Amidst the turkey a certain someone in our house turned two. Really, it’s just hard to believe. My niece — who is five years old — said Soon Tristan will be a tid [kid] and I can’t believe she’s right. Boy the time just flies by. So, a train party happened to celebrate.

Here’s the cake:

Train Party - Roundhouse and Cake

Papa gets all credit for the cake and the roundhouse. Thanks Jennifer — no blog — for the great roundhouse idea.

Here’s a view of the table:

Train Party - The Table

I had trouble figuring out what would be “train food” so we just went with Tristan’s favorites. I made the tablecloth from some fabric with vintage train tickets on it and bordered with a black/gray calico.

This is the awesome engine that Papa and his dad, Opa, made:

Train Party - Engine and Coal Car Game

I told them to make an engine to pull the wagon and left the house. When I came back this is what they had done. It was so much better than I ever thought it could be. We converted the wagon into a coal car and I made some coal — beanbags — and we made a game of tossing the coal into the coal car. It was a big hit, even with the older siblings. The little ones liked to drive the engine too. The tracks are just black electrical tape on the carpet — thanks to Anina for that idea.

And lastly, here’s our little engineer blowing out the candles:

Happy Birthday to You

He was especially fond of the skittle wheels although he did seem to like the cake too. He’s been singing Happy Birthday for over a week now and trying to blow out any flame he sees — including those in the fireplace. He got some great gifts too but I’ll save those for another day.


9 Responses to “Chugga-Chugga-Choo-Two”

  1. 1 Sonya November 26, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    How wonderful. I love the idea of little cakes. Perfect!

  2. 2 amandajean November 26, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    wow-what a great train themed party! I love the cake. seriously cute.

  3. 3 twiddletails November 26, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    What a fun party! That engine and coal wagon are so cool.
    Happy Birthday Tristan!

  4. 4 Jennifer November 26, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    It all turned out so awesome! That is a great train/wagon. Happy Birthday, Tristan!
    (I have to be the only blog reader left without a blog of my own)

  5. 5 erin November 27, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    happy birthday tristan! they do grow up fast, don’t they?

  6. 7 JoAnna November 28, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Very cool. I reallt like the big train. What a creative way to make one with the wagon!

  7. 8 sheree December 10, 2007 at 1:49 pm


    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOUR SWEET BOY. Looks like a lovely party. He is sooo cute!

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