My son’s birthday was the last day of August, and we threw him a Thomas the Train birthday party the weekend before. We asked him for weeks who he wanted to invite, and he chose his friends from his old daycare (he switched to a preschool in June and they changed classes in August.)
I kept the party low-key. I made a regular train cake since I had a pan I bought at a yard sale for $2 (as opposed to the “official” Thomas pan I could have purchased for $18.) A colleague made cupcakes and I bought the cupcake toppers on Amazon (so inexpensive!) My son wanted to help me make the cake, so I let him do that Thursday night. (His party was Saturday.)
The “train” kind of looked like a truck. The kids loved it, and it was really yummy.
I did make water bottle labels because I think they’re so fun. Food was easy – the party was in the late morning, so we had cake before lunch. We grilled hot dogs and had fruit and vegetable trays. There was apple juice for the kids.
I purchased the “magic” water balloons and the first batch deflated before I even turned the water off. The second two batches worked out great and the kids loved throwing the balloons.
We sent treat bags home with the kids that included Thomas stickers and train whistles (which aren’t super loud.) My son picked out the bags two weeks before his party.
This was also the first year that he wanted to wear a party hat, so we had Thomas the Train party hats for everyone, and picked up a Thomas table cloth the morning of the party since we decided to do cake indoors instead of outside. I also purchased balloons on Amazon and had them blown up at a local party store. The two round balloons are still hanging out in our living room….4 weeks later. I purchased this backdrop that was fine for what it was, but we didn’t use it how I wanted to (I wanted to take photos in front of it. It didn’t happen.)
It was just enough Thomas to be fun but not overkill. The kids had a good time and I know several kids had great naps that day. It was a success.
The supplies (note these are affiliate links):
table cloth | napkins | plates
magic water balloons
rail road table cloth (for the food table)
treat bags | train whistles
water bottle labels (not an affiliate link, but my Etsy shop.)
Also note that if you have a Kmart nearby, they have a large selection of Thomas the Train party supplies. We bought the treat bags, stickers, hats, table cloth, plates and napkins from a store near our house.