Train Themed Birthday Party

Train Themed Birthday Party

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Yes, you read that correctly, I have a one year old! It’s so crazy to think that he is already that old but he is and we had so much fun recently celebrating his first birthday with family and friends.

I decided after much deliberation on a train theme for his birthday. I know I’ve mentioned on my blog before how much I love event planning and this was no exception. Planning and prepping for his birthday was almost as fun as the party itself. Let me know if you would like for me to do a separate blog post that focused on event planning tips in the comments below!

We held his party at a park since his birthday is in August and in Seattle most days are sunny and warm if not hot around this time of year. Not hosting it at our home meant for some extra planning and car trips back and forth hauling tables, food and chairs, but it was worth the effort to have the space and be outdoors.

Leading up to the party I planned out our menu, cake, decorations and what I wanted the event space layout to be. Having this all set before really helped the day of since we didn’t have a ton of time to get set up. I also pre-ordered the balloons to match with the purchased train themed items (plates, napkins, tablecloth) and made the food, cake and cupcakes the day before. I will be doing a separate blog post of the train cake that I made so check back soon for that.

For decorations I purchased a few train themed items and then did a few DIY projects as well. I made the two Railroad Crossing signs and they were super easy and inexpensive! I bought poster board from Hobby Lobby and then just had my husband use an exacto knife and cut the board into equal smaller pieces. I layered two pieces in an “X” shape to figure out how the lettering would work and then used a sharpie and wrote out Railroad Crossing on the two separate pieces. Once that was finished I used a hot glue gun to seal the two pieces together and that’s all it consisted of!

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I also took pictures of Carter each month showing his growth progression over his first year. It’s amazing to see how much he has changed in such a short period of time. I hung the photos just from some black ribbon in the tent so it was on display for everyone to see.

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The menu included: make-your-own pretzel bun sandwiches from the meat and cheese tray, fruit tray, veggie tray, pesto pasta salad, potato chips and train cake. I wanted items that were picnic focused but also easy to transport and eat.

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We had such a lovely time with our friends and family celebrating Carter. Happy Birthday!

xo

Hillary

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Woodland Forest Baby Shower

Woodland Forest Baby Shower

A slight diversion from my typical blog posts, but I wanted to share with you another passion of mine: event planning. I’ve always enjoyed planning events and even did it as part of my career for a short while. So when I had the opportunity to co-host my best friend’s baby shower I was very excited!

We decided on a woodland forest theme as to coordinate with her nursey and it couldn’t have worked out better. With the help of Pinterest, lots of greenery, my dad’s woodworking skills and many pinecones later, we created a woodland forest inside my home.

The menu consisted of: bacon mushroom quiche, pinecone cheese balls, kale quiona salad, yogurt parfaits, baby bottle cookies, chocolate covered “twig” pretzels, forest fruit punch and chocolate mushroom cupcakes.

In the coming weeks I hope to share with a few of the recipes from the food that I prepared, but for now please enjoy the pictures below.

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How cute are these mushroom cupcakes my friend made?!!

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My mom made the wooden BABYย garland, isn’t it darling?img_2047img_2049

My friend also created this mobile too! Isn’t she creative?img_2048

More to come from me on the recipes, stay tuned!

Hillary