Kid Birthday Party Ideas – Star Wars and Thomas the Train


Girls like Star Wars parties, too!

My son’s 5th birthday is coming up in a few months (hold on, let me get my tissue) and I am beginning to gather ideas for a fun kid party. No doubt he’ll probably want a Star Wars theme but it seems much of what is out there has to do with the newer cartoon called the Clone Wars and not the classic movies. My brother planned a Star Wars party a few years back, he created a death star piñata and his daughter dressed as Princess Amidalah. I’ll have to give it some more thought. Last year we had just moved and so didn’t know enough kids to invite. This year we will have guests!

I’ve only actually done one theme party myself, a Thomas the Train party. I figure there must be a lot of Thomas the Train (or simply train) lovers out there and so thought I’d share the details. Some of the ideas aren’t new but I’m hoping they might be new to some of you and worth passing on.

First of all, kids in overalls are just the cutest. My kid had the hat as well. Next, you’ve got to have a great cake as the centerpiece. Rocky’s talented aunt really stepped it up on this front; the cake she made was gorgeous. We also inherited a troublesome trucks piñata from a family friend and added pull strings to it (blindfolded 3 yr olds and bats = unwanted bruises or worse).


Here comes the train

With a little bit of planning, you really don’t have to spend much on the entertainment. We got some banana crate boxes from Costco (free to good homes). We spray painted the boxes using just three colors – blue, red and green – to represent three main characters in the Thomas series. We cut holes in the tops just big enough for little ones to fit inside. Then we traced some familiar faces and glued them to the front of the boxes. Voila! Now the party guests can step inside the boxes, pick them up (we also had to cut hand holes for the smaller kids) and pretend to be train cars. My original plan was to create train tracks all over the yard using spray on chalk. Wouldn’t you know it Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and so we ended up doing painters tape in the basement. No matter, the kids still had fun forming a big train and running around in circles. Throw in a train cookie decoration table, some pizza and fruit (thanks, Grandma) and a few goodie bags and it’s an affordable afternoon of fun.  If you already have a train table, that’s good, too. We had a Thomas movie running in the background. If anyone has a top hat (we didn’t) you can designate someone to be the fat controller (aka Sir Topham Hat). Or draw some railroad crossing signs and put by the front door. There’s a lot you can do with this theme.

Thomas cake

Thomas cake idea - insert your child's name

Depending on your budget, there is plenty of Thomas-themed stuff to buy at any party store and great deals online. But if you search the internet, you can find pictures, banners, coloring pages, invitations and more to print for free and use. You can start with the main Thomas web site. For party favors, I put together inexpensive folders with coloring pages I printed out. Got some cheap crayons and stickers and placed in pencil bags. Another idea is to make a cd of your child’s favorite music to share.  No wait, scratch that, I can’t condone breaking any copyright laws. Have fun planning your own Thomas party! Let me know if you have any cool ideas for Rocky’s party.

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