Published June 29, 2010 by
When decorating for a train baby shower you can go with bold, bright colors or more muted tones. Since trains are a very popular birthday theme, it should be easy for you to find tableware and decorations that can also be used for your train baby shower.
Once you find train themed tableware that you like, I suggest accenting these pieces with single color balloons, streamers and/or napkins. Pick an accent color from the design - score bonus points with the mother-to-be if you can use her favorite color! Many of the train items I found online are appropriate for a baby boy or girl, but most train-themed showers I researched have been for a boy.
I believe that reading to babies makes them smarter from the time they are conceived, so I try to find ways to tie books in to a shower theme. There are two perfect book selections for a choo choo train shower - The Little Engine that Could and Thomas the Train. There are a number of Thomas books based on different themes (sharing, friendship, etc). Purchase one of these books as a shower gift, use it as for decorating or take phrases out of the book as inspiration for a shower game.
If you want to go all out with your train theme, turn the food table into a food train! Start with a blank tablecloth and draw tracks winding across the table. Before sketching out the design, you may want to set up each tray to see how wide the tracks should be. Use square or rectangular-shaped serving platters as the train cars. Add Oreo cookies or Ritz crackers for the wheels on the cars, and link them together with licorice whips. To make the display more realistic you can add an actual train engine at the front and a caboose at the end. You can also decorate the tablecloth with phrases like "All Aboard" or "Thank You for riding [mother's name] Baby Train".
If your shower will include guests that may not know each other, print some train-themed name tags and ask each person to fill one out when they arrive. You can also create or purchase a choo choo train diaper cake that is filled with useful baby items for mom. These diaper cakes make an amazing centerpiece and a useful gift for your guest of honor!