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Complete Your Train Party with a Dress-Up Bin


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You heard about train rentals for birthday parties and booked The Mini Express for your child’s upcoming day. You’re excited and seeking ideas to complement the train rides and take your party to the next level.

Kids thrive on imagination, so why not add a dress-up bin? A dress-up bin is a cheap and easy addition to any train party. Providing a space strewn with clothes, shoes, hats, and bandanas invites kids to let their imaginations fly and prepare for the highlight of the party – their ride on the train!

Try the following strategies to locate the best dress-up material!

Ask friends, family, and neighbors for their old castaways. You never know what they’ll have hidden in the back of their closets, waiting for the next trip to Goodwill or upcoming garage sale. They’ll be excited to support your child by providing extras for dress-up bins. Ask for flannel, aprons, bandanas, boots, and hats – you never know what you’ll find!

Spend an afternoon thrifting at local stores, churches, and garage sales. People donate all kinds of items, and you never know what you’ll find. If your child loves picking out their Halloween costume, they’ll love participating in a thrift store hunt for dress-up!

Make your own engineer costume with overalls you pick up from a neighbor or the thrift store – or a pair your child will soon grow out of. It’s easy to find great tutorials online. Just make sure you carve out some time in advance to complete your project!

Purchase clearance costumes after Halloween. Post-Halloween shopping is one of the best times of the year. You can stock up on a variety of costumes for 50-75% off their original price. Plan in advance to find engineer, hobo, elegant lady and lord, and even fairy costumes. The beauty of dress-up is the freedom to be whoever you want!