After asking the little guy a few times what kind of birthday party he wanted, he decided on trains. Well, I hope he didn't think a choo choo was actually going to show up at his party, because that definitely didn't happen! And, momma can't afford that! But I had a lot of fun planning for this fun train party. I was definitely thinking more of a vintage look than straight up Thomas the Train in your face everywhere. Not that I don't like Thomas, I do, but wanted it to be a little more original.
Here are a few pictures of the decorations I made. I wish I was this crafty but most of my inspiration came from Vintage Junky, Maddy Cakes Muse and ole Martha Stewart herself . And, of course, thanks to Lauren Our Beautiful Life for helping me with placement and her crafty skills!
Our train tracks leading to the front door. Ridge cried when I finally pulled up our classy duct taped sidewalk during nap time. He was devastated it was gone.
Old railroad maps courtesty of none other than google.
condouctor hats- orientaltrading.com
Although, i also saw some at target too! Not sure which was cheaper though. I had already ordered mine.
thank you Martha for the lunch bag flower tutorial! hanging flower tutorial
there were more hanging. but, by the end of the party, they were all on the floor. tape didn't do the trick
pictures of Ridge year 2-3
cake and cookies: Glory Through Sugar.Check her out on Facebook! Thank you Adrianne!
Again, google, thank you for the pictures of "old trains"
cheap and simple!
The plan was to play on the fort in the backyard and have a jumpy blow up thing too. Some of our friends own one and was going to let us borrow it. Well, it came a serious monsoon and we weren't able to blow it up. Luckily, we didn't all blow away and we were still able to go outside after the lightning stopped. It was wet, but considerably cooler! And, I don't have enough room in my home for this many people so I was banking on it being outside! So, thankfully we were able to continue with the party as planned.
Ball pit for babies to play in. Worked great!
In awe of his fish! By the way, he named them Harris and Josiah. And, Josiah died a few days later and mommy rushed to Walmart to buy Josiah2. Sorry you are finding this out Ridge. At least it's years later when you're reading this...
Big kiddos enjoyed the ball pit too!
New big boy bike from Nonnie and Poppie. Didn't get a picture of baseball bat, glove, balls, and soccer ball from Granna and Grandpop.
Glad some college friends could make it!
We had a great time. It was so much fun! Glad so many of our friends and Ridge's friends could make it, especially with the bad weather. I only wish I had gotten a group picture of all the children. I hate I don't have a picture of everyone that came. Thank you everyone and Ridge is enjoying all of his new toys! Thank you Lauren for taking some of these pictures!
No words can describe a mother's love. I'm so thankful for Ridge and the Lord giving us 3 sweet years to love, care, and raise this young boy. I pray that we celebrate many more as a family and humbled that He has entrusted this sweet young boy to us. We love you Ridge!