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All Aboard! Little Dude’s Train Themed Birthday Party

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A fun train themed birthday party for our little engineer!

Small child looking at train shaped cake on long cake board.

How is it even possible that my little dude turned 4? It doesn’t seem quite right.

The funny thing is how hard it seems to be hitting me. My own birthdays have never affected me that way.

For instance turning 30 was like no big deal. I didn’t really have any of those “this is the last time I’ll be doing such and such in my twenties” feelings.

But little dude turning 4? Bring on all of the feelings!

I couldn’t help but get a little sad about cuddling my three year old for the last time or kissing him goodnight for the last time before he was a big four year old. It was a good thing he was SO excited about his birthday and kept me giggling or I might have actually broke out in tears!

The birthday festivities have been in the works for a while now. Ever since I made the Strawberries and (Sour) Cream Cake back in January he’s been asking for a strawberry train cake, except of course for the one week when he decided he wanted a candy corn cake instead!

Little Dude on a chair looking at his train shaped birthday cake with family looking on.

So of course we made a train cake. I baked that recipe in loaf pans to make the basic rectangle shapes.

Then I glued them together with plenty of white chocolate buttercream. He was super excited about the final product and kept dragging a chair over by the buffet so he could get a closer look. His reaction definitely made the effort worth it.

Little Dude and his dad putting up yellow railroad sign by wooden train in the yard.

To make his party even more festive, his daddy made some railroad crossing signs. I had originally thought we’d make something out of cardboard, but that husband of mine had other plans.

He did them in wood so we could put them in little dude’s room after the party. They turned out really well.

Making a duct tape train track leading to the back door of the house.

Before the party, my guys were busy laying train tracks while I finished the food. We really had a great time getting ready and it was fun to see our little ball of excitement run around and appreciate every little thing.

Cupcakes topped with yellow frosting, black icing and marshmallow to look like minion faces.

Of course our daycare friends needed treats too. He originally wanted to do monkey cupcakes again since they were such a hit last year.

However we eventually settled on Minions cupcakes instead. He basically made the banana cupcakes on his own and enjoyed helping to decorate them as well.

He helped load them in the box and then wanted to tape it shut so nobody could peek before snack time. He’s such a character!

So now we’ve done a train party, a pirate party, a plain old cake and milkshake party, and a cracker Jax party.  Now I wonder what next year’s party will be!

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Friday 19th of May 2017

Happy birthday! I know kids love their birthday parties and you made this one special. But I truly think birthdays are for mother's to remember back when.... Your cake turned out so cute.

Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda


Saturday 20th of May 2017

Thank you so much, Linda! I figure I had better take advantage of the birthdays while he is young. I am sure they will change as he grows.

Tyson Harold

Friday 19th of May 2017



Saturday 20th of May 2017

Thank you!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Thursday 18th of May 2017

That cake is amazing! And I love that he gets to have the signs in his room! Happy birthday to your little dude!


Saturday 20th of May 2017

Thank you so much, Kelsie!


Thursday 18th of May 2017

AND Jaxon was so touched when everyone sang to him that he got a tear in his eye. Just proof of how special he is!


Saturday 20th of May 2017

He LOVES that part!

Jessica Jarrell

Thursday 18th of May 2017

Happy Birthday to your little man! That train cake is adorable, I love it! And those banana cupcakes turned out super-cute too! I'm glad he had such a special day :-)


Saturday 20th of May 2017

Thanks, Jessica! It is so much fun because he appreciates ever step of the process!