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Published May 11th 2013
All aboard, it's time for a great Thomas party
DIY Thomas the Tank Engine Party

Like most two year olds my cheeky one loves all things Thomas. So we thought we would give him a Thomas Party. We didn't want to spend a lot and we wanted to have it at home using both indoors and outdoors. I wanted to do the decorations myself and we wanted it to be fun and relaxed. So here are some simple, cheap ideas to make your own Thomas party for your cheeky monkey.

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We put up the whole Thomas the Tank Engine theme song.


Make Your Own Thomas Invitation

First of all you need an invitation to send out. All you need to do is take a photo of your child with a Thomas clothing item on it if you don't have one you can stick any picture of Thomas onto a plain t-shirt instead or they could hold a Thomas book, poster or toy. Put this photo onto your computer. Then on the Internet search for a really good Thomas picture - perhaps the child having the party could choose their favourite. Add the Thomas picture and your child's photo onto a word document. Now you can play around with it add some decorations, make the background coloured etc. Have fun with it and be creative. For the title and writing you could write in red and blue. I even used words relating to Thomas try: all aboard, departing from (insert address or starting time), steam along into/to, refer to guests as passengers etc. Once you are happy with your invite, simply attach it to an email and send it out to all the guests. This is fun, easy and free.

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This is the invitation I made for my son's Thomas the Tank engine party.


Clothing & Decorations
Ask guests to wear either Thomas outfits or just red, blue and green coloured clothing. Make sure the birthday child wears this too.

Make a 'Welcome to Tidmouth Sheds' sign to put on your front door. Pull out every Thomas item that your child has. Use them to set up displays, put up posters and pictures on the wall, on any table near the food etc. We set up our train set out the back for the kids to play with. If you have lots of little Thomas toys simply use a large piece of Blu Tack underneath them, then put them along walls, on tables anywhere - they won't leave any marks when the party is over. We had the whole song up on wall with each character and their role; we printed out one to a page and stuck it up on the wall.

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To set the scene put a Thomas welcome sign on your front door.


Go to hot dollar, best bargain, reject shop etc to get really cheap red, green and blue balloons and crepe paper. I just bought a really cheap packet of multicoloured balloons and then just pulled out the colours I needed. Save the rest for another time. Get a few big black pieces of cardboard. This can be used to make a train track that goes up your front path to your door inside the house and leads out into your backyard. This will look great and the children will know where to go. We made a lovely PowerPoint presentation. Just add photos of your child upload onto your TV so it can just show on there throughout the party. If you can't do this you could just stick up photos of your child onto red, green and blue coloured cardboard. Use a black marker to write what the picture was about and how old your child was.

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We put up a big Thomas and his friends poster. We bought ours from Kmart which was about $12.



Music & Games

Put some of your music and the Thomas song, ABC for Kids songs, Giggle and Hoot songs, nursery rhymes etc. onto your iPod and press shuffle then that's it, you won't have to worry about it then. Just make sure you have enough songs on there to last the length of the party.

Piñata- most party shops will sell a train one we got a small one it still fit heaps of lollies in it. They will sell the stick also. You could even make your own. Blow up a balloon with the kids, make it into paper mâché. Make sure you do lots of layers so it is strong - this will take a few days to dry so make sure you do it a week or two before the party. When it's dry, paint it Thomas colours, add lollies, stick a picture of Thomas on it, close up the end then you just need some string to hang it up. You could use a sports bat, a small broom or a cardboard tube that you get from wrapping paper for the kids to hit it with.

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The Thomas pinata was really cute. We hung ours up under our pergola.


Pass the freight (instead of pass the parcel)- the main prize could be something to do with Thomas. In between the layers of newspaper you could put little prizes like train stickers, whistles, cute rubbers and pencils. Played just like pass the parcel.

Pin the light on Thomas- (the same as pin the tail on the donkey) print out or draw a large picture of Thomas have a light that they can pin on him. Blindfold each guest with a scarf, spin them around then see who pins it to the closest spot.

Colouring in- print out Thomas the Tank engine colouring pages or buy a Thomas colouring in book and pull out the pages. Then set up an area where the children can colour them in at a table. Put out some cheap crayons and pencils. Don't bother with textas, they are much harder to get off the walls and the lids will go everywhere.

Party Food

Lollies for the piñata- red, green and blue lollipops, fun size chocolates, Chupa Chups,Fantales etc. Covered treats are best as they will land on the floor or you could put a mat down.

Cake- most little bakeries should be able to make a Thomas cake and they will be much cheaper than places like Michel's or The Cheesecake Shop. Sometimes you can even buy Thomas cakes at Woolworths. You could also make it yourself.

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The Thomas cake looked great and tasted beautiful. It was a hit with all the guests.


Main food- sandwiches set out to look like a train and its carriages, party pies, sausage rolls, frankfurts, bread rolls, red, green and blue fruit. Try apples, watermelon and blueberries. These are all easy to make, meaning you don't have to spend all your time in the kitchen - just buy large frozen party packs at your supermarket and cook them in the oven.

Plates, bowls, napkins, cutlery: red, blue and green paper ones can stick Thomas pictures on them, with a marker write each persons name so they can find it again. Purchase some cheap plastic tablecloths that are the Thomas colours. Easy clean-up can just throw it all out afterwards.

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It looks really nice to stick with the same three colours. Wherever I put balloons I tied all the three colours together.


To Make it Extra Special

Add a wall plaque- this is a really cute idea and something that your child can keep. Simply Blu Tack large pieces of cardboard to a wall and write at the very top using your black marker 'please draw or write a message for the birthday boy or girl'. Put a cup near it with textas for the children to use. It looks great when the guests draw and write messages all over it. When the party is over you can hang it up in their bedroom or playroom.

Thomas books- put some out on a mat with cushions where guests can sit and read them. An adult could even read the kids a story whilst they eat the birthday cake; this should calm them down a bit.

Remote control Thomas steam train- if Grandparents ask what present your child would like, Thomas lovers will love this. Let them open it before the party starts, fill it with water and see if the guests can steer it along the train tracks you created. This thing even talks.

Little blow up pool or clam shell- (not really Thomas related but so fun) with a bit of water, sponges, water pistols, watering can and bath toys in it. Don't forget to mention this on the invite so that parents know their kids may get wet. Constant adult supervision is an absolute must for this activity. Only set it up when they are ready to use it. The second they are finished with it tip all the water out of it and put the whole thing out of reach.

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It was a really warm day so it was great that we had the little pool for the guests to use. They loved playing in it with the bath toys, sponges and water pistols.


Entry ticket: attach a train ticket to each invitation. You could make it make it in the Thomas colours. You can make these on your computer and maybe even put the passengers name on it. Ask them to bring in to the party (have some spares at the door in case some kids forget!)

Thomas Party Bags

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We put up a big Thomas and his friends poster. We bought ours from Kmart which was about $12.



You can buy them in packs or make your own. To make your own get the kids to help you cut out pictures and stickers of Thomas and glue them onto some brown paper bags. Use red, green and blue curling ribbons to tie each bag up once filled.

This party is fun, cheap and easy. The kids will love it and the compliments you will receive will make it totally worth it. Setting it up as a family can be really fun. You will all be saying ' buff my buffers, that was fun' in no time.

Have a great Thomas and Friends party, toot, toot.
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Why? Thomas the Tank Engine is loved by kids everywhere
When: Anytime
Where: At your house, at a hall or in a park
Cost: Cake: approx. $50 Decorations: approx. $2 each
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