I made costumes for each of our guests out of craft foam. I used large rectangle pieces for the front and back, then added details like lights and faces painted to resemble Thomas the Train characters in their respective colors. Engine numbers were on the backs. I sewed 2" wide black webbing straps between the front and back pieces so the costumes could easily be slipped overhead.
I painted shoeboxes with colors and engine numbers to match the costumes and attached a pull rope to the front of each. These would become the "cars" that followed the "engines" (kids). Guests were supposed to bring along their favorite stuffed animal to be a passenger in the cars.
Then it was time for a snack and cake. We headed to the kitchen table that was decorated with a kid-friendly train layout. The kids easily found their place settings from the photo in the driver of each train name card.
Over the table hung more railroad crossing circles:
However, we heard that snow had fallen on the tracks, and all engineers were needed to come clear them again. The snow was paper tissues (kleenex). We put on more train music and invited the kids to throw and catch them.
Precious memories for Mommy! Great fun for all the little ones and their brothers!
(I used the above items for garland over all the door ways. They are the same cut outs as the table place holders and invitations.)
Train Car Template