all aboard the birthday express

Our favourite little train engineer Matthew’s birthday was fast approaching, and we thought what better way to celebrate than with a retro railroad party! We were delighted that so many of his friends and family could come and celebrate Matthew turning…two…twwoooo!!

I like to use my imagination and put extra effort into decorating a table. On this occasion, I chose a palette of three different colours, red, blue and white as inspired by Matthew’s favourite colours. The table was set with red and blue square paper plates, from Favorlane Party Boutique. The wooden cutlery was set in blue napkins, and finished off with a cutlery wrap that said ‘choo choo’. Every brown cup featured a sticker, with the number two and a birthday message especially for Matthew, topped with a red and white paper straw. The water bottles were given a coordinated label highlighting a train. The centrepiece was white railroad crossing signs, hedge style plants in silver pots and cute little red trains. Each place setting had a navy and white striped train conductor hat for each little party guest. For the first class carriage experience we organised for Eames Replica chairs from Allegra and Grace chairs.


I love balloons, of any variety. On this occasion I used a selection of regular balloons in the colours red, blue and white. We positioned these just above the food table, against numerous lengths of coloured streamers we used as the backdrop. I love working with natural looking materials, we used wooden crates and rounded up decorations in browns and greens. A variety of trains bought in lots of railroad touches.

As I am sure you would agree, entertainment is an essential element of every party. I had initially thought of organising entertainment, however I felt that two year olds would benefit from more of a free-play scenario. So I organised for Matthew’s favourite activities, colouring and playing with his trains. The little party guests enjoyed getting creative colouring one of the four train images we provided. We loaded the train table with train tracks, train accessories and trains which gave the little ones and the grown-ups too an opportunity to use their imagination, and create fun retro railroad stories.

Food is very important for mini train engineers, we had a fueling station complete with diesel fuel and a water tower to quench their thirst, and a delicious menu that not only satisfied their hunger but excited their tastebuds. The menu created by our resident Chef, Tony Craven, also known as “Matthew’s Daddy” was as follows:

  • box car burgers
  • caramel popcorn
  • clackety clack cookies
  • humus and baba ganouj, crudites and crisp breads 
  • sausage coals
  • selection of lollies
  • smoke stack brownies
  • summer berry cups
  • tiny teddy trains, and
  • train wheels

We had the great pleasure of having Lisa from Cakes to Celebrate by Lisa create the incredible retro railroad masterpiece, along with the most delicious chocolate cupcakes we have ever tasted. The birthday cake was a deliciously moist vanilla cake with white chocolate and strawberry buttercream, it was an absolute dream of a cake.

Toot! Toot! Little Matthew was eager to show his gratitude to each little party guest so suggested I organise a baggage claim where his little friends could collect their thank you gift. We wrapped in a cellophane bag a delicious clackety clack cookie and topped it with a cute tag that said Thank Choo for riding the Matthew Express! These tags along with the other event stationery was created by Amy from Tangerine Paper Shoppe.

There is nothing more important to us than long lasting memories from a my little party event. Angela Higgins is an incredibly talented photographer who captured all the important details of this little party so well.

If you want to give your favourite little train conductor something to squeal ‘choo! choo!’ about why not create a retro railroad party for your next little party! You are most welcome to use any of the above ideas. Alternatively, I’d be delighted to do all the hard work for you! Hosting a child’s birthday party is no mean feat, as any parent can confirm. There are so many things to organise. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of at least some part of the mammoth task by outsourcing it? All it takes to get the party started is a phone call to me on 0424 728 798, or the click of the mouse to our contact page. I would love to create a joyful and memorable party for you and your little one!


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