Planes, Trains, & Automobiles Birthday Party

A couple of months ago I was asked by HGTV.com to share some DIY ideas for kid’s birthday party favors and decor.  I was thrilled to be part of the feature for their site and decided I would put together something very simple for the beginner party planning mom.
  • My theme was Planes, Trains, and Automobiles inspired by the classic wooden toys I found in the $1 isle of Target. 
  • The train made a great centerpiece to hold a personalized birthday banner, and the airplanes were hung from above to create a “mobile” over the table.
  • Coordinating scrapbook paper with monogram stickers were wrapped around juice boxes and will remind the kid’s which drink is theirs.  Traffic signs found online were simply printed and cut out to make cupcake toppers.  I know we are so familiar with party printables, but I wanted to show how you could decorate a party if you are not familiar with them. 
  • Finally, a different vehicle was placed at each place setting and makes a great take-home favor.
  • Speaking of favors, I put together small take-out boxes filled with play dough, an easy themed activity book, another vehicle, and cotton candy “clouds.”  The ‘clouds’ tag and birthday banner were both created in Picnik – super easy!
You can see this children’s party featured on the HGTV website, in a gallery alongside some other pretty amazing party gal’s designs.
Just goes to show you can create a cute party without spending a fortune, or hiring a planner (but shhhhh, that’s just between you and me).
 

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. This is so cute Chris! Makes me wish my boys were little again. :)

  2. LOL!! Shhh indeed! :D

    LOVE it!! Shows you don't need a huge budget to throw a stylish party that the kids will love too!

    Way to go party fairy!

  3. Super cute party!

  4. Wow, thanks for sharing! This is the theme I plan to do for my son's 2nd bday party next Fall and its soo nice to see your ideas!

  5. Love this so cute! What great ideas : )

    Paula

  6. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    Great job Chris and congrats!

  7. Sandra Downie says:

    This is so darn cute! Love the details!

  8. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    LOL! Love that comment at the end. SHHH!! Lol! This theme is too cute! Congrats on your HGTV feature.. can't stop you!!

  9. oh I love all the bright colours!!

  10. Amanda Parker at Shindig says:

    Cute- Cute! Love a simple and inexpensive but creative party, and this one fits the bill. Love those cupcake topper signs and the juice boxes, too.

  11. Kate @ Love and Kate says:

    Oh my goodness — this is super cute! LOVE the theme and everything you did! Awesome.

  12. Kori Clark says:

    So Sweet and I love how it shows that a party with out all of the fuss can still be amazing!!

  13. so adorable and so much fun!!xo

  14. I'm totally in love with the paper-wrapped juice boxes! Great job, and thanks for sharing!

  15. Petit Artiste, Beatriz Azevedo says:

    Chris. This caught my attention because next July will be my boy
    4th birthday and once again he wants a Thomas and friends themed party (as the one he had when he turned 2!). I guess I'll be using some of the ideas here. Thank you.

  16. Hi, just a quick question on where you found the white cotton candy.
    Thanks,
    Sunny

    • Hi Sunny, I found it at Dollar Tree, but it’s one of those items that’s sometimes there and sometimes not.

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