parties. From the popular character cakes that are related to trains to other train themes such as The Polar Express there are plenty from which to choose when it comes to the perfect birthday cake for your train themed party. A little cake with a little ice cream and it will soon be time to take a whack at the train themed piñata mentioned earlier.

Most party supply stores should have an abundance of train themed party supplies. From hats to plates, cups, and napkins there should be plenty of wonderful party supplies to help you convey the train theme of the party with little additional efforts unless, of course, streamers and other party supplies are needed. Your little ones are very special after all and as parents we all want to do our very best to insure that each party is a special memory fit for a lifetime.

Goody bags are becoming a more and more important part of birthday parties in modern society. The train themed birthday party lends itself to plenty of train themed goody bag fillers. Among those wonderful items are coloring books, storybooks, puzzles, train whistles (their parents will love you and it is the perfect revenge for the air horn your child came home with), and stickers. This is a great way for your child to give back to those who have given him or her gifts while providing something appropriate to the theme for everyone to remember this particular party by.

If you are looking for a little something extra for your child’s train themed birthday party you might want to talk to local train companies and see if there is a train museum near by or if you can possibly book a train car or a room at the train depot in which to host the party. This will create a very special memory for your little one and everyone that attended the party. Some trains actually run day trips that last a couple of hours. This will be a thrilling party experience for your little one’s friends if you can manage this great escape of a train themed birthday party. You may also talk to those in charge at the train station for ideas and suggestions they may have to make your child’s special day a little more thrilling. Just remember that after a party like this, next year will be a hard act to follow.

Having A Good Children's Birthday Party

Kid's birthday parties should be fun and enjoyable. That is what makes them memorable. All those smiles on the children's faces, most especially on the birthday celebrant can be quite memorable and a priceless gift that parents can give to their kids. Preparing for such parties can take some work.

There are some things that people have to consider when planning kid's birthday party. Whether it be a grand birthday bash or just a simple affair, the preparations and the planning that go into it can affect how it will fare out. When organizing a kid's birthday party, here are some valuable tips that might help ensure things would come out all right.

Before planning a kid's birthday party, the main organizers (usually the parents) should come up with a planned budget. All the preparations needed for the party would depend on how much the parents will be willing to spend. There is no sense in planning for a grand birthday party when the parents would not likely to afford all the expenses.

After the budget has been agreed upon, the next thing on the agenda would usually be the theme for the birthday party. This might not be too much of a problem (maybe except on the expense side) since the celebrant would have the first say. Parents can only suggest the available choices. It is important that the birthday celebrant has the right to choose. It is his or her special day after all.

After the theme, choosing a venue would be the next thing to consider. There are various choices available for parents. The simplest one would be having the party right at home. The home would provide the most ideal venue where parents and organizers may be able to have a bit more control over what happens during the party. What's more, a birthday party at home usually is less expensive than having it anywhere else.

But if a child has one too many birthday parties at home, then another venue may be considered. Having an outside venue for a birthday party may carry with it some excitement and several other means for kids to have fun. A good venue would be the local gym, a pizza parlor, or even at the miniature golf course. That would certainly add up some fun factor to any birthday party. The only disadvantage to such venues is that it can add up to a considerable expense for the organizers of the party.

Parents and organizers of the party should also consider the weather when planning an outdoor party. There can be times when it may not be as cooperative. A sudden rain shower can ruin even the most beautiful outdoor birthday party in just an instant. When planning an kid's birthday party out of doors, parent should try to check the weather conditions more frequently.

It would be better to ensure that this would not be a problem by having the kid's birthday party indoors. But if it is out of the question, it also pays to prepare for the unforeseen weather related events beforehand. Having an alternative venue nearby or just having umbrellas on hand may help. It is such measures that may help salvage an otherwise ruined kid's birthday party.

Weighing the risks involved may help prevent making the wrong decisions later on.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

{Real Parties} Tommy's Crab Shack! by Kim of The TomKat Studio

What can I say about Kim at TheTomKat Studio? I love reading her daily posts on Facebook and her blog but her attention to detail on parties for her children is right up there with who I call, as does Kim the “Queen of Dessert Tables” Amy Atlas! She has created a party for her son Tommy that even a adult would love to have done for them.

The theme for Tommy’s party came about from a towel with a crab on it from Pottery Barn Kids he received as a gift and as you will see in the photos below that Kim put her creative juices in high gear and came up with one of the top parties we’ve seen this year.

Tommy’s Crab Shack Party was worked around as you would guest a “Cape Cod” feel using reds and blues as a color palette to perfection. The styling of the table is wonderful! To see all the photos and details from the party visit Kim’s website The TomKat Studio

{Real Parties} Kite Party by Tracey Lau of Art & Soul

I could not belive it when I saw the post of this truly charming kite themed party for a first birthday created by Tracey Lau of Art & Soul for her son Jeremiah.  The attention to detail is just amazing.  All the way down to the grass table covering.  I love Tracey's spin on the backdrop using clouds and a kite flying high.  The color platte is simple yet effective with the diffrent shades of blue. It's so orginal and fun I know many planners out there will try to put their own spin on it.

This was a wonderful set-up Tracey and the photos made you feel as if you were there.

 In Tracey's words:  Gorgeous little bottles of juice, Jars of Lollies (we had M&M’s, Bon Petite, Spearmint Leaves and Jelly Beans), Individual Milk Chocolates.

Homemade Vanilla Meringue, Little Jelly Pots, Fairy Floss

Vanilla Bean Kite Cookies, Vanilla Bean cupcakes, and the cutest cloud Marshmallows.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Caramel Popcorn.

The cake!

Fun Treats for 4th of July

I'm very attached to July 4th since I share the holiday with my birthday and I love to serve fun food at our duo celebration and this year is no exception with these treats.

Cake Pops are a fun new trend in dessert tables.
by Bakerella

You can get chocolate dipped pretzels at your local candy store ororder them from Candy Wherehouse

My personal favorite are chocolate covered strawberries. When done properly these are fantastic! The two best places to get them are Shari's Berries and Jackie's Basket

Have a great 4th of July with some or all of these great treats! Your family and friends will love it.

Remember, life is a party!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fantastic Display by Cakewalk Baking

I just love this display by Michele of Cakewalk Baking located in Oakland, CA.  I love the clean lines of the table, not too little not too much.



Nice touch with wraping tea sandwich