Elements of a Successful Thomas The Tank Engine Themed Birthday Party

by anna on April 23, 2009

[Ed. note: Please make sure to follow the links to see my copious notes on all of the how-tos of this gala extravaganza!]

  • A toddler as the guest of honor. Preferably, a two-year-old.
  • Forecast for beastly 90 degree heat that ends up being the hottest April 19th in Los Angeles history at over 100 degrees.
  • Thomas The Tank Engine Cake with face carved out of fondant.

  • Accept that the cake will probably melt. See #2. You will just have to let this go.
  • Lots of kids jacked up on sugar.[singlepic=554,560,560,,center]
  • Loads of antique trains nearby, at the ready.
  • Picnic-table-sized cutouts of Thomas, James, and Percy as table decorations.
  • Rent a huge box of toy trains and set up tracks for the toddlers to play with them on.


blissfully caffeinated April 23, 2009 at 11:20 am

Did you make that cake?! Awesome. Aside from the heat looks like an amazing party.

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anna April 23, 2009 at 11:30 am

Sure did! The link shows the tedious and painful process.

Kerry April 23, 2009 at 11:43 am

Holy crap. Seriously.

I am feeling seventeen different kinds of inadequate now.

I did buy a giant balloon in the shape of a “1″ when the boy turned 1. I may have bought colored napkins too. I’m not sure.

That cake is freakin’ amazing. You need to fly here and make that cake in September.

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anna April 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’m not sure I’ll ever take on a cake project quite so ambitious ever again. Please remind me that I said this at this time next year.

jenni April 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm

holy shit, 100 degrees!? but the cake looks awesome, mom, absolutely awesome.

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foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) April 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

The idea of an outdoor birthday party in 100 degree heat makes me weep, but it looks like you pulled things off beautifully! Love the great way you set the tables off with the train faces. That’s a great idea. Hope Mini had a fantastic time.

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Delurker April 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm

That cake is a masterpiece! And according to google, fondant is the stuff in cadbury creme eggs, so it must have been scrumptious. Now I’m craving sugar…

The Lawyer Mom April 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

And let’s not forget having your child open ALL of her birthday presents right there at the party, so the other children can cry and brawl and try to get their presents back.

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Heather April 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm

That cake looks fabulous! Honestly! I bet it was really delicious too!

Michele Renee April 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm

What a great party for the boy! How did you transport that great cake?!

anna April 23, 2009 at 7:40 pm

@Michele, it had to be transported in pieces, and then I put it all on the board when I got there. But it was dicey there for a while.

Christine April 24, 2009 at 5:24 am

Wow! Your Thomas cake kicks my Lego cake’s ass. Actually, that’s no surprise as it was just a rectangular sheet cake with six cupcakes icing glued on top. However, I’m guessing I got more sleep the might before the Lego party than you did before the Thomas party!

anna April 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm

@Christine, I actually made a Lego cake last year–same thing, a sheet cake with cupcakes as the dot thingies.

3carnations April 24, 2009 at 6:44 am

That’s a great cake!

Also – You can rent trains?

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anna April 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm

@3carnations, yes, at Travel Town (where we had the party), they rent Thomas trains, etc. by the hour for parties.

Juliet Grossman April 24, 2009 at 10:23 am

Travel Town?

Love your cake on an artistic level but there is just something about grey icing. At least it wasn’t Barney and a bright purple cake. I would say you went above and beyond. I am impressed at your Martha-like skillz with fondant etc. Did you take a cake deco class at some time?

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Tara April 24, 2009 at 12:02 pm

WOW. I’m so impressed with that cake! Great job!

Juliet Grossman April 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Travel Town is cool. There is that place to ride horses over there too. Every time I’m at Mt Sinai (cemetery right down the road) I think, “Oughta plan a day there.”

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Juliet Grossman April 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Your banner ad is for quinceaneara (sp sp???) party favors. I’m thinking party, Los Angeles — they are thinking Mini is getting ready for his quince.

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anna April 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm

@Juliet, Yeah, when BlogHer is out of ads, it defaults to google ads, which brings up some interesting stuff sometimes!

Re: Travel Town & Griffith park, there are some great things for kids in that park!

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