planes, trains, and automobiles party
Holidays and Special Occasions

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Party

I threw my son a planes, trains, and automobiles party this weekend. He turned two, so we based it on modes of transportation, not the Steve Martin/John Candy movie, although that would be an interesting party too, don’t you think? Anyway, I knew for awhile this was going to be my theme because he’s obsessed with cars and trains. Would you like to know when I prepared for this party I knew I was throwing? That afternoon. Seriously. I took my mom to the store with me to pick up balloons, decorations, and even food. Prepping is not for me. Now you know to avoid my house if the world ends – and shut the door on me if you see me coming, since I’ll probably be there to rob you.

Anyway, excuse my end of the world obsession, let’s get back to the planes, trains and automobiles party. I’m sure some of you other bloggers who read this think I’m exaggerating about how little time I have. You know how much work goes into a blog. But to be fair, I’m including this blog in my crazy schedule, or lack thereof. When I throw a party, I don’t want to deal with decorations. In fact, even seeing other people’s exhaust me. Why do you go through all that work?I did get balloons, but I swear it was no trouble since I got them at Party City. Everything else I decorated with was a toy. Yes, that’s right. I saved myself not only the trouble of horrible streamers and other bad for the environment decorations, but also the trouble of wrapping presents. Hooray!

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Party

Please excuse the terrible pictures. My husband turned the train on before I was ready, so I had about thirty seconds to take a whole bunch of them before my son destroyed everything. I’m not the type to recreate things, so these will have to do.

The Decor

Here’s the general feel. You’ve got a train track around the presents, a cake (and the rest of the food, eventually), airplanes on the chandelier, balloons, and your standard Happy Birthday banner that we will use for every birthday party until it falls apart.
Planes and a train make up the bulk of the decor.
This $10 battery operated train from Walmart actually did turn on and run around the track – until the 2-year old swiped it.
These Party City planes doubled as party favors. Instead of cutting off the tags I used them to tie them very simply to the chandelier and they came right off when needed.
Bought some balloons and tied them to the table. So easy. The other side had a Thomas the Train balloon as well.

The Cake

It’s a box cake with buttercream frosting. I made two colors, black and green, for a road and grass. Then I threw a few toy cars on the road and scribbled a message. Why yes, those are his plates from his 1-year old birthday in the background. Because, seriously you guys, he can’t read. Who cares?

That’s it. Wow, right? Can you imagine an easier way to throw this party? I can’t. Believe me, if I could have made it easier, I would have. I know my creations aren’t the most beautiful thing in the world, but you know what? It was a lot less stressful doing my version of a planes, trains, and automobiles party than trying to copy a professional party planner’s version. The cake was delicious despite not being beautiful. My son loved all of it. I’d say the party was a success, wouldn’t you?

A Planes, Trains & Automobiles Party for a Toddler

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  1. robin rue says:

    That is such a cute party theme. Both of my boys were obsessed with transportation when they were little 🙂

  2. This all came out so cute! I love doing themed parties, especially simple ones lol My son would probably love something like this for his 2nd party next year.

  3. Jeanine says:

    This is a cute theme! I love doing little birthday celebrations at home in a theme of what they love the most. I’m sure he had a blast!

  4. I love the simple touches you created with this theme. What a great theme for a boys birthday or even a baby shower!

  5. That birthday cake is too cute. What a great birthday party theme. I’m sure this was a very special second birthday.

  6. This theme would be perfect for my nephew! He has a birthday coming up and he loves all things cars, trucks, trains, planes – you name it, he loves it!

  7. I love how the cars are driving along a track road on the cake. The automobiles theme is such a great idea for a party x

  8. I love the theme. My boys were obsessed with matchbox cars. I also love simple parties like this, totally something I would do.

  9. What an awesome party idea! It’s really nice to have a theme that kids will enjoy. I love how you decorated the place. Every single detail is adorable.

  10. This is such a good theme for a birthday party! I’ll have to keep it in mind for the next one!

  11. I LOVE IT!!! I’m so over the over the top parties!! Simple and stress free is the way to go! I’ll bet your son was super happy too. Nice job!

  12. What a fun party theme! We did Mickey last year- a combination of regular mickey and baby mickey for a joint party for my boys, and it was a lot of fun. I need to get started thinking about their theme for this year!

  13. What a very cute idea. Your son is so lucky to have such a fun and creative mom!

  14. I don’t think kids really care much about decorations when they are little. Going all out is really more a thing you do for yourself and the other parents who bring their kids. As long as your child enjoys their birthday and has a great cake to eat, I say prep as much or as little as you want.

  15. What a fun party theme! I love how you put thought into all the small details. Well done! I sure fun was had by all!

  16. I really enjoyed learning about this party! I love that it was made by you and that it feels like a mom’s love. Excellent.

  17. I think it is a fun theme and didn’t seem too hard. Just enough to make it enjoyable for your son.

  18. What an awesome theme for a party. Looks like a great time

  19. reesa says:

    Happy Birthday! What a fun party theme for a little boy. I miss those days!

  20. That looks like such a fun party! Wow, what a great idea! Looks like it was a hit.

  21. This is a great birthday theme for a young boy. I love the idea of having the train around the presents.

  22. What a great party! I’m so glad you went with his interests and what he loves at the moment. It was simple enough for you to do, but I’m surre was the best thing in the world to him!

  23. This is the cutest! My youngest daughter loves airplanes and would really like a party like this!

  24. The result is amazing and what a cute themed party. I’m sure your little one loved it and what a great idea you chose for the cake.

  25. Happy belated birthday david. Enjoy.

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