Yesterday was the day!
Months of planning. Months of crafting/shopping. Days of baking.
Every. Single. Second. was worth it.
The party turned out beautifully and everyone had a blast.
Now... On to the meat and potatoes! The pictures!
The food table. Notice it looks a little sparse.... Well, we definitely did not manage to LOSE a bag with some of the stuff in it only to get home and find out that my husband never took it out of his truck. Nice. It worked out though, so no worries. We had chicken nuggets and tater tots for the little ones and chili for the adults. (I know that I get so sick of the same old party food. Chili was a nice alternative for the adults that could be made in a large batch for a reasonable price)
Mini cupcakes in chocolate with peanut butter frosting and good old fashioned yellow cake with chocolate frosting. And s'mores on sticks of course.
The middles of the tables each had a mason jar with either s'mores on sticks or chocolate dipped pretzel rods (yum) and a wooden train weighting down balloons.
These little wooden trains came from the dollar section at Target. The red, yellow, and blue didn't really go with the color scheme so I painted them, added the M&E stamp used for the whistles, and then distressed them.
The cake table
I actually made the cakes myself and I am EXTREMELY proud of that. I am not a cake decorator by any means, but I can honestly say that my boys have NEVER had a store bought cake for their birthdays and I would like to keep it that way.
Mason's side of the cake table. That is my favorite picture of him from the day I took his birthday pictures.
Part of Ethan's side of the cake table.
The drink table.
The drink table, complete with my old window w/ banner that I put together last week. It was perfect!
The intro to the "Dining Car." This sat at the beginning of the food table. Thanks to my grandmother for allowing me to use one of her old suitcases and thanks to the Dollar Tree for some super cheap plates and napkins!
Paper doilies folded over a piece of twine with pictures of one of the birthday boys attached with a clothespin. Of course, I had another one with pictures of Mason on it, but I completely forgot to get a picture of it.
The entrance to the depot. The pennant banners were made with thrift store fabric, twine, and burlap. Cost me next to nothing and worked PERFECTLY! Loved how they turned out!
The birthday sign that Mason painted all by himself! It was so cute! He did such a fantastic job.
Daddy and one of the birthday boys! (Notice them making the same face.... My little Twinkies)
The gift table. (They got SO much stuff..... Some of it may make it into Santa's bag. It is crazy how much stuff they ended up with!)
My Brady Bean enjoying his brothers' party. He told everyone that this was his train party and we were worried that he may not handle the gift time very well, but he got himself a cupcake and he didn't care. (Plus since it was all coming home, he knew he would get to enjoy everything.)
Mason on his gift from his Pappy. A Green machine.
No, he is not holding up one finger as in a "I'm number 1." He is holding up a small rat pencil topper from Halloween that he likes to take with him everywhere for some reason.
Daddy and Ethan during the birthday song.
Yes, Mason got his own cake too.
Mommy and Ethan
My husband and I.
Ethan, Paw Paw, Brady, and Brysen taking a spin on the train.
Brysen sporting some of his goody bag goodies. Silly glasses and mustaches have nothing to do with trains, but when I spotted them at the party store, I couldn't pass them up and the kids looked SO cute!
Daddy and Brady Choo Chooing the day away.
It was SUCH a gorgeous fall day. Perfect for a party!
The months spent planning, the money spent, the anxiety, the baking/crafting/running around like a mad man....
Seeing all of the little smile covered faces.... It was all worth it.
Thank you for taking a peak at our special day.
Time to start planning for the next one! Only 6 months until Brady turns 3!