Make things yourself! Make a cake and pipe train tracks on it and put a Thomas train on the track (you can also personalize it by writing Happy Birthday Austin), Make your own invitations. Google images of Thomas and copy and paste to make cute homemade invites (I do this for my kids every year). I also print out pictures of the characters (for the theme I am using), cut them out and use shipping tape t laminate them, get some yarn and tape them to the ceiling (My kids LOVE this). I also get crepe paper and decorate the windows like presents in appropriate colors. We get Balloons (I mylar character balloon and then the number of years old regular latex balloons and put them on the birthday kids chair).
I but a themed table cloth and then get appropriate paper plates and plastic ware. I serve something like chili or Vegetable soup (cause its cheap).
at 5:06 PM on Dec. 21, 2010