Wednesday, February 22, 2012

{My Parties} Brett's Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 2nd Birthday Party

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All Aboard!
It's a Planes, Trains, and Automobile Party!

This party was so fun for an adorable little 2 year old sweetie, who loves trains! You may remember Brett from his first birthday last year, the Jungle Safari party. 
Well, now Brett is so big and just precious and party-mommy Jennifer thought that a Planes, Trains, and Automobiles party would be perfect for him!
She really wanted to do a non-traditional color palette for this theme and I loved that idea, so when I found this fabric by Robert Kaufman, "Ready, Set, Go!", I knew it was the perfect choice. He has three versions; a car, a train, and a plane! 
 I started off by contacting Amanda with Shindig Parties To Go. I literally could talk all day about how amazing Amanda is. She is incredibly talented, and incredibly gracious and sweet as well.
She took my fabric swatch and designed an entirely new printable collection based upon it! 
And, when I say "collection," I mean A HUGE COLLECTION. 
It is available in her shop right now! 
So, if you like this party, then go and get those printables! 
There are TONS of great pieces that you can use a variety of ways!
For the front door, I always like to make some sort of sign or wreath to greet guests. 
So, using the printable collection, I made this hanging piece out of orange craft foam. I used some cardboard pieces behind the main sign to make it pop out from the background. 

I wanted the backdrop to be a literal sky. So, using this blue sky fabric from Hobby Lobby, I added some clouds made from cardboard and pillow batting--a super easy project for very little money. 
And, I strung the banner from the back of the airplane to suggest the airplanes that fly messages through the sky. 

I made this enormous cupcake stand out of hatboxes and small cardboard/chipboard pieces. I spray painted some parts and used Shindig's coordinating papers for the rest. 

The AMAZING cupcake toppers were done by Brittany at Edible Details. Her level of skill is BEYOND. Every one of them arrived without even one broken and they were truly a perfect touch for the party. 
She is so talented and I cannot believe how perfectly she nailed Amanda's designs. I honestly do not know how fondant designers do it!  Brittany is just incredible. 

Since this party was in the morning, Jennifer and I decided to do a mix of brunch-type foods and sweets. 
Of course, there had to be donettes, right?  Or, "car tires."

 And bagels, or "steering wheels."

 And, since Brett loves fruit, we did some "Stoplight Skewers" or grapes, pineapple, and strawberry. You could also do honeydew melon as well!

We also did some "cloud dip" which was marshmallow fluff and graham crackers.  

And Suckers By Steph did these adorable chocolate train pops for us, in the colors of the party. Stephanie is a DREAM to work with and her lollipops are always perfect and delicious. Thank you Stephanie, for doing these custom for me!

And, to bring in the trains, we did "Lumps of Coal," which were simply rice krispie treats with black food coloring. They were a fun touch, especially for kids! We joked that you would certainly be able to tell who had one, just by the color of their mouth!

 Here is party mommy Jennifer and Mr. Brett in his cute-as-a-button train conductor overalls!

 For favors, Jennifer liked the idea of train whistles and conductor hats, and those are always an easy find on Oriental Trading's website. 
I tied them with a favor card from Shindig and some cute ribbon to match the theme. 

 For the beverage station, or "Fueling Station," I used the train version of the fabric and some small lanterns that I found at Hobby Lobby. They have these in 6 colors! 
 Amanda did a whole bunch of road signs for me and I simply hot glued them to dowels that I painted black and then stuck them into foam covered in grass-print scrapbook paper. The artificial grass is from Hobby Lobby and they have it out right now for Easter! I have used mine at tons of parties! It comes in really handy for a variety of themes!

And the kids didn't get this joke, but we made the drink lime green and called it Antifreeze!

Hope you liked this new take on the Planes, Trains, and Automobiles theme. No John Candy or Steve Martin at this party though. Bummer. 

Happy 2nd Birthday Brett!


Chocolate Lollipops: Suckers by Steph
Printables and Paper Products: Amanda's Parties to Go
Fondant Toppers: Edible Details
Train Whistles and Conductor Hats: Oriental Trading
Cupcakes: Mad Lily Cakery

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  1. So ADORABLE! Love the colors and that backdrop! Spotlight Skewers..Lumps of Coal..shut up..too darn cute!!

  2. Wonderful! Just WONDERFUL Brittany! I'm so excited to see the photos and all your creativity! The cupcake stand is FABULOUSLY ADORABLE!! Thank you for doing such amazing work and making me look good :) !!

  3. LoVe it! Another fabulous party, Brittany!

  4. wow! what a fantastic party! LOVE the colors......

  5. that is a great cupcake stand

  6. Every little detail about this party is the CUTEST! Great designing Brittany!

  7. Love this party!!!! Fabulous job!

  8. amazing, as always! love the way you named the foods -- too cute!

  9. FABULOUS job!!! So many fun details and I just LOVE all the themed food & treats!!!

  10. Every detail is perfect! What a fun party, and I agree- Amanda at Shindigs is awesome!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  11. You have such an eye for colorful details!!

  12. LOVE it! What a great boy birthday. Everything is totally pulled together.

  13. So delightful how you took that fabric inspiration and ran with it all the way into every party detail!

  14. Love this Brittany! That's some of my FAVORITE fabric! And the attention to detail, especially on the cupcakes!! Amazing!

  15. Beautiful party again!! The centerpiece is just incredible, and the printables so stunning!!

    Thanks again for sharing!! :)

  16. What a great party! I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday and shared your ideas with us! Thanks, I hope to see you there! ---Sheryl---

  17. What is the "anti-freeze" made of? ADORABLE party!

    1. The party mommy made the punch, but I am pretty sure that it was green Hawaiian punch!

  18. Where did you get the invitations for the party? I love all the details of this party and my son is in love with anything that goes....I would love to know where you ordered the invitations for the party. Thank you, Renee

    1. Hi Renee--the invitations were done by Shindig Parties to GO, which is now named Amanda's Parties to Go.

  19. This is so perfect! I've been trying to think up an idea to combine trains and race cars that my son loves.......... and this is amazing! GREAT JOB!!!

  20. I remember stumbling upon your blog {what will it Bee theme} when searching for gender reveal party ideas last winter! Now I'm on the hunt for HIS first bday party ideas - and here you are! SO ADORABLE!! This wasn't one of my top ideas, but your execution is beyond darling! Just may have to reconsider :)

  21. Love this party and I'm borrowing a lot of your ideas for my little man's second birthday coming up in a few weeks! Can you tell me how you got the pillow stuffing to adhere to the posterboard for the clouds? That's my next project for his party :)

  22. Just wanted to stop by and give you the link to my blog post about our Transportation Birthday Party :) It's definitely not perfect, but we had fun!

  23. I am trying to go to the link for all the printables and it's not linking up. Any suggestions??

    1. Sorry about that--she changed her business name!

  24. I love the fabric! How much fabric did you have to order of each pattern to go across the tables?

    1. I believe I did three yards of each. Thanks!