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Polar Express Kids’ Tablescape

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Polar Express Kids’ Tablescape.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

I love the story, The Polar Express, and I’ve been wanting to do a tablescape for kids with The Polar Express theme for a while.

 I got this Lionel Polar Express Train set for my son’s birthday party at over 50% off in January 2022.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

I also found the silver glitter placemats,

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

Polar Bear napkins, and

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

bells at 80-90% Christmas sales in January, so, I’ve had the items to do this tablescape for about a year. 

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape


It was such a fun theme to put together and ALL of the kids sitting at the table were enthralled by the train and the polar bears in the faux snow.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

They loved seeing the Polar Express train go round and round its track while we ate. 

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

They wanted to take turns with the controller and make the train whistle.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape


Surprisingly, the kids had much fun with their Polar Express tickets.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

They started putting their tickets onto the train and taking them off again when it circled back around.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

Sometimes they’d take someone else’s ticket and then put it on the train when it circled back and ended up making a game of it (essentially passing tickets back and forth).

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

The train was such a hit that we needed to stop it for a while so everyone would actually eat.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

My grandpa is a fan of trains and really enjoyed sitting at the kid’s table for this Christmas party which I found cute.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

Supply List for this Polar Express Tablescape

medium silver bells (one for each guest)

Polar Express train ticket stickers

black cardstock

silver tinsel placemats

plastic clear cutlery

Chinet cut crystal plastic cups

white plastic plates

2 white tablecloths

some metal plates to bridge the gap from one table to the other

Lionel Polar Express train

faux snow blanket 

faux snow sparkles

3- sparkle polar bear figurines- bought Joanns 2021

3- Flocked fake Christmas trees Target or Amazon  15″-18″

glitter white and blue

How I put together this Polar Express Tablescape.

First, we needed to figure out a way to fit the train track as well as 12-place settings on our dining room tables.

It almost fit on our double dining room tables pushed together—but I needed a bit more room.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

So, my husband got a few pieces of coated metal (so it wouldn’t scratch our table) that he had lying around in his shop, and he bridged the one-foot gap we needed between the tables.

These flat pieces of metal worked really well. They were strong enough to hold the train and could have handled even more weight if needed.

He placed two pieces where each of the train tracks went over the gap and also put one or two braces where the faux snow went as well. 

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

Then, I covered the table with two overlapping white tablecloths.

I set up the train track and made sure it ran well. 

Then I put faux snow, three flocked trees, 3 polar bear figurines/statues, and a bunch of glitter on the faux snow. 

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape


The surprising thing to me was that the light blue glitter added more of a snow effect than the white.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

So here’s a tip, add a light blue glitter to your faux snow for a more realistic look.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

Then I set the table with twelve silver sparkle/tinsel placemats, white plastic plates, polar bear napkins, clear cutlery, and Chinet cups.

After that, I put a golden ticket sticker on some black cardstock to create the tickets.

I placed a bell at the top of each place setting as a favor for our guests.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

That’s it. 

It probably took me about 30-45 minutes to set it up. 

It was worth it for how much fun my kids and their cousins had with this tablescape.

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

The total cost of this Polar Express Tablescape.

each placemat was .07 cents, the bells were .20 cents, the tickets were about .20 cents each, and the plasticware cost about .75 a setting.

I bought the train and polar bears as well as faux snow and flocked trees for other uses (my son’s Polar Bear party) so I don’t include those in how much this cost out of pocket as I just reused items I had.

So, the total for this tablescape (that I purchased specifically for it) was about $15.00. Not bad at all for a party that the attendees really enjoyed!

Polar Express Kids' Tablescape

To see more details of this Polar Express Kids’ Tablescape, check out the video on this post.

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Polar Express Kids' Tablescape


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