A Polar Express Party

Admission Ticket Brown Kids Polar Express Birthday Invitation

Ever since the classic book became a movie, Polar Express parties have been a favorite with children. Whether it’s a birthday party or just a holiday party to enjoy with friends, a Polar Express party will surely be a hit. Our PurpleTrail party team has enlisted a professional kids’ party planner to put together some tips and ideas to help you plan your kids’ fantastic train journey.

Polar Express Party Planning Ideas

  • Make a ticket invitation to the party providing all of the details. Use gold paper, much like the tickets in the movie. Request that the kids bring their tickets to the party. Check out this ticket invite from PurpleTrail – for best results, change the background color to gold and print on pearlescent paper.

Admission Ticket Brown Kids Birthday Invitation by PurpleTrail.com

  • When the kids arrive, use a hole punch to mark their entrance. You can even hole punch out words or shapes for the kids to keep.
  • Since the kids are headed to the North Pole, make signs and place around the entrance and party room. Some examples include, “Welcome to the North Pole” or “Reindeer Crossing” or “Elves Only, Keep Out!”
  • Place train tracks throughout the party area.
  • Decorate with twinkle lights, bells, and snowflakes.
  • Have the movie and/or music playing in the background.
  • The party table can have a festive linen and blue and silver tableware. Place a snow globe in the middle of the table.
  • For an initial activity, have a drawing of a large train on a big piece of butcher paper. Have the kids draw themselves inside or outside the train, and hang in the party area.

polar express party invites

  • Turn the lights down low, and read The Polar Express.
  • Have the kids guess the number of whistles and bells in a jar. Whoever is closest wins.
  • At each place setting, provide kids with a jingle bell and a train whistle. These can be fun for them to use during the party, as well as take home goodies.
  • Set up a hot cocoa bar for everyone to enjoy.
  • Enjoy sandwiches cut into train shapes. You can even use licorice and pretzel sticks to serve them on a train track.
  • Make a batch of sugar cookies in train shapes for the kids to decorate and enjoy.
  • Using colorful plastic, wrap up several of the holiday cookies and send them home along with a jingle bell as a parting favor.

All aboard for fun! Check out PurpleTrail.com to view more of their custom kid’s birthday invitations. Choose a template you like and personalize it by adding photos, changing text and colors as you please!

Submitted by Lisa Kothari

Lisa Kothari is the Founder and President of Peppers and Pollywogs, a kids’ party planning company.


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